Fisherman Magazine Update

Temperatures are expected to climb at the shore this weekend, into the 50’s on Friday and perhaps to 70 by Saturday. While the melting snow in North Jersey from last week’s storm lowered water temps along the Raritan Bayshore significantly, open water striper fishing in the Barnegat Bay and Toms River area continues to improve. Reports this week have the first good striper over 20 pounds reported by a diehard Delaware River angler using bloodworms, which remains the bait of choice in the region for striped bass, winter flounder and white perch. The winter flatties can be found in Shark River, along the Canal, near the Mantoloking Bridge and down near Island Heights, as well as the lower Barnegat Bay – while good white perch action can be had from Central Jersey all the way down through regular South Jersey producers including the Great Egg and Mullica rivers, as well as out along Delaware coastal creeks. While bouts with rain are likely through Monday, warming weather could have more folks worming up catches this week throughout the region. Slowly but surely the spring run is beginning to get into gear!
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