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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. Furthermore, stripers over 28 inches have been common. Capt. Lou Grazioso of Wall said he had a great Sunday morning in the back of the bay as lots of bass were marked, and they readily responded to jigs. He then joined Johnny Bucktails out of Keyport in the afternoon as the hot bite continued on Tsunami Shads in pearl white. Trollers were also going well with those fish. There was a glitch in the fishery on Tuesday as the bass were still being marked, but weren't responding to the jigs. Tank Matraxia of Lyndhurst joined Johnny Bucktails' crew that morning and was surprised that bass weren't being snagged by the jigs they were casting as the marks were so thick. Yet, only one in the teens was boated that way. A switch to chunking produced another.  The bite turned back on again somewhat Wednesday, though Grazioso said the bass wanted the Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow plug that day. Art Berkman of Pompton Plains not only did well with stripers that morning, but also caught the first fluke reported to this column while casting the plug. Berkman was back out with Grazioso on Thursday morning only to find the bass being fussy again. Even the trollers weren't doing very well, but they started getting hits right away when they switched to Crystal Minnow Deep-Divers. Berkman forwarded a photo of a bass fat with eggs and estimated at 22 pounds that he released. Those females will be spawning in May, and should be released for the long-term health of the Hudson River stock. Smaller male bass are common now, and more suitable for the plate. The northwest wind created rough conditions, and the water temperature dropped a bit to 52 degrees. Berkman heard that Tagged Fish from Highlands got into stripers in the ocean during a Thursday trip intended for cod. Joe Melillo, at Castaways Tackle in Point Pleasant, reports tripers have been hitting small lures in the surf from Manasquan to Mantoloking at dawn and dusk. Winter flounder have turned on in Manasquan River and at the north end of Barnegat Bay. 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. A few flounder are being caught off local piers and in the rivers. Crabs are starting to show.  As noted in last week's column, the IGFA N.J. Representatives will be holding their annual fundraising banquet on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in Doolan's Shore Club, Rt. 71, Spring Lake Heights. The $75 tickets can be ordered from Jeff Merrill at 908 451-1110 or jeffmerrill2@verizon.net Blackfishing offshore improved along with the weather this week. Both the Big Mohawk and Ocean Explorer from Belmar reported good tog results. The latter had an angler with a limit on Tuesday that included a tog over 12 pounds. The Big Mohawk will be sailing early Friday and Saturday at 6 a.m. Mimi VI from Point Pleasant sails open for blackfish Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., but will not sail on Easter Sunday. The Tackle Box in Hazlet reported some good shore fishing results with bass on the Bayshore for anglers casting clams. Bloodworms were also effective during the full moon worm hatch. Joe Delgado of Long Branch caught his casting SP Minnows. Loads of

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  • 2017-06-08 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Allen Lee had run the boat down there for this week's South Jersey Shark Tournament plus the upcoming tuna fishing, and was just fun fishing at 2 30 a. m. Sunday when the mako took two baits. Don Marantz invited me to join his Monday party on BarbGail IV from Point Pleasant along with former JCAA presidents Tom Fote and Mark Taylor plus Bruce Vitale and Dr. Eleanor Bochenek as Capt. Chris put us into a boat limit of sea bass on a wreck before making a run to Shark River Reef for another boat limit of big winter flounder that had to outfight protected ocean pout for Gulp 4-inch Swimming Mullet.
  • 2017-06-07 Ristori Bay Head

    Capt. Rob Semkewyc got an assist from Capt. Pete Wagner on Hyper Striper from Twin Lights in Highlands wih a castnet full of bunkers during his Tuesday Magic Hours trip with the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands and boated several stripers from 30 to 46. Capt. Kenny Namowitz has openings on his Mimi IV from Point Pleasant on Thursday for bottom fishing that's been producing limits of sea bass and winter flounder.
  • 2017-05-27 Ocean Explorer Belmar

    Another great day of sea bass fishing,,fish were flying all day as we drifted as it was so calm out there...even had some flukes,,,winter flounder and ling mixed in to.
  • 2017-05-16 Seahunter Atlantic Highlands

    After all the rain and wind the past few days and the color of the water on the way out. We ended up picking most of the day with short and keeper Stripers and even had three jumbo flounder to top things off.
  • 2017-05-15 Dorothy B Atlantic Highlands

    The action on the shorts began as the first line went into the water and provided action on and off for the rest of the trip. We landed 4 keeper Bass, 2 Flounder as well as all the throwbacks even though the conditions were far from favorable. 
  • 2017-04-20 Ristori Bay Head

    Shore fishermen are about to enjoy what will probably be the most exciting casting of the year during the next few weeks as big bluefish take over in rivers, inlets and bays. Bunker chunks have been producing some in Barnegat Bay and Toms River -- and the Tackle Box in Hazlet reported they were hitting all day Thursday in Raritan Bay.
  • 2017-04-19 Ristori Bay Head

    20th Annual NJ Banquet Auction 20th Annual New Jersey IGFA Fundraising Banquet Auction Friday, April 21, 2017 at 7 pm Doolan's Shore Club700 State Hwy 71Spring Lake, New Jersey, USA Featuring a cocktail hour, hot cold buffet dinner, a Grand Raffle with items from YETI, Maxel, Tsunami, and much more!Reserve your seats today by emailing IGFA New Jersey Representative Jeff Merrill at jeffmerrill2 verizon.
  • 2017-04-19 Big Mohawk Belmar

    WE HAD SOME NICE BLACKFISH ALONG WITH SOME WINTER FLOUNDER TO ROUND OFF THE MIX. WE WILL BE HEADED OUT AT 7AM TOMORROW.
  • 2017-04-14 Ristori Bay Head

    The Golden Eagle from Belmar saw some big bass on top early Friday, but only marked them later in the trip as a couple up to 33 inches were boated. Those boats will be looking for stripers Saturday along with Miss Belmar Princess and the Jamaica from Brielle.
  • 2017-04-13 Ristori Bay Head

    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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