A boater had just telephoned today and reported catching a few under stripers from the ocean, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The angler got his butt handed to him from the seas, but found the bass. Some good catches of the fish were reported Monday, the last time weather was better. But when weather calms, boaters will resume the fishing and probably locate the bass. Most were trolled, and nobody really fished the surf. People telephoned, asking if stripers bit in the surf. But reports were difficult to get. Blackfish still bit along structure like jetties. Blackfishing for boaters on the ocean was about fishing the right spot. Customers blackfished on two trips at Ocean City Reef on the same day, one landing four keepers, the other landing 11. The right spot. Nothing was heard about sea bass fishing on the ocean. Stripers were still angled on the back bay, slower fishing than two weeks ago, when the catches really went off. But the bass were still hooked on livelined eels or spots or on plugs.
Trips for striped bass last fished throughout the weekend on the ocean aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. But a buddy boated them well Monday where Jersey Cape’s been fishing, and Joe will get back after them this weekend on charters. The trips last weekend reeled in the fish, covered in the previous report here. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish this winter, and see the traveling charters’ page on Jersey Cape’s website.