Historically. it hasn’t been often that anglers seeking striped bass could be concerned only about how many and not if they were going to catch them when they left port.

That hasn’t been the case lately in NY/NJ Bight, but it won’t last forever.

Fishing was a bit slower in the ocean today as the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported stripers and some blues for a decent catch, The bite was best early, and they had to move around to find more. Tomorrow’s 6:30 trip will be their last for stripers.

There was no change in the great jigging for Atlantic Highlands boats. The Sea Hunter had a slot bass for everyone and some over 28 inches. The Fishermen reported they moved into deeper waters to add some larger bass up to 34 inches. The action slowed after the tide changed and the wind came up.

Jerry Lasko said the Ocean County surf was flat and the striper fishing flow. After he outfished Maren Toleno yeterday, everything was back to normal today as Maren scratched out five and Jerry couldn;t score. He noted that some peanut binker were spotted in the evening.

There may be some rain on the weekend, but Friday looks great with southwest winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20.

“Paul Haertel reported on Facebook about blackfishing on his boat out of Barnegat Inlet as follows: Well this kid, Peter Hammond is in big trouble. Once again he broke the boat rules by catching a bigger fish than the Captain. This time though he did it twice with two personal best, the first weighing in at 10 lbs 2 oz and the second a whopping 13 lbs. 3 oz. To his credit though he released both of them. Today he even outfished King Dante Soriente though Dante had some nice ones and was high hook. My friend Jeff C and I managed a few tog though. Congrats Pete but don’t let this happen again. All on Magictails. #magictails

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