It was brief and not very descriptive, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc finally had striper action to report in Raritan Bay today with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands.
The first decent party boat striper report consisted of shorts up to 26 inches plus several keepers. The Fishermen from that port hadn’t reported when this was written, but Capt. Ron Santee did get into some striper action Sunday with a 28 1/2-inch pool winner and some shorts on bait– including three for a couple of anglers. Scott Leadbeater fished his center console out of that port on Sunday, and wasn’t able to catch bass casting before switching to trolling which produced a variety of bass sizes from 25 inches up to 20 pounds that he released after getting away from the boat traffic.
Chuck Many was out in the bay Sunday afternoon as his crew only tagged and released 10 stripers, but they were all large with three over 30 pounds up to a 41-pounder. That action was on live bunkers and plugs made by Cesar Carranza — including one by Many on his second cast with that lure (see photo).
Capt. Joe Massa and his crew on My Three Sons from Morgan Marina ran down to Long Branch on Sunday to get into lots of short blackfish while boating seven up to an 11-pounder plus two cod. On the way back there were gannets working off Sandy Hook, but they were over dolphins blasting into bunkers. The weather has been perfect, and that lasts into tomorrow with southwest winds at 10-15 knots before the weather turns that night.