|Our staff is on the road again this week, this time for a Congressional Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy event on Capitol Hill. More on this to follow in The Fisherman and at TheFisherman.com. Summer variety is expanding along the Delaware and Jersey shore beaches, with a mix of triggers, sheepshead, brown and sandtiger sharks, butterfly and cow-nosed rays, and of course summer flounder. Cobia are beginning to pop up in off-the-cuff reports in the South/Central region, while the porgy action of late off North Jersey is definitely worth a look for those angling for the dinner table. There’s a $25,000 bounty for top doormat fluke of the weekend ahead, while tournament crews are actively gearing up now for the White Marlin Invitational starting next week out of Beach Haven. Offshore forecast from the Hudson to the Baltimore Canyon calls for 3 to 5’s and Friday, and 2 to 4’s and variable winds for Saturday, making a quick shot to the mid-range bluefin grounds or a day of trolling up yellowfin and bigeye on top of the “to do” list to kick this fourth weekend of July into gear.
While most of The Fisherman Magazine‘s staff is on the hunt for new product news to report back from the annual “ICAST” tackle convention in Orlando, FL, action along the New Jersey and Delaware coast is on the verge of “tackle busting” as the phenomenal bluefin bite continues. Mid-range locations like the Hot Dog and Hambone to the south, on up to the Triple Wrecks and Chicken Canyon farther north are yielding good numbers of bluefin, some surpassing the 200-pound mark. While NOAA’s offshore forecast shows 3 to 6’s through Friday night, swells subside into Saturday and Sunday with a good 2- to 3-foot window appearing all the way through Monday. The bays and rivers continue giving up some good fluke catches from the Navesink down to Paddy’s Hole, while some folks are looking to the artificial reef sites now in the hunt for doormats. Big news on the summer flounder front of course is news from the U.S. Department of Commerce that New Jersey’s regulations are fine as they are. Summer surf variety is increasing, with more kingfish reported, plenty of opportunities to stick a flounder dinner in the wash, while night sharking is on the uptick as well.