Action Off the Red Tower by Ed Valitutto

With the remaining fishing days dwindling, the nice weather and calm seas forecast for December 4th could not be passed up. Dave Spendiff joined me for a trip out Little Egg inlet to fish the waters off southern LBI. Also fishing the area that day were Marty Friedrich on a friend’s boat and Bill Figley and crew on his boat. In not in visual range, we all stayed in radio contact.
The fishing wasn’t lights out, but our initial action was a pair of stripers. Dave caught both fish together on a small three shad umbrella rig off the Red Tower. I also caught a slot but that had to go back! We just couldn’t coax any other fish to strike!

On Marty’s boat, they had two fish and lost two. More surprising was the 22″ fluke that also struck a Mann’s Stretch plug. Guess this fish wasn’t ready yet for the winter trip offshore!

A call to Bill Figley at noon before we headed back had their count at 8 stripers with 1 keeper.

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