Boat fishing for stripers has come back off the Jersey Shore after the weekend northeast blow. However, the Atlantic Highlands party boats had to make a move after the wind came up against the current and killed the drift.
Capt. Ron Santee had a good start with his Fishermen with the end of the a.m. tide When the conditions changed, he took a ride to deeper waters where both bait and fish were abundant. Rachael Waudenberg took the pool with a 23-pounder– the largest in several trips.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter had a similar day which produced shorts, bonus bass, and keepers.
At Belmar, the Golden Eagle picked away at short, slot and keeper bass on every drift while fishing not far from the inlet. Jigs proved more effective than shads, They’ll be sailing an early limited trip at 6 a. m.
The Big Mohawk will sail limited open trips for stripers each of the next two days at 5:30 a.m.
There wasn’t such positive news reported on the surf front. Allen Riley and John Mazzeo fished Sandy Hook, where Allen caught the only fish on the beach — a bass over 20 inches on a black Ulltimus teaser before dawn, and had one other hit. John had a hot morning of bass fishing there Friday, but this time there was no bait.
Maren Toleno caught a single schoolie at Lavallette early, but I never had a touch at Brick Beach despite clear waters and good conditions.
Despite the poor early reports, Vinny D’Anton went to Long Branch for a higher tide in early afternoon and picked three stripers up to a 26-incher with long casts of a Skippy metal and shorter ones with a Tsunami Sand Eel.
Capt. Vinny Vetere is running open tomorrow from 6 a.m. to noon for Hudson River stripers on live bunkers from his Katfish out of Great Kills.
Capt. Dave De Gennaro is taking advantage of all the northwest wind and will be running open with his Hi Flier from Barnegat on Saturday and Monday. from 6 a.m. to 2 p. m.
The marine forecast for tomorrow is northwest winds at 15-20 knots before diminishing to 10 knots in the afternoon.