Maryland has announced a change in ocean striped bass regulations to one per day between 28 and 35 inches. That applies on Jan. 1 for the ocean and its tributaries — but not in Chesapeake Bay.

The striper below was released by Chad Parks on Chuck Many’s Ty Man from Cape Charles, Va. and will be a lot lighter after she sheds her roe in the spring and that belly flattens out. The only hit of the day — but well worth the trip trolling live eels.

The Paramount from Brielle may have two spots left on their offshore wrecks trip sailing at 8 p.m. today. Call 732 528-2117 for info.

Betty & Nick’s in Seaside Park reports that stripers seem to have moved on’ However, Mike Monte had some better news from further north. He fished the Belmar surf from dawn to 8 a.m. without a touch even though dipping birds indicated that sand eels were present. Yet, after returning later he met an angler who had also been shut out but had watched two other casters catch 5 and 10. One was using a Tsunami Sand Eel. and the other a Kettle Creek paddeltail. Those were the typical end-of-the-year 18-to–22-inchers. Apparently, those bass turned on around 9 a.m.

Small craft warnings are up until 10 p.m. The morning forecast is for west winds at just 5-10 knots before increasing in the afternoon to southwest 20-25 knots with gusts to 30.


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