Striped bass bit, said Jimmy from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. That was in the bay and ocean, on chunked or livelined bunker, clams, eels and sometimes jigs. Stripers also bit in the surf, “as long as it’s blowing,” he said. That didn’t mean only when weather was rough. The fish chewed as long as weather wasn’t too calm, hitting at night on plugs. Bottom-fishing was great for porgies and sea bass, “and everybody gets their (limit of one) blackfish,” he said. Not many bluefish were heard about locally, and blues were boated farther south.
On the party boat Atlantic Star, bottom-fishing was good again today, Capt. Tom said. Forecasts look like the angling will be weathered out Saturday and Sunday, so jump aboard Friday to take advantage of the good catches, he said. The angling was also good on Tuesday and Wednesday. On today’s trip, loads of porgies, terrific-sized, were plundered. But a few sea bass were hung, too. On the previous two days’ trips, fishing for large porgies was also good, and some spots gave up sea bass, and a few blackfish, not a lot, were bagged. Trips tried to get some sea bass for everybody aboard, after they bucketed a healthy catch of porgies. It was just good fishing, and that was the best way to describe, Tom said. The Atlantic Star is fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
Things are finally starting to shape up, Capt. Ron from the Fishermen wrote about striped bass fishing in a report on the vessel’s website. On daytime trips, some better-sized were landed on bunker and eels, and smaller bass that swiped jigs gave up just a showing. “Couple of areas are now starting to produce,” he said, and water was 58 to 60 degrees, but should cool, because of the weekend’s cold front. Loads of bait schooled up and down the coast, “and out to the east,” he said. Nighttime trips slugged away at stripers, good angling, when conditions were right. A couple of the fish weighed 20 to 24 pounds last week. A couple of anglers limited out, and lots of shorts gave up action. The Fishermen is fishing for striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. every Monday through Saturday.