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.
Capt. Hans Kaspersetz tried for stripers from shore at Keyport on Friday with tapeworms dug on the spot.There was a good turnout for Friday night's IGFA Fundraiser at Doolan's in Spring Lake Heights as 160 guests kept the N.J. event as the top IGFA fundraiser in the world.
I still haven't had any striper reports from Raritan Bay, but received assurances today from Dave Lilly that they'll be breaking out.The no fee recreational marine fish registry is a vital tool that helps DEC better manage New York's fisheries, said Commissioner Martens.
The Panel preferred a fluke season running from May 23 to Sept. 27 in order to add some inshore fishing time at the end of the season when there will be a federal waters sea bass closure. New York's striper season doesn't open until April 15, but that's in time for the 14th Hudson River Fisherman's Association Striped Bass Derby on April 26 and 27 out of Atlantis Marine in Staten Island, Billy Joe's Ribworks in Newburgh, N. Y., and Croton (N. Y. ) Yacht Club.
The Sedge Island Fishing Experience will engage students in different fishing techniques from the back bay to the surf. Students will stay at the Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, just off Island Beach State Park in Barnegat Bay.
Though the winter flounder season opened in N. Y. waters on April 1, the info I received about striped bass opening there at the same time was wrong. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reports a very few winter flounder have been caught on worms at both ends of Point Pleasant Canal.
The N. J. blackfish season opens tomorrow, April 1, for a one-month run with a bag limit of four tog at a 15-inch minimum. New York opens their seasons for both winter flounder and striped bass tomorrow (April 1).
The Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Tournament starts after midnight Monday. If they're still in any shape to do it by 12 00 01 a. m., they'll then make the first casts of the season into the Beach Haven surf.
Following is a release from the IGFA for their upcoming dinner 17th Annual New JerseyIGFA Fundraising Banquet Auction Friday, April 4, 2014 at 7 pm Doolan s Shore Club 700 State Hwy 71 Spring Lake, New Jersey, USA Featuring a complimentary Rum Bar hosted by IGFA Corporate Partner Papa's Pilar, a Grand Raffle with items from Shimano, John Fish, and Reactor courtesy of Midlantic Gold Rush, and much more!Reserve your seats today by emailing IGFA New Jersey Representative Jeff Merrill at jeffmerrill2 verizon.