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DELAWARE RIVER MIX

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
A dose of actual winter arrived this week, good news for those folks hoping to find some safe ice (possibly!) Could be a difficult endeavor for much of the Garden State at this point, though upstate New York and northern Pocono region may prove productive in the coming days. ...

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LOCAL PERCH BITE

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
While party boaters are heading out in search of jumbo tautog and ling, surfcasters continue to hit a few stripers in the wash from Sandy Hook to Island Beach and several spots in between. It’s still a light tackle, catch and release deal with smaller fish taking smaller plugs, ...

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NEW YEAR’S TAUTOG

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
The start of 2020 puts tautog in clear focus as the number one target for fishing activity along the New Jersey coast. In this week’s online reports, we learn that there are still a number of charter and party boats leaving ports from Shark River and Belmar down to ...

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SEA BASS ENDS

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
“Now that the holidays are behind us it’s time to start thinking about the 2020 season,” noted our North Jersey field editor JB Kasper on Sunday, his full report coming in the January edition of The Fisherman Magazine out this week. JB reported that blackfishing continued to be decent ...

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SEA BASS WINDOW

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
According to the fisheries managers and federal officials at NOAA Fisheries, the black sea bass is more than two times its rebuilt goal; that’s the good news. The bad news is just because a fishery is statistically overbuilt, it doesn’t mean anything in terms of more days of fishing. ...

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HOLIDAY QUEST

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Still a few stripers in tight at the Jersey Shore, mostly small fish taking smaller tins and plastics (with teasers). Had one 20-pounder reported out of Atlantic City in this week’s reports out of Absecon, but the best action is still that “tins and teasers” bite in Monmouth and ...

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SURF BASSIN’ CONTINUES

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Seems as if most of the best keeper striped bass action is coming in South Jersey at this point where boats from as far south as Lewes and Indian River in Delaware are joining the trollers from Atlantic and Cape May counties at the Jersey Shore for some inside the ...

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12 MONTHS & 11 HOURS

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
A few shops, marinas and for-hire operations are calling it a season, but those anglers who are stretching out their striper season a bit longer are finding a few good bass heading into our 12th and final month of the year. For those heading out in Cape May County, ...

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THANKSGIVING TEASE

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
While many folks have laid up their boats for the winter, plenty of other folks are out enjoying the late fall run of striped bass down the coast. There were several reports of good fish trolled up and jigged along the South Jersey coast last week, with 20- and ...

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PEANUTS & SAND EELS

Posted By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Location: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
The big story since last week’s report is the 67.55-pound striped bass caught on a TGT rattle spoon by Tyler Lang aboard Capt. Vinny Vetere’s Katfish Charters out of Staten Island. You may have seen the hanging scale photo from Great Kills Bait and Tackle in Staten Island, but ...

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