Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina passed along the good news that big stripers are biting again in the ocean. He said the Big Mohawk from Belmar had 10 stripers aboard today up to a trophy 54 1/2-pounder hooked by Nick Commisso of Riverside on a Tsunami Shad.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands said there was some improvement in his striper fishing today. He expects better tomorrow without all the boat traffic.

Mark Roy said it was very quiet today in Raritan Bay as he didn’t get any hits on his Release Me from Raritan Marina while trolling mo-jos, but managed a short bass casting under birds late in the afternoon.

Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno got into some large short bass that were swirling in the evening along the northern Ocean County surf. Those fish hadn’t been there in the morning.

They also weren’t in the Bay Head surf in the morning, though Bob Correll was surprised on his first cast before daylight when a spiny dogfish hit histeaser.

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