Capt. Lou Grazioso didn't see any sign of blues in the back of Raritan Bay this morning, but there were plenty of stripers as long as a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow deep diver could be trolled in depths from 12 to 18 feet. The Golden Eagle from Belmar got into big ocean stripers (they said some were in the 35-to-40-pound class) Sunday morning not far from the inlet as some limits were caught.
A mild winter and early spring often results in a good April bite of mostly short stripers on clams for Raritan Bay boaters, but this year the bass have been on herring and hitting lures. Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park is still hoping for the first bluefish report, but reports school stripers in the surf on clams and small lures -- plus many more in Barnegat Bay on bloodworms and small plugs.
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