Today’s gale is blowing itself out, with southeast gusts to 45 knots and 9 to 13 foot seas, and west winds will create good fishing conditions later this week. Then we’ll see how that affected the best fall striper run in years.
Capt. Ron Santee Jr. said that run doesn’t owe us anything, but he’s looking forward to getting out again with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands after Sunday’s trip produced an all-day bite of striprers plus bluefish. Some of the bass were bigger fish in the 30-32-inch class, and the pool winner was 36 inches.
Also at that port, Capt. Rob Semkewyc is planning on starting again with his Sea Hunter on Thursday, but if enough customers call with a desire to fish on Wednesday he’ll consider that possibility. One of Sunday’s bass is displayed below.
The marine forecast for Tuesday is southwest winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 and seas down to 7-10 feet. There’s a chance of showers in the morning.
The Jamaica from Brielle is sailing almost every night to the far offshore wrecks for jumbo sea bass and porgies, and doing very well with the target species along with a few bonito, weakfish, cod and pollock. Dave Diner from Drexel Hill, Pa. boated sea bass of 7 and 6 pounds to win both pools. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations,