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Short striped bass continue to dominate -- especially in state waters where any of 28 inches or more would be legal. Capt. Jim O'Grady, of the Cock Robin from Point Pleasant, says the storm pushed the bait offshore into federal waters where they're playing catch and release until the inshore fishery revives. O'Grady is requesting his customers indicate what day they will be fishing by sending a message by 8 p.m. the day before. Visit cockrobin.com -- or e-mail bill@cockrobin.com. Capt. Rob Semkewyc reports there were even more patches of short stripers for anglers on his Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands this morning, and a single bass close to 15 pounds was boated from among them. Joe Melillo, at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant, said he dropped two hooked bass from a local beach this morning, but he saw a few small stripers released. He reports the Shark River Club's Fall Tournament that ended last weekend was won by the Spring Lake Live Liners. Shark River was second, followed by Bradley Beach and Berkeley Fishing Club. I cast into somewhat rough, but perfect, striper waters at Bay Head in the morning and missed two light hits on a 6-inch Tsunami Swim Eel. One short was caught on metal a bit south of me. The Seaside Park shops reported lots of sand eels in the surf, but only short bass being hooked.

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