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Following last week’s striped bass decision by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC), a lot of people along the striper coast have been left to wonder what their home state would be doing to meet the 18% coastwide reduction. On Thursday, November 7 at 5 p.m. the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council becomes the first local body to meet this month to provide members of the public a final shot to weigh in. The regularly scheduled meeting will take place at 5 p.m. at the Galloway Township branch of the Atlantic County Public Library at 306 East Jimmie Leeds Road in Galloway, NJ.

Hopefully you’ve socked away some sick and vacation time to use up in the days and weeks ahead; reports chasing and tide/weather watching can take up much of your time this month as bass and bunker make their way south along the Jersey Shore in November. Boats trolling inside the fence in Monmouth and Ocean counties are picking away at monsters, whereas Atlantic and Cape May county boaters are finding the best bite on smaller residents in back. South Jersey in particular offers a good shot at jetty blackfish or that once a year shot at speckled trout in the wash.