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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, November 15.

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Striped bass were bombed, good fishing, on jigs yesterday on the Gambler on the ocean, a text said from the party boat. Some of the fish were huge, and some were slots. Even an 8-pound bluefish was reeled in. Ava jigs 4 and 6 ounces with red or green tails caught best. But the best lures changes. Bring a variety, or you can buy lures from an assortment carried aboard. The best lures this season have been Ava’s in those sizes, 4- to 6-ounce rubber shads and 5- to 7-ounce crocodile spoons. Let the lure drop to bottom and crank fast enough to create action. Reel the lure all the way to the boat, and repeat. Pay attention to the reel’s drag. A couple of big stripers have been lost aboard because drags were too tight and the anglers tried to stop the fish. Don’t set the drag too loose either. If you’re unsure, ask a deck hand to set the drag. Friday’s weather looks bad. If you plan to fish Saturday aboard, arrive extra early to ensure the boat isn’t full. The cabin is heated, and hot food is available in the galley. Hope to see you aboard, the text said. Trips are fishing for stripers 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Offshore sea bass trips will also fish in December.

Green crabs are in! a report said yesterday on the party boat Norma-K III’s website. The crabs were supposed to be for the season’s first blackfish trip Friday aboard. But Friday will be weathered out, so the trips, slated for 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily, are expected to kick off Saturday. The weekend’s weather’s looking great. The crew was waiting to see if white leggers will also be available aboard. Thanksgiving’s blackfish trip will sail 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.