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Report from Monday, September 29.

| Staten Island | Keyport | Atlantic Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Barnegat Light | Mystic Island | Brigantine | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Wildwood | Cape May | Last Thursday's Report |
Sea Isle City
Some of the traveling charters to Montauk fished this weekend aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The angling, fishing the migration of false albacore, striped bass and blues, was great. The trip Saturday, with Peter Rotelli and buddy, beat a dozen albies. Striped bass to 18 pounds and blues to 15 pounds were fought aboard, and porgies and sea bass were landed. Peter fly-rodded, and the buddy fished with jigs. The albies were hooked on metal, and when the buddy jigged, he fished with soft-plastic lures. When the porgies and sea bass bit, the hooks were fished along bottom for the bass and blues. The porgies and sea bass were a by-catch, weren’t targeted. But sometimes the bass, blues and albies blitzed along the surface, and most stripers were caught then. The trip Sunday, also with Peter and buddy, also tugged in albies, stripers and blues. Probably 10 albies were subdued, and a bunch of blues were. The stripers were smaller on average than on the previous day. Albies were the most abundant fish on the trips, and were the main target. Lots of bay anchovies schooled, and weather was great. The annual trips will fish until the third week of October, and if you ever wanted to fish the run from the legendary port, Joe is going. Afterward, he’ll home-in on the migration of stripers and blues from Sea Isle City in November and December, and those trips should be booked now. Joe also offers annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys in winter. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Joe is also chartering from Sea Isle currently, including popper-plug and –fly fishing for stripers that should continue to be good on the back bay, like it’s been. That angling should last through October, and bluefish are also schooling the ocean at Sea Isle. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.