Boat traffic slowed Raritan Bay striper bite

Capt. Vinny Vetere reports from Staten Island that Saturday’s striper trolling in Raritan Bay wasn’t as good as expected due to the huge fleet that gathered there in nice weather.

The skipper of Katfish from Great Kills still has his charter boat out of the water due to New York’s ban on charter fishing, but had his two mates out on a smaller boat, and they trolled up some stripers later in the day on Vetere’s pink and white Hojos. Included was the release of a fat female loaded with roe which taped out at 49.5 inches with a 34-inch girth.

Vinny 49.5 inch bass

After a mild winter, we’ve had an historically cool spring. That should change later in the week, but at least the wind shifts to the northwest at just 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20 in the morning. The calming northwest direction will bring seas down to 3 to 5 feet, and diminish further in the afternoon.