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Ocean striper fishing improved greatly today, as it often does after a northwest blow, and a big fleet developed off the Monmouth Beach area where bass over 20 pounds were caught by those snagging-and-dropping bunkers. The crowd was a problem, and the Golden Eagle from Belmar reported that they only caught some of what appeared to be many big bass due to the crowding. Surfcasters also had some shots along the northern Shore, but generally with smaller stripers. Vinny D'Anton and Frank Manzi missed the few shots, but still caught a few small bass on Tsunami Sand Eels. Capt. Rob Semkowitz called to report Raritan Bay striper fishing bounced back after Thursday's slump. Anglers on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands caught lots of quality bass up to a 26-pounder throughout the trip on both jigs and shads. Capt. Ron Santee had a charter on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands led by Al Bulvanoski of IBEW Local 456. Everyone went home with lots of fillets -- especially from bass of 30, 31 and 33 pounds. Capt. Dave De Gennaro is hoping the ocean bite lights up out of Barnegat Inlet where he's been catching school and keeper stripers from his Hi Flier out of Barnegat on live bait.

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