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FISHING LOGS: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Northern New Jersey & Hudson River


Posted By J. B. Kasper, September 24, 2018
With all those peanut bunker flowing out of North Jersey estuaries, folks like Sean Behan are finding a few good weakfish (even a first for the season) on Raritan Bay. Try small swim shads, paddletails or jigs tipped with live peanuts. Photo courtesy of Joe Buono.
After a week long nor’easter the remnants of a fizzled out Florence passed through our reporting area and produced sporadic downpours, with some area seeing deluges and others just a sprinkle. The tail end of the storm served up some rough seas and windy conditions until late in the week, though a stiff blow on Saturday once again stalled the fishing. For the angler the weather this past week effectively washed out the last week of fluke season. On the upside striped bass catches are on the increase in the East River, New York Harbor and all along the lower side of Raritan Bay where huge schools of peanut bunker, rainfish and other baitfish are holding. The stripers, blues and some nice weakfish are feeding on the forage. Some bigger bass are being caught after dark on eels and chunked bunker. Some good catches of tog are also being reported and porgy fishing continues to be excellent.
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