Party boat striper fishing in NY/NJ Bight should get better as waters cool and the migration to the south gets underway, though it’s hard to imagine it being more productive than it is right now.

Capt. Ron Santee said it actually got better as the day went along on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Bunkers were thick, and the bass were biting.

Johnathon caught nine bass yesterday, but was back today to double that score. There were some “keeepers” among the big bass which were topped by Dino Paul’s 44-pound release. A few bonus bass were taken as the day went on. The boat sails at 7:30 a.m. into a forecast of west winds at 5-10 knots before going southwest in the afternoon.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into some big stripers right away, and had some keepers before the south wind created rough conditions at mid-day. They are chartered Friday, but will be sailing open again at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Capt. Vinny Vetere has room on his Katfish from Great Kills for striper fishing Friday from 7-1, and is open for private charters over the weekend. Call 917 693-8908.

Back bay stripers are smaller, but lots of fun on light tackle. Carolyn Riegert released this 30-incher that was her first bass while fishing out of Rip Tide Tackle in Brigantine.

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