Though Capt. Ron Santee was discouraged by two poor days of striper fishing on hs Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands and ended his season yesterday, there was evidence today that there are still plenty of stripers available.

The fall season usually ends with rapidly falling water temperatures and a big storm, but we haven’t had any of that. The Golden Eagle from Belmar found striper fishing to be as good as it had been this morning despite choppy seas and some rain as boat limits of keeper and bonus bass were taken along with catch and release action. However, they won’t be sailing tomorrow due to the forecast.

Andreas Toy from Perth Amboy had the Daniel Ulmar party out to put Gray fish tags into 34 stripers while many others went back untagged because they couldn’t keep up with the action.

The Ocean County surf striper bite was dead early, but Jerry Lasko said he and Maren Tolano wait it out until the fish turned on at 8 a.m. They were mostly small bass, but with big fish mixed in such as Jerry’s 42-incher. At times it was an every cast bite.

Mike Monte fished the Monmouth County surf and was rewawere 30-31 inches. Those bass are feeding on sand eels, but he had to use a tin squid in order to cast into the wind.

A small craft warning is up from late tonight up to Wednesday afternoon. The morning forecast is for south winds at 10-15 knots with gusts to 20 before going southwest 10-15 in the afternoon. Rain is also predicted.

The Cape Charles, Va. pre-spawning striper run got underway as Sho-Nuf Sportfishing caught a 45-inch, 36-pounder.

Chuck Many is fishing his salt ponds at Hilton Head, S.C. with light tackle for red drum (redfish).

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