Hot fishing and decent weather should make for a pleasant and productive Memorial Day weekend.
It wasn’t many years ago that we used to look forward to an ocean blitz of big stripers moving up from Chesapeake Bay, but there’s already been such great striper action that it’s hard to imagine it getting much better.
The forecast for Sunday is for an ideal north at 5-10 knots before shifting to south in the afternoon.
As noted yesterday, trolling off the beaches has been excellent for those seeking big bass that have to be released. Raritan Bay is a better bet for keepers. Bob Correll flew up from Florida to fish on the bay with Capt. Joe Massa on My Three Sons from Morgan Marina. Bunkers were tough to cast net, but the bite was on shortly after — and didn’t stop as Bob and Karl Drewing had steady action with the mediums while also releasing a 30-pounder.
Stripers seem to be active in the surf. Vinny D’Anton couldn’t get any hits in Spring Lake yesterday on sand fleas, but once again picked a bass on a Mirro-O-lure. Grumpy’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports stripers hitting clams during the day, but lure action in the surf has been at night. Small blues are starting to hit bait in daylight.
The sea bass bite also seems to be holding up for boaters. The Jamaica from Brielle and Golden Eagle from Belmar reported doing well today with many limits. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands noted that it was a bit bumpy heading out before settling down to an all-day bite.
Capt. Chris De Stefano said Neversink River fluking has been the best in memory even though it’s hard to come up with the smaller slot fluke now allowed. He noted that giant tuna showing up inshore with one caught at Shrewsbury Rocks and another on Cholera Bank.
The IGFA has a preview of their annual online auction. The auction starts Sunday June 5 at 8 p.m.