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Posted on October 22, 2019 Threshers hitting bunker spoons It used to be a rare event for thresher sharks to hit bunker spoons, but that has become almost common lately. Capt. Chris De Stefano was the latest “victim” while trolling with the crew on Frank Criscola’s Crisdel from Brielle Yacht Club on Sunday. They went right to Deb’s Inlet which didn’t produce the big stripers they were seeking before Chris was tied up with a jumping thresher that was extra tough on the non-stretching wire. His arms gave out eventually and Frank took over as the harpoon was being rigged for a shark that was over 300 pounds. After all that, the bunker spoon finally pulled out of the thresher. The striper problem was solved after thay got back off Monmouth Beach, though mo-jos did most of the damage. They  also got into a shot of action with live bunkers being attacked by stripers. About 15 bass were taken during the trip, with most released. Point Pleasant Canal was slow this morning. I only saw two small bass brought in, and never had a hit until my ZMAN  7-inch DieZel MinnowZ was blasted. That fish started taking drag, but was off in seconds. Vinny D’Anton and Tommy Cox worked the rough Belmar surf, but didn’t get a hit. Yet another angler casting a yellow Bomber caught his first striper — which was just short of the 28-inch minimum. Mark Roy got into lots of bird action over school stripers yesterday evening within Raritan Bay on his Release Me from Raritan Marina. Pencil poppers produced lots of surface action, The Big Mohawk from Belmar  will be sailing on a limited striper trip at 6:30 a.m. A small craft advisory is up through tomorrow afternoon for the long-awaited west winds that should calm and clear the surf. West winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 30 are predicted. Chuck Many sent over this note from Chesapeake ay charter skipper Capt. Capt. Clinton Lessard of Sho Nuf Sportfishing about changes in regulations there. It’s a good thing there will be more releases in that area, which is a best bet for a 50, because the stripers are loaded with roe. “Despite all the bad news about our ROCKFISH season and us only allowed to keep 1 fish per person up to 36” we will still be trying our best to catch them for you. We will continue our efforts to bring you home with meat and provide you a comfortable trip with plenty of memories. We are available for charters and tournaments when the fish start to show up in our area. We will be hard at it finding new ways to catch the smaller fish we’re not used to. Give us a call. 757-710-0098. Remember we can still catch you that monster rockfish we just have to release it. ”  

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