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FIRST STRIPERS

Posted By Bob Misak, September 24, 2018
FIRST STRIPERS
“First bass of the fall season just hit the scales as Linda has the first entry into the Riptide Fall Striper/Bluefish Derby,” said Andy at Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine over the weekend. The 10-pounder taped out at 30-1/2 inches and was caught on a plug. “She reported that there is bait all over the beach,” Andy said.
The past week down south was filled with change as anglers said goodbye to the flounder season for another year, but folks wasted no time in moving on to bigger and better things as winds plagued trips out front. The Mullica river gave up its first keeper stripers of the fall, as did the beaches of Brigantine. The rock piles of Atlantic City began giving up keeper togs as water temps dropped a degree or two and the jetties also had reports of lingering sheepsheads, cocktail blue blitzes and even a couple mackerel. The back bays are seeing lots of little blues as well, and the surf has dozens of kingfish for the taking, depending on where you are, with bloodworms and Fish Bites working as baits. Crabbing is as it should be in early fall and has been great for most of summer.
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