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Striped bass fishing was very good to the south today, but just a poor to the north. Chuck M Striped bass fishing was fine today to the south, but just the opposite to the north. That information isn't going to make any difference the next two days  unless the weather forecast is very wrong as south winds up to 30 mph or more predicted along with lots of rain. Striped bass fishing was good to the south today, but terrible off the northern Shore. That information won't do anyone any good since the weather forecast is for south winds up to 30 mph and heavy rain --with the result that party boats have cancelled at least the Tuesday trips and possibly Wednesday as well. Chuck Many of Annandale ran his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands to the south this morning as we didn't see any birds or signs of fish until joining the fleet off Ortley Beach. Everyone was picking stripers there over good readings. Those were all slot and keeper bass, and Many even hooked a 37-incher among them on a Tsunami 6-inch swim shad. After that bite died, we saw some large stripers on the surface that wouldn't look at anything we cast to them. We then joined anoher fleet on the way back off Normandy Beach, where bass and blues were breaking even among all the boats. I got a chance to catch two bass up to 32 inches and a big blue on a large pencil popper, and we ended up with 20 bass releases plus two blues and a spiny dogfish that got snagged in the fin. The ride back in the building SE sea was once again through an ocean desert. Mark Roy sought out stripers and blues all day off the northern Shore and over to Coney Island with his Release Me from Raritan Marina without finding a thing. Capt. Rob Semkewyc saw patches of birds in northern areas as well as stripers on the surface, but only ended up with three stripers and a few blues on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. There were none of the bunker pods that produced better results on Sunday. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported epic striper action to the couth with some limits and a high hook of 15. The Golden Eagle from Belmarran south for mostly stripers and a few blues. There were some limits as the bass were mostly 28 to 29 inches. Vinny D'Anton of Wall was in Lavallette when the bass got close enough for surfcasters. He got one on a shad, and then moved south to cut them off again with a popper that fooled another bass. John Mazzeo of South Plainfield worked the Monmouth Beach area in the morning, but found nothing in the surf.

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