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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., April 15, 2019
It was a good Sunday for Jerry Malanga fishing with Taylor Corbett, as he hooked up with this beautiful 36-pound striper on a Maja Magic Mojo. After a quick snapshot, the big fish was released for her seasonal spawn.
Good striper bass fishing continues to be the main source of action along the northern coast. Field editor JB Kasper reports this week that bass fishing has been good throughout Raritan Bay with some of the best catches coming from the backwaters by small boats. Trolling spoons, shads and plugs are taking the lion’s share of bigger bass, however, casting bucktails, spoons, shads and plugs are also serving up good fishing, especially when the bass push the baitfish to the surface. New Central Jersey field editor Frank Bovasso said the consensus of the shops and captains he spoke with this weekend is that the northern bite was still best. “Off Long Branch stripers were caught on spoons, mojos, and rubber shads,” Bovasso said in his report this week, adding that a boat he knew of also hooked a bluefin on a spoon “and fought it for 2 hours before it broke the lead core line.” South Jersey editor Anthony Califano said some of the spring regulars are starting to make their appearance. “This week we welcomed lots of stripers, big perch and the first black drum reports of the 2019 season,” Califano said, adding that bait has moved into locations from Great Bay south to the Delaware, with striper action sure to intensify in the days ahead. From the Jersey Shore to the Delaware coast, for-hire captains continue targeting blackfish on the local snags and wrecks; it’s been a pick for many, quite a few shorts on most trips but enough keepers in the mix to make it all worth the effort.
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