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Bay striper bite changes

Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands said striper fishing yesterday from the back bay to Long Branch was a striper invasion — but it was just the opposite today. There were a few shots early, but very tough after that.

However, Dave Lilly had some better news, After only catching some small fish in the ,back a move to the mouth of the bay resulted in finding bunker schools at Chapel Hill along with many keeper bass. Dave had some NLBN (No Live Bait Needed) jigs from The Tackle Box in Hazlet, and found those paddle tail jigs with a corkscrew head worked very well.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported bass were up in the ocean and jigs produced keeper bass for all.

Lasko beaches a 45-incher as striper beat goes on

While the boat striper fishing continues at a high pace, surfcasters have been generally struggling until today when Jerry Lasko got into an Ocean County concentration of peanut bunker that were snagged and then fished on circle hooks.

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Jerry released 14 and Maren Toleno released 28.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Mike Monte is back at Belmar from Nantucket and found his local surf full of small peanut bunker this morning though the only striper was caught by Frank Conover.

At Belmar, the Golden Eagle reported lots of keeper stripers plus some slots and overs.

.The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands was limited on big stripers by 10:47, and looking for smaller bass.

Stripers still abundant

Dave Lilly said there so many stripers between the channels that there’s no challenge to it, so he ran down the beach to off the Highlands Bridge to troll for bigger bass. Tony Maja bunker spoons on wire produced “only” six bass for his short effort, but all were from 25 to 40 pounds. The large chrome model with a white weight worked best on a calm day with clear waters.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported stripers were hard to hookat first, but a move to the north put them into fish on top that were mostly keepers. Everyone had a striper today.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported non-stop netting of bass right away that resulted in an early boat limit.

There’s more good weather tomorrow with southwest winds at 10-15 knots before gusting to 30 in the afternoon.

Capt. Hans Kaspersetz is fishing for sailfish in Guatemala where his boat had a grand slam today with a slue marlin and a striped marlin in addition to lots of sails.

Giant sea bass fishing heats up on offshore wrecks

The Jamaica from Brielle reports a boat limit of sea bass up to 6 pounds was taken during Saturday’s trip to offshore wrecks along with lots of jumbo porgies and some hake plus a few bluefish, Room is available on tonight’s 10 p.m. sailing to those wrecks. For reservations call 732 528-5014.

and At Atlantic Highlands, the Fishermen reported perfect conditions Sunday as the water temperature dropped to 54 degrees and anglers caught up to 20 stripers from 23 to 37 inches on shads. There was only a short period of fishable conditions this morning as a few bass were caught before it got worse during the change and Capt. Ron Santee gave passes to the anglers and headed back.

The forecast is for west winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25 in the afternoon.

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A proud moment for Max Koblan with his 30-inch, 7.75-pound striper off Spring Lake on Sunday,

Awesome striper action

The Golden Eagle from Belmar had to run further, but then got into an awesome bite of mostly keeper stripers this morning. There were also some overs and bonus bass plus huge blues.

The Mimi VI from Point Pleasant has last minute openings on the 6:30 a.m. limited striper trip in the morning. The fare is $125. Call 732 370-8019 or go to their website for a reservation.

The forecast is for west winds at 10-15 knots before gusting to 25 in the afternoon.

Hot early striper bite

As I noted last night, there was an early window for fishing despite the gale warming. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle got into stripers right outside the inlet after their 6:30 departure. Fishing got tougher when the south wind kicked in, but around noon they found birds working over big blues.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had a fine early striper bite that included the release of a 49-pounder, before the south wind killed it.

Though west winds will gust to 25 knots tomorrow, that will knock down the seas and provide good fishing conditions before dropping down in the afternoon.

Gale warning for Saturday

Today was a blowout day, and there’s a gale warning for tomorrow, but the early morning actually sounds fishable before the southeaster comes up in the afternoon. Check with your skipper before coming down. The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands is planning to give striper fishing in the bay a try.

The Big Mohawk from Belmar will be switching to blackfish on weekdays when the season opens Tuesday, but will stick with stripers on weekends.

JCAA Dinner on Sunday

The Jersey Coast Anglers Association Sportsperson of the Year Dinne r is back, butat a new location on Sunday from 4-8 p.m. Yesterday’s Family Restaurant at 038 Rt, 9 South in Bayville is the new site, Tickets are $85, and may be obtained by calling Don Marantz at 908 347-1434. Unlimited beer and wine is included.

A small craft advisory is in place from 6 p.m. through late Friday night. Friday’s forecast is for south winds at 25-30 knots with 5-8-foot seas

My fellow veterans able to fish for stripers today were suitably rewarded. At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter reported a hot start, and the Fishermen noted an incredible amount of bait in the bay. However, they are cancelling tomorrow

Some blues among ocean stripers

Sorry for the late blog,but I was at a gender reveal event in Hutchinson Island, Florida for my daughter Cyndi who’s expecting a boy in May.

There hasn’t been any word about bluefish lately, but the Golden Eagle from Belmar did get into some today while picking at oversized and some keeper stripers, Some fish were on top, but they had to work hard for every one on lures — though those able to snag a bunker got hits.

Stripers hit early off Shark River Inlet, but bay bass are fussy

The ocean report was best today as the Golden Eagle from Belmar submitted the following:”The fish were right outside the inlet today and we had NICE BIG JUMBO STRIPERS with KEEPERS mixed in. We picked on most drifts with the morning having the better bite. There were great readings of bunkers with STRIPERS in them and we were able to pick in the bunkers at the end of the day. Shads and Live Lining worked the best. We also caught a couple STRIPERS on jigs.

It’s been a different story the last two days in Raritan Bay as relatively few stripers have been hitting shads despite lots of life that would normally result in good action.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands had a decent Monday, but not many bass were jigged today even in good readings.

Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park noted that big bass made a showing Sunday afternoon at IBSP as a 41-incher on a bucktail and several 40-pounders hit SP Minnows were reported.

Small craft warnings come down at 6:30 p.m.

Northwest winds at 10-15 knots are forecast for tomorrow.

Monday on Sea Hunter