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The First Striped Bass of 2021 – NJ’s Run Has Begun!

After counting down the days through the month of February, the back bay striped bass season in the Garden State officially kicked off on Monday, March 1 with Edvardas Gintare the first to report a “slot” fish of 30 inches a little after 10 a.m. at the Hook House in Toms River. That report was followed soon after by DJ Tommy K who checked in with the Tackle Box in Hazlet with another over 28-incher in the north, with Myles Bosley was next with a 30-1/2-incher at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. For those wondering if the cold month of February would’ve put those holdover river stripers on lockjaw, the reports from the sedges and sod banks from the Raritan down the Delaware seem to show otherwise. More local tackle shops have reopened for the season this week as flats of bloodworms are arriving almost daily to keep up with the demand. And with a warming trend in the forecast for the week ahead, you can expect that demand to increase as striped bass hit the muddy flats in search of an easy meal. Check out this week’s full video forecast for a comprehensive rundown on local action in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region. Fish on!!!

 

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Northern New Jersey Fishing Reports

Staten Island Fishing Reports

Report by Staten Island Fishing Club

November 09, 2020 - 10:02:22

“The fall bass run is in full swing,” said Al Rotunno of the Staten Island Fishing Club. This past week saw nonstop bass action in Raritan Bay with anglers livelining bunker around the pods of bunke... More

Bayonne Fishing Reports

Report by True World Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Akira at True World Tackle continues to keep bloodworms stocked for those who’ve been fishing for white perch in the tidal rivers and out along the Bayonne Pier. There have been a number of bycatch ... More

Jersey City Fishing Reports

Report by NYC Sportfishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

Capt. Steve Cherry and the crew of NYC Sportfishing Charters said me he is taking bookings for the spring striper fishing and will resume fishing the first week in April. NYC Sportfishing Charters is ... More

Belleville Fishing Reports

Report by Bullet Hole Annex

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Nick at Bullet Hole Annex said things are starting to get a little busier around the shop. “We’re getting well supplied now,” Nick said, saying new Fin Strike circle hook rigs are in stock now, and... More

Pine Brook Fishing Reports

Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Joe at Fairfield Fishing Tackle said there are still guys ice fishing all over the state. “We had two guys coming in today for jigging rods and jigging gear,” he told me on Monday as folks finding 8... More

Rochelle Park Fishing Reports

Report by Tackle World

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Big news at Tackle World is that they’re expecting an order of St. Croix Victory bass rods which should be available in the shop by March 19. Getting new product delivered has been difficult for a l... More

Succasunna Fishing Reports

Report by Ramsey Outdoor

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

The crew at Ramsey Outdoors said they’re well-stocked for the season right now. Due to the ongoing manufacturing and delivery problems associated with the ongoing pandemic they advised folks looking... More

Sewaren Fishing Reports

Report by Dockside Bait and Tackle

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

While it will more than likely be April for fulltime operations at Dockside Bait and Tackle some good water and an early start to the striper fishing could move the date up, according to owner Rich Ya... More

Laurence Harbor Fishing Reports

Report by Raritan Marina

December 28, 2020 - 12:30:56

Over at Raritan Marina we were told all boats were out to the water however the repair shop will be open through the winter for boat and motor repairs and upgrades.... More

Keyport Fishing Reports

Report by Up Front Bait and Tackle

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Up Front Bait and Tackle is up and running as of March 1, and Steve said he’s carrying a full line of baits including bloodworms for striped bass and winter flounder fishermen looking to score in thi... More

Report by Keyport Marine Basin

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

While our boat ramp is serviceable we still have not had a boat side down it thanks to on and off icing and weather problems said sources at the Keyport Marine Basin. “Depending on the weather we exp... More

Report by Wagner's Marina

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

“We have painted a good number of boats at our indoor facility this past winter,” said Mike at Wagner’s Marina. Mike told me the marina got a face lift this past winter and they expect to start put... More

Report by Twin Lights Marina

January 18, 2021 - 13:07:24

The gas dock at Twin Lights Marina is open during the winter for fuel. However anglers must call the marina on Channel 6 on the marine radio for service.... More

Hazlet Fishing Reports

Report by Tackle Box Fishing Co.

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Phil at the Tackle Box had his first of many shipments of bloodworms arrive before the weekend for folks looking to get some soak time in along the Raritan Bayshore this week. For folks looking to ge... More

Leonardo Fishing Reports

Report by Sour Kraut Sportfishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

Capt. Joe Baumle of Sour Kraut Sportfishing told me he is booking stripers trips for the spring run starting in mid April. So check out his ad and give him a call for info.... More

Report by Twin Lights Marina

January 11, 2021 - 12:39:05

Mare over at Twin Lights Marina said the gas dock at the marina is open during the winter for fuel, just call the marina on Channel 6 on the marine radio for service.... More

Atlantic Highlands Fishing Reports

Report by Little Hawk Sport Fishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

The charter boat Little Hawk will be back chasing stripers the first week in April. Capt. Joe Occhipinti said he is taking bookings to the spring striper run and already has a fair amount of regulars ... More

Report by Sea Hunter

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

I spoke with Capt. Rob Semkewyc of the Sea Hunter who was out in Utah. I guess Rob tried to get away from the snow but it didn’t quite work that way. He said he expects to begin striped bass fishing ... More

Report by Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

“The boat ramp and marina are open but needless to say the weather has kept everything shut down,” said Lou Fligor at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. Lou told me after the banner year they had ... More

Report by Julian's Bait and Tackle

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

“We hope to have the renovations on the store done in time to open in early March,” said sources over the Julian’s Bait & Tackle. The store got and is getting the first face lift it has needed for ... More

Report by Atlantic Highlands Marina

February 01, 2021 - 11:59:53

If you are looking for a boat slip or mooring now is the time to give Lou Fligor at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor a call.... More

Highlands Fishing Reports

Report by Twin Lights Marina

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

The crew at Twin Lights Marina reminds Raritan Bay boaters that the fuel dock remains open for anyone needing fuel. You have to call the marina on channel 6 to have someone come out and pump the fuel.... More

Report by Hyper Striper Sportfishing

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

Capt. Pete Wagner of the Hyper Striper said he was back home taking care of the snow but is headed back to Los Suenos to continue a successful year of fishing for tuna, sailfish and marlin. Pete told ... More

Report by Two Rivers Charters

February 22, 2021 - 09:57:43

I spoke with Capt. Fletcher Chayes of Two Rivers Charters and he told me he will be putting his boat back in the water late in March and expects to resume fishing as of the first week of April. “It a... More

Report by Fin Chaser Charters

November 30, 2020 - 15:31:05

Capt. Frank aboard Fin Chasers is still sailing out of the Highlands for the striped bass action. He recently had Abraham and his crew aboard for a great day of jigging with a trolling lesson in the ... More

Belmar Fishing Reports

Report by Fisherman’s Den

March 01, 2021 - 12:42:25

Bobby at the Fisherman’s Den in Belmar said they’re all geared up for this week’s start to the back bay striped bass and winter flounder season in New Jersey. “We will have blood and sandworms in... More

Report by Skylarker

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

I spoke with Capt. Steve Spinelli of the Skylarker who was in Key West soaking up some suds and sun. Steve said he intends to resume fishing beginning the first week of April and is booking early seas... More

Report by Parker Pete's

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

“We did not sail in February because of the weather,” cited Capt. Pete Sykes of the Parker Pete. Pete said the boats will be in the ship warn getting their annual refits and he hopes both will be ba... More

Report by Ol’ Salty II

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. Nick Caruso of the Ol’ Salty II and Big Kid was another boat captain that said he will resume fishing the first week in April and is booking early season trips. So if you want to get in on the ... More

Report by Big Mohawk III

February 01, 2021 - 11:59:53

Kathy Hueth and her team announced last week that the Big Mohawk III has wrapped up their winter season after a slow start to the week. Capt. Mike and crew found tautog action wasn’t what they had h... More

Neptune Fishing Reports

Report by Last Lady Fishing Charters

February 22, 2021 - 09:59:27

Capt. Ralph Leyrer said Last Lady Fishing Charters did not fish in February and will resume fishing in April. Ralph is booking early season trips so give him a call for dates and info.... More