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Stripers South

Lewes Harbour Marina - 12/15/2014 12:00:00 AM

The wind started blowing last weekend, and didn't let up until yesterday. Just when striped bass finally made a strong showing off the Delaware Coast, another stretch of blustery weather set in, and hardly any anglers made it out all week. A few rockfish were reported by crews trolling between Cape May and Fenwick the past couple days, but boaters to the south found plenty of bass on the Gull Banks off Ocean City, especially early and late in the day. Often, rockfish were outside the Three Mile Line, but pods of bunkers inshore of the boundary attracted stripers within the legal zone too. Maryland DNR and the Coast Guard patrolled actively to keep bassers honest. Trolling Mojos, tandem parachutes, Crippled Alewive spoons and Stretch, Bomber and Rapala plugs produced bites. Some crews utilized planer boards to get offerings away from the boat when bass proved finicky. Andrea Monetti managed a 17.3 pound linesider, and Matt Simeone scored a 19.8 pounder while trolling Mojos off Ocean City Sunday aboard Katydid. There may still be some straggler stripers passing by our shores, but it seems the bulk of migrators may have sneaked by when nobody could get to them, pushed through by stiff northerly breezes. Water temps are in the low 40s, and tautog action has been pretty good at Reef Site 10, when boats can get there. Nice blackfish were pulled from the rubble by toggers using green crab baits. Sea bass should be available at Del Jersey Land until the season shuts down December 31st.