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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, May 26.

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Many large striped bass were boated from the ocean since the moon waned, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. A 42-pounder was biggest with Parker Pete’s this week, and more and more bunker schooled the water. He expects the striper fishing to keep improving this week, as stripers “catch up” with the bunker. The bass were kind of scattered currently. Trolling for them caught best, and sometimes livelined bunker hooked the fish in evenings, and some evenings fished better than others. Some striper trips fished better than others, for that matter, and some fished great. Some monster stripers were out there. A few individual spaces are available on a striper charter Friday. Dates remain for charters in June, and Pete expects stripers to keep biting into June. New this year, he’s also running trips on a party boat that are livelining bunker for stripers with limited numbers of passengers. Those trips are becoming pretty booked, and reserve to ensure a spot. See info on Parker Pete’s website. For Parker Pete’s, don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Book an individual space on a charter that needs anglers. Visit the website to subscribe to the email blast to be kept informed about the spaces. Also see a trip calendar, where available dates are posted, on the site.

The Katie H has been in the yard, and Capt. Mike hopes to splash the vessel after Memorial Day, he said. Trips will hit sea bass hard, he said. They’ll fish for striped bass, and he likes combo trips that fish for sea bass or fluke during the middle of the day, and work striped bass before or afterward, during morning or late in the day. This is all on the ocean, and sea bass are biting there, and fluke will chomp later this season in the ocean, when the water warms. The boat will compete in the Mako Mania tournament on June 11. The 46-foot Katie H features speed and all the amenities.

Bluefish bonanza! an email said about Wednesday’s trip on the Miss Belmar Princess from the party boat. The trip sailed north, and that worked out great. Anglers hammered on jumbo blues to 15 pounds, sometimes on drifts that produced for an hour. Ava 47’s with and without tails caught well. On Tuesday’s trip, 8- to 16-pound blues were ransacked on anything cast to them. Sometimes all anglers were hooked up at once. On Monday’s trip, bluefishing was slow, and a few were picked per drift late on the outing. Ava 47’s worked best on the trip, and the Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for stripers and blues 7:30 am. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Very good bluefishing was crushed Wednesday on the ocean on the
Golden Eagle, a report on the party boat’s website said. Run Off crocodiles and hammered jigs beaned the 6- to 15-pounders. If you want to catch fish, now’s the time, it said, and weather looks great for the next several days. On Tuesday’s trip, bluefishing was exceptional for 6- to 12-pounders on popper lures and Run Off crocs and hammered jigs. No report was posted for Monday, and Sunday’s bluefishing was a decent pick aboard. Lots of blues swam, but they didn’t bite like previously. The Golden Eagle is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.