Fisherman Magazine Update

As the sun gets ready to set on yet another season, don’t forget about black sea bass – local party boats are sailing offshore up until the December 31 closure along the Atlantic Coast and hitting a few certified humpbacks in the 5- and 6-pound range. Large porgies are also in the mix, as well as a mixed bag of cod. Big blackfish are still moving east and well within range for most of the fleet, with more than a few teen-size tautog caught (and even released as you’ll see in this week’s video report!) Milder temperatures for the Christmas holiday weekend, and despite the rain forecast for Saturday there’s still a good shot of plugging up a striper or two along the front beaches, with metal-lips, swim shads and even pencils scoring a few small fish. For those on the troll, we’re still getting reports of good-size striped bass whacking at mojos and plugs throughout the range, though most of the bigger fish have moved south along the Virginia coast for the winter. We’ve also got the posted update on the fluke fiasco, with new details on a January 5, 2017 meeting in Galloway, NJ to speak your peace. Catch ‘em up with family and friends – and from all of us at The Fisherman Magazine, a happy Hanukkah and a very, Merry Christmas.

The Fisherman’s Weekly Report – Fluke Decision ‘16 This week’s video forecast is from Baltimore, MD where fisheries managers this week took action on the 2017 summer flounder season. A binder full of fluke options is forthcoming after Wednesday’s vote, through New York is expected to insert one more management option on Monday for electronic vote by state reps. What it means for our area is that NJ could get lumped in with the CT/NY region again for a two at 19-inch size limit and cutback in allowable fishing days for 2017, though a three at 18-inch option under state-by-state would give Garden State anglers a ridiculously short season of 81 days. Delaware coastal anglers should also be ready for some type of cut, with size limit options ranging from 16 or 17 inches on up to 19 inches. Consider this a developing story as season, size and bag limit options wind through the regulatory process, but there’s also good news from Baltimore with regard to New Jersey’s “pots off reef” issue. Breaking news and fishing forecast in this cold snap posted now with our weekly fishing reports.

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