They took a long time for them to arrive from the east, but big stripers finally flooded into local waters Wednesday as Capt. Vinny Vetere reported releasing 15 bass between 40 and 50 pounds from his Katfish out of Great Kills. Vetere called it the best day in his 50 years of striper fishing!

He was trolling his TGBT bunker spoons, and Robert O’Hara said they came in by 10:30 a.m. Katfish was still open for the weekend when this was received. Call 917 693-8908.

Chuck Many put Alex Katyan and Mike Michael into bass up to 47 pounds on Tyman from Highlands that morning despite the fog. Many also knew that big bass were caught off Long Branch and Asbury Park on Tuesday.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a good Wednesday tuna trip with limits of the smaller bluefins and 12 yellowfins up to a couple of 90-100 pounds. They picked at 4-10-pound blues today along with some sea bass and porgies.

Though the wind forecast is only east at 5-10 knots tomorrow, there are small craft warnings for large swells from the southeast.

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