The big showing of fall migratory stripers finally got to the Jersey Shore after Tuesday’s east blow — but we can’t seem to get a nice follow-up day. There’s rain, snow and sleet in the forecast along with northeast winds of 15-20 knots that will increase to 45 by later. Friday remains tough with north winds of 20-25 and gusts to 45. Saturday looks good with west winds of 10-15 knots. .
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported spectacular striper fishing on jigs with keepers for all. They are not fishing tomorrow due to the forecast. The Big Mohawk from Belmar reported good striper action and will try to get back out to it in the morning before the worst of the weather. Bob Matthews, at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina, said the boats had a hard time finding the bunkers they’ve been snagging for bait, but didn’t need them today as big Crocs and jigs did the job. Capt. Chris Di Stefano said the fleet was about 2 1/2 miles off Spring Lake.
Capt. Ron Santee also got into plenty of bass further north while “fishing in the snot” with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Those bass were on sand eels, and heavy jigs or those with tails worked best. Only three bonus bass were caught as all others were 30 inches or more. Vic Bubbin took the pool with a 44-inch 32-pounder.
There was even a bit of surf action at Bay Head, where a few small bass were picked despite no sign of bait. Bob Correll hooked a 20-incher at dusk.
I fished Point Pleasant Canal with dead sticky sandworms and had ;ots of bites on the afternoon slack while releasing six up to a 15-incher.
Capt. Vinny Vetere sent a weekend report from his Katfish out of Great Kills which noted Saturday was calmwhere he was fishing though the bite was slow — but the bass turned on Sunday in rougher conditions.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be running a jumbo sea bass trip to far offshore wrecks on Saturday at 11 p.m. — and om Friday Nov. 21 at 2 a.m. They also got a good tuna report from Monday and will sail a 28-hour trip to the canyons at 10 p.m. Sunday. Space is available on those trips by calling 732 528-5014. A Thanksgiving striper trip will be run from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.