Fisherman Magazine Update

Run and gun fishing is underway in the North Jersey region – no secret here, it’s actually be going on for weeks now as folks race from blitz to blitz with swim shads and poppers to throw under wheeling and diving birds. But, as more of these stripers corral bait on the outgoing tide on the Raritan Bay west of Sandy Hook, with new bodies of fish from off the South Shore of Long Island beginning to arrive, the formation of a pending striper storm has casters along the front beaches chomping at the bit. Based on conditions all around us, it’s bound to break wide open in November! This week, a few bodies of fish are popping up here and there – wireliners are finding a.m. action at the Rocks and sometimes along the fence, while nearer inshore pods of whales showing off Seaside and Atlantic City reveal good schools of bait in the area. Good time to prospect with spoons, mojos and plugs until you perhaps find one of those blitzing schools to `run and gun’ all your own until the fleet finds you! Given last week’s horrible weather, consider this the start of the black sea bass season on Saturday and Sunday in New Jersey and Delaware – if you’re planning on hitting the wrecks, get to your favorite boat early as it should be a fairly full along the rail as folks ply for that 15-fish bag limit. Remember to bring those 5-plus-better humpbacks in to a participating Dream Boat weigh-station for your chance to win the Cobia center console!

This Saturday, October 22, black sea bass season reopens with 15 fish and a 13-inch size limit in New Jersey, and a 15 fish bag limit and 12-1/2-inch size limit in Delaware. By all recent accounts, big humpbacks are big and plentiful along the local wrecks, with anglers and captains alike chomping at the bit to get back on the grounds. If you’re hitting the party boats first thing Saturday morning, consider calling ahead or checking websites first on Friday – winds are expected to build out of the W/NW Friday into Saturday, with gusts up to 30 knots expected Saturday and 4- to 6-foot seas; for those boats that are sailing Saturday morning for the wrecks, you’ll want to get there early to secure a spot along the rail! The W/NW winds expected from Friday night throughout the weekend could really get the bait on the move; there’s still plenty of plenty bunker in area canals and lagoons, with the first waves of big striped bass having just arrived. Solid jig action under birds and breaking to start the week up on the Raritan, while in this week’s video forecast we have solid fish in the 40- and upper 40-pound range in the North/Central range being taken on the troll. Beach bite comes alive on LBI with a body of arriving fish now on the move south, with one 50-incher also reported off Cape May Beach. Single tog sedge and jetty action remains hot in Jersey, while Delaware anglers continue to enjoy a five fish bag at the Outer Wall.

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