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Re: Tracking the bass

Grumpys report the rumors of shorts out front and keepers out back.
The back bays always warm first shorts will run along the shoreline for a week or so the same way on S.I. and fill in the back. Wont be long. The guys catching are the die hards. It rained like 6 inches with a coat of ice on top last night where i am. I dont want to go out too early and burn out too quickly. If your itching -fish those flats early evening on an incoming tide after the sun bathes them all day. It wont be long.
The warm surface water of the Ocean is carried in faster than the cooler water and out faster than the cooler water going out.
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Re: Tracking the bass up the coast

Ok enough hijacking. I merged both threads Tracking the bass and following the fish.

So far there are reports of keepers in just about all the shops in south to mid New Jersey, albeit not many.
Down in Delaware -
Larry Jock at the Coastal Fisherman said he'd heard reports of striped bass moving into the bay at Ocean City. The tactic he recommended for the early-season rockfish was to troll the north and south inlet jetties with small bucktails.
With stripers reported in the Ocean City Inlet it shouldn't be more than a week or two before jetty and boat fishermen will be catching them in Indian River Inlet. The weekly report from the crew at the Virginia Beach Fishing Center listed good fishing on big stripers, with most fishermen in agreement that the fish are moving north toward their spring spawning grounds in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Anglers fishing aboard the charter boat Gannet connected with limits of big rockfish within sight of Virginia Beach during the past week, with a 51-pounder caught by Jack Council at the top of the citation list.
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Brinkmans in Philadelphia reports that So far the price for his bloodworms has remained the same at $10.00 a dozen.
The first stripers were caught in pretty good numbers in the lower river last weekend. +
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Best bets for the weekend

Best bets for the weekend

Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 8:23 PM Al Ristori The Star-Ledger

Striped bass have moved to the forefront. Capt. Scotty Hilliard of the Prowler at Atlantic Highlands reported the water temperature in the west end of Raritan Bay increased from 48 degrees last week to 52.5 degrees today -- and the stripers turned on. He had 11 keepers plus shorts, and the Sea Hunter reported a similar catch on clams from shallow waters. The N.Y. striper season opens today, providing anglers with expanded territory in Raritan Bay -- such as Round Shoal. There's also good striper action in South Jersey, with clams producing at Graveling Poiint in Great Bay.
Clams are tempting some legal surf bass at the north end of Island Beach State Park, and Joe Melillo at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant says lures have been producing some stripers from Manasquan Inlet north. Anthony Mazza of Howell weighed in an 11 1/8-pound bass, and Pat Dolan of Brick had a 7 3/4-pounder. Melillo noted that Point Pleasant Canal is good for stripers on jigs at night. Allen Riley of South Plainfield and Duke Matero from Piscataway tried the Sandy Hook surf with bait the last two mornings, but no fish were caught.
Winter flounder catches have been sparse, except in Barnegat Bay at the mouth of the canal. The Manasquan and Navesink rivers usually get hot around this time while Round Shoal should be checked out in the bay.
Cod continue to please offshore anglers, along with some ling and tautog.
Blackfishing should get steadily better with increasing water temperatures that will bring them closer to shore.

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Chasing Reports Up the Jersey Coast - 2011

Best bets for the weekend

Published: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 8:23 PM Al Ristori The Star-Ledger

Striped bass have moved to the forefront. Capt. Scotty Hilliard of the Prowler at Atlantic Highlands reported the water temperature in the west end of Raritan Bay increased from 48 degrees last week to 52.5 degrees today -- and the stripers turned on. He had 11 keepers plus shorts, and the Sea Hunter reported a similar catch on clams from shallow waters. The N.Y. striper season opens today, providing anglers with expanded territory in Raritan Bay -- such as Round Shoal. There's also good striper action in South Jersey, with clams producing at Graveling Poiint in Great Bay.
Clams are tempting some legal surf bass at the north end of Island Beach State Park, and Joe Melillo at Castaway's Tackle in Point Pleasant says lures have been producing some stripers from Manasquan Inlet north. Anthony Mazza of Howell weighed in an 11 1/8-pound bass, and Pat Dolan of Brick had a 7 3/4-pounder. Melillo noted that Point Pleasant Canal is good for stripers on jigs at night. Allen Riley of South Plainfield and Duke Matero from Piscataway tried the Sandy Hook surf with bait the last two mornings, but no fish were caught.
Winter flounder catches have been sparse, except in Barnegat Bay at the mouth of the canal. The Manasquan and Navesink rivers usually get hot around this time while Round Shoal should be checked out in the bay.
Cod continue to please offshore anglers, along with some ling and tautog.
Blackfishing should get steadily better with increasing water temperatures that will bring them closer to shore.

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Raritan Bay stripers cooperate

Raritan Bay stripers cooperate
Published: Monday, April 18, 2011

By Al Ristori The Star-Ledger

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

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Fishermen bails out with late striper bite

It didn't look good for anglers who sneaked out for an Easter Sunday morning trip on the Fishermen from Atlantic Highlands. Capt. Ron Santee couldn't find those jigging stripers that had been down the beach Thursday and Friday -- and a return to the bay for clamming resulted in poor conditions and only a very slow pick. Santee was ready to head home at 1:30 when birds were spotted working in the ocean. That last minute showing produced many limits of bass up to 31 pounds on everything thown at them -- including jigs and clams. Other bass were following the hooked fish.
Capt. Howard Bogan Jr. hasn't been out with his Jamaica from Brielle since a successful Friday trip that produced about 45 keepers up to a 30-pounder on jigs. He resumes sailing at 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Capt. Stan Zagleski found blackfish on just two drops in 50 feet on Friday for a good pick of tog plus some large ling. The first fluke of the season was also caught on that trip. The Elaine B. from Highlands will continue sailing daily for blackfish until the spring season closes after Saturday. He'll then switch to striped bass until the fluke season opens on May 7.
Capt. Bud McArthur tried the area from Manasquan Inlet to Shark River Inlet, and then south to Mantoloking without finding any sign of bait or fish from his Splinter out of Brick --and with no hits trolling during the morning trip.
Gary Nelson of Flemington used clams in the south end of Island Beach State Park to land a 9 3/4-pound striper -- and a 35-pound black drum. Those fish were weighed at Betty & Nick's in Seaside Park, where Adrian Bullock of Beachwood also weighed an 11 1/4-pound bass.
Brielle Tackle reported some stripers being caught on clams in the local surf, but Lenny De Lucca of Manasquan took clams to the Sandy Hook surf for a 12-pound bass. Flounder up to 16 inches, and tautog to 15 inches, are being caught in Manasquan River.

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