December 04, 2023 - 15:39:23
I spoke with Pat over at the Tackle Box and he said despite the bass moving around the striped bass fishing showed no signs of letting up. Seems most of the bunker has moved out and has been replaced by schools of sand eels some as big as 7 inches. As a result anglers have had to change their lure presentations to mimic the eels with Avas, Deadly Dicks, plastic eels and tubes taking the bulk of the fish from the boats until the end of the year. Some big bluefish were mixing in with the stripers all week and were even caught along the beaches. Anglers fishing in the suds from the Hook down the beaches into the middle of the state were also into the bass with shorts, keepers and some overs blitzing the beaches with the tides. On the tog fishing front most of the fishing in the ocean has been on Sandy Hook Reef and other artificial reefs we were told.
November 27, 2023 - 14:58:25
?There are still bass being caught in Raritan Bay and surrounding waters and this past week saw some very good fishing in the ocean,? said Phil over at the Tackle Box. Phil was another person that told us the fishing took a hit from Tuesday storm and the bass were more spread out while most of the better fishing was by trolling later in the week. However fishing started to pick back up over the weekend. Phil also mentioned some very good tog fishing in the back bay waters and some decent fishing at the Rattlesnake and other wrecks. Bottom fishing was good for the few boats that got out with porgies, sea bass, ling, triggerfish and a few cod being caught. He added that the weekend saw some good size pods of sand eels starting to move around and this could stoke up the fishing this coming week.