Wind fail to blow a gale forecast for today, Capt. Ron from the party boat Fishermen wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. Only a handful of anglers showed up at the harbor, and the Fishermen was one of two of the head boats that fished from the marina. Plenty of life – birds working the water, and fish on top – was around at several areas. Some of the fish wanted to bite, and some didn’t, and the trip kept fishing different patches, looking for the ones that wanted to feed. A couple of keeper striped bass and mostly smaller ones were hooked, but action was good for anglers who worked at the catches. White rubber shads caught best, like recently. The shads were reeled slowly along bottom. Northwest wind will be fishable on Friday, for sure, with an outgoing tide most of the day. The Fishermen is sailing for striped bass and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for stripers 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
The party boat Atlantic Star fished on no trips Monday through today, in the weather, Capt. Tom said. But the crew shaped up to sail every day, and he’ll see whether Friday’s trip will sail. Weather sounds okay for the weekend. The Atlantic Star is focusing on blackfish, but also sailing for porgies and sea bass, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
Blackfishing was good, when boaters got the weather to sail, said Jimmy from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. A friend on Sunday, when the bag limit was hiked to six of the tautog, from one previously, nailed a 16-pounder, a 9-pounder and an 8-pounder. Boating for striped bass was good when trips could sail. Surf fishing for stripers picked up. One angler beached a 20-pounder and four throwbacks in only an hour. Jimmy would fish plugs in the surf but bring bunker and clams, definitely, in case bait needed to be fished. The bunker and clams, if not used, could be frozen to use afterward. If clams are salted a little before freezing, they’ll catch stripers. The clams will need to be tied to the hook then. Many anglers prefer tying anyway, because they think that prevents dog sharks and skates from being hooked. But nothing stops dogs and skates! Jimmy said. Nobody really sailed for sea bass and porgies, because they switched to blackfish. The crabs, hard bait, for blackfishing, instead of clams, soft bait, helped avoid dogs from “eating anglers alive.”