There was both good and bad news from party boats today as ocean blues were spotted but didn’t want to bite, while the Raritan Bay stripers that haven’t been cooperating for party boats finally showed some interest in bait.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported seeing blues plus lots of bunkers, but couldn’t jig very many. On the other hand, they finally jigged a short striper and also had an Atlantic mackerel.

At Atlantic Highlands, there were few customers, but at least they had some striper action. Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter had shots of action on both tides though there were no big bass. Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen said there were both shorts and keepers on bait after shads didn’t attract any interest. A 42-incher provided some real excitement.

The threat of showers tomorrow may result in some boats not sailing, so be sure to call before coming down. Southeast winds at 10-15 knots are predicted before a switch to west in the afternoon.

Nick Honachefsky recently celebrated his birthday with his first bluefish of the year.

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