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FISHING LOGS: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Northern New Jersey & Hudson River


Posted By J. B. Kasper, September 18, 2017
It was first cast, first fish for Olivia Thomas (age 7) seen here with her dad. Olivia was fishing with her family on the Navesink River aboard her Grandmom's boat, aptly named The Reel Princess.
Fishing is starting to look up as water temps cool down along the northern coast. Bays and rivers are packed with baitfish and snappers which are attracting the usual fall dinner guest. We got solid reports on the bluefish as slammers are being caught in Raritan Bay and all along the ocean front, with occasional forays into the wash. Some weakfish have also been mixing in with the slammers, as well. Bottom fishing remains a solid bite of porgies, ling, winter flounder, triggerfish, tog, plenty of throw back sea bass, cod, and even some whiting. We are seeing some striped bass on the move in several places, mainly the East River and New York Bay, and it’s possible that striped bass in Long Island Sound are on the move. There was also some bass under the bluefish in a couple of places and some bass were caught in Sandy Hook Channel. On a down note, it’s with sadness that I have to report that Capt. Al Hilliard, longtime skipper of the Prowler passed away due to complications from Alzheimer’s last week. Al was a good friend and a true fishermen and I always enjoyed talking with him every week when he was running the boat. My condolences to Arty, his brother, and Al’s family. I hope you are catching a lot of fish where you are now, Al!
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