One charter captain said a trip with him limited out on blackfish in the first hour, and released 10-pounders, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Blackfishing was off the charts for most boaters on the ocean. They began using white leggers for bait earlier in the year than usual, “and it seems to have paid off,” Bob said. Striped bass fishing was great on the ocean, though the fish caught were smaller than a few weeks ago. Jigging rubber shads or spoons hooked schoolies, and trolling bunker spoons and Mojos locked into bigger. Surf fishing for stripers was good, but surf casters needed to move around, because the fish might be in Belmar one day, Sea Girt the next, and so on. Daiwa SP Minnows, with or without a teaser, seemed the favorite lure. Several stripers were weighed from the surf this week, including Mark Manganaro’s 14-pounder from Asbury Park. Shark River’s winter flounder fishing was a good bet for anglers who wanted good-tasting fish. Chris Campi from Brick checked in a 3-pound 12-ounce flounder. “All in all, good fishing,” Bob said. “Get out before the snow flies.”
Striped bass fishing was excellent Wednesday on the ocean with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. Throwbacks and some keepers, mostly 22- to 30-inch fish, bit, but all that the anglers could want did, and the angling was good on rubber shads and jigs on light tackle. No monsters, but action-packed, he said. Tons of stripers were around currently, and the fish still swam farther north, so Pete still thinks striper fishing will last into a good part of December. “I’m still sticking to my guns,” he said. On Tuesday, the angling with Parker Pete’s was a pick in the morning a while, a tougher start, becoming great in the afternoon. Slot-sized and keeper stripers bit. On Monday aboard, the angling was excellent for different sizes of stripers. Blackfishing’s been excellent, and Parker Pete’s is also sailing for them. Plenty of dates are available for charters for either in December. Individual spaces are available Monday for a charter that needs anglers. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway, about individual spaces available on charters. Visit Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the email blast to be kept informed about the spaces. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page, where it says Join Our Newsletter.
Good striped bass action was tackled Wednesday on the Golden Eagle, a report on the party boat’s website said. Keepers, lots of bonus stripers and lots of throwbacks were cracked. All were hooked on swim shads, Run Off hammered jigs and Run Off crocodiles. The shads worked best, and fishing was slow on Tuesday’s trip, managing a few stripers and blues. No trip was slated for Thanksgiving. The Golden Eagle is fishing for stripers and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3 p.m. every Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday through Thursday. Striperthons are sailing 6 a.m. to 3 or 3:30 p.m. every Monday and Friday.
Lots of action was smashed with striped bass Wednesday on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. As many as seven to eight were hooked at once, and many keepers and throwbacks were landed, and a good number of bonus stripers were bagged. Healthy-sized blues were mixed in. Fishing was good, and weather was beautiful, “a great day all around,” it said. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for stripers and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.