There was good news today from Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. After a week without keeper stripers, his fares caught a half-dozen today along with slots and shorts. There was no wild bird action, but enough to get into areas between the channels and down the beach in order to mark the fish. Rob hopes to continue fishing for a couple of weeks.
On the other hand, Capt. Vinnie Vetere heard the fat lady sing in his search for large stripers from the Hudson River up to Long Island Sound. He ran over 50 miles today with his Katfish from Great Kills, but only caught two bass trolling Ho-Jo’s. Worst of all, there were no other marks. Bunkers had disappeared over a week ago, and with water temperatures so low now it’s unlikely they’ll return.
Surf fishing in northern Shore areas was poor today. Vinny D’Anton only looked in the Belmar area that had been producing, but no one was catching. I returned to Bay Head where I had good action with small stripers yesterday and couldn’t get a touch. The same applied to other anglers there except for Kevin Kuriawa who was surprised by a small fluke that hit his teaser.
Jerry Lasko said he got two bass in Point Pleasant, but Maren Toleno might have been high hook in northern areas with six.
At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle the word was of a good daylight bite of small bass on metal and teasers, with others hitting at night on needlefish and teasers.
Betty & Nick’s had a similar report and high hopes for a continuation of this run plus possibly some bigger bass due to the abundance of sand eels.
Chuck Many is fishing with friends in Virginia where several bass over 50 pounds have been caught this week. He caught a 46-pounder, but says it’s a slow pick involving slow trolling with live eels in order to cover lots of water.
The local forecast is for northwest 10-15 knots in the morning before increasing to 15-20 with gusts to 25 in the afternoon.