The report from the beach is still decent for striped bass, with a good numbers of schoolies all around the island and in the harbors.
Most fish have been taken on topwater and with metal-lipped Danny-style plugs. Unfortunately, there are a good number of seals coming in, which doesn’t help fishing. So, if you can find an area without seals you will have a good shot at bass. The false albacore bite has laid way back, but they're still around if you have the patience. One thing to look forward to is the squidding. Squid are being caught in both harbors now with the bio mass increasing daily. Small squid jigs rigged in tandem have been the trick.
The bite from the boat has shifted to mostly seabass with decent stripers here and there. It hasn’t been an epic run of bass but the ones found are typically a good size. We found a lot of small three-pound bluefish around turbine No. 2 last week, with fluke being caught mostly by the No. 4. Larger seabass have started to move to shallower water and have been hitting soft plastic lures rather than the metal jigs. Cod are being caught close to the Dodge barge, along with seabass and scup.
This should get better as the fall progresses with these fish moving closer to wrecks and reefs around the island.
It ain’t over until it’s over. Go out and get the last couple weeks of fishing in, folks.
Catch ’em up!