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Report from Thursday, November 15.

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Boaters locked into striped bass well near the Statue of Liberty and Verrazano Bridge on trolled bunker spoons and Mojos, the spoons especially, said Jay from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. The fish were better-sized in New York waters there than in New Jersey waters. How big were the stripers? A 42-pounder and a 38-pounder were weighed-in. Throwback stripers were played from the surf, fewer than expected, but weather was a factor. Wind often prevented the fishing or roughed up the seas too much. Most of the fish were plugged, and anglers kept asking for Super Strike needlefish, but none was stocked. Green crabs are in supply for blackfish that seemed to be biting well. Anglers can order white crabs, and if the store orders them on a Tuesday, the whites come in on that Thursday. All baits, the full supply, are stocked when available, like fresh bunker that are carried when the bunker boats can sail. Weather is closing in. Snow was falling sideways when Jay gave this report this afternoon. A half-inch or an inch had fallen.

Johnny O. from Fisherman’s Den North had been away from the store a few days until today, he said. Today was stormy, causing no fishing reports. Previously, striped bass seemed boated in Raritan Bay and between the channels on the troll. Bunker spoons seemed to catch better than Mojos for a couple of trips known about. Stripers seemed to be eeled when they felt like biting eels, and customers still bought the bait. Surf anglers seemed to wax lots of schoolie stripers, scoring okay. Johnny was unsure what on.

Great striped bass fishing was smashed yesterday on the Fishermen – in the snot! a report said on the party boat’s website. Seas were rough, wind blew and current ran, but those babies were hungry! Excellent catches the whole trip: stripers that were all 30 to 44 inches, except three slots. Jigs caught best, because sand eels schooled. Sand eels are here. The fishing was expected to be nixed today and Friday because of weather. Saturday and Sunday look good. Come on down and give it hell with us! the report said. Trips are fishing for stripers 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Trips for blackfish are supposed to get underway Friday, when the bag limit is hiked up, on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. That day will be weathered out, and Saturday might be the start. West wind is supposed to blow strongly Friday, but that could be good, knocking down seas that today’s nor’easter was going to build. Trips were bottom-fishing until now aboard, but blackfish were mainly what bit by this time of season on the outings. The fishing sailed Monday and was docked because of weather since. Monday was gorgeous, some of the best weather in some time aboard. Blackfish and a couple of sea bass were picked on the trip. Beginning Friday, trips are slated to blackfish 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Green crabs are supplied aboard. Some whites will be provided when whites start to pot.