Striper reports were good today, and if you can handle northeast winds at 5 knots that should be a good bet for Sunday before showers start in the evening.
Capt. Ron Santee got off to a slow start with only one short despite good readings until the tide turned and fishing exploded. Bass up to 30 inches were all caught on shads aboard the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands.
The Golden Eagle from Belmar reported a hot start with bass blasting bunkers on the surface — and fishing held up during the day. The Jamaica from Brielle was also into fine striper action. Those planning to fish in the morning better get to the boats early.
It seems too early to be fluke fishing, but this is when it’s best in South Jersey. They got their wish for an early opening on May 2. Keepers will be easier to come by with two slot fluke of 17 to 17.99 inches allowed plus just one over 18 inches. Anglers who are interested only in big fluke are upset about being restricted only to a single fluke.