Top this: A 54 3/4-pound striper

Friday, November 03, 2006

The fall run of striped bass is in full swing for boaters and surfcasters, but no one has come close to the 54 3/4-pound striper weighed last week at The Tackle Box in Hazlet by Glenn Sieber Jr. of South Amboy, who was using clam at his local beach.
Bottom fishing for sea bass and porgies remains generally good. Bluefish can be found under birds off the Shore as well as at traditional areas such as 17 Fathoms and the Mud Hole. Canyon tuna are still available when the weather cooperates. In addition to albacore and yellowfin tuna, some large bluefin tuna are beginning to show in the canyons -- just as they did the past few years when waters cooled.

The Jersey Coast Shark Anglers Fall Striped Bass Tournament, that was postponed due to last Saturday's storm, will be run tomorrow. It starts after tonight's captains meeting at 7 in the JCSA Clubhouse on Herbertsville Road in Brick. For information call (732) 892-5593.
At Point Pleasant, Capt. Willie Egerter Jr. had good sea bass fishing from his Dauntless early this week, but porgies were featured the past couple of days, and almost half the boat had a limit yesterday. More blackfish are mixing in and many are over 14 inches. Pat Farley had a 6-pound pool winner yesterday and added 40 porgies.
Capt. Bobby Bogan had a good Hudson Canyon trip with the Gambler this week and is adding a trip Tuesday. Capt. Bob Pennington is running farther south with the Sea Devil and also had a solid catch Tuesday.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Scotty Hilliard reports bottom fishing remained very good Wednesday when Bob Benson of Lake Tranquility won the pool with a 7 1/2-pound blackfish and released six other keepers while adding 15 sea bass and five porgies. Hilliard can't wait for the eight-fish bag limit that begins Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 31. He said they released at least 65 tautog over 14 inches while everyone got the single keeper presently allowed. Night eeling for stripers has been picky.
Capt. Tom Buban had a similar report of fine porgy action plus some sea bass as bottom fishing bounced right back after the storm at both the Mud Buoy and Sandy Hook Reef on his Atlantic Star.
Capt. Don Hager has been catching mostly sea bass on his Sea Fox, and is seeing more blackfish. Porgies slowed the past few days, but were larger. Jim Tfzu of Newark had a sea bass limit up to three pounds yesterday. The Sea Fox will continue bottom fishing this winter rather than going to Florida.
Capt. Rob Semkewyc said there has been good jigging both in Sandy Hook Bay and the back bay from his Sea Hunter. Ava 27 and 47 jigs usually are good, but on Wednesday the bass wanted shad lures. Pool winners range from 12 to 17 pounds.


Capt. Art Hilliard of the Eagle put the Unique Lighting charter into blues and short stripers on jigs to begin last Thursday's trip before adding a few keepers and some shorts on clams. Brian Gammero of Garfield and Paul Tidona from Branchville, N.Y., had 35-inchers. Friday was very similar. Two keepers were boated on clams as John Laffey of Barnegat took the pool with a 29-incher. The Friday evening trip started with lots of jigging action in Sandy Hook Bay, where the party boated 30 choppers and two legal stripers while releasing 20 shorts. Drifting in Sandy Hook Channel then produced more bass. Stan Norman from Sussex took the pool with a 14-pound bass. The N.J. Lumber Dealers Assn. found no jigging action Monday morning, but a move to the clam beds produced lots of action on a single drop. Twelve keepers, up to a 20-pounder by Rick Alampi of Washington in Warren County, were boated.
Julian's Tackle reports Fred Wagner of Middletown weighed a 16.4-pound striper taken on a popper at Sandy Hook. Brian Pierson of Highlands caught a 13.3-pound bass on a yellow Danny swimmer, and Joe Hanrahan from Clifton beached a 19-pounder on a Storm Shad. John Motyka and Tom Dziedzic from Garfield used clams at Romer Shoal for stripers of 18.74, 26.16, 13.46 and 14.28 pounds.
Scott Leadbeater of Haddon Heights took his brother Kevin, of Exton, Pa., out Friday to jig bass, but found no bird action. Trolling between the channels produced over a dozen releases of stripers up to a 23-pounder. Leadbeater was out again Wednesday, but said the weather must have been too perfect. There were birds working near the Coast Guard Station in Sandy Hook Bay, though the fish under them wouldn't hit, and only a couple of 20-inch bass were released. More fish were seen on top toward the back of Raritan Bay, but only a few up to 25 inches hit. An attempt to duplicate that trolling success between the channels was unsuccessful.
At Highlands, Capt. Pete Wagner said last week had its moments as anglers on his Hyper Striper released lots of shorts, but only six to 10 keepers some trips. Last Thursday morning was different, with limits of bass up to 20 pounds for the Kuiken Bros. Lumber party from Midland Park. There was a repeat that afternoon for the Scott Okal charter from Brick. The Chris Ozempco group from Cranford had striper limits up to 18 pounds Friday morning before adding the one blackfish presently allowed per person plus porgies. The Frank Mills party from Kearny was aboard Friday afternoon to boat nine bass from 12 to 24 pounds while releasing a dozen shorts.
Gene Graman of Middletown found eeling at Sandy Hook to be slow Wednesday evening, but put Jerry McMenamy of Holmdel into stripers by trolling plugs from That's It.
Last week's weigh-ins at T&A Tackle in Port Monmouth were topped by 19-pound, 15-ounce striper taken off Sandy Hook by Jay Price of Union who recorded his first keeper. Mike Holsworth of Parlin fished clams at Long Branch for a 12-pound, 7 1/2-ounce striper, and that bait produced a 12~-pounder at the Spy House for John Saluka of Port Monmouth. Mike Pennell of Middletown braved Saturday's weather to catch bass up to 35 inches at Belford.