Just when surf striper fishing turned on in several areas, the weather is turning on us.
A gale warning is up for Sunday with south winds at 15–s20 knots increasing to 25-30 in the afternoon. Rain is likely in the morning.
Belmar was one if the spots where surf stripers were active this morning. There were bass chasing sand eels out of the water before Vinny D’Anton and I arrived after dawn. Though the surface showing was over, everyone caught bass blind casting for some time. I didn’t see any keepers, but bass up to 26 inches were mixed with smaller ones and hickory shad. I measured the thickest of my shad at 15 1/2 inches. Most of the action was on Tsunami sand Eels.
Unfortunately, there was no afternoon bite though Vinny got one before dark. Prospects for the morning aren’t good if the weather forecast is right.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had another good striper day as everyone went home with dinner. The Saturday turnout in fine weather was poor, and Sunday’s trip has been canceled due to the gale.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had another good day with stripers, though it wasn’t easy as was the case yesterday — and they went into overtime for “OK” fishing with some keepers and slots plus many shorts.
Joe Blaze was able to catch some bass with his fly rod on a charter with Capt, Fletcher Chayes on Two Rivers Charters from Highlands. There was a bite between the channels before boat traffic shut it down. They went south to catch bass casting , though there were no swirling fish. Some slot bass were included. An attempt at blackfishing wasn’t successful.
Capt. Hans Kaspersetz returned from Guatemala where the world’s best sailfishing produced 27 releases in three days for him while fishing out of Blue Bayou. No sooner did he return than he was fishing locally today on his Sheri Berri from Twin Lights in Highlands. After releasing stripers, he switched to blackfish with similar success.