The big news on the Jersey Shore this week is the back bay striped bass season that got underway on Tuesday with excellent results! The first keeper-size linesides were reported on clam/worm combinations on the Raritan Bayshore, while one boater on the Mullica River also scored a 20-pound class fish on bloodworm! Reports of herring already staging upriver in South Jersey, coupled with the 2015 late season run of stripers, points to the very real possibility that the spring run could be simply amazing! If you’ve been looking for a reason to feverishly break free of the cabin, bloods or clams at seasonal hotspots from the Delaware to the Raritan could produce well. New Jersey’s first quarter blackfish season is done (until April), though Delaware boats continue to sail; most of the Central/North Jersey fleet is focusing on cod, pollock and ling offshore. Big news from the weekend of course was the 11th hour 22-plus-pound blackfish brought back to Belmar on Sunday. The ‘ice out’ pickerel and largemouth action also appears to be underway, so things are definitely shaping up. Click here for the full video forecast for the weekend ahead in the NJ/DE Bay region.