Capt. Bobby Bogan’s call late Thursday morning provided the best news since Hurricane Sandy devastated the Shore, as anglers aboard his Gambler from Point Pleasant were jigging quantities of both stripers and bluefish.
Bogan said he stopped on some readings off Asbury Park, where a couple of bass were jigged. It was farther north that there better readings and some bird action that produced the jigging action he was looking for. Though shorts dominated, there were some keepers up to about 15 pounds plus blues of 5 to 10 pounds despite a drop in water temperature to 48.5 degrees. Best of all, there was a variety of bait available. The fish were spitting up bay anchovies (rainfish), sand eels and peanut bunkers — and one angler snagged an adult bunker. Tom Mulligan of Jackson caught two keepers, five shorts and two blues.
Capt. Jim O’Grady was also out there with his Cock Robin from Point Pleasant, and had similar results — including some limits.