The Jersey Shore striper fleet ganged up on big stripers not too far offshore from Point Pleasant to Belmar today. Unfortunately, they may not be sailing on Friday due to a forecast of rain and south winds of 20-25 knots. The action has been almost entirely on snagged bunkers, and all of the bass are large. Capt. Dave Riback reported a 43-pounder (above) on his Queen Mary from Point Pleasant. Almost all the action has been on snagged bunkers which are located in the same area as the bass. One was caught on a swim shad.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a similar report.
However, the word from the north was very different. Tank Matraxia and his Lyndhurst crew fished on Tagged Fish from Highlands but never had a hit all day in the N.Y. Harbor-Hudson River area that had produced stripers the previous two days. They had live bunkers and eels, but couldn’t give them away — and didn’t see anything caught in other boats. Capt. Chad Hacker ran all over the area and stayed out late in an attempt to break the ice.
Allen Riley started fishing the Sandy Hook surf in the dark after catching four school bass there a couple of days ago, but he never had a touch on a variety of lures.
Steve Mirande reported no life in the Bay Head surf this morning though there was lots of action offshore. He went to Point Pleasant Canal and managed one small bass on a Mullet Fly teaser.
I fished the canal in the morning and had only lost one small fish before starting my last ten casts after all hope is lost — and hooked a 21 1/2-inch striper on the seventh cast with a Z Mam 6-inch Swimmereez. I ended up catching four bass.
Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno have been catching some school bass at dawn and dusk in the Seaside surf, but the Wednesday evening south wind killed that bite — though Maren still managed one bass.