Fisherman Magazine Update

Saturday, May 21 is the start of the New Jersey summer flounder season – and while plenty of fluke have been caught and released in recent weeks by surfcasters and boaters alike on the hunt for big bluefish and striped bass, the weather could play a big part in Saturday’s festive fluking. According to NOAA, winds are expected out of the E/NE at 10 to 15 knots in the morning, gusting to 20 by afternoon with seas 3- to 5- and rain (heavy at times) anticipated. There’s a chance of rain Sunday morning with winds out of the NW to 10 knots, but definitely the better of the two days. By Monday, the start of the New Jersey black sea bass season, NOAA is predicting a much brighter forecast to begin the week. Striped bass action is really heating up off Central Jersey, reminiscent of those old “bunker busting” patterns of yore, with linesides in the 40- to 50-pound plus range going on the troll and with live baits. Bluefish are still there for the taking, while the Delaware Bay black drum bite should intensify with Saturday’s full moon.

 

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