Capt. Ron from the party boat Fishermen didn’t like the looks of conditions for striped bass fishing locally for Sunday’s trip, he wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. That included a tide that would be lost 2 hours into the trip. So he took the boat on one of its longest-ever rides for the fishing. Several patches of birds were found working the water when the trip arrived at the fishing grounds. Throwback stripers, a couple of keepers and some blues gave up action. If the boat had stayed locally, nothing would’ve been caught. A southerly roll made conditions cranky, but warmer weather and sunshine felt good. On Saturday’s trip, plenty of life filled the water in the morning, but the fish were tough to catch. A couple of throwback stripers were hooked. The trip took a ride down the beach, and nothing was doing. The trip ended up finding gannets crashing the water, and beating on bluefish for three drifts. When that dropped off, the trip moved, and throwback stripers bit on a couple of drifts. The Fishermen is sailing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. However, no trip will fish on Thanksgiving. Nighttime trips for stripers will no longer fish aboard until spring. Sharks circled the boat like Custard’s last stand, so the night captain cancelled the trips in the dark.
On the party boat Atlantic Star, blackfishing was decent on Sunday, Capt. Tom said. A couple of anglers limited out, and some bagged no keepers. But all left with fish, Tom thought, because some who limited gave away fish. A blackfish heavier than 8 pounds won the pool, and some 5- and 6-pounders were cracked. The number of keepers was about the same as on Saturday, and Saturday’s blackfishing was somewhat more consistent. Sunday’s fishing started off well, and then slowed. So the boat was moved to a couple of spots, and a few blackfish were axed at each, not the fishing like earlier in the trip. The angling didn’t hold up like on Saturday, but was still decent. Both green crags and white crabs caught on Sunday’s trip. Greens are supplied aboard, and whites are available for sale on trips. No trip was expected to sail today in forecasts for rough weather. The Atlantic Star is blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, including on Thanksgiving, if weather allows.