Bunkers have been showing up in Raritan Bay as early as March the last few years, but Dave Lilly reported a sighting in the back of the bay today.

Dave was helping a friend do a test run when they spotted two pods of bunkers where water temperatures were an unusually warm 43 degrees. Striped bass may become active in the bay even before those N.J. internal waters reopen to fishing for them. Dave said it was such a mild and calm day that it felt like fishing time.

Small craft warnings are up through Monday morning. The forecast is for northwest winds at 15-20 knots before dropping to 10-15 in the afternoon.

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