Posted on March 28, 2021 Breakthrough on Raritan Bay stripers It wasn t necessary to wait for today s reports as I m sure the wind and rain kept everyone home. Monday begins with west winds at 25-30 knots and gusts to 40 though they diminish to northwest 15-20 with gusts to 25 and drop out overnight.
As previously noted in this blog, there have been lots of harbor seals which are northern residents enjoying winter vacations in Shrewsbury River and Sandy Hook for many years and some hang around as waters warm in the spring. Whales that were also a rarity have also become so common in NY NJ Bight that they can often be observed from shore in the summer, and the big red drum that were the major inshore game along the central N. J. coast a century ago have remained far to the south even after NOAA Fisheries warned Jersey anglers that they should learn how to fish for the impending return of those warm water fish.
Posted on March 26, 2021 Worms out stripers in Dave Lilly doesn t have to start fishing to determine if the Raritan Bay striped bass run is underway. April is the sure thing month, but the first large bass were already hitting bunkers at this time last year after a mild winter.
Posted on March 25, 2021 Stripers turning on in Raritan Bay Though the big girls still haven t arrived in Raritan Bay, legal bass and shorts seem to be turning on. Capt. John Contello of Just Sayin at Keyport had a keeper plus short action last night, and Chuck Many broke through with his Ty Man from Highlands today as illustrated by Dave Glassberg s striper.
The marine weather forecast includes a small craft advisory through Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday starts with east winds at 10-15 knots with patchy fog and possible showers before increasing to 20 knot gusts later in the morning.
Posted on March 22, 2021 Still small stripers in Raritan Bay Capt. Rick Woerner gave it a good try today in Raritan Bay with his Carnivore from Browns in Keyport, but found only small bass. Bob Matthews reports from Fisherman s Den in Belmar Marina that flounder fishing remains slow, but there have been small striper reports from the back bays and rivers.
Also at Belmar, the Golden Eagle has announced they will be starting Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28 for ling and cod at 7 30 a. m. Nick Honachefsky reports the last showing of his Saltwater Underground TV show on party boat fishing will run Sunday at 4 30 a. m. and p. m. on Sportsman Channel.
Posted on March 18, 2021 First the rain now the wind Fishing prospects in NY NJ Bight aren t looking very good as the rain may discolor some inshore areas, and small craft warnings are up from 1 a. m. through Friday. Last year the fishery for large stripers on bunkers broke open very early during the third week in March.