Bonus Tag Bass by Ed Valitutto

I fished the Surf City beach at 6th street on Monday afternoon (5/23) and all I caught was one small 20″ striper. But I watched someone one street south land and return 3 bass. So today I went to 5th street at 4:00 for a 5:20 high tide. There was a light NE wind and for the first hour, my clam bait was chewed down by blowfish – my guess anyway.

At 5:00, I rebaited again and cast out into the surf. Within a minute I felt my bait being grabbed and moved around. Taking my time with the circle hooks and resisting the urge to set the hook, I slowly started reeling until I was sure the fish was hooked. When I got the fish on the sand, I knew it would definitely make the slot size but I measured to be sure. The fish measured just under 27″ and was just under 6 lbs. Once home, per Bonus Tag rules, I reported the fish online and requested another tag.

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