Striped bass have flooded into Raritan Bay right on schedule and should provide a solid bite well into the next two months.
Capt. Joe Massa fished Thursday morning with his My Three Sons from Morgan Marina and found lots of marks in the back of the bay which provided 10 school stripers up to a 30-incher on small plugs cast with light spinning tackle. Bigger bass are turning onto bunker chunking — and should also be responding to live bunkers and trolling lures such as bunker spoons and mo-jos.
The blackfish season is open in N.J. and some cod and ling are also available offshore. The Golden Eagle from Belmar begins their daily schedule of bottom fishing on Saturday.
The marine forecast is for northwest winds at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 before dropping to 5-10 knots later.