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RIVER ACTION

Posted By Bob Misak, October 22, 2018
RIVER ACTION
While Atlantic and Cape May County surfcasters anxiously await the arrival of fall stripers, folks working the back bays and banks are scoring a few stripers by boat. Capt. Dave Showell of Absecon Bay has been getting them in local rivers with the Gulp! Nemesis in particular working best.
The past week in South Jersey was a good one by anyone’s standards as anglers mixed it up for fall; there were solid catches of nice sea bass by those who trekked to 100- to 120-foot depths, with some triggers, porgies and chopper blues all part of catches, including a few sizeable blackfish. The inshore scene brought forth some keeper bass as anglers either drifted eels in the Mullica and Great Egg rivers or fished the bridges of Ocean City and Avalon by night, with plastics doing some damage on only a few keeps. The Mullica River and the creeks of Fortescue are still teeming with large perch, bloodworms being the baits of choice. The local surf anglers are finding a mix of kingfish and snapper blues, with Delaware Bay seeing the same action as folks wait for that bass bite to kick in a bit more. Local water temps were still on the warmer side as we look towards the final weekend of October ahead, but should drop quickly with a few cooler nights on the immediate horizon.
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