***Update, Friday, 8/24:*** Boaters sailed while weather was calmer through the beginning of the week, reporting good sea bass fishing at numerous places, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. That included at Great Egg Harbor Reef, the Offshore Reef and spots 20 miles from shore. Sometimes triggerfish were boated, too. The back bay turned out good striped bass fishing, mostly at dawn and dusk on popper lures, during the weekend and beginning of the week, before the weather. The stripers also began to be hooked at night on live bait for the first time this season. The fish were eeled, and none caught on livelined spot were reported. Maybe that was chance, but enough anglers said spots failed to work, to make that sound unusual. Nobody mentioned trying for stripers in the surf in the weather. When Townsend’s Inlet was fishable last, plenty of blues were grabbed on mullet for bait.
A buddy’s wreck-fishing trip mopped up a mess of sea bass from the ocean Tuesday, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and
Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. Joe did no fishing in the weather, but the back bay’s popper fishing for striped bass, with lures and flies, is good. That’s a specialty aboard, and Joe’s charters will fish the migration of large stripers and blues on the ocean by mid-November, maybe earlier, into December. Those trips should be booked to ensure a date. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish from Christmas to Easter. Run mostly on weekends, the trips can be a mini, fish-filled vacation. They can target a large variety of fish, from speckled sea trout and redfish to tarpon and sailfish. Anglers can arrive on a Friday, fish all day Saturday and part of Sunday, and be back to work on Monday, or go on a different schedule. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.