Fisherman Magazine Update

For many surfcasters, the countdown to the March 1 back bay striped bass opener in New Jersey has officially entered the homestretch during the first full week of February. Tautog continue to offer the best bet for boats leaving ports from the Highlands in New Jersey to Indian River Inlet in Delaware, though weekly trips to the offshore wrecks for cod and jumbo porgies continue out of Manasquan Inlet (including one offshore weakfish reported on the Jamaica!) With plenty of open water in the local lakes and rivers, freshwater action is keeping many casters busy on inland waters, though a dedicated handful continue tossing small plastics and dunking clams in the wash in hopes of a stray striper. Creek perch fishing should get to an earlier than normal start this month for those folks looking to for light tackle grass shrimp action. Big news this week is the Virginia meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) where NJDEP Commission Bob Martin testified early on February 2 in favor of “status quo” measures on summer flounder for 2017. Get details from last Friday’s fluke rally at Point Pleasant Beach and Commissioner Martin’s line in the sand on new regulations, while also get a glimpse at some of the weekend events for anglers in New Jersey and Delaware who are looking to gear up for the 2017 run.
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