Helluva End to 2021 by Ed Valitutto

With my boat scheduled to come out today, Tuesday December 14 was my last fishing opportunity. With a great weather forecast along with manageable winds and waves, members Alan Goracy, Dave Spendiff and Bill Dabney joined me for our last striper trip of the year.

With many good recent reports from Marty Friedrich, we headed south for Little Egg inlet. With the blowout tides, navigation was tricky but still doable. We started trolling outside the inlet but despite some good readings, we had no luck. A radio call from the Red Herring (Bill Figley) told us the fish were off Brigantine and biting!

We joined a fleet of ~20 boats fishing fairly close to shore in depths of 20 – 30 feet. With sporadic birds and fish marking the screen, we jigged the area and managed four fish 30 – 34″ in the box and a few others that got away. It was a great end to the 2021 season!
Bill Figley said his boat caught 20 – 30 stripers! The man is truly amazing!

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