Fisherman Magazine Update

Another strange weather weekend ahead as meteorologists are watching several systems moving across the U.S. – depending on the track and strength of an area of low pressure off the Northeast coast, forecasters believe another snow or rain-and-snow could spread out across the shore on Saturday bringing 1 to 3 inches of accumulation from Lewes, DE to Sea Bright, NJ. It’s not the first time we’ve seen snow on New Jersey’s trout season opener (set for Saturday, April 7), and it certainly won’t be the last! Despite lower than normal temperatures, the striper bite continues to improve from south to north, with more fish being caught in local rivers, creeks and along the bayshore region. The return of the tautog fishery in New Jersey was met with mostly windy conditions this week, but captains are keeping an eye on the forecast and looking forward to hitting the local wrecks again in the coming days. Bunker, laughing gulls, ospreys – the table has been set, it’s only a matter of time before the migratory bass, blues and weakies settle in for their spring feed.

The Delaware River worming crowd became the first to hit the 20-pound mark in the weekly reports in 2018; the big 38-inch male weighed in at 21 pounds at Shag’s in Pennsville, and provides a good indication that spring action has finally sprung. In between a little bit of rain to end the work week, temperatures finally hitting the 60’s with warmer weather forecast through the weekend, it should only help improve the worming bite on all local rivers where stripers become more active; winter flounder pounders could use the improved conditions too! Shad and bunker are on the move, and in South Jersey the season’s first ospreys have been spotted along the bays and marshes, a good sign that bluefish and weakfish can’t be far behind either. Tautog reopens in New Jersey on Sunday, April 1, with boats breaking free of the winter wrap and heading east to hit the wrecks and snags; for-hire fleet optimism from Indian River Inlet in Delaware north to the Raritan is running high for a good start to the spring season.

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