Kensdock report: Striper season opens today

It is the first day of striper season in the NJ back bay areas today. The first stripers of the season in  Cape May co. are usually taken around the  power plant in upper twp.. The power plant must be discharging  hot water for the bite to start. Figuring out when this will take place can be difficult, as they consider this information security sensitive. A few striper sharps have somehow figured out the plant schedule, I look for them to catch the first bass of the season.  The large amount of north east storms this winter have carved out new fishing holes in the back waters and the beach front. All the sand they pumped on to the beach last fall in Stone Harbor NJ is completely gone.The jetties are now exposed and extend into the ocean at low tide! Last spring the striper fishing  along the beach front was excellent, with bass in the 30-40 pound class caught just about ever fishable tide. A good way to find some new spring striper hot spots is to scan the area you will be fishing  with binoculars at low tide. Look along the sod banks for deep spots, the surf for cuts, also check the mud flats for new cuts and holes. Some of the areas you find may never pan out, others will. Take time to scan the marsh,
     due to the snow and ice cover the marsh grass has been cut down to mud in a lot of areas. Thousands of acres of the invasive phragmites have also been pushed down by the snow, what a beautiful view without them in the way. 

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