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FIRST FLOUNDER & MORE!

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
While there have been some rumors of winter flounder being landed here and there for the past few weeks, I received the first confirmed catches in southern New England for the 2020 spring season this week from Capt. Jason Colby of Little Sisters Charters while sailing out of ...

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HOT NORTHERN STRIPER BITE

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
“Both boat and shoreline fishermen enjoyed very good numbers of mixed size stripers to 30-plus pounds,” said North Jersey field editor JB Kasper while filing his weekly report for TheFisherman.com, while adding “Needless to say fishermen are coming under more and more scrutiny and access has become a big problem.” ...

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MARINAS AND RAMPS OPEN

Posted By Fred Golofaro
Location: Long Island, Metro NY
The big news this week was not so much about the fishing but rather the opening of public and private marinas and launch ramps. The decision to reopen these facilities was a great relief to the many boat owners who hoped to seek refuge with their families on the water. ...

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GOOD OPENING FOR BLACKFISH

Posted By Fred Golofaro
Location: Long Island, Metro NY
The coronavirus continues to play a major role on the fishing front due to its impact on party and charter boats, tackle shops and access. Access for boaters became even more difficult with the expanding closure of many marinas and launch ramps around the Island. If you are able to ...

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MONSTERS ON THE MOVE

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
While the Raritan Bay is producing some good catches of jumbo, pre-spawn stripers right now, the Delaware River shoreline is also providing its fair share of incredible fish for folks dunking bloodworms. Dave Andrews emailed The Fisherman over the weekend and said he’s been putting in a lot of ...

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TROUT, TOG & STRIPERS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
From Massachusetts to Connecticut (and beyond), the warming weather of the past few weeks has anglers out in droves. While concerns over COVID-19 dominate the news, fishing success are taking a close second. Trout fishing is finally open in Rhode Island, albeit under strict guidelines: anglers with last names beginning ...

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FRESH & SALT SUCCESS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
Trout remains tops in Massachusetts and Connecticut once again this week, and Rhode Island announced that its opening day (originally scheduled for April 11) will not proceed as scheduled. Now there is debate as to whether this means an early or delayed opening, and my guess is in an early ...

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GOOD OPENING FOR BLACKFISH

Posted By Fred Golofaro
Location: Long Island, Metro NY
Some good news and some bad news this week. First the good. Blackfish season opened last Wednesday and some surprisingly good action was reported from the East End. There was even a much improved showing of cod after a mostly poor winter run. Striped bass action continued to spread around ...

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NJ TROUT OPENS & REOPENS

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Last Tuesday, March 31, NJDEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe joined governor Phil Murphy at his daily COVID-19 press briefing to announce that catch and release fishing on trout-stocked waters in the Garden State would commence 10 days early on April 1. “This is to help us, to help you maintain safe, ...

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CATCH FISH NOT CORONA

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
Combining the early opening of trout season in Connecticut last week, with robust stocking in both Massachusetts and Connecticut in recent weeks, and fishing for trout is the best medicine to combat the coronavirus; just be sure to keep that minimum 6-foot distance between you and your fellow angler! The ...

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