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Spring Has Sprung & NJ's Ocean Striper Run Has Begun!

You'll know all there is to know just 25 seconds into this week's report when you see all the rods bent over aboard the Ocean Explorer with Capt. Bob Quinn out of Belmar on Wednesday as a wave of coastal striped bass barrels through along the Jersey Shore this week. Except for a little talk about winter flounder and the April 1 restart of tautog, the first 12 minutes of this week's video fishing forecast is all about the bass, 'bout that bass! After announcing our Sterling winner for the week and hinting about the bluefin in this week’s report, Hutch did receive a report overnight from Capt. Fred aboard Andrea's Toy about bluefin off the Jersey Coast this week. The big story this week takes over at the 14:05 mark of this week’s forecast as Hutch provides a comprehensive first-person analysis from the March 16th field hearing in Wildwood, what Congressman Jeff Van Drew called “the launch of a congressional investigation into offshore wind (and we call it offshore wind industrialization).”


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Northern New Jersey Fishing Reports

Bayonne Fishing Reports

Report by True World Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“We have been getting reports of good striped bass action in the back bay, New York Harbor and even some fish in the East River,” said Akira over at True World Tackle. Akira said fishing in March wa... More

Pine Brook Fishing Reports

Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

News spreads fast in the modern age according Joe over at Fairfield Fishing Tackle. Not only did he get reports of the good striped bass fishing in the back bay but also knew about the bass hammering ... More

Rochelle Park Fishing Reports

Report by Tackle World

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

Over at Ramsey Outdoors we were told they have been getting a stream of reports on the good bass fishing in Raritan Bay and surrounding waters since the second week of March. The fish really exploded ... More

Succasunna Fishing Reports

Report by Ramsey Outdoor

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“March was on the quiet side until word of the bass fishing in upper Raritan Bay started to circulate,” said Don over at Ramsey Outdoors. Don said most of the shipments of new tackle have come into ... More

Sewaren Fishing Reports

Report by Dockside Bait and Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

I spoke with Rich Yanak over at Dockside Bait and Tackle and he said he was open weekends in March and is now open daily seven days a week. Rich said striped bass fishing has been decent in the back w... More

Laurence Harbor Fishing Reports

Report by Ebbtide Fishing Charters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“We are getting the boat ready for the spring striper fishing and will start fishing in early April,” reported Capt. Bob Henn of Ebbtide Fishing Charters. Bob said with all the stripers that were hi... More

Keyport Fishing Reports

Report by Keyport Marine Basin

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“It’s only March and the bass fishing is already on fire,” was the comment from sources over at the Keyport Marine Basin. They told us the boat ramp has been open and getting a good work out by ang... More

Report by Up Front Bait and Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“Striped bass action in the back bay and along the south side of the bay broke open in early March and kept on producing good numbers of mixed size bass as the month came to a close,” cited Steve Ha... More

Report by Wagner's Marina

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

Sources over at Wagner’s Marina told us they are working on getting the marina ready for the 2023 season. The ramp and marina will be in full operation starting April 10, we were told.... More

Hazlet Fishing Reports

Report by Tackle Box Fishing Co.

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

With the way the bass fishing exploded in March it could put an end to the talk about a striped bass shortage. “Simply put the fishing has been on fire and we have already had bass topping the 40-inc... More

Leonardo Fishing Reports

Report by Sour Kraut Sportfishing

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“So far the reports on the striped bass fishing have been even better than last season and hopefully it will be another banner year of bass action,” said Capt. Joe Baumle of Sour Kraut Sportfishing.... More

Atlantic Highlands Fishing Reports

Report by Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“You can tell something was up when more and more boats started to slide down the ramp,” said Lou over at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor. Lou said it didn’t take long for word on the striper a... More

Report by Julian's Bait and Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

The word from Julian’s Bait & Tackle was they are now open normal hours. “If the striped bass fishing in March is any kind of indication of what kind of spring we are going to have you better be rea... More

Report by Little Hawk Sport Fishing

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“The boat is going in the water the first week in April and we will be back fishing for stripers on April 6,” said Capt. Joe Occhipinti of the charter boat Little Hawk. Joe said he is looking forwar... More

Report by Mi-Jo II

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“We have been doing some work on the boat and will start fishing the end of April,” said Capt. Mike Scardingo of the Mi Jo. Mike said the mild winter kept a lot of fish in close and fish like bass a... More

Highlands Fishing Reports

Report by Hyper Striper Sportfishing

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

Capt. Pete Wagner of the Hyper Striper said he too will resume fishing for stripers on April 8. Pete said it’s amazing how many bass are in our northern waters this early. Big amounts of fish wintere... More

Report by Twin Lights Marina

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“We started putting boats in the water in March and once anglers begun catching the stripers more and more boats were sliding down the ramp,” said Wayne of Twin Lights Marina. “It’s a good thing t... More

Report by Two Rivers Charters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

I spoke with Capt. Fletcher Chayes of Two Rivers Charters who told me he will resume fishing for the season on April 8 for stripers. Anyone wanting to get in on the early season bass action can give h... More

Belmar Fishing Reports

Report by Big Mohawk III

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

“We will start our spring tog fishing on April 1,” stated Greg Hueth of the Big Mohawk III. Greg said hopefully the whitechins will start moving in closer and by mid-month or earlier the fishing wil... More

Report by Fisherman’s Den

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

“The last couple of weeks in March finally started to serve up some winter founder to anglers fishing the inlet and bay,” said Tom over at the Fisherman’s De. In addition he mentioned that a couple... More

Report by Golden Eagle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

As of April 1 the Golden Eagle will start bottom fishing daily for ling, cod and other ground fish. Capt. Rich Falcone said a few trips in March fared well however the last weekend in March was a wash... More

Report by Just N’ Tyme Guide Service

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

I spoke with Capt. Justin Swanson of Just N’ Tyme Guide Service while he was fishing Raritan Bay and he told me he has been doing well with the stripers since mid-March. He too expects to see some su... More

Report by Miss Belmar Princess

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

“We started off the 2023 season on a good note,” said Capt. Al Shinn of the Miss Belmar Princess. Al said some exploratory trips during the third week of March found schools of stripers chasing pods... More

Report by Ol’ Salty II

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

“We’ve got Coast Guard inspection the first week of April and will resume fishing on April 7,” said Capt. Nick Caruso of the Ol’ Salty II. Nick said he will start the season bottom fishing and als... More

Report by Parker Pete's

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Another boat captain that told me he will back in the water and fishing for stripers and bottom fishing by mid-April was Capt. Pete Sykes of the Parker Pete. Pete said he is giving the boat its annual... More

Report by Skylarker

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

Another boat captain that told me he will resume fishing for the year on April 15 was Capt. Steve Spinelli of the Skylarker. Steve said he has been busy giving the boat its annual sprucing up for the ... More

Neptune Fishing Reports

Report by Last Lady Fishing Charters

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:46

“The boat is ready for the 2023 season,” cited Capt. Ralph Leyrer of Last Lady Fishing Charters. Ralph told me that while the boat is ready to fish he won’t be starting the season until April 16 fo... More

Belleville Fishing Reports

Report by Bullet Hole Annex

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:41

“As crazy as it might seem the spring bass fishing really caught fire in March,” said Nick over at Bullet Hole Annex. Anglers fishing through winter in the tidal Passaic and Hackensack rivers were p... More