Felt good to be back at the helm, Capt. Ron from the Fishermen wrote about today aboard, on the party boat’s website. The vessel was tied up in the weather in past days. A few striped bass were picked on the change of the tide. The trip made a couple of moves, and ended up on a little pile of stripers once the tide began to run. A 70-pound black drum was decked toward the end of the trip. Bill Yurkovic was high hook on his first trip of the season on the boat, landing seven stripers, and winning the pool with a 33-incher. The water was muddy but warmed to 55 degrees. Trips have been fishing for stripers on Raritan Bay, mostly with clams, occasionally with rubber shads and jigs. Ron expects bluefish to begin showing up any day, “and we will keep an eye on that also,” he wrote. The boat is fishing for stripers 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
Fishing for striped bass resumed this morning on Raritan Bay on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said at 10 a.m. on the trip in a phone call. No trips fished in the weather the past couple of days. On this morning’s trip, one keeper was landed and a couple of stripers were missed so far, and he was about to move the boat and look around. The afternoon trip will surely fish. Tom didn’t even try to sail Tuesday in the storm. He and crew shaped up to fish Wednesday, but too few anglers showed up at the port to fish in the lingering weather. Trips are fishing for stripers on two trips daily from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Boaters whipped striped bass at Raritan Bay’s shallows on clams, chunks of bunker, cast rubber shads and trolled Mojos, an employee said from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. Shore anglers also banked them from the bay. Large blues just began to show up in the bay. Nothing was heard about blackfish. The full supply of bait is stocked, including fresh clams, fresh bunker and green crabs.