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Friday, November 20, 2009:
A full-blown fast break of blues and bass swept the entire length of Holgate earlier today. Not only was everyone in that zone into fish but some serious stripers surfaced – and fled before becoming scale hangers. I heard of three major fish creating their own early releases. Mark J fought a likely 40-lber for a solid 20 minutes, doing all the right stuff to land it only to succumb to the beyond-frustrating hook exit in the wash. Hey, there is always the element of luck in any landing and when it runs out it often does do in dramatic fashion.
Most of the south end action was on chunks. And it wasn’t hard to find fresh bunker with acres of it showing from right next to the beach and way out.
Mid-Island also saw some slammer passages. That zone has decent potential for tomorrow, especially Brant Beach.
Other areas of the Jersey coastline exploded today, both toward Brigantine and up toward Seaside. Randy M was working a charter off the Mansion (IBSP) and was in