The party boats from Belmar were railed for opening day of sea bass season on Saturday, “and no one was disappointed,” Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. Many limits of big sea bass were smashed. Big bluefish were on the feed for the boats that fished for them. Anglers could fight all they wanted. In the surf, striped bass fishing was slow, but Bob, a surf caster, hopes that changes soon.
Bluefish, super catches of them to 18 pounds, were drilled on the daytime and nighttime trips Saturday on the party boat Golden Eagle, a report on the vessel’s Facebook page said. During daytime, the blues were jigged, and at night, they were caught on bait. Apparently, not all trips sailed in the past week, because of weather, because reports were posted for some of the days, but not others. But false albacore were mixed in on Tuesday’s trip. The Golden Eagle is bluefishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. An overnight tuna trip was supposed to fish Sunday to today.
The anglers limited out on sea bass on Saturday with XTC Sportfishing, Capt. Scott said. That was opening day of sea bass season, and another sea bass trip is supposed to fish on Tuesday. An overnight tuna trip was weathered that was supposed to fish Sunday to today. Scott hopes striped bass show up soon. He only heard about stripers boated at Montauk, New York.
With Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, sea bass fishing was excellent on opening day of sea bass season on Saturday, Capt. Pete said. Seas sometimes started to heave, but weren’t bad most of the day. Trips should sail for sea bass today and Tuesday aboard, and weather looks like it’ll start to become rough on Tuesday night. Today’s trip might also fish for blackfish. Maybe striped bass fishing will pick up, because of the blow that’s coming. Pete didn’t really pay attention to striper news in past days, but heard about some boated off Breezy Point, to the north. Bluefishing was good. 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.