Raritan Bay stripers cooperate
Published: Monday, April 18, 2011
By Al Ristori
As bad as the weekend storm was, the rivers sending cold, dirty waters into Raritan Bay didn't kill the striper bite on clams. Capt. Pete Wagner of Hyper Striper at Twin Lights Marina in Highlands even did well during Sunday morning's trip as the John Gleason party limited with a dozen bass up to a 24-pounder while releasing six other keepers plus shorts. Wagner did it again this morning as the James Herbert group from Allentown. Pa. had a limit of 30-to-36-inch stripers in addition to releasing shorts.
Capt. Ron Santee got a shot of early clamming action on his Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands at the end of the flood, as six keepers plus shorts were hooked. He said it took a long time for the tide to turn, after which they had a steady pick on the ebb.
Frank Huza of Aberdeen got his first legal striper of the season Sunday night while fishing at Cliffwood Beach. He started with clams, but there were bunkers not far from shore. When one got gilled in his line, it was turned into a fresh chunk that produced the 30-inch striper. Other anglers fishing clams caught some small bass mostly under 18 inches.
Betty & Nick's in Seaside Park weighed in a 12 1/4-pound striper for Jerry Taylor this afternoon after he caught it plus a short on clam at the north end of Island Beach State Park. The surf cleared up considerably from yesterday.
Capt. Pete Grimbilas of Reef Rescue will be the guest speaker Tuesday night at the Salt Water Anglers of Bergen County meeting in the American Legion Hall, 33 West Passaic St., Rochelle Park