Striper fishing in Raritan Bay has been exceptional, but as far as Capt. Ron Santee is concerned, today’s bite on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands was the best of his long career. His account follows:

FISHERMEN/Best Bass trip of my Career!! Thursdays Report

 Created: Thursday, 10 November 2022 16:24 Written by Capt. Ron

I have been blessed over the years to have had some excellent Striped Bass fishing

The clam fishing in the early 2000’s to the amazing fall jig fishing the past several years. Nothing compares to what we had today!! I can honestly say this was the best Striper trip I have ever run, several have come close but with smaller fish.

Despite the wild traffic, we had an all day bite. The second drift once I could get on the meat away from the crowd we had over 100 fish! Joe, Jim and I went from customer to customer non-stop netting!

When the crowd chasing the birds got too tight we took a ride and found amazing action all by ourselves (almost), on readings from hell. Eric & Bill V. were Animals in the Bow with 34 & 20 fish each. Big John took the pool with a beauty at 38 inches. Novice bass fishermen and new to the game Big Tom  is now addicted landing over a dozen fish. See Tom there is life after Fluke! 

I had third generation customers who had a huge smile and great memories from today. I got to notch another Striper Virgin on the wheelhouse which always makes me smile.

We are fishing tomorrow, don’t let the weatherman keep your ass home!!


7:30 Sailing but get here early, I go when we have enough to sail. We shape up at 5:30am. Open boat, No Reservations just come on down. Fare is $90      Fishing in my back yard!!!

The forecast is for southeast winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 before increasing to 15-20 with gusts to 30 in the afternoon. Not great, but fishable on a large boat in the bay as it shouldn’t take long to limit out. Unfortunately, a gale warning goes up Friday evening though the night.

The ocean story was the same today as the Big Mohawk from Belmar got right into big stripers, and had a boat limit of keepers by 8 a.m. before going into catch and release mode. They emphasize they will be fishing at 6:30 came rain or shine!

The Jamaica from Brielle has a post-gale canyon trip set for 8 p.m. Sunday. Call 732 528-5014 for reservations.

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