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WAITIN’ ON STRIPERS

Posted By Bob Misak, November 13, 2017
WAITIN’ ON STRIPERS
Out of Miss Chris Marina, the crew said the sea bass are still biting and lots of bait has moved into the area along with cooler temps; but while bottom fishing has been putting plenty of fish in boxes, most everyone in the Cape May County region is waiting for the big body of migratory stripers to arrive. “We should be striper fishing any day now,” the crew of the Miss Chris said.
 The past week in South Jersey we saw an increased bass bite as the recent cold snap got those stripers charged up a bit, and anglers chunking the beaches of Brigantine and drifting the back bays with live bait did quite well. Bass to 30 pounds and over are now coming to be weighed, the first of the migratory schools of larger fish. The annual High Tides tournament sponsored by Carpenters local 255 weighed two bass from the Cape May port, but weighed 13 nice fish from the Forked River port, the largest at 32 pounds. The sponsors and anglers, with Andy Bulakowski, presented a check to the Brendan Borek Memorial Fund for $34,044, a great cause for children’s cancer. Bass to 33 pounds are also coming from the beaches at Brigantine, and fish are still pushing south on bunker schools. Inshore tog fishing is still doing great and shops are reporting some bigger fish to 20 inches coming from the local snags, with the limit increase kicking in this week. The sea bass fishing has also been satisfactory out front as for-hire boats are out there filling the boxes for customers, weather dictating when captains can get out there.
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