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Bay striper fishing holds up

A little poor weather doesn’t seem to bother the huge quantity of stripers presently available in Raritan Bay.

At Atlantic Highlands, the Sea Hunter reported another super day, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc feels the northwest wind may be stronger than expected and is taking tomorrow off. He will be sailing on Thanksgiving from 6:30 to 11:30 by reservation.

Capt. Ron Santee was into whitewater fishing when he got out with his Fishermen this morning, and stripers up to a 34-incher hit surface lures as well as shads. The high hook caught 15. He will sail tomorrow, but not on Thanksgiving.

The forecast is for northwest winds at 15-20 knots before increasing to 20-25 in the afternoon.

Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den in Belmar Marina reports winter flounder up to 18 inches are being caught from the docks, while blackfish and sundials are hitting in the inlet. He notes that surfcasting for stripers has been a challenge so far. When the boats can get outside, they’re doing well with stripers or fishing bottom for blacks and porgies.

Ocean stripers fussy

The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported that stripers were splashing on the surface in the ocean today but didn’t want to bite. They did catch a few on shads and jigs, but it wasn’t like the big catch made Saturday in Raritan Bay despite all the boat traffic. They won’t be sailing tomorrow due to the forecast of northwest winds gusting to 25 knots plus likely showers in the morning.

The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported another very good day of striper fishing in Raritan Bay. They will sail in the morning as the forecast should reduce the small boat fleet and provide good party boat conditions in the bay.

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The Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported a slow start, but the bite turned on as soon as the current started running in the back of Raritan Bay.

Dave Lilly had a lady aboard this morning, and Holly not only jigged her first striper but also many more (see photo below). He said there were lots of 30-34-inch bass and everyone was catching despite the parking lot conditions on a calm day.

Vinny D’Anton checked the surf further south and saw a big fleet off Lavallette — though the fish they were on didn’t move into range while he was there.

Bay stripers bite again

Cqpt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands reported at 818 that he already had as many stripers aboard as there were all say yesterday. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported another fine day with keeper and bonus bass in the ocean.

The Jamaica from Brielle has room on its 10 p.m. trip to far offshore wrecks, There were limits of sea bass up to 5 pounds on Wednesday’s trip along with lots of big porgies and even some triggerfish. Call 732 528-5014.

The Hi-Flier from Barnegat is running open for stripers tomorrow. Call Capt. Dave at 732 330.-5674.

Greg Tirpak scored with a bass at Bay Head today.

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.


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.