The blackfish and cod action continues for those looking to hop aboard one of the local ‘for hire’ boats – while it is the dead of winter, there are plenty of captains continuing to sale throughout the month of February, and with unseasonably warm conditions this week many anglers are taking advantage of that opportunity. A few resident striped bass can probably be fooled with a bucktail or swim shad around many of the jetties and inlets, though most casters are anxiously awaiting the start of the back bay striper season as of March 1. Boaters on the other hand had February 1 circled as the date that the State of New Jersey officially implemented the 3.5% tax rate on boat purchases – the 50% tax reduction was signed into law by Governor Christie in December, and as of this week’s Atlantic City Boat Show, you can enjoy this wonderful tax relief on any new boat purchase in the state. The Fisherman has partnered with the Recreational Fishing Alliance this week at the AC Boat Show with an outstanding seminar line-up, everything from blackfish to tuna – come see us in booth #824 in the back near the fishing seminar stage!
Beaches from Cape Henlopen in Delaware on up along the North Jersey coast were pounded by waves last week, while Cape May County businesses and homeowners fought to keep record high tides at bay! The mounds of snow left behind from the brutal nor’easter have been gradually melting away this week thanks to much milder weather, and hopefully temperatures into the 40’s by the weekend (as high as the 50’s by Monday) should do away with much of the remaining white stuff. A few boats along the Central and North Jersey coast have already returned to the offshore cod, ling and porgy grounds, and with winds mostly W/SW this weekend at 10 to 15 knots and seas 2- to 4-foot on Saturday and Sunday, a weekend headboat trip could be the perfect cure for your cabin fever. Local ice fishermen are finally able to venture out on safer ice throughout the region, with perch and pickerel reported at some perennial coldwater hotspots. Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the Atlantic City Boat Show next week running from Wednesday through Friday (February 3-7) with a line-up of fishing seminars presented by the RFA and The Fisherman Magazine. One month to go before the back bay striper season reopens in New Jersey!
STATE RECORD WEB SIGHT – http://www.fish.state.pa.us/bigfish.htm
MOSTER CATFISH MUST SEE – http://shanghaiist.com/2007/08/11/amazingly_huge.php
FISHING PICTURES – http://www.darkroastedblend.com/2008/04/out-of-this-world-fishing.html