Here is the Tackle Talk Segment for my latest video “Striped Bass Jig and Pop”
Here is the Tackle Talk Segment for my latest video “Striped Bass Jig and Pop”
Here it is, the Striped Bass Jigging and Popping VIDEO from a single awesome trip. We have been lucky enough to have this action fairly consistently the past week and a half. I hope it keeps up for a couple more weeks! Be sure to stay tuned to the Tackle Talk VIDEO coming on Thanksgiving Day for this video and also a Striped Bass Trolling and tackle Talk Video coming in the next week or two.
The bite continues… Today we fished out of GE Inlet on the Trade In again with Maureen, Anthony, and Joe. We got out front of Atlantic City with a 4-5 foot chop and stiff 20 knot SSW wind. It definitely kept the crowd down which was nice, but we were getting tossed a good bit. Anyway, we got setup along the 3 mile line where we found the fish on a small ridge yesterday and got trolling in the 50 degree water. As the sun came up it didn’t take long to the birds to start working just offshore of us about 3.5-4 miles off the beach, taunting us (for those who don’t already know, it is illegal to target striped bass outside of the 3 mile line – federal waters). Anyway, we pounded it out and eventually the bait and fish came to us.
We picked at a few early then we continued to get a slow and steady pick of stripers weighing from 12-25 pounds all day. We had steady action which made the whole morning a lot of fun with a double header every now and then. As usual the chartreuse Mojo got hammered by stripers plenty today and we had a few more bites on the Lipped plugs today then the previous few days. I wonder if that is because this school of fish is smaller then the ones we have been catching all week. We ended up catching 13 stripers on the troll keeping our 4 man limit and releasing the rest. Another great day of fishing.
I am going to be away visiting family from tomorrow through Saturday so I won’t be getting out fishing this week at all, but plan to get right back at it come Sunday. I hope everyone has a great Holiday week and enjoys Thanksgiving. I sure am thankful for this amazing fishing this past week. I certainly will never forget it. Enjoy your holiday…
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The striped bass bite continues to remain red hot in south jersey. We skipped out on the Trade In early today and go ton the troll at first light. The water temperature has dropped to 49 degrees, and I didn’t have too much as far as marks go for bait and fish. The early morning bite for us was a slow pick at best, but we did get our best fish of the day weighing in at 36 pounds on a Purple Bomber Plug. We picked up a few more on that plug, but the rest of the fish today fell victim to the chartreuse Mojo which has been the hot lure all week.
After pounding it out all morning we made the run North to where a good bite was and we got into the melee. It was game on with doubles and triples of striped bass. We lost count as the bite was fast and furious, and we had a blast. At this point the wind had come on strong out of the SW and created a 4-5 foot tight chop so we called it a day and were plenty happy with it. Today I got some amazing troll pro footage that I am super excited about of a striped bass eating a shad body as well as numerous others stalking my umbrella rig. Another great day of fishing, looking forward to hopefully another repeat tomorrow.
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We have been spoiled the past few days with phenomenal fishing we were due to be kept in check. Today we ran back out front looking for a troll/jig bite again and the winds were forecasted to be 20-30 out of the West which we can handle inside the 3 mile line. BUT the wind was SW which came straight up the beach and made for 4-6 foot choppy sea condition. Luckily it was warmer today then yesterday with temps in the mid forties and sunny. As we broke the inlet I saw 3 boats turn around and at that moment I slightly questioned my sanity, but away we went!
We ran down the beach and got on the troll by 7:30am. After an hour of trolling the purple lipped diving plug goes off and Maureen is on her first fish of the day. We land the nice 22# striper and get back on the troll. The water clarity was absolutely terrible today with visibility less then a foot, which isn’t good for trolling. We kept at it and managed to pick up a nice 30# fish on the hot lure from yesterday, a chartreuse Mojo. It put up an awesome fight and made Mo work for the catch. It was tough for everyone south of TI Inlet today, but the bite was great around GE to Brigantine today with a wad of fish mauling bunker up there. Hopefully we get that school over the next few days down our way.
We have been lucky enough to be on an amazing striped bass blitz this week. The bite has mainly been during the am hours along the 3 mile EEZ line. The bite has been in different areas everyday but once you locate the schools with your sounder it has been game on.
Today we had 50.5 degree water temps and got up on the troll late due to freezing temps and hopes for a little drop in the wind from 30 to 20 out of the west and we got it. Luckily I had a few friends who were on the fish already so we sprinted there and got on the troll. We had fairly consistent action the end of the morning hours picking up 9 keeper bass (and releasing most) up to 32 pounds. Most fish were on the chartreuse Mojos but we did catch a few on Stretch 30 plugs. No record today, but back at it again tomorrow. The west wind definitely ruined the water clarity, but luckily it didn’t effect the fishing. Hopefully the 20-30 west wind will be a little forgiving tomorrow.
The fishing the past two days has been nothing short of a dream. Yesterday we ran out and saw striped bass rolling on the surface, game on. They were thick and feeding heavy on bunker all throughout the water column. The water was 53 degrees and clean so you could see them take the poppers on top so easily and the bucktails next to the boat. The bite was epic and we caught our limit and then some of 20-35 pound fish.
We ran inside and dropped off the Stripers so we could be legal to run beyond the 3 mile line for sea bass. We had nonstop action on sea bass and tog all afternoon but most of the fish were small, but we did manage to get plenty of keepers and a few really nice sea bass.
Today we had a small weather window so I slipped out with a few friends on the trade in again. There was tons of bait again and scattered birds diving off of the Wildwood Ferris wheel, but no stripers. We kept hunting looking for something better and finally around 9:30 we got on the fish. It turned into a repeat of yesterday with great action on bucktails and a few on topwaters with fish ranging from 18-30 pounds.
Amazing fishing right now! I hope it holds up…
10/13 – Blown Out today. We planned to go sea bass fishing but with the DB Buoy stating 5 feet at 5 seconds we opted not to get beat up. Tomorrow is definitely another blow out given the 20-30 knot winds in the forecast. Hoping for a better weekend..
10/12 – So we tried the DE Bay again chunking bunker for striped bass even thought the bite has been slow at best. The few fish that are being caught though are quality fish close o or larger then the size we need on the line class we are fishing, so we had to keep at it. We got out around 7:30 in the dense fog and set up for the whole incoming tide with 56 degree water temperature. We started on the west wall of the 60 foot slough but the crabs were relentless chewing up our baits in 5 minutes every time. We moved out for the remainder of the tide in the Brandywine Range Area but no success there other then a few spiny dogfish. We packed it in around 1 pm and headed back to the dock. I don’t know if the fishing is just slow because we are in between moon phases or if the fish are coming into the DE Bay less and less the past couple years on their migration south, but I sure hope it picks up soon.
Today I moved the Trade In down to Cape May where she will live for the remainder of the month while we target striped bass. We slipped out from Cape May after the move around 11:00 am and got setup in the lower end of the 60 foot slough and fished throughout the 12:30 high tide swing then made a move around 2 to the deep water flats. Not much for marks all day and no bites. Slow fishing today for us.
Here is the latest video from a Blue Marlin we caught on Saltitude this past October. Location was the Lindenkohl Canyon and the fish ate a Black/Red Ilander Sea Star with a ballyhoo on the right long rigger. The Angler was Jody Brown hooked into his first Blue Marlin. Congratulations on the solid blue marlin release Jody!