It took a long time for the ocean striped bass to turn on, but after a good bite yesterday on jigs and shads the Golden Eagle from Belmar only found bass today that wouldn’t hit. Hopefully that will change tomorrow as the forecast is ideal with northwest winds at 5-10 knots.

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands ran into a similar problem as Capt. Ron Santee Jr. went back to where he left big stripers biting on Tuesday only to find them unresponsive. By the end of the day he did end up with a few keepers to 30 inches, and some shorts including 26-27-inchers. He’ll finish up with stripers the next two days before switching to sea bass as that season opens on Saturday.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina reports there have been mostly 3-5-pound blues hitting a variety of lures in Shark River along with a few larger choppers.

Lou Truppi has been catching lots of large trout on N.J. and Pa. streams lately, including the beautiful palamino trout below.

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