Fisherman Magazine Update

With the three-day weekend ahead marking the unofficial start of another summer and an influx of shore visitors, we’re also seeing a heavy influx of heavy striped bass. While many folks will be turning to back bay and inshore fluke on a rainy start of New Jersey’s summer flounder season on Thursday, May 25 (yes, it’s officially underway folks, just as we said in our Monday news bulletin), trolling Majas, plugs and mojos will also score big stripers from Long Beach north to Long Branch. Livelining bunker is also taking a fair share of monsters. For surfcasters, plugs have taken a few good fish in recent days, but bunker chunks lead the way with the largest surf-caught striper of the 2017 season thus far, a 57.4-pounder on LBI earlier this week; another near ’50’ comes by way of Brigantine Jetty as well. The Cape May County tiderunner weakfish run is well underway, while on both sides of Delaware Bay black drum are keeping heavy rods bent. Boats from Indian River and Lewes on the Delaware side have been on the black sea bass for weeks, while New Jersey officially reopens as of Friday the 26th with a 10-fish bag and 12-1/2-inch size limit. As you’re enjoying the fishing time with family and friends, be sure to take time this Memorial Day weekend to remember those who gave everything in defense of a proud nation!
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