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SNOW BIRDS

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Staff from the New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition of The Fisherman is in the midst of a pretty hectic show schedule, which is offering subscribers (and future subscribers) a pretty good shot to take advantage of a few impressive gifts. We just wrapped up the four-day New Jersey Boat ...

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PROPER PERCHING

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Local perch action remains the best bet for New Jersey anglers looking to score. White perch can be scored on the Tuckahoe, Patcong, Absecon, Egg Harbor, Mullica, Toms and even up into reaches of the Raritan and its tributaries. Best bet is stop in to one of the ...

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JUMBO COD

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Tautog is still open and available to New Jersey anglers during the month of February, even as several of the hardcore party boats have opted to take a break this month for winter maintenance in advance of the spring action. Several boats continue to press onward to the offshore ...

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FEBRUARY COD & TOG

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
It’s a leap year, meaning one extra day of February to anxiously await the start of the 2020 spring striper season on the back bays and rivers as of March 1. Sometime during the month of February expect an “emergency meeting” of the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council to ...

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DELAWARE RIVER MIX

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
A dose of actual winter arrived this week, good news for those folks hoping to find some safe ice (possibly!) Could be a difficult endeavor for much of the Garden State at this point, though upstate New York and northern Pocono region may prove productive in the coming days. ...

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LOCAL PERCH BITE

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
While party boaters are heading out in search of jumbo tautog and ling, surfcasters continue to hit a few stripers in the wash from Sandy Hook to Island Beach and several spots in between. It’s still a light tackle, catch and release deal with smaller fish taking smaller plugs, ...

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NEW YEAR’S TAUTOG

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
The start of 2020 puts tautog in clear focus as the number one target for fishing activity along the New Jersey coast. In this week’s online reports, we learn that there are still a number of charter and party boats leaving ports from Shark River and Belmar down to ...

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SEA BASS ENDS

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
“Now that the holidays are behind us it’s time to start thinking about the 2020 season,” noted our North Jersey field editor JB Kasper on Sunday, his full report coming in the January edition of The Fisherman Magazine out this week. JB reported that blackfishing continued to be decent ...

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SEA BASS WINDOW

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
According to the fisheries managers and federal officials at NOAA Fisheries, the black sea bass is more than two times its rebuilt goal; that’s the good news. The bad news is just because a fishery is statistically overbuilt, it doesn’t mean anything in terms of more days of fishing. ...

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HOLIDAY QUEST

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Still a few stripers in tight at the Jersey Shore, mostly small fish taking smaller tins and plastics (with teasers). Had one 20-pounder reported out of Atlantic City in this week’s reports out of Absecon, but the best action is still that “tins and teasers” bite in Monmouth and ...

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