The report from Miss Belmar Princess didn’t mince words — it was terrible. Only a few were caught where they had been cooperating

Though Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park saw their first fall surf striper on Wednesday, a 29-incher that hit mullet, surfcasting has generally been dismal as we are still awaiting arrival of stripers from the east. The migratory run has been delayed by very warm waters and probably a lack of bait in the N.J. surf.

Chuck Many has neen catching some large stripers from his Tyman out of Highlands which he’s identified as migrating fish due to the sea lice on them and their purple sheen.

The Queen Mary from Pt., Pleasant reporting seeing the first signs of migrating bass Friday afternoon and this morning. They run their first Striper Marathon on Tuesday, and have also set a tuna trip for 1 a.m. Oct. 21.

Capt. Dave De Gennaro is still catching blowfish in the bay and 4-6-pound blues casting in the inlet when he can’t get offshore with his Hi Flier from Barnegat. He’s open Sunday and Monday for offshore fishing if possible. Call 732 330-5674.

The Sunday marine forecast is for southeast winds at 5 to 10 knots.

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