This used to be prime time for catching a trophy weakfish in Barnegat Bay, but if any have been hooked there so far the anglers are keeping it very quiet. However there was an unusual report of a weakfish in the surf this morning. Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reported the 5-pounder hit a pink Kettle Creek paddletail being cast by Noah Gomez. Weakfish have been very scarce in the surf during recent years, and we can only hope that this is a sign of better days to come.

Capt. Rob Semkewyc said he only got into short stripers today with his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands, but the last stop was best — and that’s where he’ll start in the morning when the forecast is for northwest winds at 10-15 knots before going west in the afternoon. .

Capt. Vinny Vetere reports many big stripers were trolled over the weekend from his Katfish out of Great Kills on TGT bunker spoons.

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