It all blew up on Thanksgiving morning, with fishermen reporting catching 30-plus stripers and limiting out in less than an hour!
There were monster schools of bunker breaking the surface while being chased down by stripers, massive bluefish and whales. It is such an amazing sight having these whales breaching near your boat with their mouths wide open and slurping down hundreds of bunker at a time.
When the school decides to move, they sure do move fast, hopefully not too fast and stay within the 3-mile limit. Some days you had to travel as far as Seaside to hook up, and others it's on right off Brigantine. It seems trolling mojos has been the main theme, next bunker spoons, eels are killing them in the back, then snag and drop on the bunker or to be safe take fresh bunker out with you.
We had two young anglers this week with impressive catches. Savannah Palmer, 10, went trolling Thanksgiving morning and landed a 38.5-inch and 21 pounder. Rocky Mockewich Jr. landed a 44-incher at 29 pounds minutes after dropping in the S&S Bucktail mojo.
Scott took his son Thomas out Thanksgiving morning and he scored his first bass of the season too. Floyd picked up his first bass of the fall season. There was a line at the cleaning table Monday afternoon till dark as several boats came back at the same time. The pictures tell the stories this week.
The beach action as been extremely quiet; however tog fishing has been putting up larger fish over the past week. Steve, Matt and Dad Bejsiuk came home with six keepers in less than two hours. The Brigantine and Atlantic City jetties are still producing a large number of tog. Tog regulations are 6 fish over 15 inches per person; big brother is watching the jetties like a hawk.