Though there was still a swell running, the Island Beach State Park stripers responded to Tsunami Sand Eels all day. Jerry Lasko said they hit on both tides and only turned off at dead low.   He released 20 bass, and Maren Toleno did even better as usual with 43.

There’s a small craft warning up this evening, but the wind drops to north at 10-15 knots in the morning with gusts to 20. It switches to 10-15 northeast in the afternoon.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar has a reservation blackfish trip tomorrow at 6 a.m. followed by an open tog sailing Friday at 7 a.m.

The Jamaica from Brielle has room on tomorrow’s 11 p.m. sailing to the far offshore wrecks for jumbo sea bass. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

Alexandria Rothman cast a Deadly Dick to catch this colorful pargo at Zihuantenejo, Mexico while fishing with her father recently. Pargo is the Spanish name for the snapper family, which contains many species including the cubera I’m holding at the head of my blog. I’ve caught many of the pargo illustrated during trips to Panama, where they’re called rock snappers. Despite their relatively small mouth, I’ve caught them even on the big poppers cast for cuberas and roosterfish.



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