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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, February 20.

| Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Absecon | Brigantine | Longport | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Last Week's Report |
IN WINTER, THIS REPORT IS UPDATED
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ARE POSTED EVERY THURSDAY,
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FROM SPRING THROUGH FALL
Sea Isle City
The warm weather had Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle thinking about striped bass, he said. He’s always one of the first captains to catch stripers each year, and begins chasing them once the angling is opened in the bay beginning March 1. He hopes the fishing “gets off to a shotgun start,” he said, because of the weather. On the trips, he fishes soft-plastic lures on the bay, slowly along bottom, at places like creek mouths, usually on outgoing tides in afternoons. Outgoing tides flood warmer water into the bay, because creeks, and rivers, for that matter, are warmer than the bay that time of year. Afternoons can fish best, because the sun heats the water most by then. Bright days can help, because of the warmth. By April, his fishing will bust wide open. His trips then will angle the bass, bluefish, weakfish and summer flounder on the bay. That’s some of the best fishing of the year. Anglers might not think about fishing the coast that early, but should, in this area. The flounder are out-of-season in April and are released. Flounder fishing can be best in the early season in South Jersey’s shallow bays, because the skinny water warms before deeper bays in the state. Joe’s next traveling trips to the Florida Keys will fish this weekend. He runs the trips throughout each winter until Easter, and the fishing’s been good this year, including for tarpon and permit, covered in previous reports here. The trips, fishing mostly on weekends, can target a large variety of catches. See the traveling charters’ page on Jersey Cape’s website. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.