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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, March 25.

| Keyport | Leonardo | Atlantic Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Toms River | Absecon | Longport | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Cape May | Last Week's Report |
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Sea Isle City
Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle is optimistic he’ll land striped bass from the back bay as soon as he fishes for them, he said. That will be soon, he expects, and he worked on preparing the boat for the fishing season this weekend. Wind blew terribly Saturday, and Sunday’s weather wasn’t bad, was fishable. He’d like the water temperature to rise slightly. The water was 42 to 43 degrees the last he knew, and might’ve reached 44 now. There’s been no sustained days of warmer weather. Fishing usually begins with a slow pick of stripers in March to early April. Then catches suddenly break loose in April. The bluefish migration usually slams the bay by Tax Day, April 15. That offers some of the year’s best fishing aboard. Joe wonders whether the run will arrive late, early or on time. During cooler Marches like this month, he’s often wondered if the run would arrive late. But often it arrived right on time. But Joe will target stripers first, casting soft-plastic lures and Clouser Minnow flies, reeling them in slowly along bottom. The stripers will be lethargic in cool water. He’ll find them in the bay at places like creek mouths on outgoing tides. Creeks are warmer than the bay in spring, and those tides flush the warmth into the bay. Afternoons on sunny days can fish best, because the water’s warmest then. In April and May, the bay can give up stripers, blues, weakfish and summer flounder. If an angler nails all four in a trip, that’s called a Grand Slam. This time of year is great, the best, for fishing the bay. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.