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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., September 9, 2019
“Went looking for the inshore football bluefin today that were here before the blow but no love, but plenty of Alberts ready to cooperate as the storm didn't push then out,” reported Capt. Jim Freda of Shore Catch Guide Service out of Point Pleasant over the weekend. In addition to light tackle “inshore” opportunities with the arrival of these speedsters, surfcasters from Sandy Hook to Island Beach in particular should also prepare for hunt for false albacore. Photo courtesy of Capt. Jim Freda.
Reports in this week’s New Jersey edition of The Fisherman arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes this week tell of false albacore hitting the beach and inshore grounds following the passing of Dorian offshore. Is this a lock? No, reports on albies in the surf in particular are never a lock; but in terms of breaking out the thin metals and new “epoxy” and “resin” jigs it’s certainly a sign of hunting time along the beach! “Bonito, false albacore, Spanish mackerel and bigger blues were the mainstay of some very good fishing for boats fishing in the inshore waters with in a few miles of the beaches,” reported North Jersey field editor JB Kasper in this week’s edition. “Oh by the way there were even reports of short and keeper stripers being caught off the Hook, in the Shrewsbury River and New York Harbor, along with some mixed size weakfish, and baitfish aplenty in the bays and rivers,” JB added. In the Central Jersey region, field editor Ashley Viola also reports a bit of an uptick in light tackle speedsters along the Ocean County coast. “False albacore and bonito are also keeping anglers on their toes, and those fishing from the surf might want to try their luck with a Hogy epoxy jig,” Ashley noted this week, adding that stripers are also making their presence known with a few keeper-size fish reported in the mix. Down south, Anthony Califano said another windy week kept many anglers off the water along the Atlantic and Cape May county region. “Those that fished before and after Friday’s big blow found fishing that ranged from decent to excellent with back bay fishing for flounder, blues, blowfish and porgies falling into the decent category,” Anthony said, adding “For excellent action one had to pursue the perch which is still available and ready to bite in the Mullica and Absecon Creek.” Throughout much the overall reporting area from the Raritan down into Delaware Bay, the passing storm seems to have gotten the finger mullet active in the back bays pushing some action towards the inlets. September’s full moon is on September 14, which is a good date to circle on the calendar in terms of finding the exodus underway. If fishing the back bays this week, be sure to bring along soft plastics and topwater poppers for a shot at some stripers along the marshes and sedges.
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