Anglers new to surfcasting often ask me for tips on the sport, and one I always give them is to work the lure right into the wash. Unless there are signs of working fish or birds further out, or bait schools, the likeliest spot to find stripers when there’s no structure is right along the drop-off where they can corner bait.
That’s saved many a day for me, and this morning was one of them as a 23-inch striper blasted my Chug Bug in the wash to provide the only fish I saw caught even though surf conditions were ideal.
The swell has gone down, but that may be changing as small craft warnings are going up at 6 a.m. for hazardous seas into Monday night. Yet. the forecast is for only 10-15-knot east winds.
The Jamaica from Brielle had a good Saturday night bluefish trip for 3-8-pounders on bait and jigs while chumming. A few bonito were added, and they’ll do that again Saturday night.
The Jamaica also a big dolphin catch on the canyon trip that returned Friday. Chuck Beerman also caught an 80-pound yellowfin at night, but only one other tuna was taken. Other 31-hour canyon trips are sailing at 7 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had sluggish bluefishing this morning, but 4-7-pounders turned onto jigs in early afternoon.