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RARITAN STRIPER BITE HEATS UP

Posted By J. B. Kasper, April 17, 2017
RARITAN STRIPER BITE HEATS UP
Long Branch’s Joe Delgado was back at it on the Raritan Bayshore last week, catching and releasing this striper on a plug in 58-degree water midweek according to Phil at the Tackle Box.
Right now if you are a boat fisherman, trolling plugs, spoons and shads are you best bet to get into some bigger fish, while clams and worms are your bait from the beaches! A full week without rain, along with some warmer temps (throw in this past week’s full moon) and a new story emerges from along the northern coast – bass, bass, bass! Just about everyone we spoke with over the holiday weekend said better numbers of keepers are starting to show up, plenty of bunker and herring are all over the bay and water temps have climbed into the mid to upper 50s. All signs now point to the start of the heart of the spring striper run anytime now. Hopefully Mother Nature will not get her pantyhose in a snit anytime soon. We even got reports of bluefish starting to show up and a few fluke caught. Needless to say a lot of people are scrambling to get their boats in the water.
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Richard Salomon - 9 days ago

Fished Sunday 416. Trolled around Keyport with Mojo's, Stretch 25, X-Raps, and SP's. Only 2 Stripers. 1 @ 30" and one short. Not as good as the previous weekend (see photo) when we had 5 keepers to 34" and 1 short. Water temp was 52. Water was not so clearclean.


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