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JUMBO COBIA

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., August 12, 2019
JUMBO COBIA
Cody Smith of Villas, NJ and crew with the 62-pound cobia they caught while fishing a spoon at McCrie Shoal on Andrew Long’s boat Nancy B.
Throughout much of the summer anglers in the Central and Southern part of the state have been tangling with cobia not far from shore; a few mixed reports have also come from the Monmouth County, NJ area as well with some past cobia reports inside the Raritan Bay. A regular summer visitor at the Jersey Shore, this weekend saw a rather impressive spike in cobia reports around Cape May County in New Jersey, particular with big specimens. For those who receive our weekly email alerts, a monster 90.6-pound cobia was caught by Capt. Len aboard the Francesca Rose May and weighed in at South Jersey Marina, a potential state record (the current record for John Shanchuk has stood since he caught an 87-pounder off Sea Brigth back in 1999). At least two more good size cobia were registered at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle over the weekend as well. “Summertime fishing is in full swing in South Jersey waters,” noted South Jersey field editor Anthony Califano in his report this week, adding “from the shallowest feeder creeks all the way out to the deepest canyons there are plenty of fish being caught.” Quite a few weakies seem to be turning on in the bottom half of the state, stripers along the sedges as well. Same has been said in recent days up along the Manasquan River as well. “Anglers still have a shot at some stripers if they go during low light hours with soft plastics or poppers,” noted Central Jersey field editor Ashley Viola. “The two fish that seem to have slowed this week are the kingfish in the surf and the bonito. They are still being caught, but not like they were the prior weeks,” Ashley said. Offshore it’s been the crazy bluefin bite at the Atlantic Princess that has boats heading offshore out of Barnegat, Manasquan and Shark River. “The bluefin bite that just won’t quit, and it’s keeping the boats trolling and jigging at and within the 2- to 10-mile circumference of the Atlantic Princess,” reported offshore reporter Tom Pagliaroli this week, adding that bluefin are also being busted at the Virginia, while yellowfin and bluefin alike are being picked off at points in the Hudson and south. Meanwhile up in the northern part of the state, field editor JB Kasper called it a “mix of up and down fishing” in his report for th week. “We got better reports on the fluke fishing with most telling us of better numbers of keepers. However, it seems like the bigger fluke are in one place one day and another place the next day,” JB said. He did say however that cocktail blues are keeping light tackle outfits busy, while bonito and mackerel are also still in good supply along the inshore waters off Monmouth County. “Big cow nosed rays are still being caught on the shallows and crabbing has remained very good,” JB added.
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