The frigid blast got a few bigger striped bass stirring, but some reports say they are still concentrated above Long Beach Island.
Chillier weather has arrived, and it looks like a few bigger bass came along, too.
Sea bass have been sometimes spectacular on offshore and inshore wrecks and reefs, striped bass mainly weighing in the teens and 20s are active in the back bays and inlets with a few showing up in the surf, and tautog are thick around rockpiles, bridges and sod banks.
Plenty of striped bass in the teens and shorts under the 28-inch minimum are splashing and chasing bait in the back waters and inside the inlets, while middleweight to heavyweight striped bass are taking their good ol’ time moving deeper into South Jersey.
Back-bay fishing for striped bass continues to produce steady action.
It sounds as though fall fishing continues to evolve, maybe instigated by chillier temps at night.
Captains contacted Monday for reports on Sunday’s opener of black sea bass season were generally elated by the resumption of one of the fishers’ favorites.
We can’t call it fall fishing, but with this expected chill coming on, maybe it will get interesting.