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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., October 21, 2019
The father/son team of Dennis and Tommy Huber put the boat on the trailer out of Brigantine over the weekend and headed north up the GSP towards Shark River where the first wave of big stripers was pushing through on their southerly migration. If you can tell by the photo, mojos got it done for Tommy with this good fish. Where will those big fish be this week?
This week’s field editor reports are included in the November printing of the New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition of The Fisherman Magazine out this week. While the 11th month of the year is just a week and a half out, the traditional October action along the coast is finally kicking into high gear. Some believe the arrival of migratory stripers is a week or two late, others in Monmouth County actually had October 15 circled on the calendar. Field editor JB Kasper however said he knew those big bass were going to hit by this past weekend based on his previous week’s reporting. “Our predictions of a big bass attack this past week were right on the money,” JB said, explaining how he believes the October nor’easter pushed bass into Long Island Sound and up closer to NY’s south shore beaches “where they got into migrating mullet and other baitfish and served up some good fishing during the early part of the week.” Acres of bunker are stretched between Sandy Hook and below Manasquan, as the first wave of large, migratory bass moves down the Jersey Shore this week. Trollers, jiggers, casters and liveliners all have a good shot, once they find these fish. A few Central Jersey surfcasters are beginning to score along the front beaches, though before the stripers arrived in Monmouth County those boaters in Ocean County were happy to hit the sea bass grounds again after the recent storms. “Folks were finally able to make it out for the sea bass they have been waiting for and have not been disappointed,” reported field editor Ashley Viola in the November edition. “Many wrecks are producing well with both clam and jigs,” Ashley noted, adding porgies, blues, and triggerfish are all making their way onto boats as well. “Tautog seem to be keeping anglers busy off the local jetties,” she added. Tautog and sea bass are also keeping South Jersey anglers actively engaged as well prior to the migratory run of stripers arriving in Atlantic and Cape May County according to field editor Anthony Califano. “Until the migratory run hits, a lot of folks have turned west to find good striper action in the back bays and rivers in South Jersey,” Califano said this week, adding “Meanwhile the jetties up and down the coast are loaded with tog; keepers seem to be easier to find as you move north towards Atlantic City, but all the jetties are holding them in good numbers.” In gathering this week’s reports, Califano said the wreck fishing seem to get better the farther south you traveled towards Cape May with larger fish and more limit catches caught. Big game hunters are enjoying the showing of bluefin tuna as close in as Sea Girt Reef; plenty of bait in the water, good chance of seeing those torpedoes crashing on the surface sometimes within eyesight of land. Don’t forget your HMS Permit if you plan on chasing bluefin tuna this month, or if you encounter a thresher while fishing the inshore bunker pods for striped bass. As for offshore fishermen, anglers are having luck with mahi, yellowfin, and swordfish when weather allows. An early week look at the NOAA Marine Forecast indicates seas will be subsiding as the week progresses, with Thursday and Friday looking like good weather windows to hit the edge.
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