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Report from Monday, September 17.

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Sea Isle City
Annual traveling trips to Montauk kicked off this weekend aboard, fishing well, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. Saturday’s trip reeled in 10 striped bass, a variety of sizes including two 44-inchers, sea bass to 19 inches, porgies and a bluefish. That was all on jigs on light tackle. Sunday’s trip tackled more fish, probably 20 stripers, not as big as on Saturday, a bunch of 3- to 6-pound bluefish and some sea bass to 19 inches and porgies, lots of action. That was also on jigs on light tackle, except some of the blues were fly-rodded. The trips fish the migrations of stripers, blues and false albacore through mid-October from the legendary port. Afterward, Joe focuses on the migrations of stripers and blues from Sea Isle. Fishing on the weekend’s trips was a steady, relaxed, good pick. Joe didn’t need to run the boat like crazy to chase fish, like sometimes happens during the migration. Weather was as good as it gets. The water held a little swell. See the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website. At Sea Isle currently, Joe’s fishing for striped bass should be good on the back bay. That’s for smaller, resident stripers with popper lures and popper flies, good sport. That angling’s been good and should only get better in cooling water. Fishing for flounder on the ocean from Sea Isle should be fine aboard in this final week of flounder season, once the swell calms from the hurricane to the south. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.