The spring striped bass run in Raritan Bay is right on time, along with lots of bunkers that should keep them there.
The Andrea’s Toy crew at Keyport got boat maintenance finished in time to get out on the water for stripers in the teens so ravenous that Capt. Freddy Gamboa said many of them still had bunkers in the mouth when they struck the lures.
Nick Honachefsky picked up worms from The Tackle Box in Hazlet yesterday and soaked them in Finesscense as he released 23 shorts from shore up to a 27-incher.
Barnegat Bay is also producing school bass on both bloodworms and small lures. There’s been no word from the surf as yet, but Betty & Nick’s in Seaside Park reported a smell of bluefish or bunker — or both, today. They also noted that the park personnel have been very cooperative with fishermen.
New Jersey state parks and Wildlife Management Areas are open for fishing, but the offices are closed and rest rooms not available.
Small craft warnings are up through Saturday afternoon. The morning starts with north winds at 15-20 knots plus higher gusts before dropping to 10-15 with gusts to 20 in the afternoon.