Fishing Report: April 18-24

Sorry everyone I know I skipped the report last week but I was really busy with work and it was really just more of the same s@$%..good bass fishing in the Raritan. This week I was finally able to get some reports from the guys further south who finally got some decent conditions to fish in. I fished Raritan with my father Monday and we got shut out the fish just would not cooperate and by mid afternoon we stopped marking any life at all but it sounds like fishing has since picked back up again.

North Jersey:

Fisher Price IV Captain Derek Bielitz had this to say about fishing out of Atlantic Highlands this week. “Beginning of the week was tough for us. Mid week the bite picked up. We have been chunking and live lining and have had some great trips. Friday morning was the best trip of the year for us with over 40 big bass being landed up to 43 lbs. The past few trips have all seen our under limits being boxed with fish averaging 14 – 25 lbs and bigger ones in the 30 pound class being landed.” To get in on the action call Capt. Derek at 732-861-3394 or email him at



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Captain Kris Black has been doing great in the Raritan Bay as usual and is doing whatever he needs to do to get fish in the boat trolling, chunking, jigging, and live lining. It seems as though any given hour these fish are looking for something different and some trips have been better than others but they are consistently sending there charters home with easy limits. I have heard that bluefish are starting to show up as well so hopefully that won’t shut the bass bite down. Give Captain Kris a call or text 732-312-6878 to book a charter or get a spot on an open boat.


South Jersey

Captain Skip on the Stalker II was finally able to get out and do some bass fishing on the Delaware Bay and this is what he had to say about it. “Overall Striper fishing has been very solid. Most customers are going home with at least one decent striper per trip. We’ve had stripers to near 30lbs on recent trips and I know of at least 5 fish taken this week over 40lbs. We still have some Open Boat slots for the remainder of the spring striper season. Just give me a call 609-972-5218”


1458048652065 Captain Phil Leo has had a pretty good week of blackfishing out of Cape May on the Pura Vida. Monday and Tuesday saw limits of quality fish with double digit fish of 15, 12.1, and 11.9lbs and fishing was a little slower the rest of week with smaller fish. Today was a slow day but a 13lb fish highlighted the day. To book a trip with Captain Phil or get a spot on an open boat call 609-400-1575.




In the backwaters of Ocean City Captain Brian Williams of Badfish Charters has gotten his season started and sent over this great report.

“Well this week started off for me by making my annual migration back up from a winter guiding in SW florida, trading the beginnings of the snook and tarpon bite, for the already in full-swing spring striped bass bite.

Plenty of Smaller males (20-30” range) to  be found earlier this week in some instances if you found the fish it was a nearly every cast affair. With the DOA 3” shad taking top honors as being the offering of choice for me and many others that these fish just couldn’t resist.   This bite slowly tapered down all week into this evening as I type this shortly after returning from a quick early evening trip with a few fish but not the same bite as earlier in the week.  This I can attribute as an annual occurrence as most of those fish from earlier in the week have quickly moved up our rivers now to spend the next few days meeting up with the female bass at a place called the sweetwater singles bar.  And pending on the water temps being just right and the salinity balance being to their liking we can hope for a successful spawn and many more striper for years to come.

After this full moon passes in just a few days its safe to assume things will break loose once again with not only the smaller male striper making moves out of the rivers but also expect a few more very large female fish to be landed as well.

It is also important to remind everyone to take extra care of these larger female fish when landing them, try to make it a point to make short order of how long they are out of the water for, take that quick photo and take you’re time reviving them as these bass are the future of our fishery and in the case of these large females, hold the genetics to reproduce many more striper capable of breaking that coveted 50lb mark.

I am now fishing every day so call or email to book and get in on this great spring fishery!”

To get in touch with Capt. Brian you can call 856-371-4346 or email



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