Fourteen on the Troll and Four Casting Paddletails by Ed Valitutto

With perfect weather and low wave heights forecast for Sunday December 5th, Dave Spendiff and I decided to go striper fishing once again. Since we fished off the Red Tower on Saturday, we headed north out of Barnegat inlet and traveled along IBSP. Unfortunately, the bird play was minimal, so we decided to troll instead.
Dave opted for his mini umbrella rig that was hot the prior day and I chose my 9er shad body rig. Within minutes my pole went down and I had a real battle on my hands. It turned out to be three stripers: one tag fish and 2 shorts. We had a blast and by 9:00, we had boated 10 stripers. The action finally slowed but the tally was 14 fish on the troll with two bonus tag fish and two at 32 – 33 inches. We then threw paddle tails close to shore and caught 4 more 22-24″ fish.
Bill Figley called me later in the afternoon for his report. Bill went south out of the inlet past Harvey Cedars lump. Bill and two friends had 21 stripers including 6 in the box. The fish are definitely still in our area!

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