Fisherman Magazine Update

“Good bite off Deal tonight,” read the circulating text messages on Tuesday night, as trophy stripers continued to pile on bunker schools along the Jersey Coast. Slightly reminiscent of the outstanding spring run of years past, big bass in the 30-, 40-, 50-pound and up class have been blasting bunker, smacking spoons, and piling on plugs, when the conditions are right. Those who prefer sleeping in have been heading farther offshore towards the line as the sun gets higher in the late spring sky, but the action continues along the Central and North Jersey Coast (with whales and threshers showing as well!) Weakfish action continues in Cape May County, while black drum are stretched along the coast with an 80-pounder boated in Sandy Hook this week (on a parachute jig no less!) The summer flounder bite is heating up, which is good news along the Jersey coast with the temporary closure of black sea bass. Big makos in the 300-pound class and up are there in the slick, though windy offshore conditions have made getting there and back a strategic endeavor – success in the South Jersey shark tournament last weekend, while tournament organizers in Point Pleasant keep a watchful eye on the NOAA forecast for this weekend’s rescheduled Mako Mania showdown.

Yet another 50-plus-pound striper is scored along the Jersey Shore this past weekend, this one taken 2 miles out on a jigged plastic shad away from the fleet! Reports of another “48” released on the Raritan early this week, and spoon-fed “50-1/2” off Island Beach State Park late Wednesday – as quickly as we can get updates together for our weekly video, more reported big stripers are being weighed in! Cape May County’s night weakfish bite is going strong with Dream Boat weigh-ins reported on an almost weekly basis, while the drum bite on Delaware Bay continues to shine with more boomers also showing along the beaches at Brigantine and Seaside. A patch of peculiar weather rolled through the region this week, with strange cloud formations to start the week in our southern region and fast-moving thunderstorms packed with 60 mph winds in the central/north by midweek. Behind those recent systems arrive offshore breezes predominantly from the W/NW which could put bunker schools tight to the beaches early morning this weekend with trophy stripers continuing to take live baits, spoons, plugs and plastic shads – it should make for a busy day on the sharking grounds this Saturday, catch ‘em up guys!

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