Capt. Joe Massa only trolled one short striper today in the back of Raritan Bay, but it was a start. He started out trolling large diving plugs without success from his My Three Sons out of Morgan Marina. Then he saw a small boater getting some trolling action and found hat he was using small plugs to catch eight shorts up to 25 inches. Joe put out a Rattletrap and broke the ice. He marked lots of bait and some fish, but the bay waters are still very cold at 42-43 degrees.
The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a nice day on the water and good life on bottom. The only problem was an abundance of dogfish in waters that have moved up to 42 degrees. They did catch a few cod and ling, but won’t be fishing tomorrow while getting the boat ready for Coast Guard inspection.
Bruce Vitale of Toms River has had no luck with bloodworms cast from docks in Island Heights, and today was no different. There was a crowd seeking school stripers and white perch, but nothing being caught. At other times it/s been good there.
Tomorrow’s forecast is for northwest winds at 5-10 knots — but for Tuesday it’s northeast at 15-20 knots.