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Northern New Jersey & Hudson River

STRIPERS TURN ON

Posted By J. B. Kasper, October 16, 2017
STRIPERS TURN ON
The run of Northern stripers is underway with fish reported up to 44 pounds in the past week. Art Berkman hit this 43-inch, 35-pounder on a life eel.
 There were not too many people I talked to this past week that had any kind words for the weather prognosticator. I used that big word because I was trying to be kind! Simply put storms and winds kept a lot of anglers off the water. But there is good news; bigger bass are around and hitting baits and plugs alike, and it’s appearing as if the fall run is finally underway. Linesiders to 30-plus pounds started slamming things around on Thursday in New York Harbor – word of a 44-pounder comes by way of Sewaren – and by Saturday the fishing had spread out into parts of the bay. Some jumbo blues were also mixed in with the bass and there are plenty of smaller blues and some monsters with albacore and bonito mixed in being caught in the ocean. There were even reports of some nice weakfish being caught and we got the first reports of winter flounder being in Shark River. Bottom fishing continues to produce good numbers of porgies, many one fish limits of tog and tons of soon to be legal sea bass. A few makos and some good size yellowfin highlighted the offshore catch when boats were able to sail.
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