Yesterday’s blog detailed now Monday’s hot school striper bite+ turned into a complete dud the next morning after a late night storm set up a large swell and discolored the surf. That change of fortune went the other way this morning as the west wind did its job overnight and there was a fairly calm and clean surf. I was back at Point Pleasant Beach, but there were similar reports to the north.
There were some birds picking, and I saw an occasional splash — but the bass were fussy at first and all my hits were coming so close to shore that I did best by casting sideways. The Run-Off silver sand eel jig was ignored at that time, with all the bass hitting a Castaways teaser. After a while the standard casting technique payed off as I released 17 bass from about 18 to 24 inches by the time I left at 9. I hadn’t had a doubleheader this fall, but at one point got them on two successive casts. Jim Louro of Spring Lake fished in Belmar where there was similar action and he released over 20 bass. All of these bass appear to be stuffed with sand eels.
Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported that just as further north there was a big drop-off on Tuesday due to dungy waters after the hot bite on Monday. The waters there were clearing this morning and bass were biting again.
There were no boat reports today, and the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands is taking a pass tomorrow as winds remain 10-15 knots NW — but with gusts to 30. By Friday there’s a big change to light NW at 5-10 knots –and everyone should be sailing.
At Belmar, the Golden Eagle will wait for Friday before resuming striper jigging, but the Big Mohawk is sailing at 7 tomorrow morning for blackfish as they expect winds to diminish during the morning.
The Big Jamaica from Brielle will be sailing to the far offshore wrecks for jumbo sea bass at 11 p.m. Thursday. Reservations can be made by calling 732 528-5014. Cold temperatures ashore aren’t a problem as the water temperatures out there are much higher and gloves may not be needed. Pollock often win the pool on those trips.