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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., July 15, 2019
Nick Alaburda was out fishing aboard "The A Team" and he nailed this 20-inch triggerfish that weighed in at 4 pounds, 12.8 ounces at Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine, a pending NJ State record for spearfishing. “We have a NJ State Certified Scale in the shop and have filled out all the paperwork and will submit it on Monday to Fish and Wildlife,” said Capt. Andy Grossman at Riptide.
“Fishing along the northern coast this past week saw some improving catches, despite the Thursday storm,” said North Jersey field editor JB Kasper this week. He said fluke fishing is starting to see some better numbers of keepers, and with full moon on July 16 he expects fishing to improve. Bottom fishing along the northern coast remains solid with ling, sea bass, a few whiting, cod and some winter flounder keeping sinker bouncers busy, while inshore fishermen are seeing a nice mix of bonito, Spanish mackerel and small bluefish. Central Jersey reporter Ashley Viola said the most talked about catches this past week were the kingfish. “It seems like this summer is going to be the best kingfish bite in years,” noted Ashley, while adding “Word is that Fishbites will do the trick.” Fluke remains steady along the Central Coast with the same problem with a higher ratio of shorts to keepers as everywhere else, but she reported that the wrecks and reefs are heating up with bigger fish being landed. In Atlantic and Cape May Counties, warmer water temps have brought with it the predictable summertime patterns. “Kingfish, tiny sea bass, hungry crabs, sea robins, blowfish and dogfish are thick nearshore and in the back bays,” said South Jersey field editor Anthony Califano, while adding “Lots of short flounder are also in the back with the bigger fish starting to flee for the cooler water reefs.” Anthony said there’s quite a bit of varied bait in the lower part of the state, from spearing and white bait in the north to the first signs of peanuts in the back and adult bunker pods in the Delaware Bay. “Inshore, offshore, mid-shore, back-bays, inlets, rivers and feeder creeks are all loaded and waiting for you to cast a line,” Anthony added. In our offshore report for the week, the mad man himself, Tom P, said mid-range areas continue yielding under and over bluefin, but reported the canyons has being rife with yellowfin and bigeye. “Although the troll is still producing fish, the rapidly warming water has revved the transition to chunking, jigging and popping into overdrive,” Tom P. noted, reporting bluefin in the mix as well. Additionally, some monster mahi have been reported of late as well, a few surefire Dream Boat toppers!
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