The Golden Eagle from Belmar completed their season with a Saturday to Sunday trip to far offshore sea bass wrecks that worked out well. There was a boat limit of jumbos up to a 7-pounder that won the pool plus lots of porgies some ling, and many bluefish before dawn. Most surprising was an abundance of very large bonito with up to 40 caught by anglers fishing for them.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc was shocked to find the striped bass that had been so abundant through Saturday were gone Sunday when he made what turned out to be his last trip of the season with the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. There was no surface action, and working on readings produced only one slot and a dozen shorts.
It wasn’t like that the day before much further down the beach where Capt. Jim Freda got into a fly rod paradise with his Shore Catch from Manasquan as he followed schools of small stripers from Lavallette steadily to the north. His son Matthew (see below) became a fly rod pro with a St. Croix Legend outfit.
Blog reader Jim Giles was into that fishing from south of Manasquan Inlet with his brother and Chad Wieder as over 140 bass were released. Jim used a 6-inch Sluggo on a 1-ounce jig head.
Jerry Lasko said surfcasting was challenging today, but still productive in the morning as the waters were green. Returning at 2 p.m. they found the water had become very dirty and unfishable at Point Pleasant. Maren Toleno had released 11 bass up to a 25-incher early, and Jerry added three.
A gale warning is up tonight for southwest winds up to 35 knots. That drops to southwest at 15-20 knots in the morning, and to west at 10-15 in the afternoon along with rain.