Though there was no hot bite, striped bass results in both the ocean and Raritan Bay areas was generally better today.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter was pleased with much better jigging for mostly slot stripers in N.J. waters. There were a few bass over 28 inches including s 35-pound pool winner.
Capt. Ron Santee had a similar report on his Fishermen from that port. He said the bass were on small bait, and small diamond jigs worked best in shallow waters .
I was casting in the Manasquan surf to no avail this morning when I spotted schools of bunker splashing a couple of hundred yards offshore. Boats didn’t stay in those schools for long, but Capt. Dave Riback of the Queen Mary from Point Pleasant said he managed to get a few stripers from them.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar saw stripers on the surface and caught some, but they were hard to fool. That boat is now sailing early at 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays to get a better shot at those bass.
The Paramount from Brielle is taking reservations for a 50-70-mile sea bass wreck trip on Saturday, Nov. 9. Call 732 528-5014 for details.
Jerry Lasko and Maren Toleno each caught a school striper just before daylight turned them off in the northern Ocean County surf. The afternoon southwest blow killed that bite.
Tuesday’s forecast is for southwest winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 and a chance of rain..