Today I ran Maureen Klause’s 27′ Contender to go look for stripers on 16# test. We had absolutely amazing weather, flat calm, sunny, and temps in the upper 50s. The water was clean and 51 degrees today. We ran out of Great Egg Inlet and pointed the bow North. We stopped earlier to work a few lumps on the way up but we didn’t see much going on and heard there was a bite further up LBI, so we made the sprint and got in the mix. The fleet was thick but we did manage to pick at a few quality stripers primarily on Mojos. We did catch one on a purple Bomber too.
We moved around a couple times and had no success but on the way home we saw a massive bird play just barely outside that pesky 3 mile line. We trolled tight to the line and picked up a couple more stripers that we released and the birds and fish continued to move offshore so we called it a day and headed home. No record fish today but great day on the water!
Well today we had it in the plan with today’s charter aboard Exile 65 to waste no time and make the run to the North looking for stripers. We got setup just after first light and things weren’t looking good. The water was dirty, 49 degrees and not much bait. I got a few reports of a hot bite so we ran a little further and got into the mix right away. We were trolling mojos along the 3 mile line and consistently picked as stripers from 8am until 11:30am putting out limit in the box and then some. Great day on the water. Plenty of laughs, great fishing action, and beautiful sunny weather. The hot bait today was the Fish Downsea 16 ounce Chartreuse Mojo.
There have certainly been a ton of scattered striper reports over the past few days from terrible to phenomenal. Basically what it comes down to is getting out there and capitalizing on opportunities. We ran out today on Exile 65 at first light and got on the bait right away down deep. We trolled a few local Lumps and tried to fish with live bunker for a couple drifts but no bites. We ended up running north to find a few fish and managed to go 3/4 on stripers. We had a solid NW all day and fished 52 degree water for the majority of the day. As it has been, there was no shortage of bait up and down the coast and a few whales in the mix. Our largest fish today weighed in at 32 pounds.
Today we got a late start out of beautiful Barnegat Bay. Wenheaded south where the bite was early in the morning but it was over when we arrived. We stuck around and caught some bunker for bait, but no bass. We made the run back to the north and got on fish right away catching a few in a short blitz on bucktails. The fish were mostly on peanut bunker up north of the Inlet and most fish were in the 22-30 inch range. We picked at them here and there on bucktails and managed to get one on a whole bunker but it was a scattered bite all afternoon. The fish were finicky but we still managed to have some fun action and put two in the box.
The action continued for us again today. It started slow for us, but we picked at a some smaller stripers on bucktails early. That bite was short lived since the big 10-12 pound bluefish came in and took over. We made our way back to the general areas we fished yesterday and found the bunker and whales were around, but we only pulled one striper out of that mix and there didn’t seem to be as much activity. We picked up and monied around to the north looking for something different to get into. After hours of nothing we saw the striped bass rolling on the surface and were able to catch our fair share on bucktails. Very fun fishing but that bite was very short lived and again bluefish took over.
We went on to get a lot of big bluefish which made for plenty of action and lucked out on two more all out blitzes on the surface wth the stripers. Pretty tough to beat seeing that and getting to be a part of it. So much fun and a great day on the water with great friends.
Today I fished with some friends on a 24′ Mako and as we made our way out we were lucky enough to stumble upon some smaller stripers. It was game on for us all morning with stripers ranging from 22-30 inches. All they wanted were 3 ounce bucktails tipped with 6″ shad bodies. Awesome action and we went on to catch and release easily over 30 fish. As the tide began to slow the water got dirty and the bite slowed so we decided to take a ride South.
We ran for a bit down the beach in 40-50 feet of water and stumbled upon a whale into the bunker thick from 30-45 feet down. We started snagging the bunker with the snag hooks and loading the livewell. We let one out on a circle hook and it didn’t take long for a striper to find it. Game On! We continued to follow the bunker school around by resetting drifts when we marked the bait and picked at 2-4 stripers per drift for the remainder of the day. The fish on the snag and drop all were 36-45 inch stripers. Awesome action and a lot of fun!!!
Well we had the SuperMoon yesterday and it was pretty amazing. I’m hoping it helped get these stripers moving. I was able to slip out for a few hours this afternoon on a friends 25′ Regulator out of Belmar, NJ. They have been on the fish the past two days and we were able to slip out and get into some action in a few short hours this evening. Wind was blowing 15 out of the West with a heavy Easterly swell. The water was 55 degrees and great water clarity. The gulls were picking pretty hard in 50′ of water and the stripers came together into a frenzy for only a few minutes rolling on the surface. We managed to catch some before they split up. We chased them around for another hour but could not get them to eat. The fish were moving hard to the South. Fun few hours of fishing though.
We took a ride out of Avalon on Exile 65 in hopes of stumbling upon some striped bass. They really haven’t made it down this far yet, but are on the move and you can’t catch em between the pilings so we headed out of TI inlet. We had a stiff SW wind and sunny skies. We trolled around a variety of lumps in The somewhat immediate area of TI Inlet with nothing but tons of bait marks but no fish. Water temperature was 58 degrees and clean water, but the bass just weren’t around. We didn’t hear of a fish caught south of AC all day.
I slipped out this afternoon with a good friend of mine in search of striped bass out of Barnegat Inlet. The wind was blowing 10-15 out of the SW and the water temp was 60 degrees. There was a bit of a bite on the bunker schools for strippers over this past weekend and a few scattered reports since. We didn’t have much time so we decided to run South out of the inlet and look for birds and bunker. We didn’t come across much and tried on a few schools of bunker other boats were working down deep in 40′ of water but no bites. We ran back up since we were running out of time and tried throwing some top waters around the north jetty but no bites. The season is just beginning…