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Southern New Jersey

SMALL WATER STRIPERS

Posted By Bob Misak, November 6, 2017
SMALL WATER STRIPERS
For folks who read the “tube & worm” feature in the October monthly edition of The Fisherman, check out Hobie team member Bob Neuweiler and his 3/16-inch tubed striper taken while working the back bay in South Jersey. If you’re paddling/pedaling your way to fish this week, also pick up the November edition of The Fisherman in newsstands now for information on staying safe and warm while kayak fishing.
 This past week saw plenty of good action on the reefs and wrecks out front as charter/party boats and personal vessels had a few opportunities to scratch out a few limits, though deeper water was the key to finding bigger fish. The striped bass fishing picked up a bit and anglers in the Mullica had a steady diet of liners to 30 inches, with a few more bass coming from the beaches of Brigantine and the back waters of Atlantic City as bass meander their way south. The inshore blackfish bite remains good with lots of shorts to sift through, and hopefully they will hang in for the limit increase in two weeks. Little bluefish remain vigilant in local waters, though some larger choppers are beginning to show slowly.
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Bob Davies - 7 days ago

It was worth the trip! We left Vernon NJ at 4:00am on a very cold Veteran's morning. Chartered the ROCK BOTTOM out of Neptune on the Shark River. Launch was scheduled for 6:00am but the trestle bridge was stuck and we were delayed 45 minutes. With a bitter cold 21 degrees and the bridge delay we were not off to a good start.We tried our luck with some bunker but no striper action. Changed gears over to trolling and WHAM. Reel on the starboard side was spinning. Mate Ron grabbed the rod and handed it to my son Derek (age 14). He started cranking on the reel. After a long 15 minutes of battling, fish finally was visible. A loud Oh S---T was heard from another crew member. The mate got the first gaff into the fish. Second gaff was called, and Captain Ron jumped down from the bridge and grabbed another gaff. Both Mate and Captain pulled together and landed the Striped Bass on to the deck. I looked at the size of the fish and looked back at my son who was completely shot. He had a huge smile. Cheers were heard all around the boat. Getting up at 3:30am, the bitter cold, and the delayed start were all a thing in the past. We know have a new story to share. 47 12 inches long and weighing in at 45 lbs. Not bad for a fourteen year old.


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