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After the striper fishery snapped right back on Friday after days of strong winds and heavy rains, we had high hopes of even better action today. Unfortunately, it was tough for most. Gene Graman of Middletown had five stripers on his That's It from Twin Lights Marina in Highlands at Flynn's Knoll on Friday, but a much longer trip today only produced four bass in the mid-to-upper teens. Jerry McMenamy of Holmdel caught all four within a half-hour late in the morning while Graman and I had similar bunker chunks just a few feet away from his bait without a touch. Capt. John Kolias had no action early on the Knoll, but moved slightly to the west to catch seven bass between clamming and trolling Stretch plugs for John Toth and the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County party on his Reel Fun from Twin Lights. Capt. Stan Zagleski overcame a slow start on his Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands with a move that produced some bass action. Dennis Malapa of Red Bank took the pool with a 22-pound bass. Capt. Rob Semkewyc said the bite never really turned on aboard his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands at the Knoll, but Sammy Hanna of Lodi won the pool with a 19-pounder. Steve Remotti and his father plus friends sailed their boat out of Morgan Marina to troll a14-pound bass on a Stretch 25 near Round Shoal while also releasing a fat 28 1/2-inch female to spawn. The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a flat ocean but no bass though there were some readings. Bruce Vitale of Piscataway and Pat Rogers from Hopatcong were part of an open charter on Russian Roulette from Point Pleasant that caught cod up to 33 pounds on offshore wrecks about 40 miles offshore along with a few ling. Allen Riley of South Plainfield started his surf season  on Friday morning in Monmouth Beach by catching a 24-inch striper on clam as well as a tiny 10-incher. Capt. Jim McFarland had fine weather to work Stellwagen Bank from his Big Mac out of Green Harbor Ma. for the Gary Gaents party from Newark. It was only a pick of haddock and cod at first, but a non-stop bite developed for an hour at noon on cod up to 17 pounds.

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