There was a very good striper bite reported today from both Atlantic Highlands and Belmar, but with west gusts to 30 knots and a small craft advisory up, both the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands and the Golden Eagle out of Belmar have postponed their trips until Friday.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter said it was the best day of the season as lots of school bass were caught and everyone went home with a slot striper. The Golden Eagle report from the ocean was similar as all aboard had a slot among the many bass caught.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar had good blackfishing with a pool winner of about 6 1/2 pounds. Whitelegger crabs worked best. They will be sailing on their reservation tog trip tomorrow since the west blow won’t bother them relatively close to shore.

Maren Toleno found surf conditions to be just fine even if the waters were a bit dingy. She caught 27 school bass at Brick in the morning, and added 9 more at dusk. All were on the Tsunami Sand Eel and a teaser.

Paul Haertel of the JCAA set up a fundraising page on Facebook, and quickly raised $500 on giving day with more coming in as the effort to fund that group’s conservation activities continues.

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