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Report from Thursday, October 20.

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Striped bass to 35 pounds, great numbers, were landed the last few days, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email Tuesday. Most were trolled on bunker spoons with Mojos or diving plugs like Stretches and Bombers. Most charters from Shark River that sailed for them limited out on the fish in the 43-inch class and larger on the ocean. Greg Bottomly, Little Egg Harbor Township, reeled in a 28-pounder “off Monmouth Beach,” Bob wrote. The river gave up good winter flounder fishing. Most anglers fishing for them limited out in an hour or two, and the fishing will improve as the water cools. Blackfish provided plenty of action at Shark River Inlet and Point Pleasant Canal.

More fish were able be bagged than before, and XTC Sportfishing resumed fishing, Capt. Scott said. Striped bass began to show up, and sea bass season will be opened beginning Saturday. A trip aboard went 2 for 4 on stripers on the ocean toward Lavallette on trolled spoons. Then the trip bottom-fished, limiting out on blackfish, releasing others and also releasing sea bass. Was a decent day, and the anglers were happy, he said, and left with fish. Dates are still available in November for striper and blackfish charters. More trips are booked for Saturday and Sunday, and fishing was docked aboard for a moment previously, waiting for angling to pick up. Before then, the last trip fished a couple of weeks ago, boating a swordfish and no tuna offshore. Tuna fishing now began to improve. Some were caught.

Anglers aboard Monday limited out on “over” striped bass to 40 pounds on the ocean with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, Capt. Pete said. Parker Pete’s has been trolling the fish, but nailed a few on bunker snagged and then livelined, when bunker popped up in the water. Stripers were definitely here, and angling was good for them around the weekend’s full moon. The fishing became more sporadic in the following days, maybe because of the 85-degree spell. Pete’s thinking the fishing might kick back in when the weather cools, and forecasts are calling for a cold front. The fishing currently was best late in the day. Mornings fished hit and miss currently. In mornings now, when the fish weren’t biting, they just weren’t biting. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway about individual spaces available on charters. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces.

After a slow start, fishing for monster blues lit up today on the Golden Eagle, a report said on the party boat’s website. Single blues were hooked, then shots of more turned on. Once the angling took hold, catches were non-stop. Mostly bait caught, but some of the blues smacked Runoff hammered jigs. Sometimes false albacore were battled aboard. All anglers were happy and left with lots of smiles, the report said. Fishing was similar in past days aboard, with lulls at times, but good catches were made at some point on the outings. Jumbo blues are biting, so join a trip for a fun day on the ocean, the report said. The trips are sailing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and a tuna trip, the season’s final, is slated to sail Sunday for 24 hours.

Another great day of fishing for blues was hammered yesterday on the
Miss Belmar Princess, an email said from the party boat. The ocean held a little swell from south from wind the previous day and night, but blues bit upon arrival at the fishing grounds. At first, the blues weighed 5 to 8 pounds. As the day went on, the fishing improved, giving up good shots of the fish and a few false albacore and big porgies. Some blues 12 to 14 pounds were managed toward the end of the outing. Come and get fall Jersey jumbo blues! the email said. Now’s the time, and trips are bluefishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.