There’s still excellent striper fishing for boat anglers, with the bonus bass provision making it possible for to bring home dinner even though bass over 28 inches aren’t common.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported very good action in fine weather, though the Thanksgiving Day trip has been canceled due to the forecast of 40-knot winds.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had to move around a lot, but ended up with close to a coat limit. They sail early tomorrow at 6 a.m.
Tank Matraxia fished today with Capt. Fletcher Chayes on Two Rivers charters out of Twin Lights in Highlands. There were loads of stripers off Sandy Hook, and they kept a few slots on jigs. Both Tank and the skipper tried to interest the bass in poppers, but they weren’t interested. A seal checked them out during the trip.
The Tuesday forecast is great, with west winds at 10 knots. The surf bite is up and down, but was off at Belmar this morning after two very good days. I only saw a few bass caught early, though hickory shad were hitting. I lost a bass early, and only bailed out on my last cast with a Run-Off chromed Sand Eel jig