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Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., June 1, 2020
Over the weekend, John Canosa trailered his Sea Doo “Fish Pro” Waverunner down to Delaware to get in on the local drum bite after watching our weekly video fishing forecast on May 28th. “Thanks for the advice in your YouTube report about Broadkill Beach area,” John said when sending this photo.

Fluke action heating up, Delaware Bay drum bite is booming, and the June striper forecast is excellent. Those are the exact headlines this week in our Report Section feature page in The Fisherman Magazine for June in New Jersey. Warmer waters have summer flounder snapping, monster drum are hitting on both sides of the Delaware Bay at this point, and another wave of big stripers out front sets the table for what could be an extraordinary month of fishing in the region.

“The last week of May, not only served up some of the best fishing we have seen so far along the northern coast, but also gave anglers a glimpse at what the fishing should look like in June,” said JB Kasper in submitting this week’s report for North Jersey, noting the sheer numbers of jumbo stripers that have been reported in recent days north of Shark River up onto the Raritan Bay “While fluke fishing was on the slow side, the last week of May started to see increasing numbers to keepers moving into inshore waters and this bodes well to the fluke fishing in June as waters warm,” JB added.

“Stripers are just about everywhere right now and hitting plugs, clam, and bunker chunks,” reported Ashley Viola down along the Central Jersey Coast, adding “Bluefish are showing up more and more and slowly getting bigger with some fish up to 10 pounds.” For the party boats heading out of Manasquan and Barnegat, she said “Sea bass fishing is still off the charts with almost every angler getting their limit. These wrecks are also offering up ling and a few cod.” Again, Ashley had the same reports between Brielle and Beach Haven, slow start to the fluke action, but things are looking up.

“In the final week of May, a couple of days were very fishable here in South Jersey while most of the days would be considered sporty,” reports South Jersey field editor Anthony Califano this week, adding “The nicer days resulted in successful back bay flounder trips, drum trips in the bays and sea bass trips to the wrecks and reefs.” While flounder, weakfish and stripers all provide ample opportunities right now by boat or by beach, the hot bite is out of Cape May with the giant drum on the Delaware Bay. That bite should continue for another few weeks.

Delaware anglers are happy to learn that they can once again hop aboard a headboat or six-pack. “Governor Carney finally opened the for-hire charter and head boat business on Friday, May 29 with several restrictions,” noted Delaware field editor Eric Burnley. “Boats may only carry 30% of their capacity, masks must be worn, social distancing is required, reservations only, no walk-ons and customers must bring all food and drinks,” Eric outlined, noting that any and all other restrictions will be made clear by the captain when you call for your reservation.

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