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Bite Alert! 11/18/15 ...

Below: Check out this"Recent Weigh-ins"  burst of bass and bluefish hitting the LBI Surf Fishing Classic scales. It's finally time to start seriously chuckin' chunks. Yes, that's a clean sweep for "bunker."  It also seems that mid-Island is seeing some striper sweetness. I was wondering why so many folks were hitting the beach as the day went on. Word get's out kinda quickly.

The onshore winds might be helping the cause be busting up the bunker balls. I'd be interested in hearing what any kept bass have in their bellies. Yesterday a kept bass -- non-Classic -- had crabs. That's to be expected with the current surf conditions. Also, here's Joe H.'s insider info:

Joe Handley Jr
As a fisherman, I always examine the stomach contents of fish I keep for the table. This pig of a striper was obviously eating someone's discarded bunker chunks including one that gut hooked him after he broke the guys line. That tail section still had a perfectly placed, non rusted Gami circle hook in the stomach! In case you broke this fish off, his last meal was a copper colored as needlefish if you were wondering.
Joe Handley Jr's photo.

I was working off-Island so I missed the brisk -- not really a blitz -- action. I'll be doing a dawn patrol tomorrow, though sticking with artificials -- though upping the ante by using plugs Tom White made for me -- graced with the words, "If Found return to Jay Mann."

By Friday, despite nasty wind forecasted, I might even break out the bait stick -- which, in my case, is simply a longer surf rod rigged with fish finder rig and a cool circle-hook set-up a buddy gives to me -- with a sinker another buddy makes for me. Sometimes it's good being me.

I really don't have a meat stick: one of those fat and rigid 10-foot rods that can cast 12 ounces without moaning out loud. I don't mind going with lighter sinkers and letting the current take the bait where it can settle in -- unless the side sweep gets so bad the rig ends up on the beach. Then I reel it in and go the hell home. 

Boat bassing is going to continue to get blasted by winds, ruining ocean runs. The bay is still holding cells of larger stripers. You need to know the ropes/locales if going after bay bass. It's tough just pulling up at any old point and begin bassing. Obviously, holes and the edges of channels are logical choices -- unlike spring when the flats hold more fish. 

Below: Just North ...

Travis Hackal added 2 new photos.
4 hrs

Seen some nice bunker blitzes today...

Travis Hackal's photo.
Travis Hackal's photo.
Event Time
Weigh-in Time
Catch Location
Today, 5:30 PM Today, 5:59 PM Brendan Craig Striped Bass 23 lbs. 4 oz. 40 in. 22 in. North Beach Bunker
Today, 5:01 PM Today, 5:15 PM Diana Canellis Striped Bass 11 lbs. 3 oz. 32 1/2 in. 15 in. North Beach Bunker
Today, 4:30 PM Today, 4:45 AM Merle Van Liere Striped Bass 13 lbs. 12 oz. 34 in. 16 1/2 in. Haven Beach Bunker
Today, 4:04 PM Today, 3:30 PM Kurt Horensky Striped Bass 20 lbs. 7 oz. 37 in. 21 in. Haven Beach Bunker
Today, 3:45 PM Today, 5:20 PM Donald Ingling Striped Bass 15 lbs. 1 oz. 34 in. 18 1/2 in. North Beach Bunker
Today, 3:30 PM Today, 4:37 PM Ed Youse Bluefish 14 lbs. 13 oz. 35 in. 19 in. Brant Beach Bunker
Today, 3:00 PM Today, 5:00 PM Mike Gowen Striped Bass 14 lbs. 11 oz. 36 in. 17 1/2 in. Surf City Bunker
Today, 3:00 PM Today, 4:50 PM Vince Orzel Striped Bass 22 lbs. 9 oz. 37 7/8 in. 21 in. Surf City Bunker
Today, 3:00 PM Today, 4:00 PM Marie Rhubart Bluefish 11 lbs. 2 oz. 31 in. 17 in. Brant Beach Bunker
Today, 2:10 PM Today, 3:00 PM Jonathan Hille Striped Bass 24 lbs. 3 oz. 40 1/2 in. 21 in. Ship Bottom Bunker

Below: Gorgeous New Van Staal VS X-Series Spinning Reel ... and a tad pricey at $900-ish. Oh, this isn't mine. The photo keeps popping up on my Facebook timeline. Kinda nasty thing to do ... or not.


Melisa Missy Fillman
5 hrs

Done for the day

Melisa Missy Fillman's photo.
Tom Gardiner
Personal best from the beach . 42.5 in 26.5 lbs. Said I wouldn't post on here unless it was my biggest. Making progress. Thanks Sherpa!
Tom Gardiner's photo.
Joe Handley Jr
Well the first cast was productive, let's try another...
Joe Handley Jr's photo.


Scott Roberson 
Today was one of the best days ever striper fishing! Put about 30 keepers on the boat. Of course I only kept my legal limit!!
Scott Roberson's photo.
Scott Roberson's photo.

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