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Good fall fishing along the Shore is dependent on storms which move migrating bait and game fish from the east into our waters. We certainly got that sort of boost with Tuesday's gale-force east winds, and it appears there will be more of the same on Sunday. The N.J. Outdoor Alliance (NJOA) is holding a Saturday 2 p.m. rally at Capt. Bill's Landing, 49 Inlet Dr., Point Pleasant in support of Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno for governor. Capt. Pete Grimbilas of the NJOA said Guadagno had our backs in the fight to preserve a viable fluke season against ASMFC regulations, and anglers should do likewise for her. Guadagno met with the NJOA and some members of the State Federation of Sportsman's Clubs, and answered all questions. She is committed to increase funding to the desperately underfunded Marine Fisheries Administration -- and would keep DEP Commissioner Bob Martin who stuck his neck out to fight the ASMFC and  save the fluke season. Bunker schools arrived off the Shore last week, but the volume of big stripers that were under them last year in the fall weren't evident over the weekend. A few big bass were trolled or baited with live bunkers, mostly off Ocean County, but most anglers didn't have a hit in waters which were still 65 degrees or more.  There was a hopeful change on Thursday. Frank Criscola took his Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club south Sunday afternoon to troll a single 41-pound striper, but this week returned to more familiar areas to the north and found the bass he was looking for during a good morning bite followed by a long period of nothing and finally an afternoon flurry. Capt. Chris Di Stefano of Wall was part of the crew that trolled eight bass from 15 to 30 pounds on Mo-Jos and shad rigs. These were migratory bass with the tell-tale purple sheen. Some had ling in them, and others were feeding on baby blowfish. There was no problem with bluefish, and the water temperature was hardly down at all -- 64.5 degrees. Surprisingly, though they did mark some bunkers, they didn't see them on the surface. The Golden Eagle got right back into the 20-pound bluefish, and had a hot bite of them Thursday on both Run-Off Hammer jigs and bait. The Jamaica II from Brielle had a good opening to the sea bass season on Sunday. Capt. Ryan Bogan reported many limits plus even more porgies and even a few cod.  Capt. Dave De Gennaro took his Hi-Flier from Barnegat to the inlet with Tim Werder on Thursday morning as they caught five stripers from 26 to 34 inches out of eight hooked on live spot in just two hours. Jim Hutchinson Sr. reports the long-awaited re-opening of the sea bass season finally arrived for the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association and none were disappointed. Capt. Carl Sheppard of the Star Fish said the waters were calm and "glistened with fish." In two hours of fishing Irv and Muriel Stoops and their guest Greg pulled in over 80 fish, including a number of large porgies, nice sized trigger fish and scads of black bass. The keeper ratio was about one in four, perhaps the best ratio of the year. Some of the sea bass were over 16-inches in length. The offshore action also is producing fish. Captain Ray Lopez had the "Miss Liane" with mates Max Goldman and John Kelly along with Andrew Goldman and Shawn Kelly out to the canyons on an overnight adventure. They first trolled around some lobster pots and picked up several mahi. That night the chunk produced a 52-pound swordfish. The next morning the crew did some more trolling and picked up multiple mahi and a 60-pound wahoo. Captain Bob Gerkens had the "Hot Tuna" on a 50 hour, 450 mile fishing trip between Beach Haven and Morehead City, NC as Captain Bob took the boat to its winter home. He began a troll at the Baltimore Canyon after picking over 15 mahi off some pots casting artificial lures on light gear. With few other boats working the pots the action was non-stop. They trolled along the continental shelf and through the southern canyons until "the point" off Oregon Inlet. They then followed the edge of the Gulf Stream until turning in at Morehead City. They ended up releasing a nice sailfish, several more mahi, a couple of king mackerel, and some skipjacks. The boat operation and cockpit duties were split among the crew of Dante Soriente, Jim Murry, Chris McEntee, Scott Helious, and Captain Bob. For additional reports check my daily blog Saturday at nj.com/shore/blogs/fishing.

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