Hosted the Rob Shinbrot Family Charter for a Trophy Striper Liveline trip on Monday May 31. With the Bass bite off, Rob and I conferred on Sunday and I gave him an opportunity to reschedule vs go for a boat ride. Nonetheless, Rob elected to take advantage of the day with his family and go for broke and I’m glad we did as the fish were on the feed again today.
Sailing from our transient home at Clarks Landing, we broke the inlet and went searching for bait. Started off snagging bait outside Manasquan Inlet and with about 18 pieces in the well, decided it was time to go fishing. I would have liked at least 6 more pieces in the well. On the way to the grounds we crossed paths with a tight school of Bunker and with a great throw of the net by mate Jay bait was no longer an issue.
Hit our first spot with no success. Went to our second spot and missed a few fish before Rob’s daughter boated a smaller 33″ inch Striper. With the signs of life, we continued to work the area with the charter missing 6 more bites. Went up for another late morning drift and no sooner than the first pitched Bunker hitting the water, we were hooked up. While fighting the fish, we saw it had many friends travleing with it so we pitched more baits and hooked up another three. Unfortunately one fish came unbuttoned near the boat.
By days end the charter bounced back from a 1 for 7 start to a strong 4 for 10 finish on Stripers with the largest weighing in at 36#. The fish were aggressive boiling on the baits all day long. With the family having their fill, we left them biting.
Some real drag screamers and finger burners taken and missed on our Avet outfits today.
Great Family who fished hard all day and bounced back from the missed hits to go home with plenty of white meat and some good memories.