Surf anglers banked striped bass at Sandy Hook Point, said Joe from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. That was about all that was heard about fishing in the weather, and boats were all tied to the dock. But when boats last fished, the trips docked sea bass and porgies. One party boat captain said the angling for both was good on a trip early in the week. One of the head boats is eeling for striped bass at night, and those trips were also canceled in the weather. But when the fishing last sailed, the catches were good, Joe heard. The bass were boated between the channels, he heard.
Fishing sailed Monday and Tuesday on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. Good-sized porgies were cranked up, and sea bass were bagged. Sea bass were a little more plentiful at some places than others, and usually, when the boat made a stop, sea bass, mostly throwbacks, were hooked, but sizable ones were mixed in, and porgies came up. Sometimes a spot gave up no sea bass. On Tuesday’s trip, both species were hooked at every place fished, and fishing was a little better on that day than on Monday. The porgy fishing was probably a little better that day, and most were good-sized or 10, 11 or 12 inches, sometimes bigger. Just a couple of blackfish were thrown aboard from the trips, and weather was good on both outings, and the trips were enjoyable, Tom said. The boat’s ¾-day trips worked out well that began fishing daily on Monday, after two trips daily fished previously. The boat each year around now switches to the longer, ¾-day trips, so it can travel a little farther from port to fish. The fishing Wednesday and today was weathered out, and Tom would see if the weather settled by Friday to resume fishing. The Atlantic Star is fishing for sea bass, porgies and blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.