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Report from Monday, November 24.

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Five striped bass were trolled, and a bunch were lost on the troll, on the ocean Saturday with Kevin Driscoll’s charter on the Heavy Hitter, Capt. George said. Two stripers were trolled, and several were lost on the troll, on the ocean Sunday with Anthony Mergliano’s charter. Trips were catching the bass, not great, but catching, on the ocean. The stripers were large, and were landed toward Corson’s Inlet on the Heavy Hitter. Lots of stripers turned on, with large bird plays, off Atlantic City, 30 miles from Cape May, on Saturday. A couple of boats from Cape May made the trip, limiting out. About five Cape May boats sailed to Atlantic City on Sunday, catching a few stripers. No big bird plays were there like on the previous day. The Heavy Hitter trolled Stretch 25 plugs, and when the stripers were lost, the pole would get banged and bend over, and scales would be seen on the hooks, when the lure was reeled in. Seven or eight were lost on Saturday, and three or four were on Sunday. Bait swam the water, and George guessed that was bunker. The man who cleaned the fish said a few bunker were in each stomach on Saturday, and George hadn’t talked to the man yet about whether the baitfish were in the stomachs on Sunday. Striper fishing sounded dead on Delaware Bay. More striper trips are slated to sail starting Wednesday. The boat might blackfish later in the week, and George heard blackfishing was good. A friend reported a good catch.

Striped bass schooled the ocean close to 3 miles from shore, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters. Fishing for them is open within 3 miles from the coast, and Melanie Anne scored a good catch of the bass to 40 inches and larger Sunday. Striper fishing was dead on Delaware Bay and in the Cape May Rips. The water was full of mud. Sea bass fishing was good, and sea bass close to shore started to be small, so trips had to sail farther from the coast for good-sized ones. But the fish were there. Plenty of blackfish are biting. ***Update, Tuesday, 11/25:*** A sea bass trip was cancelled aboard Monday, because of forecasts for wind. Trips will fish for stripers on Thanksgiving and for a combo of sea bass, blackfish and stripers on Friday. That trip will fish wrecks at first for sea bass and blackfish, and then for stripers closer to shore. Anglers booked for a trip Sunday want to fish for whatever bites. So the trip will head out for whatever fishing’s best at the time.