Though there was some improvement today in Raritan Bay for party boats, trolling is still the best bet for big bass there. Outdoor writer Gary Caputi was up there with Capt. Jim Freda on Shore Catch Charters for steady action on Tony Maja Mo-Jos fished from his new Mo-Jo rods. (see photo below)

Capt. Rob Semkewyc said he was encouraged today as bass bit on every stop though almost all were shorts. A couple of keepers were caught on the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. They plan to sail tomorrow, but suggest calling first since the forecast of possible rain could scare off some anglers and leave them with too few to sail.

The Fishermen from that port had good readings Wednesday, but a wind against current condition all day that resulted in only a couple of keepers and shorts plus a few bass lost.

At Belmar, the Big Mohawk reported better blackfish action today with some limits and lots of shorts.  They will sail at 7 a.m. The Ocean Explorer noted that Wednesday’s blackfishing was picky though some fares had a couple of keepers.

The marine forecast is for southeast winds at 10-15 knots Friday before increasing to 15-20 with gusts to 25 in the afternoon. Some rain is likely in the morning and showers in the afternoon. Small craft advisories go up from Friday afternoon to late night.

At Seaside Park, Grumpy’s Tackle reported a couple of striper weigh-ins on bunker at IBSP up to 14.5 pounds — but no details. Betty & Nick’s weighed a 23 1/4-pound black drum caught by Dave Chambers.

Caputi & Freda stripers

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