If you enjoy striper action even if keepers are missing, then you’ve got your choice of hot December fishing from both surf and boats.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had another day of great action with loads of shorts, some keepers and a slot bass for everyone. Unfortunately, tomorrow will be their last striper trip of the season.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands didn’t find any birds when they went out this morning, but picked away on readings before the ocean suddenly erupted with feeding bass and everyone enjoyed great action. There were no keepers, but large slots up to a 27-incher (photo below) provided dinner for all. Capt. Rob Semkewyc won’t be sailing Saturday, but will try to get Sunday in.
A gale warning is up until midnight for west winds gusting to 35 knots, but the morning forecast is only northwest at 10-15 knots before south gusts to 20 in the afternoon.
Maren Toleno fished the Ocean County surf this morning to catch 13 school stripers from 6:15 to 8 a.m. Vinny D’Anton said it started slowly at Belmar, but picked up as the morning went on. He ended up with 14 schoolies that were the usual end of the year small bass except for a 23-incher.
Bob Correll caught one bass at Bay Head and saw a few others released.
Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman’s Den in Belmar that there are lots of small stripers in the surf, while dock fishermen continue to take their two-winter flounder limits — and party boats are doing very well with blackfish.