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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 |
When striped bass trips could be squeezed in between weather, the fishing was good for up to 30-pounders on the Vitamin Sea, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. The fish were jigged, and they were trolled on rubber shads, because sand eels schooled abundantly. Ava 47’s jigged off bottom were money. Shads that anglers fished from the rods, not shads that were trolled, also caught. When conditions were right, the fish could also be eeled. The fall run is on. That’s the bottom line. The weather’s been cruel: fishable on one day between weather or two consecutive days. If weather enabled more fishing, Frank could give excellent reports. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing. The boat is full next week, but the angling should continue well into December. Blackfish charters are also available, now that the bag limit will be increased to five beginning Friday from the current limit of one. Keep up with photos and daily reports on Vitamin Sea’s Facebook page.

The boat limited out on striped bass Monday, and plenty of additional were released, Manicsportfishing’s Facebook page said. “Figured they had to be hungry (that day),” it said. A photo showed four anglers holding stripers from the trip. The trip’s stripers were a whole mix of sizes, and charters and open-boat trips are fishing every day, weather permitting.

Striped bass seemed to be biting better than before, said Capt. Mario from the Down Deep Fleet. Good catches were pounded Monday aboard, and the next days were weathered out. A trip was expected to head back out this morning. Open-boat trips are fishing for stripers at 6 a.m. daily. Blackfishing will began Friday on Down Deep’s other boat. That day is sold out, and the bag limit will be increased starting then. Follow Down Deep on Facebook or sign up for the Short Notice List to be kept informed about open blackfish trips. Charters are available for either fishing.