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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 |
A 25-pound 40-inch striped bass was weighed from Brigantine’s north-end surf on Sunday at Ripdtide Bait & Tackle, Capt. Andy said. Dave McGee tied into the fish on fresh clam from the store, winning the $25 gift card to the shop for bringing the season’s first keeper striper from the island’s surf to the store. He also took the lead in Riptide’s Fall Surf Derby with the fish. See more about the derby below. First, the season’s first big, migrating stripers, a few, were checked-in at the store from ocean boaters, covered in the last report here. Each boat heard about seemed to catch one big and that’s all, except one trip decked two. The fish at the shop included a 49-pounder from off Brigantine, a 46-pounder from between Wreck Inlet and Long Beach Island and two 29-pounders from one trip from off Brigantine. All of those fish were trolled on Monday on MagicTail Mojos. Weather deteriorated afterward. The back bay’s fishing was good for smaller stripers on eels or Gulp Nemesis. Eels and the Nemesis are stocked. Green crabs are on hand, and fresh, shucked clams will arrive Friday. Fresh bunker are expected on Friday night or Saturday morning. The time is here: The annual Brigantine Elks striper tournament for surf anglers and boaters, benefitting a veterans’ fund, will be held Friday through Sunday. The Riptide Fall Surf Fishing Derby is underway until Dec. 23, awarding $500, $300 and $150 for the three heaviest stripers and $300, $200 and $100 for the three heaviest blues. Entry is $25 and includes a permit that allows Brigantine’s entire front beach to be driven, if you also have a Brigantine permit. Without the tournament permit, not all the beach can be driven.