Dave Lilly says he hasn’t had a bad day out of Keyport with stripers in Raritan Bay since the big fish arrived early on March 10.
The only problem is that the bass move around the bay. His advice is not to get locked into where you caught them the last trip. He’s caught them everywhere except in the channels — and on both sides while trolling both Tony Maja mo-jos and bunker spoons. Most of the bass he’s been releasing are in the 15-18-pound class.
Phil Fischer took advantage of Monday’s nice weather to find lots of action with 15 stripers in Shrewsbury River from his boat out of Highlands. There were more shorts than keepers, and they only kept one. Bunkers were plentiful, but there was no mention of blues which are usually plentiful there in May.
Betty & Nick’s Tackle in Seaside Park reports the local beach was opened today, and Lavallette was already open along with IBSP from dawn to dusk. Island Heights docks and bulkheads are open, and small stripers are plentiful in the bay — though there hasn’t been much word of blues.
News12 TV reported the opening of Belmar beaches coming up on Friday.
Thursday looks good with northwest winds at 10-15 knots that shift to southwest in the afternoon.