Plenty of striped bass swam far up back bays, Capt. Ron from the Fishermen wrote in a report on the party boat’s website. When the fish spawn and filter out, trips aboard will get their shots at them. He hasn’t been a happy captain, and hopes the turnaround begins this week. The year’s first 2 ½ weeks of fishing has been disappointing on the boat. A handful of stripers were decked, and the trips fished with fresh bunker, clams, rubber shads, you name it. The boat had a shot at big bluefish that arrived last week, but angling for them slowed during the weekend. Plenty were read but wouldn’t bite. Striper fishing was slow on night trips aboard, too. When the fish are ready, “it will happen.” Striper fishing went well for boats that trolled. Patience. The Fishermen’s turn will come. Maybe today! The Fisherman is sailing for striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 3:30 to 9:30 Sundays.
Some bluefish and four throwback striped bass were reeled in on the party boat Atlantic Star on Saturday morning’s trip, Capt. Tom said. On the afternoon’s trip, bluefish, no stripers, were picked, enough to keep the anglers busy, and all had a good time, he said. The trips fished Raritan Bay, and no trips fished Sunday aboard, because weather kept too few anglers from showing up at the docks. Only one of the party boats, not the Atlantic Star, fished from the docks this morning, because forecasts kept too few anglers from showing up. Weather wasn’t bad this morning, though. No wind blew, and no rain fell. Clams are provided aboard for bait, and so are bunker, when bunker are available from suppliers. The Atlantic Star is fishing for striped bass 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. daily.