Fisherman Magazine Update

Gary Thompson’s 15-pound, 3-ounce doormat (caught on a 4-ounce Spro) caught this week aboard the Captain John out of Keyport along the Raritan Bayshore is the region’s biggest reported fluke of the season, but it’s only just getting started! “The fluking in the bay this season has been fantastic so far. We haven’t seen it like this since before Hurricane Sandy,” is the word we got directly from the skipper who said they’re finding big fish deep in the channels now. More and more fluke are sliding into the front side beaches of late, so make sure you bring the bucktails and Gulp! along during your family trip to the beach this holiday weekend. A few good stripers are still taking baits in the Central and North Jersey surf, while a few summer visitors like kingfish and sandbars are showing up along the Southern region. A pretty good looking offshore forecast throughout most of the region as big threshers have been caught in recent days (one topping 500 pounds brought in to Brielle on Wednesday) – best bet for yellowfin is in the southern canyons starting around the Wilmington or Poormans 100 fathom line, while bluefin have been picked from areas around the Princess Wreck to the Chicken Canyon out to the southeast corner of the Hudson Canyon. Check with your favorite shops in the NJ/DE region for the latest intel – and remember New Jersey, you get a pair of black sea bass back for your bag on July 1, so grab a spot along the rails and celebrate Independence Day with family and friends!

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