Striped bass fishing keeps rolling in Raritan Bay
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The striped bass bite keeps rolling on Raritan Bay. The wind and rain this weekend did not slow it down, according to those near the bay.
"With all the wind and cold, there are not a lot of people thinking about bass, but they are here," said Phil Sciortino at the Tackle Box in Hazlet.
Sciortino said he weighed in a 26 ¾-pound striped bass for Kathy Jo Kaeline, of Parlin, who was trolling bunker spoons with her husband Scott off Keyport when she hooked that fish up. The Kaelin's caught and released a couple dozen bass on Sunday.
Matt Calabria of Hazlet had a striped bass in the 30-pound range on Sunday night fishing with cut bait and released a bunch more
Sciortino said boaters trolling Stretch-25s lures also had good success as did anglers tossing rubber shads right on the surface.
Anglers who went for blackfish had great bite on Sunday, said Bobby Matthews at Fishermen's Den. The Ocean Explorer and Big Mohawk both had anglers who had their limit catches of four fish.
Rock Bottom Charters had a six-man charter where all anglers limited out on blackfish. Beatriz Soto was on the charter and had her limit and big 7-pound, 8-ounce blackfish. The big fish on the boat was a 10 pounder.
Matthews said the blackfish are biting good for the jetty hoppers in Shark River Inlet. Marty Westerfield of Wall, had three keepers and reported most anglers on the inlet had keeper fish.
The Voyager is back in action after some time at dry dock.
Capt. Jeff Gutman said his first open trip of the year for cod had good results. Most anglers had two or three fish, a couple of guys had four and one person had six. Archie Stewart of Nutley won the first pool of the year with a 15 pound cod
"Most fish were caught on bait but a handful were jigged and there were also a couple of keeper pollock," said Gutman.
The black drum are beginning to bite in Great Bay. The fish are pretty hefty, weighing between 15 and 45 pounds said Scott Albertson at Scott's Bait and Tackle. He said the night time bite is doing better than the day and the incoming tide is the better tide. The fish are hitting on clam baits.
Dan Radel: 732-643-4072; firstname.lastname@example.org
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