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Ahhh... Spring is in the air and the fishing is improving day by day. :)

OK - I've been getting lots of inquiries about what's happening... so I figured I just as well post it here.

So, here it is…

Freshwater Scene:
The Reservoirs and Lakes are free of ice at last! What does that mean? It means that I will be heading there for some slabs and harass some large pickerel with my ultralight outfits.

Well, today is the official opening day and I can assure you that there are lots of trout in our local waters! I've been pretty quiet but the truth is... I've been playing with those fishes every chance that I get. ;)

Connetquot: I also fished it yesterday and I am happy to inform you that there are plenty of trout to be had! I fished several beats and found plenty of Brookies and Rainbows. The Browns were difficult to find but I did sight see several.

In fact, several notable fishers like Nick Karas, Al Ristori, Fred Golofaro, Vince Sparano, the Shimano management and other industry sharpies were there! We were all having a great time and the key was the reliable wooly buggers and #14 nymphs! ;)

Saltwater scene:
Well, what can I say?... The blues are already in Cape May chasing Mackerel. There are reports of Stripers along the NJ shores, which means the migration from the Chesapeake Bay and Hudson is in full speed! There are also small pods of bunker in local places and there are a few bass in our waters too.

In fact, the Little Neck Bay area has been hosting some schoolies and pretty soon, the large will be there. :)

Flounder report is finally looking promising but I still believe that we may need to do some drastic changes to this fishery! Reliable friends are giving me reports that certain spots in Jamaica Bay, North shore and Great South Bay has been producing some impressive fish. The key was chum, mussel and sandworm.

Codfishing: I saw Frank Sellitto and Capt. Huck this weekend and they tell me the fishing is pretty good! In fact, my bud Capt. Bobby Rochetta and his friends had a phenomenal day last week on the Helen H. (Massachusetts).

The Montauk cod fishing scene is OK with a few days of quality cod. A good friend fished with Capt. Urvalek from the Karen Sue the past few weeks and they had some decent innings.

No signs of weakies yet but I am sure this cold winter is pushing everything back in two weeks or so.

Also, the new April 15 Striped Bass opening day is going to be in affect... and the controversial 2 fish agenda will be on the table for next year. As for the toggers out there... This year the one blackfish limit for June 1 - Oct.1 will be closed! That's right... We had to reduce it by 37% take and this was the best alternative.

As for the scup lovers out there.... this year, there will be no close season and there is a bag limit of 50 and it must be a minimal of 10".

How about our Fluke fishery?... There is a minimal size limit of 17" and the take is 7. I also believe that there is no close season.

all in all, there is just too much to report…. So, I am gonna stop it here. :)

Anyone wants to elaborate? Do you have any questions or want to give a report?

"Crazy" Alberto
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hey al!

where should i fish for bass on opening day? lets make up for flounder's opening day.

its good to hear about the bass season opening up early..where can we find the current updated regulations online?


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April 15??

I just need a confirmation on that date on the opener for striped bass. Is 4/15 right? If so, man that's early. I checked the regulations on this site and they have it as 5/8. I guess that's last years.
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