Fisherman’s Headquarters in Long Beach Island reported a surfcasters day of a lifetime yesterday for Jim Crane who not only released a 51-inch striped bass (probably weighing in the upper forties) — and then added a large black drum plus two bluefish. Crane said the bass took him one beach south and then four beaches north. No details yet on bait used.

Vinny D’Anton has been trying to catch stripers on sand fleas from Monmouth County beaches without getting a hit until this morning when he and Frank Manzi caught mostly 26-to-30-inchers on the mole crabs.

Boat fishing for stripers continued at a high pace from plenty of keepers in Raritan Bay to trophy bass in the ocean such as the one below on Tyman from Highlands,

The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands ended up with another good catch of sea bass plus a few ling while a cod that hit a jig took the pool.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had a slow start to sea bass fishing this morning in a strong current, but the bite improved along with better conditions as some ling and whiting were also boated. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported Friday’s sea bass fishing produced an early boat limit on jigs.

Northeast winds at just 5 knots are predicted for Monday before shifting to south in the afternoon.

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