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Kenney: Turn up the bass on fishing season

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The striped bass bite is on again in the Hudson River above the George Washington Bridge. That word comes from anglers near Croton and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge area.

It is welcome news, too, since fishing had slowed due to recent heavy rain and then murky run-off.

Anglers are enticing keepers with bloodworms and fresh bait.

Meanwhile, Capt. Chris, on one of his Island Current trips from City Island in Long Island Sound, continues his successful scouting for winter flounder around Oyster Bay.

And on the other side of Long Island, Capt. Dave Paris on his Capt. Dave III from Sheepshead Bay, plans more of his productive daytime flounder fishing in Jamaica Bay.

But he’s also looking forward to launching his nightly evening striped bass trips with today’s opening of New York’s marine bass fishing season. The skipper’s first destination: clamming in Raritan Bay.

Just like New York’s family-oriented special nautical events, such as the “I Fish New York” series, the Garden State conducts its own variety.

Reminder: the following all require adult 2016 registration in New Jersey’s free Saltwater Recreational Registry.

For example, there’s the Governor’s annual Surf Fishing Tournament at Ocean Beach State Park on Sunday, May 15.

Celebrating its 25th year, it is billed as the Jersey Shore’s largest surf fishing contest. It draws anglers of all ages and abilities. Also, wheelchairs are available if needed to compete.

Several varieties of fish are included, with winners in each category.

Although early registration closes today, participants can still register early in the morning on contest day.

Registration fees are $ 20 for ages 18 and over. Teens 13 to 17 are $ 5. And kids 12 and under are free.

By comparison to that long-lived tournament, another program, with four offerings conducted by the state’s Natural Resource Eduction Center on Sedge Island (part of Island Beach State Park) is only in its third year.

Limited space is still available in its Fishing Experience offering, which includes practice and techniques of all variety – namely by boat, kayak or surf casting. It is a four-day program geared for seventh- eighth- and ninth-graders of all abilities.

There are two sessions, one on June 23 and the other on Aug. 25. The all-inclusive cost is $ 475(some scholarships available).

Space is also available for the Barnegat Bay Field and Research, which is limited to 14 high-school age students. This session runs from July 6-12. The fee is $ 770, also all-inclusive. For info, phone Karen Byrne at (609) 748-4347. For more information, head to njfishandwildlife.com.

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