Friday, July 15, 2005
By JIM FREDA http://www.northjersey.com
The remnants of tropical storm Cindy that blew through last Friday with heavy rain and wind affected the striped bass fishery.
The hard northeast wind pushed in warm 70-degree offshore water, and as a result most of the striped bass have relocated. Some fish are being picked up here and there, but for the most part, our run of big bass along the beach is over.
There are bunkers that remain, but the bulk of these also have moved south. The greatest concentrations of bunker in the past week have been from the Seaside piers south through Island Beach State Park.
Several viable alternatives remain for striped bass.
You can try to fish the jetty tips in Monmouth County at first light, as they will hold a resident population of striped bass through the summer. The bass at these jetty tips are not the big ones that were being caught regularly during June, but still are exciting to catch.
These fish will range in size from small to about 20 pounds. However, most will be 12-to 18-pounders.