It's spring and it feels more like winter as we all know, and the combination isn't doing fishing much good right now.

Had some good reports from last weekend, however.

Striped bass are thick in the Barnegat Bay area. That's where Steve Purul, captain of the charter/open boat Reel Fantasea, put his crews on excellent striped bass action. They racked up 130 catch-and-release bass on two trips using light spinning gear. Last Friday's score was 50-plus. The high hook that day went to Bill Cohen with 17 hookups.

Purul adds winter flounder to the menu today as the season for that once-popular species opens. He has an open-boat combination striper and winter flounder back-bay trip scheduled for Sunday. Call 609-290-1217.

Purul advises anglers to dress warm.

That admonition applied just about all week with raw, damp, windy, rainy and of course the brief snow we have enjoyed. Point is, many anglers have not been stirring around lately.

They have seen a few at Capt. Howard's Bait and Tackle in Egg Harbor City. Howard Sefton and Donald Bondiskey are running a white perch contest from Capt. Howard's. They weighed a contender for the first-place prize of a $100 in-store gift certificate. Riley Blankenship picked a 1-pound, 3-ounce white perch on St. Patty's Day. Bondiskey said he used bloodworm as bait in Mullica River.

Because the weather of this past slowed things down, the contest has been extended to April 30. There is no entry fee and anglers have to sign up at Capt. Howard's on Philadelphia Ave. in EHC. Call 609-965-7599.

Bondiskey said Friday that despite the chill, the anglers who have been giving it a try are having "decent" fishing. The banks of the Mullica at Hay Road and the Green Bank and Lower Bank bridges.

Boat captains docked at Utsch's Marina in Cape May are getting cranked up. Fred Klug reported that five charterboat skippers are starting their spring operations today. They are Gone Fishing with Capt. Mark Elliott, Full Ahead with Capt. Bob Cope, Down Deep with Capt. Bob Meimbresse, Fishing Fever with Capt. Tom Daffin, and Northern Lights with Capt. T.J. Schwarzwalder.

Meimbresse and Schwarzwalder said they probably will head up into Delaware Bay and fish the "flats" to get things started.

Bob Duckenfield at Jim's Bait and Tackle in Cape May said he has also heard of some fish up there, but just like elsewhere recently few captains have been out so reports are scarce.

Ryan Haines and a few of his pals have been fishing the waters around Drag Island and the old Beesley's Point bridge on the Somers Point side. He reported to Ed Bronstein at Fin-Atics in Ocean City that he is excited that striper action back there is good despite chilly and sometimes cloudy water. Haines has been using bloodworm as bait and tossing lures.

Bronstein said the fishing piers on the Route 52 Bridge is also getting some play from anglers.

Striped bass catches were decent, even good sometimes, in Mullica River, from the sod banks at Graveling Point on Great Bay and in the warm-water streams around power plants.

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The winter flounder regulations are two fish daily possession limit with a 12-inch minimum. The season runs from today to May 21 in New Jersey.
 
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Many marinas along the coast were slammed by Sandy. One is North Point Marina in Brigantine owned by Donna Vanzant. Many people have stepped up to assist in the reconstruction. A Facebook page - rebuild north point marina - has been established for anyone interested in helping out.
 
Expecting to add some later.
 
It's spring and it feels more like winter as we all know, and the combination isn't doing fishing much good right now.
Had some good reports from last weekend, however.
Striped bass are thick in the Barnegat Bay area. That's where Steve Purul, captain of the charter/open boat Reel Fantasea, put his crews on excellent striped bass action. They racked up 130 catch-and-release bass on two trips using light spinning gear. Last Friday's score was 50-plus. The high hook that day went to Bill Cohen with 17 hookups.
Purul adds winter flounder to the menu today as the season for that once-popular species opens. He has an open-boat combination striper and winter flounder back-bay trip scheduled for Sunday. Call 609-290-1217.
Purul advises anglers to dress warm.
That admonition applied just about all week with raw, damp, windy, rainy and of course the brief snow we have enjoyed. Point is, many anglers have not been stirring around lately.
They have seen a few at Capt. Howard's Bait and Tackle in Egg Harbor City. Howard Sefton and Donald Bondiskey are running a white perch contest from Capt. Howard's. They weighed a contender for the first-place prize of a $100 in-store gift certificate. Riley Blankenship picked a 1-pound, 3-ounce white perch on St. Patty's Day. Bondiskey said he used bloodworm as bait in Mullica River.
Because the weather of this past slowed things down, the contest has been extended to April 30. There is no entry fee and anglers have to sign up at Capt. Howard's on Philadelphia Ave. in EHC. Call 609-965-7599.
Bondiskey said Friday that despite the chill, the anglers who have been giving it a try are having "decent" fishing. The banks of the Mullica at Hay Road and the Green Bank and Lower Bank bridges.
Boat captains docked at Utsch's Marina in Cape May are getting cranked up. Fred Klug reported that five charterboat skippers are starting their spring operations today. They are Gone Fishing with Capt. Mark Elliott, Full Ahead with Capt. Bob Cope, Down Deep with Capt. Bob Meimbresse, Fishing Fever with Capt. Tom Daffin, and Northern Lights with Capt. T.J. Schwarzwalder.
Meimbresse and Schwarzwalder said they probably will head up into Delaware Bay and fish the "flats" to get things started.
Bob Duckenfield at Jim's Bait and Tackle in Cape May said he has also heard of some fish up there, but just like elsewhere recently few captains have been out so reports are scarce.
Ryan Haines and a few of his pals have been fishing the waters around Drag Island and the old Beesley's Point bridge on the Somers Point side. He reported to Ed Bronstein at Fin-Atics in Ocean City that he is excited that striper action back there is good despite chilly and sometimes cloudy water. Haines has been using bloodworm as bait and tossing lures.
Bronstein said the fishing piers on the Route 52 Bridge is also getting some play from anglers.
Striped bass catches were decent, even good sometimes, in Mullica River, from the sod banks at Graveling Point on Great Bay and in the warm-water streams around power plants.