Though ocean stripers were “turned off” a couple of days ago. it was an entirely different story in NY/NJ Bight today.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported an “epic” day as follows:
“We had an early start with a crazy amount of fish on top in numerous areas with STRIPERS working on peanut bunkers. There was whitewater everywhere with so many piles of fish you didn’t know which one to go to along with top to bottom readings!! The fish were hooked up all around the boat and everyone had their KEEPER along with their SLOT FISH. It was outstanding fishing and a great day was had by all on board the Golden Eagle.“
Capt. Ron Santee said west is best for stripers as it blew a steady 25 knots all day with non-stop action on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. The pool bass was a 36-incher by a fare who caught 18.
Small raft warnings are up through Friday afternoon, but just like today with 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25. Anglers should be set up with a sure thing as long as they dress warm and can fish “out of the wind” close to the protection of shore.
The N.J. tautog bag limit is up to five per day, but this giant 18.8-pounder was caught by John Johanson on the Fish Bound from Ocean City, Md. earlier this week. It was 31 3/4 inches long.