Striped bass don’t want to leave NY/NJ Bight waters this winter.

Dave Lilly reports that the few remaining charter boats are catching all the keepers they can handle in the back of the bay, and Miss Belmar Princess reported a good ocean catch yesterday with all sizes represented as plain Ava 47 jigs worked best.

Bob Matthews, at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina summed up the fishing as follows:

“Well It’s hard to believe it’s almost Christmas, the weather has been very mild this fall and the fishermen have  been taking advantage of it.The Striped bass are still around, the sandeels finally made an appearance and small micro bass are feeding on them,grab some light tackle and get in on some action.There are still some better fish hitting after dark on Black Bombers and Purple and Black SP Minnows. Add a teaser for some extra insurance.The daytime bite try some Tsunami six inch eels or A !7 with a green tail with a teaser.The Blackfish  has been very good with many limit catches, some really nice fish are being brought in,5 pounds is normal .The flounder bite is holding up and many anglers are fishing for Sundials, they are plentiful and no limit, plus good eating.We are open full service,well stocked for your Christmas needs,gift certificates are available if you’re  not sure what to purchase.”

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