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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., April 29, 2019
The crew of Marty Mannion, Capt. Nick Perello and Ryan Szelc headed out of Beach Haven last Thursday, April 25 on a last minute recon mission and were rewarded with their first bluefin of the 2019 season.
Striped bass fishing continues to be very good in North Jersey despite the weather problems most of the week. Friday’s rains and Saturday’s “breezy conditions” kept a lot of anglers off the water, but those that did fish enjoyed some good action. While weather may have scattered the bass, charter and private boats had no problem finding bass to 30-plus pounds, especially in the back bay waters. Reports show bass up into the Hudson and good fishing into the Kingston area; bass into the Raritan River past the railroad bridge and into the Arthur Kill and Otter Bridge Crossing. The first smattering of bluefish reports have come in from the Central Region in the past week, and it could be more of an explosion heading into this the first week of May. Blackfish closure on Tuesday will have many boats on the hunt for striped bass by the end of the week, with many folks we’ve spoken to looking forward to the reopening of black sea bass and fluke later in the month. A few bluefin catches were reported out of Central ports of Manasquan and Beach Haven in the past week which is a great sign for those looking to head a little farther from shore. Even with the wicked wind, ports in South Jersey reported consistent action with stripers and blues this past week. The upper southern stations are still enjoying banner perch fishing while the more southernly ports are seeing more drum fish action. Fishing with bloodworms, clams and bunker are your best bets for bait fishing no matter where you toss your line. If artificials are your thing, you can’t beat pink and white soft plastics, especially as weakfish begin to turn on in Cape May County backwaters.
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