Dave Perruso, of Palmer Township, Pa. reports shad fishing busted wide open over the weekend in the Easton Phillipsburg area of the Delaware River. I thought that might have been the first blue from the Raritan Bay area, but Mark Roy called to report he's been chunking in the bay for everal days with little striper action -- though three blues have been caught from his Release Me out of Raritan Bay Marina.
Mike Naipawer, Bloomingdale, NJ, took our first pool of the season yesterday which was also our first fish of the season. The 2016 LEGAL BAG LIMIT for striped bass in NJ is one fish between 28 and 43 with a second fish 43 or larger.
We saw a lot more fish today than the past few days, they didn't bite the way we saw them but at least some of them ended up in the boat. The weather for the next several days looks great and as more more fish keep moving into the area the STRIPER fishing should continue to improve.