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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., December 2, 2019
Anthony Fleming was able to get one more visit in to Chestnut Neck Boat Yard over the holiday weekend before they closed for the winter, finding that there are still “nice fish out there,” according to Anthony. “Found a huge school off Little Egg Inlet. Massive amounts of bait and fish on it,” he said. In South Jersey this week, look inside the line around the Sea Isle Lump for action.
A few shops, marinas and for-hire operations are calling it a season, but those anglers who are stretching out their striper season a bit longer are finding a few good bass heading into our 12th and final month of the year. For those heading out in Cape May County, Sea Isle Lump was finally hot all last week of Thanksgiving, with folks finding stripers inside the 3 mile line. “A lot of nice fish on sand hills down near the bottom,” was the report we received from Hand’s Too Bait and Tackle in Cape May where they noted guys using Ava jigs did well over the holiday weekend with fish from 20 to 40 pounds. After spending so much time in Monmouth and Ocean County this fall, good striped bass seem to finally be in reach of boaters out of Atlantic and Cape May counties now too. Of course, best action in the surf all week long was Central and Northern Jersey where mostly short fish were piling on sand eels all week long, leaving some hot stretches of beach practically shoulder-to-shoulder with casters. Some days the birds indicate where the bite is, other days it’s just blindcasting to find the best bite; teasers tied ahead of Ava jigs, Deadly Dicks, Savage Eels or Tsunami Sand Eels has been effective on fish primarily at dawn and dusk. This sand eel bite stretched into LBI for the final days of the LBI Surf Fishing Classic, and should also expand along Atlantic and Cape May county beaches into December. Final month of black sea bass action at the Jersey Shore; season closes December 31, so schedule your bottom fishing excursions by charter or party boat now for a few Christmas biscuits.
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