Active and retired servicemen are eligible for a free striped bass trip Friday on the Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org to determine availability.
That fishery remains excellent except in poor weather conditions. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported another great day of striper fishing except for a brief period at the change of tide. They ended up with a boat limit of stripers plus many releases of bass that hit everything.
Capt. Ron Santee said he had to run and gun all day to stay on stripers with his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands as there was more boat traffic than expected. Many anglers had multiples up to a young man’s 48-inch, 35-pound release. That boat is chartered on Saturday.
A small craft warning is up through Tuesday afternoon. The morning forecast is for north winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25.
Chuck Many had his charter boat friends from Cape Charles up to fish NY/NJ Bight stripers a few days ago before getting into their great catch and release season when numerous 50-pound bass are caught — along with two over 60 pounds last winter. Sho-Nuf Sportfishing Charters is taking reservations for that live eel fishery from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15. Call them at 757 710-0098.