A bunch of blackfish, a good catch, to 8 pounds were pumped in Sunday with XTC Sportfishing, Capt. Scott said. Then the trip jigged bluefish 6 to maybe 15 pounds and a couple of striped bass to 22 pounds. A charter cancelled that was supposed to fish Saturday.
Catching large striped bass was tougher in past days, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. He’d like to start focusing more on blackfishing, and that angling’s been excellent. Plenty of dates remain for blackfish charters in December. But trips still boated stripers aboard. Throwbacks were hooked, and sometimes keepers were mixed in. Some days were better than others. On some days, the fish wanted jigs. On others, trolling caught best. If trips were fortunate to find bunker schooling, stripers were hooked on livelined bunker. What the stripers foraged on changed from day to day. Sometimes they foraged on rainfish. Small weakfish were even found in striper stomachs. Bluefish attacked on some days. They didn’t the last couple of days with Parker Pete’s, but lots previously did. Again, every day could be different. Striper trips sailed south on the ocean the last few days. But talk sounded like stripers were caught to the north in the ocean again now. The location of the fish could change quickly. Trips found stripers from tight to shore to a couple of miles from the coast. That could also change quickly. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the emailed newsletter to be kept informed about last-minute, individual spaces available to fill in charters. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page.
Was a good weekend of blackfishing, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. “Blackfish madness,” he wrote, and plenty of anglers blackfished, and some cracked big ones. A blackfish heavier than 9-pounds was the largest checked-in. Striped bass were boated on the ocean off Ocean County, to the south. The fish were mostly throwbacks to stripers weighing in the teens that were trolled or jigged. Surf fishing for stripers was a little tough the last few days, and few of the stripers beached were keepers. The surf was loaded with spearing, but fewer stripers fed on them than Bob would expect. Mostly plugs and teasers hooked any stripers from the beach. In Shark River, fishing was good for winter flounder and sundials.
Fishing was slow Saturday on the ocean to the north on the party boat
Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the vessel said. Some throwback striped bass and a couple of blues were hooked. On Sunday’s trip, bluefish were Mohawked on the ocean to the north. A few keeper stripers and quite a few throwbacks were landed, and Derek Dearnley, Vernon, won the pool with a 25-pound striper. Today’s trip was weathered out. The Miss Belmar Princess is sailing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. A trip will fish 6 a.m. to 12 noon on Thanksgiving, and reservations are required for that outing.
Fishing was insane for bluefish and keeper and throwback striped bass Sunday on the party boat Golden Eagle, a report on the vessel’s website said. Clouds of birds worked the water everywhere, more birds than a trip aboard saw all season. The angling began that way a couple of hours in the morning, and anglers hooked fish as fast as they could drop a line in the water. The fishing lulled 45 minutes, but became crazy again during the final 1 ½ hours of the trip. Gale wind would keep today’s trip docked. No reports were posted on Thursday and Friday on the site. Fishing was good on Wednesday’s trip, the first to sail after some weather. Plenty of stripers and blues were reeled in, but almost all the stripers were throwbacks. Anglers landed double-digits of the bass. The Golden Eagle is fishing for striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 or 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and on Striperthons 6 a.m. to 3:30 or 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Offshore wreck-fishing trips will sail every Friday night in December for giant sea bass, porgies and cod, and contact the boat to reserve.