Bass Not Here Yet by Larry Leary

We went out yesterday, Thursday November 6th leaving around 7:30. Things were a bit challenging in the morning fog but an hour later the inlet was clear. We trolled from IBSP up to Mantoloking just below Manasquan with not one knockdown.
Never saw so many bait pods in my life. We tried everything from spoons, MoJos, 9ers and stretch lures. We even jigged only to catch dogs. It appears the bass are still further North.
Just thought I would pass my results along for the membership.

Editor’s Note: If the Leary crew on The Jen-Jen cannot find bass, you can be sure the fish aren’t here yet! Any day now!

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