Following is Friday's column as submitted SL4 25 14 Ristori for Friday Stripers in Raritan Bay but take it easy on spawners by Al Ristori As expected, striped bass fishing broke open last weekend in Raritan Bay with clamming, trolling and live bunker fishing all producing lots of legal bass.Eric Fistler expanded his Bi State Shad Fishing Tournament to four days to replace the Forks of the Delaware Tournament that was dropped after 30 years.
Strong northwest winds being forecasted for tomorrow may make fishing difficult for boaters, though it's almost always possible to fish in Raritan Bay with a seaworthy craft if the wind and current are together.Surfcasters can take advantage of that wind to make long casts without effort.
Dave Perruso, of Palmer Townsip, Pa., said shad fishing started out great in the Delaware River until heavy rains made fishing almost impossible.The Golden Eagle from Belmar won't be sailing for stripers the next two days due to strong wind forecasts.
Though the main focus has been on clamming for stripers in Raritan Bay, and both live bunkers and trolling Stretch plugs have also been producing bass, Dave Lilly of Hazlet found Tony Maja medium bunker spoons were even more effective Saturday afternoon as he trolled limits of bass over 20 pounds in the back of the bay.At Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina, Bob Matthews reports improved winter flounder fishing, while some legal blackfish are being caught in Point Pleasant Canal.
With continuing good weather, striped bass fishing in Raritan Bay held up today for most anglers with more keepers in the mix.Rich and Bryan Dziuban plus George Doll from Matawan caught 25 bass that included four keepers.
The Jamaica from Brielle will be seeking those ocean bass on Saturday at 7 30 a. m. Though they re usually located in northern areas such as Shrewsbury Rocks, those stripers could be located anywhere along the coast. Betty Nick s Tackle in Seaside Park had reports of gannets diving, presumably on herring, earlier in the week off Island Beach State Park.
Following is Friday's column as submitted SL4 18 14Ristori for FridaySTRIPERS BITING IN RARITAN BAY WHEN WINDS PERMITby Al RistoriThe spring striped bass run finally appears to be underway in Raritan Bay, and if the weather will cooperate there should be some good catches made over the weekend.Art Berkman of Pompton Plains was out Wednesday with Capt. Rick Woerner on Carnivore from Brown's Marina in Keyport as Brett Penedos of North Brunswick boated the first North Jersey charter boat keeper reported, a 38.5 inch bass that weighed 25 pounds.That's the color it turns just before spawning, but that shouldn't happen until May in the Hudson River especially after the very cold winter.Capt.