South Jersey’s Striped Bass Revolution

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South Jersey’s Striped Bass Revolution

For big striped bass in Southern New Jersey, the best is definitely saved for last. My fishing log dates back to 1998, and there are definitely noti

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For big striped bass in Southern New Jersey, the best is definitely saved for last.

My fishing log dates back to 1998, and there are definitely noticeable patterns when it comes to the location of large striped bass congregations along the Jersey Coast. During the late 90s and early 2000s, the Delaware Bay and Cape May beaches were the places to find 30-plus-pound fish. Since 2004, the central and northern Jersey coast from Barnegat Inlet to Raritan Bay benefited from legendary bunker runs that attracted unforeseen numbers of 40- to 50-pound cow stripers. But, off the towns of Ocean City, Sea Isle City, Avalon and Wildwood, there’s been an apparent lack of large stripers during the fall run—until now.

This fat, late-fall striper smacked a Mann’s Stretch 25 off Atlantic City.
This fat, late-fall striper smacked a Mann’s Stretch
25 off Atlantic City.

Since 2013, this 25-mile section of southern Jersey coastline has been a hotbed of linesider activity in the late fall, and local anglers are finally experiencing the big bass fishing they’ve been waiting for.

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