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FISHING LOGS: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Southern New Jersey

BACK BAY STRIPERS

Posted By Bob Misak, October 30, 2017
BACK BAY STRIPERS
Laura Pierce of Chadds Ford, PA taking advantage of what many hope to be the last of the warm fall weather with a schoolie striper caught and released in the Wildwood back bay on her Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak. Photo courtesy of Sterling Harbor Marina.
 The past week in South Jersey has been steady once again now that the sea bass season is open, and anglers had a reason to get out front, and the weather to do so. Some nice sized humpbacks were found by rail huggers and a couple fish over 5-pounds were proudly displayed on social media, along with some triggerfish that are delightfully still around. Most captains are reporting that the sea bass are moving to over 100 feet, so tripping it is necessary. In terms of striped bass, those fishing the Mullica and Egg Harbor rivers enjoyed a steady bite on fish to 30 inches and better, while they fill the back bays to chase bait. Out front has been spotty where stripers are concerned, but the bigger bass are slowly moving down as anglers off Seaside and north have begun to weigh some fish to 40 pounds on the troll. The inshore blackfish numbers are still satisfactory and anglers along the Atlantic City jetties and structure all the way to Cape May are providing for solid action. The surf scene is offering a lot of junk fish like skates and dogfish, and with waters expected to cool quickly in the weeks to come, this will change as bass arrive and possibly some bluefish larger than the snapper blues that are loading up local waters will move down as well.
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