Given that water temperatures of 45 to 47 degrees in the ocean aren't much lower than in Raritan Bay (where stripers are active), it seems likely that bass are also feeding along the coast. Capt. Steve Dellaportas of the charter boat Striper Sniper had one just over 10 pounds on Saturday.
April 8 -- Excellent Bassin' Friday, 08 April 2016 20 49 Written by Capt. Derek Headed out this morning with the Bob Meftayer charter. cmp shareicontextlink hover background url( static. ak. facebook. com images share facebook share icon. gif 6 26981) no-repeat 1px 1px ECEEF5 !
There might be a window of opportunity Saturday morning in Raritan Bay in a lighter southeast wind before it switches to a howling northwester in the afternoon. The southeast is bad news for surfcasters as Betty Nick's in Seaside Park reported there was a big sea there this morning.
I was just down at the beach, looking at the ocean and there was a big ground swell, which I know will effect fishing tomorrow so I have decided to pass on tomorrow. We will be headed out on Saturday morning at 7am and I do believe that the conditions will be much more favorable to catch fish.
President Gerald Ford signed the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Management Act on April 13, 1976, culminating a sad period in American history during which massive foreign fishing fleets destroyed our marine resources as close as 12 miles from shore. There was no Recreational Fishing Alliance to turn to in those days, so I called together those party boat captains plus sportsmen and conservationists aboard Capt. Les Baletti's Palace II at Hoboken on a February night in 1972 to form an organization to fight for a 200-mile limit just as Ecuador had done to protect their waters from American tuna seiners.