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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 |
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Leonardo
The boat is hoped to be splashed before Easter, said Capt. Joe from Sour Kraut Sportfishing. Then trips will fish for striped bass on Raritan Bay. He always searches for the fish with trolled Stretch plugs first. If fishing with clams is best for the stripers, the trips will clam. But the trolling is usually best for him that time of year. Trips around then will mix in blackfishing, too. Blackfish season will be open in April and closed afterward. The year’s first stripers were reportedly reeled from the back of Raritan Bay, where the water’s warmest. The fishing depends on weather. When nights rise above freezing, the fishing improves quickly. Daytimes can still be in the 50 degrees and 60s. But that nighttime freezing is key. Weekends are booking quickly, and only a couple of weekend dates remain in April. May is more open, and this is the time to reserve those dates. Joe recently returned from fishing from Los Suenos, Costa Rica. He fished inshore, and that’s really an overlooked, phenomenal fishery. His catches included going 8 for 9 on roosterfish and landing snappers and jacks. Most anglers target the offshore fishing for sailfish, tuna and marlin.