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The Dock Outfitters

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  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    John at The Dock Outfitters said both surf and boat anglers alike are scoring on some nice striped bass. As usual it's a matter of where the schools of large bunker are. "Yes, peanut bunker, spearing and mullet all draw fall-run fish, but nothing like schools of adult bunker," he said. Cut bunker is accounting for the lion's share of the stripers that have been caught so far. Swimmers and poppers fished with thin teasers out front are taking fish in the trough.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    John at The Dock Outfitters said the surf has been reluctant to clean up but on Saturday he heard from some boat fishermen that they had trolled up some big beautiful stripers that looked to be 50 pounds or better. "These fish were taken just off our beaches," he said. There were a few small keepers taken on bait at Island Beach State Park. Every year people get impatient, he said, "but as always the fish will show up! When, where, how many, and how big is known to the fishing gods only." He urges patience and says see what happens after the weekend's storm.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    John at The Dock Outfitters said nice striped bass have been finding their way to the scale at the shop. There haven't been any big blitzes yet, and no big schools of bait crashing, but "these early catches are only the tip of the iceberg and due diligence should be given by all serious surf anglers," he said. Bait and swimming plugs fished with teasers in front both have picked up fish, which he said are right in tight to the beach. "Fish your lures until they are high and dry," he said. The night tides are producing a few larger bass on swimming plugs.

  • October 16, 2017 Open or Close

    John at The Dock Outfitters said the surf had cleaned up and was inviting if you prefer to fish lures. The bite remains a pick of small bass and blues but he notes that can change on a dime. The dock out back has slowed down plenty, with fewer and fewer keeper crabs being taken and the bluefish that had been hanging out for so long have finally moved out.

The Dock Outfitters

The Dock Outfitters
5 Route 35 South
Seaside Heights, NJ 08751
phone: 732-830-8171


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