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PICKY BLACKFISH BITE

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., February 12, 2018
PICKY BLACKFISH BITE
For South Jersey “pineys” who think they have all the fun during the winter months, here’s John Kowalewski of Secaucus, NJ with a nice tautog caught from his duck boat with the Manhattan skyline over his shoulder. “I catch blackfish in the same boat that I shoot ducks out of, my entire life,” John told us with a laugh this week after taking home a blackfish and before hitting the field for some goose hunting.
The crew here at The Fisherman Magazine is busily putting together the final touches on our March edition; it’s sure to be one of the biggest issues you’ve seen in sometime, a testament of sorts to the excitement folks are feeling as the first of March comes closer and closer. While many had hoped for a good blackfish bite to carry us through January and February, it’s been pretty picky for the most part; a few boats continue sailing on weekends for blackfish – we’ve even heard of folks hitting NY Harbor (see main photo) and trying their hand along the Point Pleasant Canal, but for the most part it’s been deepwater prospect. A couple of boats out of Manasquan continued pushing deep towards Block Island for cod as well, but weather plays a big part in schedules. A sad reminder of those weather concerns that fishermen face every time out comes by way of Point Pleasant where folks are grieving the loss of two commercial fishermen who were aboard the 46-foot boat Queen Anne's Revenge last week; U.S. Coast Guard responded to a GPS alert beacon that went off roughly 42 miles east of Barnegat Inlet, but they ultimately suspended the search of boat and crew over the weekend. Our prayers to friends and family.
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