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WHEN DOES STRIPER SEASON START in NJ

post #1 of 41
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I am new to Striped Bass Fishing in NJ, started late last year.. I fish on Long Beach Island.

Can anyone tell me when the Stripers start coming back up the coast and arrive in the NJ area ? I missed the early season last year and don;t want to miss it again

Thanks

Surfbrudda
post #2 of 41
the season opens back up in the bays on march 1. follow the crowds
post #3 of 41
If u like wind, cold, rain, and some snow, March 1st will b opening day.
post #4 of 41
If you sit behind your computer waiting for someone to post a report you will miss it again this year.

March 1st if you can handle the weather.
post #5 of 41
Im not sure why everyone believes March weather is 'soooo bad' . In my opinion, its not much dif. than the December weather we all subject ourselves to.
post #6 of 41
Early can be tough but guys do it and catch fish. Lotta bait slinging in the bays. I'm bugging out at this point. I'll probably try to make a trip in the middle of March.

John
post #7 of 41
I start plugging the beaches out front again in April....but thats just me.. For out back, the season opens March 1st, but thats bait and wait fishing... I'll do it, but I much rather be plugging.
post #8 of 41
Season opens March 1st but no one really starts fishing till about July 28th
post #9 of 41
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Originally Posted by BassinJ View Post
I start plugging the beaches out front again in April....but thats just me.. For out back, the season opens March 1st, but thats bait and wait fishing... I'll do it, but I much rather be plugging.

ill be pluggin! and not where everyone thinks!
post #10 of 41
Bait and wait? I catch alot of bass on plugs in march. Not outfow enhanced waters either.
post #11 of 41
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Bait and wait? I catch alot of bass on plugs in march. Not outfow enhanced waters either.



I'll be going out the first weekend of march trying some plugging and bait n wait. I want to see for myself what works best...
post #12 of 41
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Originally Posted by surfbrudda View Post
I am new to Striped Bass Fishing in NJ, started late last year.. I fish on Long Beach Island.

Can anyone tell me when the Stripers start coming back up the coast and arrive in the NJ area ? I missed the early season last year and don;t want to miss it again

Thanks

Surfbrudda



it doesn't : unfortunately the fish keep swimming by
post #13 of 41
earliest legal (+28") striper i ever caught was 3/16 on a jig.
and i agree with Randybunka, march is just like december in weather but since most of us have been sitting on our a$$es all winter it takes a couple weeks to get acclimated.
post #14 of 41
My season out front usually begins when I see the trucks start racing by, pencil poppers already rigged, cell phones in hand, cigarettes being flicked out the windows ....there's just no discreetness anymore

Usually I have been catching them in the back for a month prior in complete seclusion.
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I'll be going out the first weekend of march trying some plugging and bait n wait. I want to see for myself what works best...



I take that back, I just found this new rig i want to try. Its a hybrid of the clambrella, i heard guys were killing it last year with this.
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