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WELCOME FALL!

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., September 23, 2019
WELCOME FALL!
Over 60 youth anglers came out on September 14 for the annual Kids Fishing Derby and Casting Contest held at the marina in Perth Amboy. According to the Raritan Bay Anglers Club, snapper blues provided most of the action during the 34th year of this annual event dedicated to our future generation of anglers.
New Jersey’s 2019 fluke season is in the books, and as North Jersey field editor JB Kasper reports in the October edition of The Fisherman heading to mailboxes and retail outlets right now, most would describe it as a sub-par season. “Most will also tell you the current backwards regulations are strangling the fishery, not to mention elevating the mortality rate on released fish,” JB said this week, adding “Throw in the lost time due to weather and poor sea conditions and it is not hard to see why catch numbers were down this year both in the bays and rivers, as well as the ocean.” On the plus side, now that we’ve officially entered the fall timeframe there’s a bit of optimism along the northern coast. “Heading into the first week of October the best fishing going is the bluefish and porgy fishing. Slammers with some false albacore and mackerel mixed in are bending plenty of rods everywhere,” JB said, adding that porgy fishing is in its prime right now with a few reports of striped bass action on the Raritan on the increase. Between Manasquan and Beach Haven, field editor Ashley Viola said anglers are beginning to set their focus on stripers and blues. “The mullet run has been great so far which is getting the bass here and biting,” Ashley said, adding “It seems like soft plastics and SP minnows are getting it done right now. You may also have luck with mullet rigs for both bass and blues. You should probably bring some slim metals as well like epoxy jigs incase albies are around and hungry, which they seem to be.” In South Jersey, field editor Anthony Califano had similar closing bell reports on the flounder action in Atlantic and Cape May counties. “Flounder season fizzled out this week with one notable exception; a 29-inch fish reported from Little Egg Reef,” Anthony reports this week, adding that other species like tautog and triggerfish along the jetties, bridges and wrecks are keeping anglers busy right now. “The surf is still holding tons of small bluefish, croakers and kingfish,” Anthony said, advising “If you can get further offshore, you can troll up some mahi, bigger blues, bonito and mackerel.”
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