This is the time of the year to start checking on the progress of striped bass possibly moving down from the more northern stretches of water.
Ray Kerico at Grumpy’s Bait and Tackle in Seaside Park sounded upbeat when he got on the phone with the local scribe Monday afternoon and said it looks like it “is finally starting to happen.”
He said he thinks the storm that blasted through Friday into Saturday may have “shaken them up.”
He said they are getting keeper-size catches with a lot of short bass in the ocean off Seaside Park. He said the local captains who reported back Monday said they were fishing with bucktails.
Alex Komdas said from Reel Seat in Brielle that those bass are “one step closer” to moving big time into New Jersey waters.
He said one of the captains out Monday reported catching a 44-inch bass off Red Bank. Last week, Komdas reported bass at Shrewsbury Rocks.
Dave Showell was out there pitching Monday with one customer on his guide service out of Absecon Bay Sportsman Center in Absecon. Dave said he got blown around but connected with eight striped bass, and a couple of them were slot fish that they kept.
Dave said he was casting lures up against the sod banks from the backwaters in Absecon Bay to Great Bay.
He said the lures were spooking small bait fish he called “white bait” that splashed. He said that “white bait” term was once used by the old-timers to describe what probably are bay anchovies or rain fish.
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Wil Martinez, of Atlantic City, recently caught this flounder and weakfish.
Tommy Lamplugh, who works at Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine, caught this 4-pound flounder this week.
Charlie Nicolas, 10, of Quarryville, Pennsylvania, shows the weakfish he caught June 17 in the West Wildwood back bays.
Frank Nardini, of Mays Landing, caught this bluefin tuna estimated to weigh 100-plus pounds while trolling the 30-Fathom Line off Atlantic City on his friend Frank Marchese’s boat.
Lisa Schuman Hamm shows two summer flounder she caught during the holiday weekend.
Thirteen-year old Olivia Polentis caught a 21/2-pound keeper summer flounder and a bluefish while fishing with dad Ryan on Friday.
John Dailey of Abington, Pennsylvania, caught a 6-pound, 25-inch summer flounder in North Wildwood during the holiday weekend.
Lou Tiernan, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, caught a 15-pound, 6-ounce bluefish Monday morning in Atlantic City. The fish was 39 inches long.
George Conroy, of Warminster, Pennsylvania, shows one of the black drum he caught Friday off Atlantic City on Mark Schrenk’s Jessie James charter boat. They caught a 30-pounder they released and a 20-pounder they kept.
Dennis Lott caught a 10.9-pound, 26.5-inch black drumfish in Lakes Bay on Wednesday.
Josimer Dominguez shows off a 48-inch striped bass before releasing it.
Joey Rocks shows the 10.03-pound, 30-inch summer flounder he caught Saturday to win the 21st annual Brutus Fluke Tournament. The tournament had 146 participants who weighed in 27 fish ranging from 2.15 pounds to Rocks’ 10-pounder.
Tony Supernavage holds up a 30-pound striped bass aboard the Jessie James charter boat in the ocean off Little Egg Inlet on Friday.
Zachary Tomlinson, of Absecon, shows the 9-pound sheepshead and 5-pound summer flounder he caught Thursday in Absecon Inlet. The sheepshead picked up on the top of the tide, and the summer flounder on the outgoing.
Israel Torres Sr., right, and Jr. caught a 5.5-pound bluefish and a 28-inch striped bass at the Longport jetty.
Jason Lindenberry, of Philadelphia, shows the 39-pound striper he caught Saturday on the Jessie James charter boat.
Gunner Elberson, left, and Joey Rocks show their winning catches in the 21st annual Brutus Fluke Tournament on Saturday. Rocks' overall winning catch was 10.03 pounds and was 30 inches long. Elberson won the junior division (14 and under) with a 2.29-pound, 18.75-inch catch.
Tony Pano caught a 20-inch summer flounder in Atlantic City this week.
Bob Dever, of Philadelphia, displays the 26-pound, 42-inch striped bass he caught Saturday on the Ocean City Fishing Club pier.
Bo Khathavong, of Philadelphia, caught some nice tautog Sunday while fishing on an Atlantic City jetty. His catches included a 3.6-pound, 19-inch tog, plus keepers that went 18, 17 and 15 inches for his limit of four among the 30 he caught.
Rich Passarella shows the 10.5-pound, 30.5-inch striped bass he caught Sunday in his hometown of Brigantine.
Domenic D’Aversa, 7, shows the 30-inch, 12-pound striped bass he caught Wednesday while fishing from the south end of the Brigantine beach, near the jetty.
Seven-year-old Paisley Davenport and her father, Josh, show the 35-pound striped bass they caught April 13 while fishing in the Landisville Gunning Club White Perch Contest. The first-grader received a fishing pole and T-shirts as special recognition for the catch. They caught it in the Great Egg Harbor River.
Seven-year-old Rexx Bannan, of West Berlin, shows the 1-pound, 15-ounce bluefish he caught with some clam and a bunker. Also pictured is Rexx’s father, Todd.
Phil Coccia, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, on Thursday caught this striper that weighed an estimated 50 pounds on the Jersey side of the Delaware Bay. He released the fish alive after the photo was taken.