So far, March has been more lion than lamb and it’s affecting striped bass and winter flounder fishermen. Wednesday’s nor’easter and snowfall set Raritan Bay water temperatures at Keansburg back by nearly 10 degrees. The U.S. Coast Guard buoy registered a chilly 33 degrees Thursday morning.
The bay temperatures have been erratic all week, fluctuating between the low 30s and low 40s. A consistent 45 degrees would bring more striped bass out scavenging the bottom for food. The water temps on the flats can warm up in a hurry. “If anybody gets anything, it’s going to be in the shallows,” said Phil Sciortino at the Tackle Box in Hazlet.
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