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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, November 15.

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Toms River
Some decent striped bass fishing actually erupted in the surf yesterday from right before dark into the dark on Daiwa SP Minnows and, believe it or not, Bombers, said Dennis from Hook House Bait & Tackle. The SP’s have been favorites for some years, and Bombers used to be, but Bombers worked during this bite. That might’ve been an indication that a different population of baitfish tumbled in. The stripers, including 31- and 33-inchers, were bigger than previous stripers. So a different group seemed to shove in. Sand eels have been abundant in the surf, so Ava jigs with teasers have caught. Some Kettle Creek rubber shads have also worked. Bait anglers in the surf caught better on bunker than clams. But more anglers plugged than fished with bait lately. On the ocean, boaters picked striped bass off Island Beach State Park, catching on one day, not on the next. Bunker were scarce there, and that seemed why. Bunker were concentrated north of Manasquan Inlet, and boaters there trolled the stripers on Mojos and spoons. Mojos caught more. Green crabs and plenty of rigs and jigs are stocked for blackfishing. The blackfish bag limit gets hiked up beginning Friday. A few winter flounder were picked from Shark River, not setting the world on fire, but catching. Nobody seemed to try flounder fishing on the Toms River. Veterans’ Day used to be the traditional start of flounder fishing on the Toms. But water is warmer now, and not a lot of anglers flounder fished since the bag limit was decreased to two some years ago. Hook House, located on Route 37, also owns Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.