More Big Striped Bass Reported

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More Big Striped Bass Reported

First shop news…

And shop news is over…

(There is shop news, but we are a little too busy to get to it at the moment.  It's not a bad problem to have I guess...)

The fishing remains good off the surf for striped bass, but the pieces are in place for it to be downright epic if conditions allow.  There are big striped bass still in the area, and they are feeding on bunker. Most of the time they remain just offshore outside of the reach of surfcasters. However, during the dark, they come in range.  So if you want to catch the fish of a lifetime, fish in the dark.  Bunker chunks for those fishing bait, while those fishing lures are doing well with swim shads, metal lipped swimmers, SP minnows and mag darters

There are also peanut bunker and rainfish in the area, so the potential for the fishing to blow up big time is here.  All we need now are sand eels…

There are some nice blackfish being caught off the jetties for the shore bound angler and on the nearshore wreck from boats.  Jigs and rigs are working with green crabs.

Some notable recent catches:

With our cover photo:  @escuetotherescue found this beauty Friday night. Pulled the boga grip down to 25 lbs. 

Joe Bergen got on the night bite.

John Spence with a 30” 14.4 lb bass caught on bunker.

Mickey Smith found some Friday night

Kurtis Waltrath with a 26” blue on bunker

Alan Skerratt got this bass that tipped the scales at 38 lbs

@troy_tomitz55 with a big striped bass that fell for a pencil popper.

Eric Czaplinski with a striped bass caught off the surf Sunday morning on a bone SP minnow.

Nick Chieffo stopped into the shop Sunday to give us a report. Got a 43 inch bass on an SP Minnow and a nice angry bluefish on a Yo-Zuri Mag Darter.

Javier and Javier Alemon with a 29 inch, 8.45 pound striped bass that fell for a darter off the jetty.

Kurtis Walrath with an absolute tank from Sunday night! Congrats on the fish of a lifetime!

Jaylen Bell-Stevens with a nice schoolie.

Now, normally this is the part of the report where we toss some abuse in Ray’s direction.  And today we even have good reason to toss him some abuse, since he took YET ANOTHER day off of work.  Now, normally we would say something disparaging about his weight, the amount of leftover Halloween Candy he consumed, and having to go back to fat camp for a booster therapy session.  But not today.  Today Ray’s son was on TV giving the weather report down in Atlantic City, and Ray took off for the occasion.  You can see the Ray Jr start his career here: