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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, November 15.

| Keyport | Leonardo | Atlantic Highlands | Long Branch | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Toms River | Seaside Heights | Forked River | Absecon | Brigantine | Atlantic City | Longport | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Cape May | Last Monday's Report |
Ocean City
A 47.2-pound striped bass was weighed Monday at Fin-Atics that was boated on the ocean, Justin from the shop said. The angler said he jigged the fish at Sea Isle Lump. That was within 3 miles from shore, where fishing for stripers is legal. But other than that angler saying he caught the fish there, Justin heard about no stripers except ones that swam beyond 3 miles, where striper fishing is closed, though some South Jersey tackle shops posted photos of a few big stripers boated from the ocean beginning this week. Water was dirty at most places because of rough weather. Great Egg Harbor Inlet was inundated with dogfish. A few stripers, not big, were hooked at night at all the bridges to Ocean City on soft-plastic lures. Night was the only time they bit, and when they bit, they bit. Anglers had to be there. Surf-fishing for stripers was so hit and miss, and was also affected by dirty water. But sometimes small stripers were landed along surf jetties on soft-plastic lures. Sometimes they were beaned on bait, mostly clams. No keepers were heard about from the surf. The biggest reported were just-undersized. Blackfishing was good at structure like bridges when water was clear. Tons of the fish were there, and many were small, but keepers 5 and 6 pounds were mixed in. Little was heard about sea bass fishing on the ocean. Wind constantly blew, and the trips only had the chance to sail every few days. The only sea bass trip reported was to 28-Mile Wreck, and the trip only caught one.