Right through last weekend’s canyon trip, the Big Jamaica from Brielle had marked some tuna on canyon overnighters, but they wouldn’t bite. That changed on the Tuesday to Wednesday trip as there was a pick on both bait and jigs in the dark and at sunrise. There were limits of dolphin on both trips plus shots at swordfish. A 300-pounder was boated after an hour-long battle on the last trip, while a 100-pound sword was added. The weekend trip produced a sword over 500 pounds by Chris Cholula of Freehold. There’s room on the Tuesday canyon trip –as well as on tomorrow’s limited trip for bonito, little tunny and inshore tuna. Call 732 528-5014.
Party boats were frustrated today by big stripers feeding on the surface that wouldn’t take anything offered. The Big Mohawk from Belmar will switch back to sea bass fishing the next two days.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar couldn’t fool the big bass, but did come up with some bonito and little tunny.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands switched to stripers on Columbus Day, and lost one during that trip. They’re chartered tomorrow, but will sail for stripers again on Sunday.The forecast is for diminishing winds and seas before a return to northeast winds by Sunday night.
I fished my local beach this morning and found enough water to work a Tsunami Eel that soon produced an 18 1/4-inch fluke and a smaller one before I moved and hooked into stripers of 19 1/2 and 24 1/2 inches. There were no signs of fish, and that action didn’t las long.
Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, says there are a lot of stripers in the canal that are hitting at all times of day. I took him up on that and cast a Z Man 7-inch paddletail under a bright sun in the afternoon to catch seven bass up to 23 1/2 inches. I never saw such action under the afternoon sun in the canal, and it died out as the sun was getting lower.
I’ll hold out providing more info about the ASMFC Striped Bass Advisory Panel meeting until over the weekend.