This Saturday ushers in what many consider the start of the spring fishing season in New Jersey. It's when the striped bass become legal in all state waters.
Keep in mind, however, that outside the state waters in the EEZ zone, there is a complete moratorium on the taking of striped bass throughout the year.
In all cases along the Delaware Bay, it is imperative that you use bloodworms, as other baits such as clams and bunker just do not produce. It is likewise important to observe closely the tides, as in many places there is little water left when the tide recedes. Fortescue is famous for this, as when the tide is low, even a long cast puts you in only a foot or so of water.
Of course the banks along the Delaware River will see some action this spring. Anywhere from Gloucester City down to the entrance of the bay can be counted on. This includes Beach Hill, River Winds, the Floodgates, Penns Grove, Pennsville and Elsinboro. These spots too have the bass demanding bloodworms.