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November 13, 2017:
The week aboard the Sea Hunter started off with a boat limit of 28-inch plus inch stripers topped by a 17-pound pool fish in two drifts, with plenty of catch and release action to boot. Capt. Rob Semkewyc said his Tuesday excursion was filled with heavy duty fishing on shads and jigs while the red hot striper fishing made for another good bite on Wednesday with 98 percent of the bass being keepers over 28 inches and bass to 20 pounds making the deck. Thursday's trip turned out to be one to those trips when you hear you should of been here yesterday, or maybe one of the last three days. "To make a long story short we did catch some fish in the first spot mixed in with the bunker but it was not as good as the last three days," Rob said. Saturday's trip hammered stripers to 27 pounds and the fishing remained solid all day. Sunday saw some fish caught early but the armada of boats that were on the water pushed the bunker down and the bass fishing was nowhere as good as Saturday. Rob said if you don't have the right tackle don't worry as the boat is carrying all colors and sizes of shads and jigs.

Previous Reports

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    After spending Monday and Tuesday in port because of the stiff winds and rough seas, the Sea Hunter returned to fishing on Wednesday and found bird life all over. Capt. Ron Semkewyc said with no big blues to chop them up, plastic shads proved to be the top baits and it was all stripers. On Thursday the bass were not spread out as much and the boat found them in one area along the New York side of the bay. All the bass were in the 16- to 32-inch class with everyone catching fish. On Friday even with the countless amounts of boats racing towards the birds the fish stayed around and hit most of the day, again along the New York side of the bay. Rob said weekend catches were good but conditions were a lot tougher with a ton of boats fishing, and some bumpy seas. Sunday saw an early bite in the deeper water, but rough seas forced the boat to retreat into calmer waters. The bass did start surface feeding later in the day. Rob said.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    "We got in a few trips this past week," said Capt. Ron Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter. The week started off with a light crowd though they managed a couple of keepers to 28 pounds before the tide turned and turned off the fish. The boat made it out on Thursday but came in early because of poor conditions. Friday was much better condition wise, however, there was no drift and only one striper and a bluefish were boated. Rob said he checked his log book and the better fishing started around this time last year. "On Friday we saw some boats trolling and picking up a few bass, so it looks like the bass are starting to move into the bay in better numbers," he said. The boat saw good bottom fishing on a charter on Saturday and did not sail on Sunday because of the weather. Rob said he will resume fishing on Tuesday this week.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter told me windy conditions kept the boat at the dock the first couple days of the week. The boat returned to fishing on Wednesday with George Cullen decking a nice striper, which turned out to be the only fish to be boated. Rob said late week catches and fishing over the weekend was dominated by plenty of albacore. However, there were also a lot fewer bluefish around, especially in the bay, he said. Some smaller boats did pick up some bass while trolling which could mean some better numbers of bass will begin moving into the bay.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter said last Sunday saw a mix of blues from 4 pounds up and albies with Ryan Von Tassel taking the pool with an 11-pound slammer, but no stripers. Rob said boy what a difference a week makes. If you were waiting for the first good report on the stripers to plan a trip, here it is. Saturday saw bass to 30-plus pounds and big bluefish. "As a result we will be fishing daily for stripers as of this week. The boat will be leaving the dock at 7:30 a.m. and returning at 2:30 p.m.," Rob said. Rob told me Sunday's fishing was slower with a picky mix of blues and stripers being boated amid a lot of boats.

Sea Hunter

Sea Hunter
Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor
2 Simon Lake Dr
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716
phone: 908 601-8788

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