That was Capt. Ron Santee’s assessment of the striper fishing today on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, There was life over a wide area, and bass from 28 to 35 inches bit all day. Topwater lures worked best, and heavy shads were productive if fished close to bottom in the fast drift.

The Jamaica from Brielle may have room on its 10 p.m. trip to far offshore wrecks. Limits of sea bass up to 5 1/2 pounds have been common along with lots of jumbo porgies and even some bluefish and weakfish. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

Mike Monte saw some cormorants diving in the Sea Girt surf this morning and cast a Tsunami Sand Eel in that area to release two stripers in the 25-inch class and lose two others in that obvious sign of sand eels being present.

Chuck Many fished off Cape Charles, Virginia this morning to release trophy bass with Capt. Clinton Lessard. He recommends that veteran skipper to anyone seeking the striper of a lifetime. Call 757 710-0098.

Saturday’s forecast is for west winds at just 5 knots before increasing to 10-15 with gusts to 20 in the afternoon.

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