Reports from the ocean today were of masses of diving birds and heavy fish readings — but it seems that not everyone enjoyed a Bonanza of striped bass jigging.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle started off its season with a mix of short and keeper stripers, but had to work for them. Miss Belmar Princess got word of the unexpected striper arrival yesterday and made a late crew trip that quickly produced limits. They sailed today without notice , and Capt. Alan Shinn reported at 11 a.m. that they were into mixed-size bass with action ranging from waiting for a bite to as many as 6-8 on at a time.  The Big Mohawk merely reported an excellent trip without elaborating, but did have striper pictures posted. You can be sure that the fleet will all be sailing by 7:30 Sunday morning.

The marine weather forecast is great, with south 5-10 knot winds, though there may be some rain after midnight. Monday’s forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 mph.

Capt. Vinnie Vetere got off to a fine start Thursday with his Katfish from Great Kills as he trolled 19 stripers, all over 28 inches, on his Ho Jos in the back of Raritan Bay from 9-11 a.m.

My cell phone went down a few days ago and wouldn’t take a charge. It’s back in shape as of now. I’ll try to catch up on any missed calls.

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