I also beleive your correct on this Bill! I grew up in Essington And that area of the Delaware River was known as the Dead Zone Oxygen depleation and chemical polution had reached a point that every spring and summer there were massive fish kills.Originally posted by NJAngler Bill:
Lou Rodia has told me stories of striper fishing "back in the day" in Cape May - in the back bays and from Cold Spring jetty - that would knock your socks off. I'm sure it wasn't as good as what we've got now, but it was pretty darn good for those few anglers who really targeted them.
However, I think that great run of big bass in the 60's and 70's happened primarily from Barnegat Inlet north to New England. I believe this was Chesapeake Stock. I still think many of the bass caught in and around the Delaware Bay estuary these days are local fish, and I don't believe the Delaware River produced many striped bass in the 60's and 70's.
Bottom line is that the success of the Delaware River as a spawning area for stripers is the primary reason why the striper fishing is so good year-round in South Jersey. That's the difference between then and now. My .02.
During the mid 60's my father moved our charter boat a 38' Colonial BlueFinn III to 15 st marina Barnegat Light and we enjoyed the Good Old days,Filling galvanized trash cans with big strippers every trip,conservation was not an issue then and it was thought that the seas were an endless bounty of fish for the takeing. I also fished the sod banks behind Axels Duck farm on the causeway going into LBI my first introduction to the Striper from shore.