Fisherman Magazine Update

The big story ringing in the New Year was the monster mako taken on an offshore black sea bass trip aboard the Voyager party boat out of Point Pleasant Beach. While our first story at pegged that fish at over 300 pounds, we’ve since spoken to “Mako Mike” Figueroa about his big mako landing on December 28 and figure that fish easily goes 400 closer to 500 pounds! See video of that monster being boated, plus learn more about the January 5 meeting in Galloway, NJ and the January 17 meeting in Dover, DE regarding the list of fluke options for 2017. A petition is underway with several thousand signatures already hoping to influence the incoming Trump administration to help make fluke fishing “great again” in the New Year. All that, plus the latest from the tautog grounds where this week’s top release of 14.8 pounds comes from 65 feet of water off the Jersey Coast. It’s all included in this week’s video forecast from the New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition of The Fisherman Magazine.

Slow days in between Christmas and New Year’s, but there is action to be found. Believe it or not, the Shore Catch guys have found midrange success on bluefin tuna off the Jersey Coast on Wednesday, while boats like the big Jamaica, the Gambler, Cape Queen Charters and others hope to get one last offshore sea bass trip in before the ball drops on the season late Saturday night. A few of the Central Jersey tackle shops are reporting on a picky surf bite, while tautog continue to keep most anglers busy at the filet table at ports from along the Raritan Bay down to Indian River Inlet in Delaware. An update from the fluke front, as the “missing option” has been plugged into the final ASMFC document which is shared in this week’s video forecast and posted online at The Fisherman’s homepage. Don’t forget, these options will be discussed in full on January 5, 2017 following the New Jersey marine fisheries council meeting in Galloway Township. Get more details in this week’s New Year’s Weekend video forecast for the New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition!


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