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FISHING LOGS: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Southern New Jersey


Posted By Bob Misak, May 15, 2017
The Delaware Bay drum bite is underway as Dave Arbeitman of the Reel Seat in Brielle learned last week during his annual black drum charter with Full Ahead Sport Fishing of Cape May.
The past week wasn’t bad as weather went, that is until Saturday’s rains and wind hampered many angling efforts. However, the drum fishing in Delaware Bay kicked up big time and captains got out there despite the rain and wind. A good number of black drum came boat side over the weekend, and anglers were delighted as fish to 70 pounds plus were caught. Bluefishing was still hot all week and then there were a few more keeper bass caught, though the spring bite has been hit/miss on liners for most of May. At this point, it’s looking likely for South Jersey folks to see a three-flounder limit at 18 inches starting May 25 and ending September 5, with a special 17-inch limit west of the COLREGS on Delaware Bay – this option could get hammered out this week, and folks preferring this over the three at 19-inch size limit (and 18-inch “west of the COLREGS” deal) should do whatever it takes to attend the next meeting of the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council expected on Wednesday, May 17 at 4 p.m. at Avalon Community Center, 3001 Avalon Road in Avalon, NJ. Could turn into a “north vs. south” vote this week, but hopefully cooler heads prevail!
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