Too Many Shorts at GSN by Ed Valitutto

With a flat wave forecast for Sunday, October 24th followed by big waves for the rest of the week, Dave Spendiff joined me for a trip to the Garden State North reef. Despite the small number of boats remaining in the water, the nice weather had everyone out fishing and we had to search for a vacant wreck to fish.
But the story was always the same – shorts, shorts and more shorts! We probably caught over 80 short seabass overall. The last spot we tried was a small barge close to the edge of the reef. At this point, we had only one keeper. But we quickly caught four more keepers including a nice 16 1/2″ keeper by Dave and a very nice triggerfish I caught. The question is, “Have all the larger fish been caught or have they already moved offshore?” I think it’s perhaps a little bit of both!

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