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Posted on April 7, 2021 Stripers turn onto ho-jos Capt. Vinnie Vetere reported that Raritan Bay striped bass turned onto the ho-jos he constructs this morning after the previous morning was very poor. Vetere fished aboard Bobby Diesel’s outboard as they trolled 16 stripers up to a 31-pounder.Vetere’s Katfish from Great Kills isn’t in the water yet, but should be ready to charter within the month. The Golden Eagle from Belmar read stripers in the ocean yesterday, but they wouldn’t hit. Bait was present on a beautiful day as they did end up boating two cod and releasing some shorts. Also at Belmar, the Ocean Explorer found lots of life on bottom that produced some blackfish and a few cod to keep. Bob Matthews at Fisherman’s Den said mostly short blackfish are hitting in the inlet, and flounder fishing was better at the L Street Pier, with sandworms being the best bait. A few short tripers have been caught in the inlet and on the beaches. John Bushell Jr. did his fiirst morning video from Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park this morning when it was calm and cold. Cold waters are holding back the fishing, but the shop is well stocked with bait. Capt. Arthur Stokes has had reports of tuna being caught in Hudson Canyon already. The fishing weather continues great with northeast winds tomorrow at just 5 knots before switching to southeast.

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