I decided to pursue other fish, like walleyes and smallmouth bass. I tied on a small chartreuse tube and began fishing. Remembering a smallmouth bass fishing video I watched, I decided to cast onto the foam under the dam. Reeling in, I was just about to lift up my tube for a recast when a fished literally smashed it on the surface. The fish wasn't big, but it sure was aggressive! I was thinking smallmouth until the fish flashed. STRIPER! I lifted it out of the water and it was mine. My first Striped Bass! I thought they only came in the spring on the Raritan. I have to admit, it was minuscule, but hey it's a striper! I was happy, since 20 years ago the Raritan was a nasty, polluted cesspool devoid of stripers.
A half hour later my mom and sister joined me for a riverbank picnic. I declined in favor of continuing fishing. Under the same foam mat, I hooked another striper, this time a bit larger but still tiny.
Another guy came to fish and snagged a huge hybrid pushing 15 pounds, released to live another day.
With this big guy and stories of muskie, walleye, and quillbacks, I can't wait to return!