Many party boats have scheduled early Thanksgiving striper trips, but be sure to check with skippers before coming down as some are canceling due to the weather.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had decent striper fishing today, with plenty of slots and some keepers plus big blues — but they have canceled the Thanksgiving sailing. Black Friday looks good, but anglers should arrive very early as that has become probably the most packed weekday of the year. Especially with pandemic restrictions, it’s likely that boats will leave long before schedule.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had the best day-long striper bite of the season today as the hot bite kept getting better. Unfortunately, the Thanksgiving trip has been called off.

Vinny D’Anton heard there was a striper blitz at Island Beach State Park this morning, but decided to avoid the mob and did well enough at Belmar. The Tsunami Sand Eel produced six stripers by blind casting before he tried a Florida favorite and got a 26-incher on a MirrOlure Mirradyne plug.

The Jamaica from Brielle may have two spots open on the Nov. 27 offshore wreck trip that sails at 10 p.m. Friday. Call for reservations at 732 528-5014.

The Hi Flier from Barnegat is sailing open by reservation from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. from tomorrow through Monday. Stripers are the target unless it’s possible to get out to 50-150-pound tuna jumping 5 -10 miles offshore. Call 732 330-5674.

Small craft warnings are up through through Friday afternoon. The morning forecast is for south winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 25 plus rain.


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