Mon., April 23, 2018
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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, April 23.

| Keyport | Leonardo | Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Longport | Sea Isle City | Cape May | Last Thursday's Report |
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Brielle
Striped bass 18 to 26 inches began to bite in the surf last week, on plugs, small rubber shads and clams, said Eric from The Reel Seat. Any particular time? he was asked. Mornings and evenings, like usual. A bunch of small stripers hit from Manasquan Inlet to Route 70 Bridge on Manasquan River on 4-inch shads, 5-inch Fin-S Fish and small plugs. Nothing was heard about winter flounder from the river or nearby Barnegat Bay, like off Bay Avenue and near Mantoloking Bridge. But surely some were around, because bluefish were yet to invade. Flounder always depart for the ocean when blues arrive. The best striper fishing was on Raritan Bay, farther north. The back of the bay fished best, and Round Shoal and the Triangle were places to be. On the ocean closer to Brielle, blackfish were boated at wrecks in 60 to 80 feet of water. Clams caught them better than crabs did, and a few cod were mixed in. So if you blackfish, you might boat cod.