LONG BEACH ISLAND REGION - Bay fishermen are finding small stripers all over the bay. The most consistent spot that I have been hearing of is Graveling Point down in Little Egg Harbor Township at the end of Radio Road. I am not sure if there are more fish there or just a greater concentration of anglers.

The folks at Scott’s Bait and Tackle reported earlier in the week that they had weighed in several keepers and had hear reports of others as well as shorts. They termed it as “Nothing large, but decent activity.” The water temperature there at the Point is right around 50-degrees, and there has been no sign of bluefish yet in the area. In addition, Scott’s had heard nothing of any black drum as of this point.

Andy Tonnesen at Tony’s Bait and Tackle in Manahawkin echoes the reports of action at Graveling Point and adds that a few bass have been caught along the Causeway bridges in Manahawkin and Ship Bottom. He suggests bloodworms and casting artificial shad body baits.

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Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” out of Tuckerton reports he spent last weekend breaking in his new outboard motor on his Parker. He did some scouting in the ocean, bay and river and found a fair number of undersized stripers being caught with a couple of keepers mixed in. He also found a massive amount of bait in the ocean with birds working hard at times

Gina Lawrenson from the head boat “Carolyn Ann III” out of Barnegat Light sent along the news that they had their first two blackfish trips of the season last weekend. She said that Saturday’s trip was pretty good considering the swell and poor anchoring conditions. Jake Adair of Lower Bank won the pool with a nice 5.5-pound blackfish. Other anglers had one or two keepers and shorts were caught by all.

My good friend Steve Purul of Reel Fantasea Charters tells me he has his boat in the water and ready to go. He is anxious to get in on the action on the back bays which he feels have a solid amount of bass roaming around. Steve fishes out of Barnegat Light. He believes that the bluefish are just a week or so away.

This year the “Reel Fantasea” has had an electronics upgrade with the latest and greatest technology from Lowrance. Last weekend was his first attempt out for the season, and he found a smattering of stripers caught to avoid a skunk.

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