A little poor weather doesn’t seem to bother the huge quantity of stripers presently available in Raritan Bay.
At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter reported another super day, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc feels the northwest wind may be stronger than expected and is taking tomorrow off. He will be sailing on Thanksgiving from 6:30 to 11:30 by reservation.
Capt. Ron Santee was into whitewater fishing when he got out with his Fishermen this morning, and stripers up to a 34-incher hit surface lures as well as shads. The high hook caught 15. He will sail tomorrow, but not on Thanksgiving.
The forecast is for northwest winds at 15-20 knots before increasing to 20-25 in the afternoon.
Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina reports winter flounder up to 18 inches are being caught from the docks, while blackfish and sundials are hitting in the inlet. He notes that surfcasting for stripers has been a challenge so far. When the boats can get outside, they’re doing well with stripers or fishing bottom for blacks and porgies.