Scrubby Rack Buck - If I can get you out on one of my buddies' boats before June 15th, I'll try to give it a shot, but it's a very long shot, as they are very secretive about the "hot spots" that we fish in the rivers and in the bays, and usually it's just the same four of us fishing their two boats that I mentioned above. [down]
Right now is the time to be fishing the Pebble Beach/Keyport, Union Beach, Keansburg, and the Staten Island boundary waters across the bay for Stripers.
There are some areas up near Keyport that you can fish from the shoreline to catch Stripers at Pebble Beach and the surrounding area - See Chris at Crabby's Bait and Tackle Shop (Crabby's Bait & Tackle 229 W Front St Keyport 732-335-9311) for information as to where to go to fish the shoreline. I remember that there is a small parking area and a trail that leads down to the beach where guys fish for Stripers all day and night at Pebble Beach. A 10' - 12' Surf rod and fresh clams tied on a single or double hook Striper Clam Rig with "Stretchy String" and a 1 - 4 oz. sinker will do the trick to get you into these babies!!!! Note that the tide comes in fast there, and you may get stuck on/in a swampy island there if you're not paying attention. [up]
Also, tell Chris at Crabby's that you are interested in checking out Chris Sauerwein's CC Fly by Night Teasers and Bucktails. My buddy Chris Sauerwein makes these handmade in Sand Eel and Peanut Bunker colors - they glow in the dark and are proven to be deadly on all species of saltwater fish found in the area.
The Stripers will chase the bunker into the rivers in a few more weeks, and action should be hot and heavy on live bunkers, live herring, bunker &/or herring chunks, or my favorite: WildEye Storm Shads 5"/6" Bunker colored lures fished off of a Shakespeare Ugly Stick and Penn Graphite Reel or Spinfisher 4500 with 20# Test Power Pro Line (6# test diameter) attached to a 150# Black barrel swivel and 50# mono leader line, until mid-June, but things start to wind down then.[up]
My little 16' Sylvan is no match for the bay, especially when the wind usually kicks up out of the South every day at 2:00/3:00 PM - It makes for one hell of a long, wet, and sometimes dangerous ride back to Oceanport where I put my boat in at the ramp. [sad][down]