|Summer has arrived, and so has the shark season! This weekend, Mako Mania and Mako Fever should put a fine sheen along the surface from the Glory Hole to the Texas Tower and about everywhere in between; big makos have been reported in recent weeks too, from the pair of 537-pounders in this week’s print version of The Fisherman’s NJ/DE edition, to the monster 780-pounder brought in to Montauk, NY over the weekend. While you’re set into that thousand-yard stare and hoping to see a float disappear, keep in mind that trophy striper action inshore off Sandy Hook has indeed been “off the hook” in recent days with fish caught and released up to 57 pounds (see the video for more on that live bunker trophy!) Fluke action is heating up, and at least one true doormat has been registered in the South Jersey surf – break out the light bucktails and hit the beach for your chance to score a Dream Boat entry. For yellowfin and bigeye, best bet has been Poor Man’s of late – but don’t worry, there’s more fish to come. Summer has only begun, and we’re only getting started for the 2017 season!
|Those wondering where all the giant stripers have gone, might want to look to the North Jersey coast for trophies like the 62.45-pounder for Capt. Rob Crocitto, or the 51-pounder for Stephen Germann on a trolled mojo. This week’s best trophy action has been from Long Branch to the Rocks, though stripers are still there for the taking in Central and South Jersey too, and plenty of bunker around for livelining opportunities as well. Fluke action has picked up significantly with the warming weather and increasing water temps; good bucktail action can be found in the South Jersey back bays as well as out along the beaches – party boats along the Raritan Bayshore are also doing well. This Sunday is Father’s Day, but sadly it also marks an end to the spring season of black sea bass at the Jersey Shore – 10 fish bag limit for the humpbacks is over as of Monday, so stock up now! Delaware Bay fleet still had the black drum through this past weekend’s full moon, while jetty weakfish action continues to produce in Cape May County. South winds and scattered showers and thunderstorms forecast for the region from Friday through Sunday and into Monday – get at ’em early and keep an eye on the sky!