Jersey Shore Fishing: Strong winds impact Veteran's Day Fishing
Many anglers tried to take advantage of the Veteran’s Day holiday by fishing despite the forecast of strong winds. Since the 30 mph north winds didn’t build up for some time, there were a few stripers caught early.
Capt. Ron Santee said the early breeze and good current produced some keepers up to a 15-pounder and slots on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands, but there was no repeat of yesterday’s hot action on the next tide change. The Fishermen is chartered Saturday morning.
Both the Golden Eagle from Belmar and Miss Belmar Princess reported catching a few stripers early despite lots of boat traffic before the fishing became very slow the rest of the day as the wind started howling. The weather outlook is better for the weekend — though colder.
This veteran enjoyed sleeping in after fishing last night in Manasquan River on Jerry Lasko’s boat. We worked very hard for every hit on shad lures, but released eight stripers in the 26-inch class and lost others in a very strong current. Lasko had done very well with 30-inchers on his previous trip.
Capt. Chris Di Stefano of Wall got into a good trolling bite of stripers Tuesday morning in 40-foot depths near Sandy Hook Reef. He was fishing on Frank Criscola’s new North Rip center console while his Crisdel is getting some upgrades in North Carolina. Capt. George Steller Jr. was aboard as 30 stripers were hooked on shad rigs, with the largest at 41 inches. Some bunker schools were in the area, but nothing was bothering them.
Stephen Sautner will be doing a book signing next Saturday, Nov. 19 in The Town Book Store, Westfield from 2-4 p.m. His recently-published Fish On, Fish Off is a humorous collection of articles by a fisherman getting his feet wet in the learning process. Sautner will also be tying and giving away flies.