Striped bass fishing was good, and some were beached from the surf, and boaters trolled and jigged them, said Jimmy from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. Boating was excellent for the fish yesterday. Blackfishing’s also been great, and fishing’s been good all week for both species. Some boaters pushed farther from shore and boxed ling and cod.
For anglers on the Fishermen, striped bass bit the entire trip Wednesday, Capt. Ron wrote in a report on the party boat’s website. Many were 28 to 32 inches, so bonus tags didn’t need to be used to bag as many as sometimes previously. A tag allows an angler to bag a striper 24 inches to less than 28. A 21-pound striper won the pool, and the angler lost another at the boat that was every bit of 25 pounds. Rubber shads were the hot tackle, because peanut bunker schooled everywhere. Jigs with and without tails caught in deeper water when current ran strongly. No trip was slated for Thanksgiving. The Fishermen is sailing for striped bass 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. ***Update, Friday, 11/27:*** Some bigger stripers to 34 inches were pummeled today aboard, and a 23-pounder won the pool, Ron wrote in a report on the boat’s website. Only two bonus tags were used to bag stripers on the trip, and boat traffic was heavy, but the bite was on. Several areas gave up life, for a change, and the fishing doesn’t get better. Rubber shads caught best, until current ripped. The angling’s been excellent the past couple of days, and some bigger stripers to 23 to 24 pounds have been in the mix, Ron added, in an email he sent today.
Weather was beautiful, and just a light crowd showed up for Wednesday’s blackfish trip aboard, but the day was nice, said Capt. Tom from the party boat Atlantic Star. All anglers hooked keepers, except one, he thought. One limited out, and the rest bagged two to five. Dogfish were annoying, probably the worst this season. The Atlantic Star is blackfishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.