Lack of drift hurts as Sea Hunter begins striper trips

Capt. Rob Semkewyc started striper fishing Saturday with a charter on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands that produced a couple of bass despite a lack of drift. His first 7 a.m. open trip today had the same problem as only one bass was boated. Results should be much better without the mob scene on daily trips this week.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar didn’t get involved in the striper mob yesterday, but went offshore for good sea bass fishing along with large porgies.

Raritan Bay was a zoo today

Dave Lily got out early and trolled seven big stripers at the mouth of the bay before it became impossible to fish 300 feet of wire in the mob — and came home early. All were too big to keep. Even Miss Belmar Princess ad up there. Lilly had been skunked Thursday on the full moon, but

RIP George Valentini

The fishing community lost another great one much too early when George Valentini of Monroe Township passed away at 68. The distributer of Avet Reels was a familiar figure at trade and sportsman’s shows, and an avid striper fisherman.

Little tunny blitz at Sandy Hook

Frank Huza of Aberdeen reports that he just missed a blitz of large little tunny at Sandy Hook this morning. One angler had caught 7. He checked other lots and saw tunny breaking offshore though they never came in.

Hot fall canyon fishing

The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant reports there’s some old-fashioned canyon fishing going on now with limit chunking catches at night plus bigeyes on the troll and deep dropping for swordfish. An availability for either a charter or a spot on an open trip will be on either Oct. 26-27 or 27-28. Call 732 272-4445 quickly to take advantage of that opportunity.

The forecast is for southwest winds at 15-20 knots — dropping to 10-15 in the afternoon.

Surf too calm in west winds

Vinny D’Anton is frustrated by weather too good for Shore surfcasting action. He says it’s flat calm and crystal clear with only 10-inch snappers present.

On the other hand it was rough further off as the Golden Eagle settled for some sea bass and tog. The forecast is for similar conditions.

Maryland striper Index way below average

Though up slightly from last year at just 3.2, Maryland’s striped bass young of the year index is far below the long term average of 11.4 and offers little hope for a big improvement in striper stocks.

Yet, there have been some great reports of big bass in the harbor area where Dave Lilly said he couldn’t find a keeper while drifting eels on Friday as they were all too big . A 49-incher pulled his scale to 44 pounds before release.

Chuck Many also had all big bass yesterday on his Tyman from Highlands.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle was in bunker schools today and had striper readings on its fishfinder, but couldn’t get them to hit any lure or live bunkers.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den reports Miss Belmar Princess boated its first fall striper yesterday.

Get back to you all soon

A note from the Captain’s daughter:

The Captain has been busy sorting through 35+ years of fishing memories as he and my mother prepare to sell my childhood home. He will be getting back to giving you all the latest updates as soon as he is settled and has his computer back up and running. Until then, tight lines and best of luck outwitting the creatures of the sea with brains the size of peas!