Breaking News – A Record NJ Blackfish & Striper Tag Find in DE
Big news in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region in the days leading up to Christmas. On Sunday, December 20th while compiling fishing reports for the January edition of The Fisherman, we learned that Chris Sullivan got himself a new, pending New Jersey state record tautog of 25.8 pounds while fishing 20 miles off Cape May aboard Capt. Tom Daffin’s Fishin’ Fever in roughly 100 feet of water. The monster blackfish, caught in about 100 feet of water, was weighed on a certified scale at Utsch’s Marina and would eclipse the current state record fish – which was also caught aboard Daffin’s Fishin’ Fever back in 2015 – by roughly 7 ounces. Another big story this week out of Lewes, DE is the beachcombing find by the father and son beachcombing team of Drew and Luke Johnson who stumbled upon the MiniPSAT device from the 46-inch striped bass named Independence. The Johnsons were out along the beach in Delaware with friend Dave Vitella walking their dogs when “Lucky Luke” discovered our missing Message in a Bottle. That satellite tracking device has since been returned to Gray FishTag Research in Florida for further analysis; while we just went to print this week with the January edition of The Fisherman, expect to hear more about this amazing find in our Northeast Striped Bass Study follow-up article in the February edition. All this plus reports from the striper surf and a weather outlook from NOAA in the Christmas edition of our weekly video forecast.