The Northeast Striped Bass Study, sponsored by The Fisherman magazine, is underway again after pandemic restrictions stopped manufacturing of the satellite tags used in the program.The large female required was located in a North Jersey area scouted out by Chuck Many on his Ty Man, and caught aboard Capt. Frank Waggenhoffer’s Fin Chaser. The 46 1/2-inch, 43-pounder was fitted with the satellite tag on May 8, and released in prime condition to spawn and then provide a steady stream of information during its migratory movements. The two stripers tagged last year migrated as expected to New England, but not at all as expected along the Long Island shoreline from the Hudson River. Instead they went far offshore to the edges of canyons and traveled in mid-depths. Chuck had Staten Island pros, including Guy Buono, with him yesterday morning as he got into big bass up to a 49-pounder down the beach. During all the fishing with live bunkers and eels Many’s been doing in the ocean and Raritan Bay, he’s only had a few bluefish bites and hasn’t caught one yet.
Mark Roy fished Raritan Bay a couple of days ago with his Release Me from Raritan Marina in Hazlet as John Mooney and Manny Quinones trolled seven stripers from 35 to 37 1/2 inches on mojos.
Large bunkers moved into the Island Beach State Park (IBSP) surf long enough to provide a shot of stripers action this morning. Jerry Lasko reported that Maren Toleno caught a 36-incher and he hooked a 22-inch bass on popping plugs. There was also a report from Betty & Nick’s in Seaside Park that Dennis Smith had a 20-pounder on a pencil popper, while Luca took a 37-incher at 21st St. in that town, and Joe Caputo added a 14-pound bass on a sand eel teaser. `
There have been some small blues in Point Pleasant Canal, but when I got a hit this morning it was from something that cut right through a normally bluefish-proof 8-inch Z Man paddletail. That couldn’t have been any small blue, but then there were a couple of very short flurries that produced a few small blues and lots of clipped off Kettle Creek tails. I released my first two blues of the spring that were in the 3-pound class.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands is making a special striped bass trip Wednesday Reservations are required for the 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. trip that’s limited to 20 and costs $90.Capt. Rob Semkewyc said fluking has been poor, and getting even worse. As a result, he’s going to add striper trips on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, He’ll do a combo fluke and sea bass trip the other days,
The Fishermen from that port experienced a slower seabass trip today, but had some bigger bass up to a 4 1/2-pounder by Tyler Murdock of Brick, There were also a half-dozen flounders and a pollock, but few ling. During a drop in deeper waters the few fish came up without much fight due to the very cold water on bottom.
The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant had a slow start today before ending up with a good sea bass catch. Capt. Dave Riback noted that the “odd” giant striped bass may be caught on these daily trips.
The Big Jamaica from Brielle has set its first tilefish date as Monday June 22 at 10 p.m. The return is at 2 to 4 a.m. the following Wednesday.
Light winds continue with just southwest at 10 knots in the morning along with showers. Thunderstorms are possible in the afternoon.