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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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.
Phil Coccia, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, caught this striper that weighed an estimated 50 pounds Thursday on the Jersey side of the Delaware River. He released the fish alive after the photo was taken. Shown with Coccia are his sons, 7-year-old Ezra and 9-year-old Phillip.
Carl Graetz, of Egg Harbor Township, caught an 8-pound, 12-ounce tautog Monday afternoon. Graetz said it was the heaviest tog he’s ever caught.
Travis Dauria, of Sea Isle City, shows the 37-inch striped bass he caught Friday while trolling a white Mojo off Corsons Inlet. Dauria works at Sea Isle Bait and Tackle.
The Walters family caught some nice striper this week.
Leon D'Ottavio shows the striped bass he caught this week.
Joe Rossetti, of Pleasantville, caught a 46.5-pound, 47-inch striper Monday about 2 miles off the beach between Wreck Inlet and the red towers on the southern end of Long Beach Island. Another fisher caught a 49.3-pounder Monday.
Dan Ponzio, captain of the War Dance party boat in Atlantic City, caught a 25.6-pound striped bass Friday morning wile trolling a bunker spoon.
Chris Masino, of Beach Haven, caught a 43.06-pound striped bass in the surf there Friday morning. Masino, using bunker as bait, took the lead in the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic with his catch. A photo gallery of South Jersey catches, including Dan Ponzio’s 25.6-pound striper, is attached to this report at PressofAC.com.
Tom Mossman, of Absecon, caught a 35.7-pound striped bass in Absecon Inlet on Sunday. The fish was weighed at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center, where the shop’s Dave Showell called it the first local monster bass of the season.
Chris Fantazzia, a 23-year-old Margate firefighter, caught this little tunny, or false albacore, this week.