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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., August 5, 2019
Yong Yan of Jigging World hit the Atlantic Princess at 5 a.m. last Friday and hooked up within 5 minutes using 220-gram pink jigs. “This fish caught on our new prototype advantage 450 jigging rod with Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000,” Yong said, reporting that other fish were also caught on a Ghost Hunter slow pitch 300 jigging rod.
In this week’s report rundown in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay edition of The Fisherman, field editor Tom Pagliaroli reports that the Atlantic Princess is still the place to be in terms of bluefin tuna. “A redundant read, but it remains the Atlantic Princess to the Virginia for solid action with various size bluefin on the jig and in some instances the troll, with the first word of successful chunking,” Pags reported this week. He also detailed a smattering of bigeye on the troll with marlin piling on trolled ballyhoo in the southern canyons, good timing for those fishing the White Marlin Open out of Ocean City, MD this week. Closer to shore, mahi are being caught on the mid-range and near-shore grounds off the Jersey Shore, with bonito and Spanish mackerel action especially good in sight of the coast. “One of the things that really looks encouraging is the better number of keeper fluke that started showing up late in the week,” noted North Jersey field editor JB Kasper this week, reporting that most of the boat captains he spoke with said it looks like a new body of fluke is moving into local waters. “Bottom fishermen continued to find excellent catches of ling, sea bass, and triggerfish, and porgies are increasing in numbers through out Raritan Bay,” said Kasper, adding “There is also some big cow nosed rays towing boats around as well.” The nearshore bonito bite has been solid from Sandy Hook down to Cape May, with plenty of Spanish mackerel popping up along the surf line as well. The best bet for surfcasters using bait has been kingfish along the sands, with quite a few triggers at the jetties. “Fluke are still in the bay, but it seems like the waters have warmed up and the keepers are more numerous in the ocean,” noted Central Jersey field editor Ashley Viola, who reported that anglers are doing well with Gulp, squid, killies, and spearing as well. “Blowfish are still swarming the bay; all you need is some clam and you’ll be kept busy and have a cooler full,” Viola noted. In South Jersey, Anthony Califano said the bite is hottest in the Atlantic City area near the rocks. “In and around Atlantic City there are tons of fish around the jetties and bridges including sheepshead, triggerfish and the best kingfishing in years,” Califano reported for this week’s printed edition of The Fisherman. He also had several reports of good fluke catches in Delaware Bay out to the Old Grounds and along McCrie Shoal. As of August 1, New Jersey anglers are allowed one tautog at 15 inches (until the bag limit increases to five fish on November 16) which means shops are now carrying green crabs, ideal baits as well for sheepshead along the Central and South Jersey bridges and back bay snags.
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