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Posted on April 24, 2019 Raritan stripers prefer trolled lures Raritan Bay striped bass have been a frustration the last few days for Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter from Atlantic Highlands. He’s been marking bass, but they won’t hit while at the same time he sees trollers hooking up. Scott Keadbetter of Haddon Heights found that to be the case yesterday when he ran his Aquasport out of Atlantic Highlands at 10 a.m. and hooked bass to 20 pounds steadily while trolling at Chapel Hill. He did stop on readings and managed to jig two bass. Allen Riley and John Mazzeo from South Plainfield tried the Sandy Hook surf this morning, and found the water temperature up to 50 degrees — but there wasn’t a touch on their fresh bunker and sandworms. The NNW wind got pretty brisk, but that’s not a problem there. There was no report from the Ocean Explorer out of Belmar today, but they had good blackfish action Tuesday with some keepers up to 9 pounds plus a legal cod. There were some tog limits. The northwest wind is only forecast to be at 5 knots in the morning. It switches to south  the afternoon. Friday’s south wind is predicted to be 10-15 knots with showers.            

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