Fisherman Magazine Update

On September 21, 1982, surfcaster Al McReynolds pulled his 78-pound, 8-ounce World Record striper from the Vermont Avenue jetty in Atlantic City during September Nor’easter in the midst of the mullet run. With Jose passing offshore, generating big swells and sending steady 10- to 15-knot winds our way this weekend, it’s not hard for some casters to dream of lightning striking twice along the Jersey Shore. Peanut bunker and finger mullet have been stacked up behind the inlets and beginning to push out front along the beach, so this week’s heave could kick the fall run into high gear for the days and weeks ahead. Weakfish catch reports continue to come in from all the New Jersey bays and estuaries, and with a little strategic focus we’d expect a hot bite from the Raritan to the Delaware, all with a little attention; try shedder crab on a bucktail or reach for some of your favorite plastics. Bluefish are still on the prowl in some of the quiet waters out back, throughout Barnegat Bay in particular. For a little downtime this weekend, head out to First Energy Park in Lakewood from Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24 for the Jersey Shore Boat Sale and Expo; the number one boat local show for new and used boats alike, center consoles and skiffs in particular.

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