Shortened party boat trips have become a Thanksgiving feature in recent years, and the weather seems to be shaping up perfectly for those who would like to fish while not interfering with family dinner plans. They may even find lots of room on party boats — in contrast to the mob scenes common on Black Friday. Check with your favorite boat for their sailing time.
The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported another good day of striper jigging, and they will fish from 6:30 to 11:30 tomorrow. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported very good striper action today, will sail from 6 to1 tomorrow with reservations required. The Jamaica from Brielle will sail for stripers from 6 to 12:30.
The forecast is for northwest winds at 10-15 knots with 2-to-4-foot seas.
Surfcasting for stripers remains very spotty, but Mike Monte fished Monmouth County beaches with an old favorite– and the pearl Bomber Long A produced bass of 25 and 27 inches.
Chuck Many has been putting his crews on Tyman from Highlands into lots of big bass before taking a break to catch more colorful red drum at Hilton Head, S.C.