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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, October 20.

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Sea Isle City
Cocktail blues 1 to 3 pounds, tons, surrounded the island, said Mike from
Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. Catches of them were fun, especially for kids, and were probably most consistent at Townsend’s Inlet. But the fish were also fought in the ocean surf and in the back bay. Anglers could fish for them with lures or bait, whatever they’d like. If bait was fished, mullet worked best. But mackerel caught, and so did any “meat” like that. Fishing for schoolie striped bass 16 to 25 inches was fabulous in the back bay. It’s always good this time of year, but currently some customers pulled in four, five or six per trip on several trips in a row. The catches were even heard about in the middle of the day, like at 11 a.m. on the tide. Mornings and evenings usually fish best for them. Schoolie stripers also bit at night under lights at docks and bridges in the bay. The only keeper stripers heard about, not many, came from the surf. Anglers hooked the keepers, like 30- or 32-inchers, while fishing for the blues with bait like mullet. Plenty of blackfish chewed, and lots of green crabs were sold for bait for them. An angler might catch 10 or 15 including a keeper. But they were fun, and not many strike outs were heard about. The coming blow will push more of the tautog to bridges and jetties to be caught, Mike thinks. For offshore anglers, tuna were out there, and good catches were reported from Wilmington Canyon, but weather was challenging. Getting a 24-hour window was difficult, but both commercial longliners and sport anglers reported great catches.