Spring fishing Is On Point

The weather is amazing, if you aren’t out fishing you should be all weekend. Anglers are finding more and more fish and the water temperatures are rising steadily. Despite the nightly temperature drops it is really warming up nice. It is literally hot out today.

Short bass in the surf all day long cast after cast on lures

Masseys ditch has been rising a degree a day all week, and topping out at 52 degrees today and then some. Dropping to about 48 degrees at high tide and night. Low tide has been exceptionally warm during the day. Perfect spring conditions. Crabs are starting to emerge from the mud! Lot of white perch in the creeks and tidal rivers. Big catfish hitting bunker chunks.

All the bait shops are open and stocked for the weekend. Dan’s Tackle Box, Icehouse Bait and Tackle and Fenwick Tackle have stocked up for some serious weekend fishing. Bloodworms are the ticket for the bait of choice. Several shops have minnows as well. Not much on the flounder action yet, but short bass are on fire in many areas.

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30 inch striped bass caught in the surf Friday morning. On a beach is all he is saying for location. photo from TC

The surf has a lot of short striped bass and a few keepers have been caught. Resident fish headed north into the Delaware Bay to spawn most likely. They all look like fat females loaded with eggs. Use bloodworm son top and bottom rigs or surf rigs. Lures are whatever your preference. You might need to switch up a few times to find what is working. That keeps changing. Red and white bucktails are usually the go to for this area. You want the best action go before it gets light out into the early morning. Night time is also the right time, but these shorts are hitting all day long for the most part up and down the beaches.

Now we just need the gator blues to show up early. Fishbites will start working once the water warms up more.

Have a great weekend!

Fish On!
Rich King

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