Those anglers seeking personal record striped bass have a very good chance of doing so in NY/NJ Bight any day before the Hudson River stock finishes spawning and the same fish become a lot lighter.
The reason we are seeing so many big stripers now is because all of them must be released. That means there is no possibility of a record. Even a potential record kept alive in a fish well won’t be accepted by the IGFA as only those legal to be kept can be entered.
Chuck Many uses a 60-pound scale that he gets tested by the IGFA to weigh his released stripers, on Tyman (see 53-pounder below) that’s only for his own records as the IGFA requires fish to be weighed on land if submitted for record status.
For your own purposes, the formula is accepted by most anglers as a valid estimate. Use a tape to take the length to the fork of the tail (not tail tip)) and the girth at the widest spot. You can’t determine much about a striper’s weight without the girth. Then multiply the girth squared by the length and divide by 800.
Sea bass reports remain positive. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had steady action today along with a 5-pound tautog that had to go back plus a 23-inch pool-winning cod.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a beautiful day offshore with close to a boat limit of sea bass. They also had both spotted hake and red hake (king).
Tomorrow looks great, with southwest winds at 5 knots before going south in the afternoon.