Though the ocean stripers were fussy for some, it appears that everyone fishing between the channels or anywhere near there caught all the school stripers they could handle.

Dave Lilly said his crew had non-stop action casting Tony Maja Mo-Jos, but everyone within sight was doing the same thing with a variety of lures. The action continued even after he drifted off into 72 feet. There weren’t any big bass, but lots of keepers up to about 34 inches. Bluefish were being caught on umbrella rigs, but didn’t bother the casting lures. Lilly took a look over at the Tin Can Grounds to get away from the crowd, but was surprised to find no fish over there.

Capt. Stan Zagleski was delighted with the fishing he found with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands despite all the boat traffic. A new 11-year-old customer, Stan Tactakoeski of Fair Lawn, showed his elders how to do it by catching 16 stripers.

It was a different story in the ocean. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported incredible bird action and fish on top, but boat traffic was outrageous and only a few bass and blues were boated. Miss Belmar Princess had a similar report.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina said surfcasting for bass has been boom or bust. Mike Monte caught a couple of school bass on a Tsunami Sand Eel and missed others early at Belmar despite low water conditions.

Sunday’s forecast is for east winds at 15-20 knots..

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