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Went out of Cape May around 7:45 and headed for the Bay. Wind was light and out of the North. Water temperature ranged between 44 and 46. A little on the cold side but still within striper comfort range. Four of us were aboard and it was close to 9:00 AM when we got our lines in the water. The bait was surf clam and we targeted the lower bay. There were some rumors of stripers being caught but the catch was, so far very light. At the first stop, we saw three other boats in close. We stayed there until high tide, about noon. Nada! Made four or five more moves. More of the same. Finally, around 3:30 PM, we pulled anchor for the last time and headed for the slip. No hits, no runs, no errors and no fish in the cooler. A little early? If and when they will arrive, in earnest, is the question.
 

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Thanks for the report! They should be showing up in the bay anytime now. Good luck!
 

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thx for the post Bee. We are waiting upstream for the spring run:thumbsup:
 

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How deep?

What were the depths did you fish.
Went out of Cape May around 7:45 and headed for the Bay. Wind was light and out of the North. Water temperature ranged between 44 and 46. A little on the cold side but still within striper comfort range. Four of us were aboard and it was close to 9:00 AM when we got our lines in the water. The bait was surf clam and we targeted the lower bay. There were some rumors of stripers being caught but the catch was, so far very light. At the first stop, we saw three other boats in close. We stayed there until high tide, about noon. Nada! Made four or five more moves. More of the same. Finally, around 3:30 PM, we pulled anchor for the last time and headed for the slip. No hits, no runs, no errors and no fish in the cooler. A little early? If and when they will arrive, in earnest, is the question.
 

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Get it started Bay Bee! Don't forget to smack them on the tail and send them in a generally northern direction :D
 

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Thanks for posting. Dunking the boat on April 15th. I'm either going to fish the back bays for flatties (catch and release) or hunt down the stripers. All depends on the weather and the fishing reports.:thumbsup:
 

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gotta love the effort but the waters to cold but these females are on a time schedule so soon and the shad and herring also time will tell
 
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