Striper Migration Update – May 20th, 2014


New Jersey

· Big stripers leaving Delaware Bay are being caught by anglers fishing the South Jersey shoreline with clams or bunker.
· Schools of large stripers from the Chesapeake are moving up the New Jersey coast. Fishermen trolling bunker spoons and diving plugs are catching big bass from Great Egg Harbor Inlet to LBI.
· The large bunker schools off Ocean and Monmouth counties are beginning to hold some bass in addition to the bluefish. Stripers up to 35 pounds were taken around the bunker schools this week.
· Raritan Bay continues to produce quality bass for both shore and boat anglers.

New York

· Keeper stripers up to 20 pounds are being caught regularly along the South Shore of Long Island.
· In Montauk, there is a growing number of short stripers, with keepers to 15-plus pounds just starting to mix in.
· On the North Shore, keeper stripers are beginning to mix in with the short stripers, but large fish have yet to make a strong showing in Long Island Sound.

New England

· Bass to 30 pounds are feeding on river herring and shad in the Housatonic and Connecticut rivers.
· Plenty of schoolies and a few keepers to 15 pounds are being caught along the Connecticut and Rhode Island coast.
· Stripers to 15-plus pounds have been reported in Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal, particularly around herring runs.
· Schoolie stripers and some small keepers are on the south side of the Cape, the backside beaches, Barnstable Harbor and Cape Cod Bay.
· It’s mostly schoolies with the occasional 30-incher from Plymouth to the Merrimack River.
· Fresh schoolies have been reported as far north as Maine.

12 on “Striper Migration Update – May 20th, 2014

  1. Galen

    Saw one swimming around the wharf this morning about 36-40″ in Corea Harbor Maine. Never saw anything like it.

  2. Tim

    Fished Chatham South Beach Sunday 5/18. All small schoolies – nothing over 18 inches in two hours of fishing, but lots of them.

  3. Adam

    I caught a nice 36 inch 21 lb fish in Jamaica bay on mothers day.took it on bunker at about 10pm tide was halfway down

  4. mike mancini

    fishing off Branford CT. on 5-21-14 32″ bass 15lbs. released

  5. Dana

    I know a capt in Kennebunkport, ME who landed a 40″ bass last week. The big ones are sprinkled in everywhere

    1. Overtime III

      I took a 42″ 28 lb er off Far Rockaway on Monday, 5/20/14 trolling wire.

    1. keke walsh

      bays been up and down, have two keepers, many schoolies, fishing 2 hours incoming and a couple going out, hit on both sides

  6. Anthony Villano

    Casting off Dave’s park south shore wind just kept blowing it back

  7. jim fogarty

    Does anyone know why merrimack river sturgeon breach,There supposed to be bottom feeders.Last year counted 11 in an hour and a half at the mouth of the merrimack.

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