Big stripers are splashing on the surface in many ocean areas, but getting them to hit is another problem.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported catching some large and medium stripers, but only a small portion of what was seen. That same thing seemed to apply to everyone out there today.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc had good striper jigging yesterday on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but today it was mostly shorts though some slots were included.
Trolling wasn’t the answer yesterday, according to Capt. Chris De Stefano who was aboard Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht as they worked hard to troll three bass up to 28 pounds at Norton’s Point.
Capt. Vinny Vetere did well with medium stripers in the Hudson River, but will be looking for “monster” stripers in the ocean by trolling the next two days with his Katfish from Great Kills.
The Jamaica from Brielle has a Striper Marathon at 6:30 in the morning by reservation at 732 528-5014.
The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant is trolling stripers now, and may have room on their free Veteran’s day trip for vets. Call 732 272-4445.
The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant is running open striper trips the next two days at 6:30 for $120 per man. Call 732 370-8019.
Wednesday’s forecast is for northwest winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20. That should drop off to west 5-10 knots in the afternoon.
Surfcasting has been very slow, but I got into a little action this evening south of Mantoloking. There was no sign of fish, and the swell was big, but I caught a 19-incher in the wash on a Tsunami Sand Eel on my second cast. I later hooked a 15 1/2-inch fluke on a Joe Blaze teaser fly. At dusk a 25-inch bass hit the sand eel, and I added a third bass under the moon. It hit the teaser in the wash and measured 27 1/2 inches.