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  • 2020-03-29 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on March 29, 2020March 29, 2020 Dense fog advisory for the morning Though the wind forecast for the morning is better, along with fairly mild temperatures, the marine forecast includes a dense fog advisory up to 6 a. m. Surprisingly, the forecast doesn t mention that as the morning continues with southwest winds at 5-10 knots. Indeed, that s where Joe Massa found large bass from his My Three Sons out of Morgan Marina on Friday as he had his best release fishing in years as stripers hit both large plastic shads and glomped live bunkers without hesitation.
  • 2020-03-28 Ristori Bay Head

    While large stripers are the attraction in Raritan Bay, there s been a showing of small bass for shore fishermen further south. Though you can t prove it by me, there are some small bass in Point Pleasant Canal.
  • 2020-03-27 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on March 27, 2020March 27, 2020 Stripers best bet for weekend Striped bass in Raritan Bay are the best bet at present, if you can find a way to get at them. Relatively few anglers have boats in the water so far, and getting launched may be a problem as marinas aren t considered to be an essential business.
  • 2020-03-26 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on March 26, 2020March 26, 2020 Stripers hot in Raritan Bay Dave Lilly reported striper fishing as hot as it was last week in Raritan Bay, but with bigger fish. Friday starts with west winds of 5-10 knots and rain before switching to north in the afternoon.
  • 2020-03-25 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on March 25, 2020 Some easy reading for tough times With seemingly nothing but bad news being thrown at us every day, it s nice to be able to savor some inspiration from fellow anglers about our favorite sport. The Angler s Book of Favorite Fishing Quotations is a small format hard cover from Hatherleigh Press that s distributed by Penguin Random House.
  • 2020-03-24 Ristori Bay Head

    Shore fishing should be fine as fishing distancing for casting is greater than social distancing. Posted on March 24, 2020March 24, 2020 Time to discuss easing fluke rules Though fishing is legal in N. J. and N. Y. at this point, it s likely that regulations relating to the pandemic will greatly impact the sport this year.
  • 2020-03-23 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on March 23, 2020 A perfectly miserable day As noted yesterday, it didn t look good for today and that is exactly what happened. There is another temporary drop to 5-10 knots in the afternoon, but rain arrives again after midnight and Wednesday doesn t look good.
  • 2020-03-22 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on March 22, 2020March 22, 2020 Uncertainty about fishing The striped bass fishery is underway, but there s a lot of uncertainty about whether we ll be able to fish. I ll try to get more detailed info tomorrow.
  • 2020-03-21 Ristori Bay Head

    Posted on March 21, 2020 Raritan Bay stripers ready for the weekend The spring striped bass run in Raritan Bay is right on time, along with lots of bunkers that should keep them there. New Jersey state parks and Wildlife Management Areas are open for fishing, but the offices are closed and rest rooms not available.
  • 2020-03-19 Ristori Bay Head

    The new N. J. striper regulation will allow just one bass from 28 to 38 inches, which means that the really big bass must be released. Posted on March 19, 2020March 19, 2020 Be ready to figure out the weight of your trophy striper As of April 1, N. J. anglers will no longer be able to keep their striper of a lifetime, but they can still determine a commonly-accepted estimate of their trophy s weight with nothing more than a retractable tape in their pocket.

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