Though the surf hasn't opened up as yet, Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park is getting good reports from anglers using blood worms in Barnegat Bay. Small plugs may be a good bet in the evening at bridges for school stripers.
As waters warm up again, the striper nite on clams should resume in Raritan Bay, and boat fishing with clams in the back of the bay usually gets started by the end of March. This Wednesday's trip only produced a couple of almacos and three mutton snappers in poor conditions with little current.
Friday looks like a likely day to sail again Grumpy's Tackle in Seaside Park didn't have a beach report, but anglers buying bloodworms are catching small stripers plus white perch in the bay. There was also a report of a keeper bass, and those fish have also been hitting plugs in the evening.
by Belmar native Capt. Charlie Fornabio February ended with a good flurry of snook action and then March came roaring in like a lion with 4-5 days of really windy weather. I followed that up with a couple of really good days of snook fishing with live baits in between the bridges.
Capt. Monty Hawkins picked up some reports that encouraged him to schedule a few trips with his Morning Star out of Ocean City, Md. The first actually produced some mackerel, including a few multiples.
There are many other lure manufacturers at the Expo, including Capt. Pete Meyers who never runs out of ideas or better finishes for his Run-Off Lures -- while also offering the most economical braided line available. The Expo winds up at Garden State Exhibit Center from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Sunday with a full range of seminars from area pros.
The Expo runs from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m. on Saturday, and I'll be doing a striped bass seminar at 11 30 along with Chuck Many, the most dedicated private striper skipper in the state, with a special slideshow -- and Capt. Hans Kaspersetz of Sheri Berri at Highlands. There will also be many other seminars provided during the day, as will be the case on Sunday when the Expo runs from 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Visit www.
Those attending my 11 30 a. m. Saturday striped bass seminar can not only gain knowledge about Raritan Bay and coastal striper fishing from me and my sidekick, Capt. Hans Kaspersetz, but also from a slideshow presentation by Chuck Many, one of the top private striper pros in the northeast -- and then end up with a valuable Tady metal lure given to each person attending the seminar. Seminars a also being provided by Shimano surfcasting expert Roy Leyva, Bill Carson of Johnson Outdoors, and local charter captains Erwin Heinrich, Frank Tenore, Gene Quigley, Jim Freda, Brian Rice, Frank Crescitelli and Jimmy Gahm -- along with Darren Dorris, RJ and Cody Melton, Capt. Pete Meyers of Run Off Lures, Keefe Valario on doormat fluke, Gary Ward on kayaks and Capt. Jack Houghton from Massachusetts.