It’s much too early. but striped bass fishing is already well underway in Raritan Bay plus the back bays and rivers along the Jersey Shore. The vast majority are shorts, but keeper-size bass have been included — and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of a big bass being hooked during what looks like a perfect winter day tomorrow.

Raritan Bay waters have been in the mid-forties. which is good for bait fishing with clams or seaworms — as well as small lures. Back bay light tackle anglers are using bloodworms, paddletails, small swimmers, jigs and soft plastics.

The Saturday forecast couldn’t be much better as west winds at just 5 knots are predicted before afternoon when it switches to south. If you can handle two-foot seas, that’s the day to fish as things start changing Saturday night — and Sunday starts with southwest winds at 20-25 knots plus gusts to 30 — and showers,

The Atlantic City Boat Show runs through Sunday at the Convention Center.

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