Despite how it looks out the window, spring has officially arrived! While St. Patricks Day weekend had anglers finding a few willing stripers on the Raritan Bayshore, Toms River, Barnegat Bay, Great Egg Harbor River and up the tidal Delaware, our fourth consecutive weekly noreaster is a kick in the gut for most whod hope to wet a line this week. A colder than normal March has given the winter flounder lockjaw, and very few white perch reports have been registered either; shad reports have begun to surface in the lower tidal Delaware, and its only a matter of time before the first good shot of striped bass along that stretch of bayshore begins. Really, all we need now is a little sun to warm things up a bit (of course now with all that snow, a little warm will lead to a lot of cold runoff and a quick drop in water temps for a short time). Theres a fishy grand opening in New Egypt this Saturday, while the NJBBA gang will be out at Holgate for a beach cleanup dont let another noreaster get you down, check in with this weeks video forecast.
The Saltwater Fishing Expo kicks off on Friday at noon, and runs through Sunday at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center just off Route 287 and Exit 10 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Formerly held in Somerset, the new show location is 97 Sunfield Avenue in Edison, NJ with show hours Friday until 8 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on St. Patricks Day Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday the 18th. Be sure to stop by The Fisherman booth (#462) for your Star Rod dry bag or pliers with new or renewing subscription, while supplies last! The local gale warning ends by midday on Thursday, with winds expected to lay down nicely this weekend for those looking to hit the cod, pollock and ling grounds (of course tautog action continues along the DELMARVA Peninsula!) The striped bass bite is expected to improve greatly in the next few days, with catches reported along the Raritan Bayshore, Barnegat Bay and along the Delaware in this weeks full video forecast for the region; while he may be credited with driving the snakes out of Ireland, St. Patrick may soon be celebrated for ushering in a few more keeper-size stripers on beaches, banks and boats throughout the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region to kick off the 2018 run!