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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, November 15.

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Sea Isle City
Doug Gillespie and Dusty Laricks made a run at sea bass Monday with Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle, in deeper water farther from shore, Joe said. Was beautiful weather, and they bagged a bunch to 18 inches, good fishing. Pro tip: clams catch sea bass great. But jigs with Gulps will up the keeper ratio. Fish the jigs on very light line. Joe saw no striped bass, including beyond 3 miles from shore, where striper fishing is closed, and heard about none yet from the ocean. If he had seen signs, he would have stopped on them in legal waters. Those fish are impending, though, and his charters will be all over them. If you want to do that fishing, you better book, or no space will be left. Fishing for smaller, resident stripers, not the migration of big ones in the ocean, was good on the back bay on livelined spots. Joe’s doing that fishing, too. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish from Christmas to Easter. See the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Back-bay anglers picked at lots of striped bass this week, said Mike from
Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. Conditions weren’t ideal, but they caught. Live spots hooked the fish best during daytime, and eels hit them best at night, for unknown reasons. Under lights at bridges and docks at night, plenty of small stripers jumped on soft-plastic lures like Fin-S Fish and Bass Assassins. No big, migrating stripers from the ocean were weighed at the shop yet this season. But Mike heard about a few boated off South Jersey beginning this week, until weather kept trips from sailing. Anglers hope the weather straightens out this weekend to go. The fish seemed mostly trolled, but a couple were heard about that were socked on livelined bunker that were snagged for bait. Nothing was heard about stripers from the surf. A couple of customers fished for blackfish at docks and rocks in the weather. Probably 1 in 10 was a keeper, but keepers were there, and Mike thinks the fishing will become a little better before it drops off. The blackfish bag limit will be increased Friday, and this was good that shore anglers could still catch the tautog. The tog often stop biting along shore because of cold water by the time the limit increases. The shop is loaded up with green crabs for bait for them. When white leggers become available, they’ll be stocked, too. The whites seemed not to pot yet. On the ocean, Capt. Joe Hughes ran a trip that sacked a bunch of sea bass Monday. That was at the Deep Water Reef, Mike thought. Mike’s buddy fished for sea bass and walloped good-sized when he stopped at a rock pile after wanting to fish for tuna but deciding seas were too rough. Some awesome crabbing was reported during the weekend, though the season was getting late. One crabber trapped a half-bushel of good-sized in six pots.