We had a second straight good fishing weather day, but it appears that won’t carry into Sunday. The forecast is for small craft warnings to go up tonight and continue to late Sunday night. Southeast winds gust to 25 knots tonight, and are 10-15 in the morning with gusts to 20 — plus rain.
Striped bass fishing today left something to be desired. Jerry Lasko said he and Maren Toleno combined for only two shorts at Pt. Pleasant this morning, and he had similar reports all the way down to the mob in IBSP. I fished the same spot in Bay Head that produced 14 bass including two doubleheaders yesterday and only managed three releases on the Surf Eel and Castaways teaser rig.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had lots of jigging action with shorts, but only one bass to take home. They won’t sail until Monday.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had decent jigging that included a few keepers and bonus bass — and even added some mackerel. They won’t be sailing until Friday.
Allen Riley didn’t find many stripers at Sandy Hook on Friday,but he had a great time with the two he caught by using an old 8 1/2-foot Gander Mountain downrigger rod with a freshwater Shimano reel to release a 24-incher on a Tinman swim bait and a 20-incher on a white Ultimus teaser,