It was way overdue, but the first legal striped bass was finally caught today on a party or charter boat when Capt. Stan Zagleski made his first trip of the season on Elaine B. II from Bahrs in Highlands.Bob Matthews weighed the first bass brought into Fisherman's Den in Belmar Marina.
While bottom temperatures remain very cold, surface waters are warming into the mid to upper 40s and the first stripers could be getting active as they did at this time in ocean waters a couple of years ago.cod season as he's releasing four of them to every one of the 50 haddock his charters have been averaging per day on his Big Mac from Green Harbor.
Following is Friday's column as submitted SL4 11 14 RISTORI FOR FRIDAY LEGISLATIVE ATTEMPT TO ALLOW STRIPER SALES A PROBLEM by Al Ristori While conservationists are worried about a drop in abundance of our most important inshore game fish, a couple of N.J. legislators have introduced bills that will weaken the no sale status of striped bass in the state.Ironically, Lesniak's S691 begins with a conservation objective of banning sales of shark fins in the state before going in the opposite direction to allow the out of state striped bass that will likely not only make illegal sales much easier but also reward states with poor conservation practices that are decimating the coastal migratory run which provides most of the summer and fall striped bass fishery in New Jersey.
Lilly also sent over a posting on njfishing.com about two bass of 36 and 33 inches being released from shore on Sunday after two anglers had fished a long time without a hit.Capt. Stan Zagleski will begin daily striper fishing with his Elaine B. from Bahrs in Highlands on Sunday at 7 a.m.
Anglers who want to catch and keep a trophy bluefin tuna in the southern area from off Little Egg Inlet to the Gulf of Mexico can only do so up to 11 30 p.m. on Friday.The mere 2.8 metric ton quota of large medium and giant bluefin tuna 73 inches and up curved fork length in the southern area is expected to be filled by then.
The improvement in water temperatures was reflected in better flounder fishing over the weekend. Bloodworms were the best bait, and some small blackfish also hit them in the Canal while at least six small stripers from 18 to 22 inches were released on that bait at the Manasquan River end of the canal.
There was a lot less wind on Sunday, and conditions were just fine in Raritan Bay for Joe Massa to give both flounder and stripers a good try in the back of the bay with his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina. There was no action on the slack tide with flounder, and clamming on the ebb for bass produced only a couple of bumps.