Thirteen striped bass were bagged, and 25 throwbacks were released, on Friday afternoon’s trip on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. That was a good trip, but the fishing was tough on both Saturday morning’s and afternoon’s trips. Sunday morning’s trip picked throwbacks and a couple or a few keepers. The angling was terrible on Sunday afternoon’s trip, and the reason couldn’t be known. Lots of fish were read in general on trips, and the fishing just couldn’t get stripers to cooperate on Sunday afternoon’s trip. The fishing became progressively worse after the good catch on Friday. A healthy-sized crowd fished on Sunday afternoon’s trip, when the angling was worst, too. All the trips fished Raritan Bay with clams. No bluefish were hooked on trips yet this season, though a couple of anglers fished bunker on Sunday afternoon. The Atlantic Star is fishing for striped bass on two trips daily from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Nice, all-day bite, Capt. Ron wrote about striped bass fishing Sunday on the party boat Fishermen, in a report on the vessel’s website. Readings were less than before, but the marks produced all day that the boat was anchored on. The hot hand landed four keepers and seven shorts. A 16-pound striper won the pool, and the angler released the fish. Saturday’s trip had to bounce around to find the stripers that wanted to bite. Once the tide began to run, the bite took hold. The trip didn’t catch like the number of fish read, but the angling was better than on Friday. The water was still 48 degrees. Friday’s striper fishing was tough. Wind blew against incoming tide the whole time, and that wasn’t pretty. One angler hauled in a 19-pounder, and the water had dropped to 48 degrees. It was 53 to 54 on Thursday. On Thursday, the Fishermen was the only boat that fished from the dock. Wind blew against tide most of the morning, and Ron didn’t expect much from the angling. But stripers were caught most of the trip. That was a pick of throwbacks with some keepers mixed in. The trip stayed on the water late, to catch the change of tide that produced big stripers the previous day. The bigger ones didn’t show up, but a couple of more keepers, and a bunch of throwbacks, were reeled in, during the overtime. The Fishermen is sailing for striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Trips are also striper fishing 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.