Fisherman Magazine Update

One week after the first weakfish is reported behind Sea Isle, the Crudele boys strike again by landing the state’s first reported bluefish! With the weaks and blues both in, it’s only a matter of time before the first reports of black drum begin to arrive on the Delaware side of the big bay, or perhaps behind Absecon and Little Egg where dinner drum in the 15- to 25-pound range are apt to show first. Along the Raritan, the striper bite has exploded for trollers running mojos, shads and plugs like the Yo-Zuri deep diver, Bomber CD, Mann’s Stretch and Rapala X-Rap. Active stripers have been feeding on herring schools under diving gannets, so much of the action can also be had on soft plastics. As of Thursday morning, April 7, ocean water temperatures in our region from north to south were 46.4 degrees at Sandy Hook, 48.9 degrees at Atlantic City and 49.3 degrees at Lewes, DE. The week’s cold snap seems to have pulled coastal water temps down a touch, but perhaps that will be to our advantage in the coming days when air temps begin to rise again into the 50’s. Opening day of trout season in New Jersey on Saturday has many anglers looking to head inland this weekend, though the Shark River Surf Anglers annual kids tournament at Spring Lake will certainly keep that shore town busy with young trout anglers on Saturday!



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