Big striped bass arrived in the NJ surf just in time for the Barrier Islands Beach Brawl. Nick Honachefsky reported that as of 1:45 p.m. there had been 51 bass releases in the 43-50-inch class released. Ironically there is no category for bass as all were to be released without photo proof.

Vinny D’Anton reported vast schools of large bunkers out of range along Monmouth County beaches with whales and dolphins on them yesterday, but only some fish eruptions offshore this morning – and no mullet in the surf. As it turned out. there had been shots of big bass on beaches further south the previous afternoon.

Fishermen’s Headquarters reported a couple of their LBI regulars had caught 20 up to Max’s 48-incher that was released with a Gray fish tag.

I’ll have more about striper catches tomorrow. The weather looks good with 10-15-knot west winds plus gusts to 20. Seas are down to 2 to 3 feet.

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