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The weekend storm and clearing high winds put a big crimp in the fine striper fishing enjoyed last week. The ocean was down today and the waters are clearing, but fishing didn't bounce back immediately. Capt. Dave Riback reported only a few bluefish on his Queen Mary from Point Pleasant, though bait was recorded. There was also no surf news, as anglers saw bunker schools further out from Monmouth Beach to Lavallette, but they were never chased inshore. Vinny D'Anton saw rainfish in Shark River Inlet where jetty fishermen were catching hickory shad this afternoon. Capt. Dave De Gennaro trolled a striper and a blue at Shrewsbury Rocks from his Hi-Flier out of Manasquan Inlet, and  then ran south to Ocean Beach where it was solid big blues on the troll. All of this could well change overnight as northwest winds ease and boaters can expand their search. Though Joe Melillo didn't have any surf reports today at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, he had weighed a 20-pound striper caught in the surf during the storm by Keith Speidel of Point Pleasant, and a 13 1/4-pounder from the surf on Sunday by Roger Bauer of Avon. Even blackfishing in Point Pleasant Canal seemed to be off, but I released a 15-incher this morning. At Seaside Park, Grumpy's Tackle weighed a 30-inch striper at 8.3 pounds for Ryan Brevogel, who caught it on a bunker chunk. Betty & Nick's heard of some small bass in the surf on clams.

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