Though there have been some

Though there have been some blues around for a few weeks, they haven’t turned on for the NY/NJ Bight party boats anxious to switch over from stripers that have also been fussy.

The Golden Eagle from Belmar concentrated on lues yesterday — and found them. The only problem was that they wouldn’t bite. The blues, including some big ones, were splashing, but wouldn’t hit anything thrown at them. The few that hit were all lost. An attempt at fishing for them on a reef only produced sea bass that are out-of-season until May 17. The Golden Eagle didn’t fish today, but will be back at it at 7:30 a.m.

Though charter and private boaters with live bunker continue to do well with Raritan Bay stripers, those fish have become hard to interest in party boat techniques many days.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro has been doing well with 30-36-inch stripers on both bait and lures in Barnegat Inlet. The tide is key to that action rather than time of day, so he’s sailing open with Hi Flier from Barnegat from 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. from tomorrow to Friday. Call 732 330-5674.

Barnegat Inlet striper on Hi Flier

The forecast is for west winds at just 5 knots before going southwest 10-15 plus gusts to 20 in the afternoon.

Vinny D;Anton and Frank Manzi fished the Sarasota area yesterday with a guide to cast shrimp under docks for redfish and other local species. Frank is heading back to N.J. today, and the stripers there are in trouble as he’s now retired from the FBI and can put in a lot of time seeking them.

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