AS noted below

Chuck Many reports from his Tyman out of Highlands as follows:

As StriperQuest 2023 Gray FishTag Research continued Monday afternoon, the South wind was crankin!! Stu Webber, Hans J Kaspersetz, Justin Lerner & I did a 6 mile drift and caught monsters the whole way!! Made new friends & rebuilt old ones!!! Awesome day!

Fisherman magazine Advertising Sales ManagerJohn DeBona was aboard another boat when he released his personal best 46-pound striper.

Thugh a small craft warning is up through Sunday afternoon, the northwest wind by morning is predicted to be only 10-15 knots with gusts to 20, which is fishable off the NJ Shore. Then it drops to west 5-10 knots in the afternoon.

Eric Kerber reported he was back into sea bass, and sent a rare photo with some sun on one. The full name of the species is black sea bass, and when the photo isn’t taken with sun on the subject it’s hard to make out the fish.

That northwest wind should be ideal for the Governor’s Surf Fishing Tournament at Island Beach State Park which was written up in my blog this week. Fresh clams or bunker chunks are a good bet for a striper that usually wins the Governor’s Trophy, and everyone is hoping for a bluefish showing that will assure many valuable fishing tackle prizes are distributed in categories for kids, teens and women as well as men. The contest runs from 6:30 to 1 before the awards ceremony from 1:30-2.

At Belmar, the Big Mohawk came up with almost a 40-man limit of sea bass on Friday when jigging was most effective with lots of sand eels being present.

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