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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, March 18.

| Keyport | Leonardo | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Toms River | Forked River | Absecon | Atlantic City | Sea Isle City | Last Week's Report |
IN WINTER THROUGH EARLY SPRING,
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY, AND A FEW UPDATES
ARE POSTED EVERY THURSDAY,
SOMETIMES ON OTHER DAYS

THE REPORT IS FULLY UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
AFTERWARD THROUGH FALL
Keyport
Fishing will be launched for the year with an open-boat trip for striped bass on Sunday, April 7, with Down Deep Sportfishing, Capt. Mario said. The trip will fish Raritan Bay, and the first trips will probably fish with clams for the bass. Open trips and charters will sail regularly beginning then. Telephone about available dates, and updates about the schedule are usually posted in the reports on Down Deep’s website once Down Deep gets rolling for the year. The crew looks forward to the striper fishing, and the catches were great aboard last spring. Charters are available for up to 15 passengers.

Capt. Frank will splash the Vitamin Sea by the end of the week, make shakedown runs afterward and kick off fishing two weekends from now, he wrote in an email. That will be on open-boat trips for striped bass Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7, on Raritan Bay. Telephone if interested. Great dates are still available for striper fishing on the boat. If you haven’t booked your trips, please do, he said. Both a.m. and p.m. trips will fish. Capts. T.J and Craig will be back to help with the work load this coming season. Great dates also remain for fluke trips that fish after stripers depart, and those should be booked now, too. Gulps for fluke bait will be available to customers at cost. All the key colors were just ordered, including Salmon Red. That makes fishing affordable and fun. “Our rates have not changed in years,” he wrote. Follow Vitamin Sea on Facebook for the latest reports and the open-boat schedule. ***Update, Thursday, 3/21:*** Frank had considered launching the boat today or tomorrow, but will probably drop-in the vessel this weekend, because of stormy weather currently, he said. He heard about stripers hooked in the bay already, and even bluefish, though this was especially early for blues. Were the stripers also caught from shore? Yes, he said. Catches of stripers were made at night around the full moon this week, reportedly. Maybe it’s going to be an early “season,” he said.