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JANUARY OPTIONS

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
It was a tough week weather-wise for boaters with winds, rain/sleet and cold air at times. A few boats snuck out for cod but the fishing remains mixed as some report good action and others a tough bite. The usual suspects of bycatch remain constant, keeping anglers’ rods bending. Hard ...

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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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COD AND HERRING ON TAP FOR JANUARY

Posted By Fred Golofaro
Location: Long Island, Metro NY
With sea bass and porgy seasons wrapping up on New Year’s Eve day, cod will become the focus of open boat anglers during January. Out east, the Viking had a good catch of cod on a trip during Christmas week, raising hopes for a good winter cod run off Block ...

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
Hopefully your 2019 lived up to your expectations fishing-wise. With the year (and the decade) coming to an end this week, the future holds great promise for us all, here’s to a happy, healthy and fish-filled year!


And to get yourself started on a fishy foot, the options remain pretty ...

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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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EAST END COD, OFFSHORE SEA BASS AND WEST END HERRING

Posted By Fred Golofaro
Location: Long Island, Metro NY
The Viking Fivestar racked up a very good catch of cod on Saturday raising hopes for a good winter cod run on the East End while the sea bass and porgy action seems to have run its course at Block Island.


If you want herring, go west. The Coney ...

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MERRY FISHMAS!

Posted By Toby Lapinski
Location: New England
It was a rather slow week of reports following some windy and cold weather the last few days. The cod boats found mixed results over the weekend—some did well while others just ok—but they all saw lots of promise with schools of mackerel on the increase and lots of “life” ...

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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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HERRING BLITZ ON BROOKLYN PIERS

Posted By Fred Golofaro
Location: Long Island, Metro NY
Catches of herring numbering over 100 were reported from the Coney Island and Canarsie piers this past weekend according to Frank at Bernie’s Bait & Tackle in Sheepshead Bay. In recent years, the west end of the Island from Magnolia Pier to the Brooklyn piers has been the most consistent ...

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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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