A trip was trolling for striped bass aboard the ocean at 7:45 a.m. today when Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle, gave this report in a phone call on the outing, he said. One bit and got off, so far, and a trip yesterday trolled a 15-pound 37-incher aboard. Most of the fishing’s been on the troll, and has been sporadically good. Joe knew about a handful of trips yesterday that cleaned up well on the bass, and lots that didn’t catch that day. When trips got into stripers, they seemed to get into them all at once, like landing four or five in a short time. One day could be great, and the next could be slower. The ocean held a swell today, but wind was calm. So rougher weather farther offshore must’ve caused the heave. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish from Christmas to Easter. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page.
Terrific catches of striped bass were boated on the ocean, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The fish, in the 30-pound range in past days, were trolled on a variety of tackle including umbrella rigs, Mojos and Stretch lures. The fish were bagged from ½ mile from shore to just inshore of 3 miles. One of the trips today reported coming one striper short of a limit. Surf fishing for stripers was slow. A few anglers eeled stripers from the back bay. Live spots, scarce in the state this time of year, will be re-stocked by the end of the weekend at the shop. The local party boat is blackfishing, and full-moon currents were tough to fish in past days, but the angling’s been fairly good. That company just bought another party boat that will begin fishing for sea bass in deep water, farther from shore, this coming week. Baits stocked include fresh bunker, fresh clams, eels and green crabs. Again, live spots will be carried by the end of the weekend. Many stores begin stocking a limited supply of baits this time of year, but Sea Isle Bait & Tackle is going to do just the opposite.