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Report from Thursday, December 1.

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A trip today, trying hard, ended up with a few striped bass and a handful of bluefish in a big heave on the ocean on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. The trip fished all over, but the rough weather in past days made the angling no good. Monday’s trip, in better weather, whacked a great catch of stripers and big blues. Forecasts called for better weather tomorrow. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for stripers and blues at 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The trips will continue through the month, as long as the fish stick around.

The party boat Big Mohawk will resume blackfishing Friday, after the trips were weathered out Tuesday through today, Capt. Chris said. The fishing’s been alright, okay, a little picky, but okay. Anglers had to work for them, and the trips are fishing 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Green crabs are provided, and white crabs are sold aboard at a better price than at stores. Jigging for blackfish was a fad lately, and that might work on the bay, but doesn’t on the ocean.

Mostly striped bass and a few blues gave up good fishing Monday on the Golden Eagle on the ocean to the south, a report said on the party boat’s website. The fish bit early and afterward turned out a pick a few hours. “A lot of guys caught their limit,” it said. The report didn’t say whether that meant limits of unders or limits of all sizes. “We had a few (stripers) around 30 inches with others around 28-29 inches,” it said. Most were hooked on swim shads, and the boat is fishing for stripers and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Blackfishing was tough Monday on the ocean aboard, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. But striped bass fishing was excellent that day on the ocean, and was pretty darn good on most days previously. Trips are hooking them on cast rubber shads and on the troll, sometimes on livelined bunker in mornings. Dates remain for charters during the second half of the month for stripers, if they’re still around, and blackfish. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway about individual spaces available on charters. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces. One space is available Friday for stripers and another is available Dec. 8 for blackfish. Surely more will become available after mid-month.