Fisherman Magazine Update

Warmer weather helped push ocean waters up this week up over 50 degrees at Cape May and Sandy Hook, and with this past Tuesday’s full moon it should only help the striper bite heading into the Easter & Passover weekend. The first confirmed black drum catches come from Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware, the Atlantic City jetties and back behind Little Egg Inlet; not the big boomers – not yet – but dinner table fish that are well worth targeting with clam while in the mix for stripers. Front beaches are giving up more school stripers on bloods with folks moving over to clams now; also swim shads and small plugs are scoring, while the Raritan Bay heats up with the improved weather and more folks starting to cast net bunker. Party and charter boats are sailing for tautog in New Jersey and Delaware, with top report of the week a 15-pounder along the Central Jersey coast. Trout season is underway, while some freshwater anglers have been targeting impressive pre-spawn largemouth before the “catch and release” spawning season gets underway this weekend. Some mild weather and overcast skies in the forecast ahead, but very little in the way of rain – by most accounts that makes for a pretty good striped bass outlook for the holiday!