Fisherman Magazine Update

In our Tuesday email alert to start this week, The Fisherman helped answer the question, “what’s up with fluke?” As ASMFC meets this week in Arlington, VA and the Mid-Atlantic Council gets set to meet next week in Raleigh, NC, now we address the question “where are the fluke?” At this point in the winter, the summer flounder we’ll see in a few more months are anywhere from 30 to 70 miles offshore right now and essentially “hanging out front” according to one insider’s report. “We haven’t had too many major storms this winter, I think that makes a difference,” is how one offshore commercial fishermen working through the winter months put it this week, while adding “when we get the big storms the fish move further north up the Hudson and Block Canyons, out of reach and less chance for them to settle back inshore to New Jersey.” A good sign for 2018? We’ll know more about recreational quotas and potential regulations next week before being finalized in March; but for now it’s all about perch, flea markets, championship parades and the countdown to back bay stripers in New Jersey as we prepare to enter the second half of February – there are boats still sailing though with light winds and fair seas predicted for Saturday (see Jamaica II in Central Jersey below).

Some wind in the forecast for Friday is expected to lay down on Saturday and Sunday along the coast; with temps in the 30’s and 40’s through the weekend and some precipitation (read: snow and/or rain) predicted on Sunday, looks to a tight winter window for hardcore anglers looking to score. It’s been a stubborn pick on the blackfish grounds of late, while boats gunning for cod are heading well east to score. Mackerel have been reported thick at the Mud Hole, and good numbers of perch have kept savvy anglers well-stocked with flaky, white meals this season. As ice fishing opportunities in the NW portion of the Garden State continue, many hardcore anglers are looking to the first of February to score big on the fishing tackle and charter market. It’s a “big game” weekend ahead – but before laying out the chips & salsa, hook up with a fish or two first on the New Jersey, Delaware fishing grounds

Some wind in the forecast for Friday is expected to lay down on Saturday and Sunday along the coast; with temps in the 30’s and 40’s through the weekend and some precipitation (read: snow and/or rain) predicted on Sunday, looks to a tight winter window for hardcore anglers looking to score. It’s been a stubborn pick on the blackfish grounds of late, while boats gunning for cod are heading well east to score. Mackerel have been reported thick at the Mud Hole, and good numbers of perch have kept savvy anglers well-stocked with flaky, white meals this season. As ice fishing opportunities in the NW portion of the Garden State continue, many hardcore anglers are looking to the first of February to score big on the fishing tackle and charter market. It’s a “big game” weekend ahead – but before laying out the chips & salsa, hook up with a fish or two first on the New Jersey, Delaware fishing grounds.

The run towards March 1 heads into the homestretch after this weekend, which by all accounts should be a highly fishable one all the way around with high temperatures into the 40’s and 50’s on Friday and Saturday with light winds. Boats along the coast from Shark River in North Jersey to Indian River in Delaware continue sailing for blackfish as weather allows, though it’s been a pickier bite this winter than most (perhaps attributed to the recent thawing snot and ice.) As our staff heads out to Manhattan for the New York Boat Show this week we learn that a few boats out of Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn have been finding good mackerel action by heading south (putting them of course right off the Jersey Coast). Offshore cod, pollock and ling catches keeping rail-huggers happy on some of the deep offshore trips, while ice aficionados are still finding open ice in the northwest portion of the region. Some open water in South Jersey has a few creekside anglers thinking perch in the days ahead as well.

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4 thoughts on “Fisherman Magazine Update

  1. I’m interested in doing some striper fishing near torresdale where I’ve seen large rises in the Delaware during spring. Is IU t good there?

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    • Fishing on the river for stripers is great either from bank or boat fishing. with the winter it is going to be a later start but keep up with our web sight and as it starts we will post. right now the only bass I’m hearing is down river at Salem. Hope this helps.

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      • I’d like to be on river in a boat. Do you ever set this up for two fishermen or be a guide?

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