Nighttime fishing for striped bass began to “happen” on the party boat Fishermen, Capt. Ron wrote in a report on the vessel’s website. The angling was the best this season on Friday and Saturday night’s trips, and was best on Saturday night’s. The bass from 15 inches to 23 pounds gave up good catches. The fish looked like local stripers that started to feed, not ones that migrated in. The stripers were eeled, and a few anglers limited out and released more. Ron hopes the week’s weather drops water temperatures, amping up striper fishing on daytime trips. Because of the week’s forecasts for some rough weather, telephone Capt. Dan, whose running the nighttime trips, ahead to confirm that those outings will sail, at 908-930-2335. 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.
On the season’s first ¾-day trip for sea bass aboard today, three spots were fished so far, and each gave up a good shot of sea bass, Capt. Tom from the Atlantic Star said in a phone call at 11 a.m. aboard the outing. The fish were mixed sizes, and some were hefty. The spot fished while he gave this report also turned out good-sized porgies and a couple of keeper blackfish. All the porgies were keepers. The trip’s fishing wasn’t great, but picked away so far. The boat previously sailed on two trips daily, and switches to one trip daily, the ¾-day trips, each year around now. That provides a little extra time to reach grounds somewhat farther from port. The vessel began fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish on Saturday, opening day of sea bass season, and previously fished for porgies and blackfish. When the twice daily trips sailed, sea bass bit, but many were throwbacks. Porgies, mixed sizes, including small, hit, and sometimes a blackfish came in. Blackfishing usually improves as water cools. On Sunday morning’s trip, wind blew to 25 and 30 knots, and Tom almost didn’t want to fish. Lots of sea bass, some of them keepers, bit. No porgies showed up on the outing, but some blackfish did. The angling was better than Tom expected, considering the weather. Sunday afternoon’s trip was canceled, because of the wind. The Atlantic Star is fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.