Fisherman Magazine Update

With winter over and the snow days left in our wake, it’s time to look ahead towards the approaching striped bass run, which by all accounts is already underway. South Jersey surfcasters have been driving up along river roads to find “bait fish everywhere” with big striped bass “swirling all over.” While bloods and clams are taking fish in the perennial hotspots from the Tuckahoe to the banks of the Raritan, plugs are starting to take a fair share of good sized stripers throughout the state. Bridge guys are also scoring at Ocean City and Toms River, while the Barnegat Bay winter flounder action from Oyster Creek to Mantoloking has been tempting a few boaters to drop anchor for a quick meal. Easter weekend looks to be a little bit of a mix throughout the region weather-wise, though Sunday is certainly shaping up to be the best of the bunch. Some boats are beginning to sail for stripers this week, others for cod, pollock and ling – there’s also a shot at mackerel or herring if you’re in charge of the pickling for Passover! Ocean water temps outside from the Raritan (47.3 degrees on Wednesday) to the Delaware Bay (48.7 as of Wednesday) are slowly creeping towards the magic 50-degree mark, at which point it could turn gangbusters on both the bluefish and striper front.



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