Striper action has been running hot and cold for inshore ocean fishermen, with smaller fish a lot more common than keepers on most trips. When the fish are in a mood for feeding, they’re being caught inside the three-mile limit by fishermen using live bait, chunks and trolled lures. Most of the trolling action has come on Mann’s Stretch plugs, with chartreuse, red and white, pink and natural mullet patterns reported to be the top producers. Fishermen chunking for linesiders have had the best luck with fresh bunker. The top choice among bait fishermen is live spot, but with supplies extremely limited at this time of the year, most anglers are opting for live eels or black salties. Joe Marslett topped the striper reports from Rick’s Bait and Tackle for the week with a 31-pound, 41.5-inch linesider he landed while fishing with black salties. Wreck fishermen are enjoying good fishing for a mix of species on the days when wind and sea conditions are calm enough to drop the hook on the inshore snags and reef site structure. The structure piles off of the Delaware coast also are producing good numbers of tautog and porgies, along with triggerfish and croaker. Ron Smith was fishing a 100-foot wreck aboard Captain Chuck’s First Light charter when he cranked in a 3-pound, 10-ounce black sea bass.
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