The stretch of fine fishing weather is coming to an end as a gale warning has been posted for Monday. Southeast winds at 20-25 knots in the morning will gust to 45 in the afternoon plus rain.
Today was beautiful, and the incredible striper jigging Between the Channels held up despite so much boat traffic that Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands said it was hard to find a hole to drift through. Unfortunately, he had to canel the next two days due to the weather.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported the ocean striper fishing was a pick among lots of fish in sight. They got some slots and keepers, but not enough. A 40-incher was released.
Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina said the striper boats there have had good jigging off Highlands, and blackfishing is good at times. A 16-pound trophy tog was taken on Lock N Load. Winter flounder fishing is good in Shark River. Striper surfcasting has been “challanging” locally. It’s been better to the south where Bob went yesterday. He saw bass of sub-legal size being caught at IBSP along with very large hickory shad.