From reading today’s party boat reports from the ocean, it appears that the striped bass hooked were too big for the tackle being used by surprised anglers.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle claimed to have caught a 50, 45 and 37 among their fish which were primarily on bait — though one hit a swim shad and another a Deadly Dick. Miss Belmar Princess read a lot of bass until the wind came up, and managed to boat two over 35 pounds. Big Mohawk took advantage of the opportunity and was also in on the big bass.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands didn’t find working birds as was the case Tuesday, but bait produced just two bass short of a limit for 12 people  plus shorts.

I have been having computer problems and never received a message from Allen Riley about his shot of Tuesday morning striper action in the Sandy Hook surf. He got started at dawn with a 21-incher on a Power Bait Mullet before releasing three more of 21 to 22 inches on a variety of lures between 7:30 and 8 a.m.

That’s the best surf fishing I’ve heard of, but Nick Honachefsky caught a 27-incher Tuesday on a black Bomber  despite fishing under the Hunter moon.

I opted for a short attempt at Point Pleasant Canal this morning and quickly caught a 23-inch striper on a Z Man jig, but never had another hit.

Joe Melillo weighed bass of 30 and 40 pounds at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant for Bill McCrystal of Point Pleasant after he trolled them on a bunker spoon.

On Tuesday he weighed a 13-pound striper caught by Anthony Pellagrino in the  canal on a Swing Shad.










on a black Bomber.

























  1. Hi Al, I had no luck in early morning surf at Bay Head but saw lots of activity off shore as the sun came up. I took a few casts in the canal after watching 3 boats drifting over marked fish which were not biting. I managed a funsized striper not far from the State Police Marina on the slacking, incoming tide using a swim shad with a mullet fly teaser—he hit teaser. Thanks for the all info you pass along, helps give us shorebound guys a heads up on what happening! Best, Steve


    1. Went to canal right away and it was very slow. Finally lost a small one, but stuck it out on the ebb to catch four bass. Saw the boat eelers catch a couple that might have been legal.


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