Fisherman Magazine Update

The warm start to the fall may be causing the coastal run to start a little slower than we’d like, but it’s also extending some of the outstanding freshwater action in the NW part of New Jersey and throughout Delaware and Pennsylvania. We start the week off with mix of hybrid stripers at Hopatcong before hitting the front beaches for new arrivals as mullet are on the move and migratory stripers are slowly appearing from north to south. The outstanding porgy action continues with more Dream Boat “scuppers” bringing their headboat catches to shops including in the Barnegat area, while big bluefish to 20 pounds have come across party boat rails this week out of Shark River and Manasquan. School stripers and tautog behind Little Egg and Absecon, while sheepshead are still being registered at the bridge at Townsend Inlet. We’re also getting reports of topwater stripers in Cape May County, and the first keeper “rock” on the Delaware side have appeared at piers at Woodland and Port Mahon. Surfcasters looking to kick off their season this weekend have two great options, one on LBI and the other the DMS Invitational in Delaware. See video for full details in our weekly video forecast for NJ and DE region.

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