Bass are starting their spawn and fisherman are starting to bring in some lunker bass.  I caught this 4.7 oz. large-mouth in a shallow cedar lake in Medford NJ.

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I've had success in the last 4 or 5 days on Gary Yamamoto pumpkin colored plastic baits,

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hooked in the middle with a smaller hook.

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Reports of nice stripers being caught in the middle and lower end of Barnegat Bay by using bucktail and live bait.  The wait continues for the big 40 lb.-class stripers chasing bunker off the beach to heat up.   They should be coming sometime soon though so stay tuned!