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There were lots of birds picking, and some fish swirling, but fishing off Seaside and Island Beach State Park was very spotty today. I joined Dennis Glennon and his party on Tramp Piper from Brielle Yacht Club as we scratched out six keeper bass and a few shorts on jigs. I did best with the heavy Savage Eel, and the light Tsunami Swim Eel. We didn't lack for captains, as Chris De Stefano and Arthur Stokes were also aboard. The Golden Eagle from Belmar was in the same area, where they ended up with a good late bite after most boats had fled from the approaching fog. A total of 40 keepers and as many shorts were jigged. Gold Avas were most effective. The Queen Mary from Point Pleasant reported a decent bite until noon. The hi-hook caught four bass, of which three were keepers. An 18.5-pound bass took the pool. The Queen Mary won't sail Monday, but the weather looks better after that. Capt. Bob DeSantis reported good trolling on Skipjack II from Waretown .The Village Pub from Tabernacle boated 30-to-35-inch bass Friday,and trolled them Saturday up to 40 inches while also hooking a few on live spot as trolled fish were being fought. There were some better reports from the Seaside and Island Beach surf the last few days despite the full moon. Capt. Ryan Bogan said Saturday only produced a pick of porgies and sea bass on Jamaica II from Brielle, though John Golliaroro had a 27-pound cod. Sunday's catch was topped by 7 15/16-pound sea bass hooked by Ed Nolan of Manasquan. Capt. Stan Zagleski saw an improvement in blackfishing on his Elaine B. from Highlands after a very slow Saturday trip. Up to four or five tog a man were caught.

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