The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding red hot striped bass fishing on practically every trip. The chore is rooting through the big fish to find keeper-sized bass to put in the box.
Captain Ray Lopez on the “Miss Liane” had a great day recently bass fishing with the Rich Henry group. They reeled in over 20 stripers with seven keepers to take home.
Max Goldman reported he fished on the “Outer Limits” with Captain Steve Palmer catching large bass on white bunker spoons.
Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Charters” had Paul Kauffman, Steve Scharf, Peter Scharf, and Conrad K, on a 5-hour charter. After boxing 15 keeper blackfish, they switched over to striped bass. With the tide ripping, they and bailed “a ton of fish” from 24 to 32 inches in a short amount of time. The guys kept a full boat limit of 10 keeper striped bass. On the day after Thanksgiving Captain Brett had two trips with similar results catching a good number of keepers in addition to releasing many larger fish. They used live baits and also did well jigging.
Captain Dave Wittenborn reports striper fishing on fire for the “Benita J.” He had to pick through over 30 big bass to put a limit catch together for the Panos group. On Friday he hosted the annual Black Friday cousin trip and tried for bluefin for a couple of hours with no luck. He termed it amazing to have striper and bluefin action just a few miles apart.
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig also termed the bass fishing to be “on fire.” A recent trip saw many throwbacks with two nice linesiders making it into the box. He said he anticipates the current action to be strong for at least another couple of weeks.