Over 3,000 striper anglers will be converging on Cape Cod for Saturday’s Striperfest as Striper Cup awards will be passed out and an outboard rig will be drawn for. The location for the noon event is Marine Park, 180 Scranton Ave., Falmouth. Google striperfest 2019 for an admission discount and driving directions plus attractions.
Capt. Vinny Vetere won the Striper Cup once again with his Katfish from Great Kills, though this time it was by a narrow margin. Vetere hasn’t been fishing this week, but will get back at it next week when he’s open for charters or individuals.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar saw blues splashing today, but they were very hard to jig.
I was happy to see the big swell down and the waters clear at local beaches this morning. My first cast with a Yo-Zuri Mag popper was hit by a 2-pound bluefish almost in the wash. I knew I was in trouble after I released the blue as a fish on the first cast is almost invariably the kiss of death. Sure enough, I didn’t even raise another fish in good conditions. The same thing happened recently to Joe Blaze when his first cast with a fly in Shark River produced a school striper — and there was never another touch.
The Jamaica from Brielle has added a Saturday night bluefish trip at 7:30 p.m.
The Paramount from Brielle is running daily at 6:30 for porgies and triggerfish except for a Tuesday ling trip. When the sea bass season opens on Oct. 8 they’ll switch to that fishing.
The weather forecast took a turn for the worse as south winds tomorrow are 10-15 knots but with gusts to 25.
The prizes are piling up for Nick Honachefsky’s Barrier Islands Beach Brawl that will be contested on Oct. 11 and 12. Nick has received so many prizes from manufacturers that he’ll be giving many away as door prizes. Following is his current list:
ULTIMATE DOOR PRIZE LIST! Check out the goods below. Spots filling up fast! Sign up TODAY for the Barrier Island Beach Brawl. $40 entry gets you a chance at $10000 worth of door prizes! Go to www.saltwaterunderground.com/shop
Tundra 45 Cooler – $300
24 can Hopper – $300
24 can hopper – $300
Yeti Bucket – $40
Yeti Load Lid – $30
Yeti Caddy Bucket – $20
Utility Gear Belt – $40
Ultegra – $335
(5) Sunglasses – $1500
Salt X Reel – $350
VS96 Avid Surf rod – $340
100 1.5-ounce Power Bucktails – $1000
500 Tuna/Wooden Plug replacement hooks – $200
25 Big Eye Bucktails – $250
15 Daggerman Jigs – $225
8-inch Fillet Knife – $40
8-inch Fillet Knife – $40
400 4/0 #92641 hooks – $300
10 Bomb Poppers – $200
10 Crossover Spooks – $100
10 Crossover Poppers – $100
50 packs TA clips – $35
5 TA Hats – $100
20 Smilin Bill bucktails – $180
A BAND OF ANGLERS
15 Ocean Born Poppers, Dartspins – $200
TONY MAJA PRODUCTS
5 bunker spoons – $200
2 Maja Mojos – $100
Rapala Wall Hanger – $70
6 360 GT Searchbaits – $60
10 T-Shirts/Sweatshirts – $400
JERSEY MIKE’S GIFT CARD (10)- $250
SURFSIDE SUPPLY GIFT CARD – $200
KEVIN BOGAN CUSTOM RODS GIFT CERT – $100
BETTY AND NICKS PACK – $100
GRUMPYS PACK – $100
CHARLIES PACK – $100
FISHERMANS SUPPLY PACK – $100