Though boat fishing for stripers has been almost a sure thing recently, surfcasters have had mixed results until this week. The fall migratory run now appears to be well underway with quantities of peanut bunkers along the beaches to hold them inshore.

Vinny D’Anton moved further south in Monmouth County today to get into bass on poppers before they got fussy for a while. He got their attention back with an SP Minnow before they started hitting anything by early afternoon — when he even caught them on a Tsunami Sand Eel despite the lack of that bait in the surf so far. Best of all, the bass are large schoolies with a few lunkers mixed in . Vinny released one that measured just short of 41 inches.

The location changed, but striper fishing was red hot again on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. It was the ocean yesterday, but results were the same in the bay today. The high hook caught 25 bass, and a 36-incher won the pool. Everyone went home with a keeper and a slot Shads worked best.

Capt. Alan Shinn reported an early striper limit on Miss Belmar Princess, followed by plenty of catch and release.

Water Proof had a boat limit of blackfish yesterday by 9:30a.m.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro has a rare open weekend on Hi Flier from Barnegat from Saturday through Monday with which to take advantage of west winds providing calm seas under the beach. Smaller stripers are now abundant enough to almost assure some keepers rather than just releasing big bass. Call him at 732 330-5674.

A small craft advisory is up through Saturday morning with west gusts to 30 knots, but that’s down to 15 knots with gusts to 20 by morning. Ideal for surfcasting, and fine for boaters close to the beach!

Tom Lynch of Angry Fish Gallery in Point Pleasant took this shot of John Tidemann landing a school striper in the Jersey surf this week

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