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BASS & BLUEFIN

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr., June 8, 2020
BASS & BLUEFIN
Stan Czekay and John Pelligrino, Jr hit the Resor Wreck over the weekend for a couple of bluefin, while loading up the box with sea bass at another location before heading home aboard the Tin Knocker. While more “fish box” size bluefin are showing up on the midrange grounds now, some of the very best eating sea bass are still in play as well off the Jersey Coast for another two weeks until the summer regulatory doldrums take effect.

I was quite literally cleaning out the gutters on Sunday morning when a neighbor stopped by with reports of bluefin at the Resor Wreck. The torrential rains late last week stuffed the spouts with pollen, and I’m half-hoping the good deeds around the house on Sunday earned me some “atta boy” time during the week, perhaps even to sneak out with a friend or neighbor to take advantage of the nearshore bluefin. I expect the Central/North Jersey hotspots to hold fish this week (Princess, Resor, Bacardi, etc.) and there are plenty of South Jersey and Delaware options too (the Claw, Hot Dog, Chicken Bone) for those looking to have at it. Pick up the June edition of The Fisherman for how to information on targeting tuna, and be sure to look for Nick Honachefsky’s “bluefin game plan” article with precise details on getting on that bite right now.

In the Central and North Jersey region, it’s the best time of the year to get that personal best striped bass. “Striped bass action continued to bend rods in the bay, New York Harbor and the Hudson River,” said field editor JB Kasper, adding “this past week also saw jumbo bass to 50-plus pounds take up residence off Monmouth Beach where fishermen had plenty of photo ops while playing catch and release with the big linesiders.” While Monmouth County generally holds some of the very largest striped bass of the season right now, most we spoke to in recent weeks believe there are more of that Chesapeake stock of monster fish still to arrive along the Jersey Shore.

“Striper fishing is picking up both off the surf and out in the ocean,” reported Central Jersey field editor Ashley Viola in compiling her weekly report this week for our subscribing members of The Fisherman. There’s more in Ashley’s report this week, as well as Honachefsky’s weekly Beach Talk, about stripers chasing bunker in tight along the beach in Southern Ocean County last week – both sides of the Barnegat Inlet – with pencil poppers beginning to entice a few of these big bass up top “Sea bass fishing is still on fire off the local wrecks and reefs,” Ashley reported this week, noting that while still a little slow, fluke action is expected to improve in the coming days.

“Flounder fishing got most of the attention here in South Jersey this past week with good numbers of keeper sized fish being caught behind the barrier islands from Beach Haven down to the Wildwoods,” reported our South Jersey field editor, Anthony Califano this week. He added, “With the back bay water temperatures warming up, it won’t be long before these fish migrate to the inlets and then to the wrecks and reefs offshore.” Anthony’s report shows this week that the Great Bay and the Delaware Bay drum bite continues, while many jetty jocks in Cape May County in particular are keyed on the weakfish along the jetties, tossing jigs and plastics (Zooms or Fin-S Fish) or worms under a float.

Down in Delaware, Eric Burnley reports this week on the tournament out of Lewes Harbour Marina. “Amanda told us the Joe Morris Memorial Canal Flounder Tournament was a tremendous success on Friday June 5,” Eric wrote for The Fisherman this week, noting that 425 anglers participated and raised $8,500 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “The total will grow once the money from tee shirt sales and other fundraisers is added up,” Eric added. Price Lindsay came in first with a 5.98-pound flounder he caught on a shiner fished on a Rick’s Rig. Get the full run down on top six positions in the full report from Lewes Harbour Marina at TheFisherman.com.
 

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