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Chuck Many of Annandale is a dedicated striper pro, and isn't about to wait for a big drop in water temperatures  to get the fall migration migration started. It was 64 degrees in the Hudson and East rivers today, but even those high  readings didn't slow the striper bite on sand worms, peanut bunkers and eels as the release count for Many and I by the evening on Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands was 17 stripers (including 10 from 28 inches up to 26 pounds), six blues from about 3 pounds up to 30 inches, five weakfish from 22 to 24 inches, one porgy. one toadfish, and many small sea bass. I'll have more about this in Friday's column. At Belmar, the Golden Eagle had lots of blues from 2 to 10 pounds along with some bonito and little runny on both Run-Off Hammer jigs and bait. The Ocean Explorer found lots of porgies and also reported a "great: bite of blackfish. The Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands not only loaded up with porgies, but reported all the larger ones up to 4 1/2 pounds were hooked on A-17 diamond jigs. They also caught blowfish, sea bass, flounder, fluke and blues. The skippers advise anglers to get out on Wednesday because it's not looking good for Thursday. Tommy Cox got into a blitz of blues up to 15 pounds that were chasing mullet in Shark River Monday morning, but there was no repeat of that shore fishing action this morning. I raised the only fish to a popper, but it was only a small splash

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