OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe heard that the striped bass may be coming down from the north. So John Kleban and I left the dock on the SEA BONA at 6:40 am. After clearing Barnegat Inlet and heading north, we heard radio chatter that many boats up above Seaside were doing nothing. We went a little farther north and started trolling just south of the pavilion at the bathing beach. Not far north of the pavilion, we caught our fiirst bass. We kept heading north and turned south just short of Seaside. Back in the area of the pavilion we caught our second bass, so we kept trolling in that area. Our total catch of the day, 3 keeper striped bass and one jumbo blue fish 10 – 12 pounds. Two bass at 32 inches and one bass at 29 inches. We did see a couple other bass caught in that area. Beautiful sunny calm day with air temperature mid 60’s. Water temperature mid 50’s and 2 foot seas.

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