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RAIN CAN’T DRENCH EFFORT

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., May 6, 2019
RAIN CAN’T DRENCH EFFORT
The folks at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven noted on Sunday, “if tenacity had a fishing award, Richard Sherman would certainly be on the podium.” With heavy rains falling throughout the state on Sunday, Richard was out along the LBI surf where he caught a 15.48-pound, 34-1/2-inch striper and an 8.72-pound, 31-3/4-inch bluefish. A few good striper reports last week between Brigantine and Barnegat in the surf, well worth the effort. Photo courtesy of Jingle’s Bait and Tackle.
Overall it was another good week of striped bass fishing along the northern coast. According to North Jersey field editor JB Kasper, boaters were trolling, chunking and livelining their way to bass in the 30-pound and up range, while bluefish also made their presence felt along the lower side of the Raritan. “A couple of big drum were also caught and anglers reported catching fluke while fishing for the stripers,” JB reported this week. Don’t forget, wherever you are in New Jersey or Delaware marine waters this month, that big, booming drum could be worth a $2800 prize package in BlackDrumBattle.com! In Central Jersey, field editor Capt. Frank Bovasso said water temperatures are finally improving, which should improve action ahead. “Bass are all over, mostly schoolies but some bigger fish are showing up every day,” Capt. Frank said, reporting that sizable ling and cod are being reported in the deeper waters, while most party boat captains are itching to get back on the black sea bass on May 15. A good body of teen-size and a few 20-pound class stripers were reported over the weekend from Brigantine to Barnegat Light; where they are now as you read this is anyone’s guess and certainly worth a little effort to find out! “It’s alive, it’s alive,” reported Anthony Califano from the South Jersey region this week, doing his best mad doctor routine in describing how local waters are brimming with life in Atlantic and Cape May County. “This past week the switch was turned on and there’s no stopping it now,” Anthony noted, saying perch continue to cooperate in the rivers while weakfish, bluefish, blowfish and stripers are in the inlets and back-bays. “And the drum are laying claim to their Delaware Bay breeding grounds,” he added. Hint hint, go to www.blackdrumbattle.com and sign up to win. Delaware’s Eric Burnley said fishing continued to improve with good black drum action at Broadkill Beach and the Coral Beds. Keeper striped bass were taken from the Upper Bay to Indian River Inlet. Big blues came from the fishing Pier at Cape Henlopen State Park and the surf. Flounder were caught out of the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal and Indian River Bay.
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