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Despite a poor weekend due to strong currents, the Jamaica II from Brielle had a better Monday of offshore bottom fishing for ling and some cod. Fernanco Arrelano of Perth Amboy had three cod up to 13 pounds plus 10 ling, and Maurice Whitman from Lincroft bagged three cod and six ling. The pool winner was one of the largest cod so far this winter, a 27-pounder by Carl Grady of Trenton. Jamaica II is sailing 12-hour wreck trips on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays this winter -- plus 6 a.m. whiting trips on Fridays. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park reports a few short stripers are being hoked in the surf on clams and small plugs -- such as the new Daiwa DS Minnows. They are 4-and-5-inch versions of the popular SP Minnow. I cast at Sea Girt both in early morning and late afternoon without a sign of anything, but some small bass had been caught there Sunday. Mike Monte of Nantucket was on the beach in the morning. He said there was no striper run up there, but little tunny were thick a few months ago on the Sound side. The only problem was the abundance of seals that steal hooked fish as fast as anglers hook them.

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