Fisherman Magazine Update

“What a difference a week makes,” is the word on fluke action in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region. Cape May County reports have a few more flatfish reports in the back bay, while some sizeable sheepshead have shown up in the mix as well. Good reports from the deeper inshore hotspots from the Old Grounds and Cape May Reef, on up to Barnegat Light and Axel Carlson to the north. The deepwater doormat action continues on the Raritan Bay with more fish to over 13 pounds reported in recent days. Offshore action continues as bluefin are taking jigs 30 to 40 miles out, while big mahi are starting to spice up the catch as well. More sharks are showing up inshore and along beaches, with some of these toothy critters also surprising folks in the back bay at times. If you’re spending time along the beach with family at all this weekend on the Jersey Shore or Delaware coast, be sure to bring the light jigs, bucktails and Gulp as fluke and kingfish are providing good light-tackle action on those sunny, summer days.

While many have been wading through short fish, we’re getting more and more reports (and photos too) to show that big fluke are on the feed in local waters, especially the deeper channels of the Raritan Bay. Back side producers this week also include Shark River’s North Channel (10-pound, 2-ounce fluke), the Research Buoy at Barnegat (9-pound fluke), and the deep side of the Fish Factory (9.7 pounds). The weekly reports from The Fisherman Magazine also have tabbed “red hot fluking” at many of New Jersey’s artificial reefs as well. Spanish mackerel have shown up at Fenwick Shoal off Delaware in what could prove to be an earlier than usual bite of speedsters along the inshore lumps this summer, while farther offshore we’ve gotten reports of bigeye at the Toms and good bluefin action 40 miles off the coast. The offshore forecast from NOAA for Friday, July 8th into Saturday the 9th looks especially good which could prompt better bluefin reports in particular by Monday as more anglers press deeper in search of these bruisers; it’s been mostly a troll bite of late but better numbers of hot fish could kick the jig and topwater bite into gear. For Jersey surfcasters, the fluke bite is intensifying, as is the night shark bite; a few weakfish reports still scattered along out front, and kingfish and triggers round out the mix of beachfront action.



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