After a mild winter with hardly any snow or very low temperatures, striped bass should be biting tomorrow as bays and rivers are opened for striped bass fishing .
School bass should certainly be available to those using seaworms and clams — and it’s likely that a 28-inch keeper will be landed somewhere.
The internal waters were closed many years ago in N.J. as stripers would often hold over in deep holes where they were vulnerable to netting and snagging. The surf is open all year, and in the old days there used to be school bass caught on bloodworms in such areas as Island Beach State Park during March, though I haven’t heard of anyone trying that in recent years.
A traditional hot spot for early stripers from shore has been Graveling Point in Great Bay. There will also be anglers wading out from Raritan Bay shorelines to cast worms out into the shallow waters that are warmed by the sun. It should be warm enough for that tomorrow, but northwest winds are in your face there — and that’s what is forecasted for the morning at 15-20 knots before dropping to west at 10-15 in the afternoon. J
Check with tackle shops about the availability of bait. The winter flounder season also opens tomorrow, though those once abundant fish have been harder to catch than stripers during the last few years. A likely spot has been from the Belmar Marina docks, and Fisherman’s Den there plans to have worms available.
The blackfish season closed yesterday, so any party boats sailing into what should be a calm sea after all the west wind we’ve experienced will be seeking cod.
The World Fishing & Outdoor Show winds up at Rockland Community College Field House in Suffern, N.Y. with Family Day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as children 11 and younger are admitted free with an adult paying the $14 entrance fee.
The Atlantic City Boat Show concludes its 40th year from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Convention Hall.
The Berkeley Striper Club Fishing Flea Market runs from 9-2 in Toms River North Intermediate School.