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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., November 11, 2019
Jeff Fairbanks from Bradley Beach caught this 58-pound striper while fishing aboard Tim Fitzpatrick's boat the Noserider off Asbury Park over the weekend. The monster was caught on a #4 Maja spoon.
As you can see from the photo of Jeff Fairbanks aboard Tim Fitzpatrick's boat the Noserider, there are still good fish entering New Jersey waters and moving down along the coast. “This past week saw some excellent striped bass fishing along the northern coast,” noted field editor JB Kasper going to print this morning on this week’s printed edition, adding that early week catches in Raritan Bay were a mix of shorts and slots with an occasional keeper mixed in, but by mid-week bigger fish had filtered into the bay giving anglers a shot at 30- to 40-pound plus bass. “Fishing in the ocean, while being more spotty, saw bigger fish, some topping the 50-pound mark,” Kasper noted. Beaches from Sandy Hook down through the southern reaches of Monmouth County gave up a few good shots at fish to surfcasters through the weekend, with bass finally turning on to the bunker along the beach by the weekend in Ocean County as well. “The striper fishing is starting to heat up with the cold weather moving in,” noted Central Jersey field editor Ashley Viola, adding “Folks are still having luck landing big bass off boats trolling mojos and spoons. Jigging and bunker is also working for a few.” There have been mostly schoolies in the back bay, by more keeper-size bass are showing up along front beaches with Ava jigs or sand eel imitations with teasers doing well. “Is the grass always greener up north,” lamented South Jersey field editor Anthony Califano last night at press time. “But, we do have one heck of a consolation prize – prizes actually, by way of tog, sea bass, porgies and speckled trout (which you simply won’t find in the northern country),” Califano noted. According to this week’s reports, South Jersey is seeing some of the best inshore tog fishing in the last 15 years, and the speckled trout fishing already rivals the best of the best Novembers and we are only one-third of the way through the month. Specks have made a rather significant showing in the past few weeks, with folks targeting the trout in much the same way as one would go after weakfish (think plastics and small Mirro-Lures). “The grass may be of a different shade, but it’s pretty green down here too,” Califano noted. The notable differences between North and South Jersey were on display in Galloway Township last week for the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council Meeting. The Fisherman’s Jim Hutchinson, Jr. will have more to breakdown in his Thursday video forecast this week, but the 60 or so attendees were given the chance to comment one final time on striped bass management before the state sends a suite of options back to the ASFMC for technical review. A final vote and ultimate decision on striped bass management will not take place until sometime in February; stay tuned.
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