04 29 16 Tomorrow will be the last day to keep blackfish this spring before the season closes!!Sunday we resume sailing at 7 00 AM daily for striped bass until the opening day of the fluke season on Saturday, May 21!
Arrived at 2 pm for the outgoing tide, light SE wind and immediately got Into some action with big blues on a red head white body Polaris popper in the bowl area along north beach. I got up near False Rip by 3 pm to find the northern end of North Beach stacked with big blues that provided non-stop action from when I arrived up there at 3 pm until the tide went slack at 6 30 pm when the wild action finally petered out.
It started off slow with shorts and a few keepers coming up but by the afternoon, the blackfish bit good and we wound up with a decent catch. Today, we had good action on shorts but the keeper ratio was not there.
Your chances of catching one are best at the Keys bridges, where tarpon are common and I rarely run into another angler fishing for them, but the striper of your dreams could also be swimming under a local bridge. Striper fishing has been spotty in Raritan Bay, but bluefish weren't an interference when I fished Sunday with Chuck Many of Annandale on his Ty Man from Gateway Marina in Highlands along with Nellie Greer of Bethlehem, Pa. as we released nine stripers in the bay and Hudson River.