After a Saturday trip only produced fish spotted on the surface that wouldn’t hit, the Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some keeper stripers plus shorts and some bluefish today which might set up good action in favorable conditions this week. See photo below.
Small craft warnings are up through Monday afternoon, but the direction is favorable with northwest at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20, diminishing to 5-10 in the afternoon.
There wasn’t such good news from Raritan Bay today as Capt. Ron Santee Jr. of the Fishermen at Atlantic Highlands said striper fishing was a struggle despite perfect wind and current conditions until there were some short stripers plus a big black drum at the end of the day. As a result, he’s taking a day off before sailing again on Tuesday.
Scott Leadbeater had better news from Saturday morning’s trolling at the mouth of the bay with his Aquasport from Atlantic Highlands. It was cold, damp and drizzly, but trolling slowly with mo-jos produced a decent pick of mostly 30-34-inchers despite the big fleet.
There have been some better surf reports. Greg Tirpak got into some short stripers yesterday morning at Mantoloking on aYo-Zuri pencil popper and teaser. Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported two bass to 43 inches by George Ford this morning while fishing clams;