It’s not often that I can get both boat and surf reports from the same source, but that was the case today as Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands had his anglers into whitewater action with 30-to-38-inch stripers while finally seeing surfcasters also getting into the bite. He didn’t specify exactly where that was, but I suspect the surfcasters may have been at Sandy Hook.

Surprisingly, Santee didn’t have enough fares to sail — but he didn’t want to disappoint the few customers and sailed anyway. The high hook caught 15 bass up to a 44-incher. Best of all, Santee didn’t have to go far and avoided rough waters by staying close to shore.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported limiting out quickly with keeper bass and some bonus fish while releasing many trophy stripers that were hitting both lures and bunkers.

Though there’s a shift to northeast winds in the forecast, only 10-15 knots is predicted.

Those wanting some variety can try blackfishing as Capt. Cal 2 from Belmar will start that bottom fishing tomorrow.

Chuck Many always fins big bass for release from his Tyman out of Highlands by fishing eels off by himself

1 Comment

  1. Your guess about Sandy Hook surf is correct. Bass busting on peanut bunkers as far as I could see in either direction this afternoon. The 15 or 20 I caught were roughly between 24 and 32 inches. I only measured the one I kept at 30 inches.


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