Today’s west winds may set up good fishing conditions in NY/NJ Bight for Saturday — before it goes the other way on Sunday.

The marine forecast is for west at 15-20 knots with gusts to 25 on Friday. That drops off to a mere west at 5-10 knots Saturday, and after all the west wind the ocean should be flat. Unfortunately, that all changes on Sunday with a north wind at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25 and rain.

Striper fishing in Raritan Bay has good, though party boats have been having a tough time getting them to hit on jigs and bait. Trollers seem to be doing best, though some charter and private boaters have been getting into a jig bite. The usual live bunker and chunking bite has been spotty — though not for a lack of stripers. Everyone seems to mark them, though they don’t always cooperate. The ocean striper fishery has been suffering the same fate, but that should be turning on any day now. Surfcasters have been finding more stripers, especially when using bloodworms.

Blackfishing has been generally good, but the spring season closes at the end of the month. Sea bass are also showing up in ocean catches, but are still out of season. Black drum have started showing in South Jersey, and the first bluefish have also been caught there. Delaware River shad fishing is well underway. Bluefin tuna are hitting in the canyons. The Canyon Runner from Point Pleasant had been sold out, but one date each in June and July just opened up.


Chuck Many sent this shot of Chris Christiansen with a big striper before release on Ty Man in Raritan Bay.

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  1. Hey Al,

    If you want, would appreciate including my Limited Surf Fishing Charters Guide service flyer in your blog. Going to run limited trips along the Barrier Island Point Pleasant to IBSP beaches starting now through November. All contact info on the flyers, mainly email me at for info. see attached



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