Fisherman Magazine Update

If your freezer’s looking a bit empty, consider a weekend trip to the reefs and wrecks to stock up on fluke filets. The deepwater haunts especially have been producing better numbers of keepers, with improved reports from nearly all the reef sites from Axel Carlson south to Cape May and also the Old Grounds. Big bucktails with 6-inch Gulp! “curly tail” grubs are scoring good fish in tight to the structure, and with the presence of peanuts and snappers you don’t want to ignore the strip bait opportunities. While you’re working those snags, keep a spin outfit and bucktail handy (or a live peanut bunker ready to toss) as mahi have been making a showing in close, with a chicken or two even reported along the beach. Spanish mackerel and bonito are also in tighter to local inlets, with trolled Clark spoons getting the job done. Great weather conditions offshore this week for the MidAtlantic tournament out of Cape May and Ocean City, MD – top fish as of the start of day 4 on Thursday include a 77-pound white marlin (MJOLNIR), a 230-pound bigeye (Pez Machine), and a 432-pound blue marlin (Fantasia.) There are big fish at the canyons, and once the tournament ends on Friday, you should find lighter traffic offshore on Saturday and Sunday with fair winds and calm seas reported by NOAA.

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