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Monday, October 15, 2018: The full-blown SE winds might work in our surfcasting favor.

Despite the mall's strict policy against X-games on the escalators, Emma went for it anyway. 

Russian old ladies vs. escalator

While her husband was out in the parking lot ...

55-year-old skater does impressive trick

And her grandson was doing ... whatever it is he's doing. 

Teamwork parkour

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(This is one of my regular thank-yins for ignoring any and all typos as I pop out these blogs. After a lifetime of writing, I’m dang good at the technical stuff – providing I get a chance to read back over what I've writ. I just haven’t got the time to double-check. Maybe when I retire in 2038.) 

Monday, October 15, 2018: The full-blown SE winds might work in our surfcasting favor, providing they don’t muck up the water with turbidity. 

The miles of migrating mullet still hugging the beachline areas will get royally rolled, making them vulnerable to sneak attacks from any bass and bigger blues in the mix.

The 30-mph winds will also roil the nearshore bunker bait balls, which are thick as bricks not far off our beachline. Theoretically, busted up bait balls can force bunker-stalking stripers to mosey into the suds for crabs and assorted forage fish. That’s when we get our land-based shot at them. Of course, if the bunker balls have no trophy bass beneath them to begin with ... Let’s just leave it at that.

I can tell you where there are bass lurking. Barnegat Inlet has them after dark, occasionally out the wazoo. However, these are almost exclusively schoolies, some barely breaking the 12-inch mark. These are plug-hungry stripers, far more anxious to attack lures than bait.

On The Water:

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I got my NJ Striped Bass Bonus Program permit, which is a metal strip that must be securely attached to fish through the mouth and gill immediately upon capture and prior to transportation.

I’m giving this somewhat demanding program a go. I’m now committed to calling in – or e-reporting -- when I keep an eater striper between 24 and 28 inches.

Effective September 1, 2018, the SBBP regulations are as follows:

One fish per permit 24" to less than 28"
September 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018

Bonus harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported within 24 hours of harvest via online or by calling 609-748-2074

The SBBP Permit must be securely attached to fish through the mouth and gill immediately upon capture and prior to transportation

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I’ll be working with the bonus program by documenting any other stripers I catch and release. It’s good data gathering, though the state also wants the details to make sure we stay under with the allowable poundage given by the feds. Here’s a look at the program’s log book requirements:

Instructions:
Fill out the log for yourself only and list fishing days individually, not grouped together.
Record all striped bass fishing trips even if no stripers were caught.
Please measure all fish caught and list all lengths on log. This is important. NO SIZE RANGES!
Make as many copies of the log as necessary or call for additional copies.
Keep the comments coming, especially those concerning the health of the stripers.
If you harvest a Bonus fish, record the used permit number onto the log in the additional information
section. Complete daily log and mail to Division or submit online at njfishandwildlife.com/bonusbas_log.htm by January 15th, even if you did not fish, to remain eligible for the following year.

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