Thursday will be very nice day but then weather turns for the worse Friday Capt. Ron Santee of the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands said he had the worst possible conditions on Raritan Bay with a west wind against an incoming tide -- but his anglers still managed to boat a pool winner. Blues in Barnegat Bay are hitting both bunkers and poppers, while those in the surf are on bunker chunks.
At Atlantic Highlands, Capt. Rob Semkewyc reported striper fishing in Raritan Bay was a struggle this morning on his Sea Hunter, with only a couple of keepers plus shorts. Capt. Ron Santee summed up striper fishing on his Fishermen as follows Tough weekend to say the least covering a whole bunch of areas looking for the bite.
The Sea Hunter, Fishermen and Prowler 5 all reported good action with schoolies plus some keepers on bait. Though bluefishing has been good in Manasquan Inlet at times, Bob Correll of Bay Head said the Friday evening bite was off.
Raritan Bay party boats have had a very hard time catching stripers on bait, but Capt. Rob Semkewyc had better news from his Sea Hunter out of Atlantic Highlands on Thursday morning when he finally had a good bite of mostly 24-to-27-inch shorts along with some keepers up to a 41-inch, 25-pounder boated by Jerry Gracos of Toms River. Remember that virtually all stripers over 20 pounds are females, and those being caught in Raritan Bay are from the Hudson stock that's been providing us with fine fishing the last few years while the coastal migratory stock from the Chesapeake and Delaware bays has spotty.
The release follows On February 2, 2017, the Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Management Board, part of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), approved changes to this coming year's summer flounder quota for New Jersey. com r FNP5L3C Thank you, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection New York has accepted the ASMFC fluke regulations, but New Jersey is planning to retain last year's regulations pending the appeal The northeast wind and rain has put a big dent in fishing participation.
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