|While temperatures are expected to climb somewhere into the 50-degree range, a little bit of rain is also in the outlook through this coming weekend. The NOAA Marine forecast for inshore waters from Friday through the early part of Sunday looks good though, which is welcome news to those looking to get out to score on tautog off the New Jersey and Delaware coast in the next few days, as we report on several double-digit blackfish from local wrecks and reefs. Party boats hitting the offshore grounds are finding good fishing for cod, jumbo porgies and the occasional pollock, while jetty jocks are hanging sabiki rigs at the inlets for a little light tackle herring or tossing small plugs and bucktails and the occasional striper in the surf. Some folks have stumbled into a surprising bite on striped bass in the back bays of New Jersey, but as a reminder that you’re not allowed to target stripers (no, not even catch and release legally) in the back bays, creeks and rivers in the Garden State until March 1. For those keeping tabs at home, that’s a little over five weeks before winter flounder and bass on!
Rainy Thursday leads off the weekend report, though truth be told, at least the arctic grip didn’t last that long. Perhaps ice fishermen would prefer the deep freeze, but warmer temps could lead to more party and charter boat opportunities along the coast in the weekend ahead as ling, cod, porgy, and blackfish lead the offshore charge. Mackerel reports just a few miles off the Jersey Shore are keeping many rail-huggers in good form, and a few short stripers are still whacking plastics in the wash, with sand eel imitations on teasers doing the job for some. With the start of a New Year, that also means it’s show time in New Jersey, as the first of the 2017 outdoor shows opens Thursday through Sunday, January 12-15, with the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show in Edison, NJ! Join us this week at booth #333, renew your subscription to The Fisherman Magazine, and get a gift from Star. Details in the January edition in homes and newsstands now!