Jim bass

Stripers like this one caught by Jim Louro of Spring Lake were hitting in Raritan Bay on Sunday. Jim and his partner released 18 on his Vicki Lynn from Manasquan which is being berthed in the bay for the early bite. Those fish were jigged on readings in heavy fog.

As noted in yesterday’s blog, the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands was also in on the bay bite as Capt. Rob Semkewyc had a boat limit of bass mostly in the teens and up to 32-pounder. He said the keepers and others released were all caught on shads and jigs.  Today’s gale forecast kept the boat at the dock, but they should be back out tomorrow.

John Andrea reported large stripers were chasing bunkers outside Great Kills Sunday evening, and he released bass up to 38 inches on whatever bunkers he could snag.

Though the very early striper showing in the ocean seems to have died out, party boats are finding good action on bottom with blackfish. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported perfect weather and fishing conditions Sunday when even newcomers to the sport were able to catch tog. High hooks caught up to a dozen shorts and a few keepers.

There was good news from the surf as Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported lots of short bass caught Sunday on lures in Island Beach State Park. Kevin Lorenze hooked over a dozen on bucktails. The shop’s first surf weigh-in from the park was recorded Saturday when Frank and Amber brought in a 32-inch striper that hit a bucktail and weighed 13.75 pounds.  The back bay areas also continue to produce school bass. Anthony Decaro released a 29-incher that hit a Glider Saturday night.

The gale warning is up until late tonight, but the morning forecast is down to west at 20-25 knots before diminishing to 15-20 in the afternoon.

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