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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, February 23.

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IN WINTER, THIS REPORT IS UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY, AND A FEW UPDATES
ARE POSTED EVERY THURSDAY

THE REPORT IS FULLY UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
FROM SPRING THROUGH FALL
Sea Isle City
***Update, Thursday, 2/26:*** Some of the traveling trips to the Florida Keys will fish this weekend aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The anglers will chase whatever different fish give the best chance to catch, depending on weather. Joe’s sure tarpon will push around. Fish like jacks are a sure bet. Sight-fishing for sharks – lemons and bonnetheads – is on tap. All of that is in the bay, closer to the Keys. Sometimes the trips will shoot across the bay to the Everglades, in the mainland, for catches that can include snook, redfish, speckled sea trout and more. That can offer protection from wind, or the trips just might want to fish for those species. The trips can also fish the ocean side for catches that can include sailfish and fish along the reef like a variety of snappers. There’s always someplace to fish, no matter the wind direction. See Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Joe will post photos of the weekend’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog, and anglers keep up with his fishing there. Back at Sea Isle City, Joe usually lands his year’s first striped bass during the first half of March, in the back bay. The cold might prevent that this year. He’s one of the first captains to hook stripers each year. But snow was falling like a blizzard when he gave this report this morning in a phone call. The fishing for stripers, and also bluefish, usually breaks wide open by mid-April, in the bay, some of the best angling of the year aboard. The stripers live in the bay year-round, and begin to bite as the bay’s temperature creeps upward in late winter. Joe’s trips will fish for the bass at places like creek mouths that empty warmer water into the bay on outgoing tides. Afternoons can fish best, when the bay’s had a chance to warm up. Soft-plastic lures will be fished for them, and also the blues. The lures are worked slowly, hard along bottom, at first during the season. The fish are sluggish in the cold. The blues migrate to the bay, from the ocean off southern states, around mid-April or earlier. That’s one of the first migrations of fish to arrive from the South each year. The blues remain in the bay in spring a time, and some will remain throughout summer. But the majority of blues move to the ocean in summer. At some point in spring, Joe’s trips will catch stripers, blues, weakfish and summer flounder, all in the bay, at once. Fishing begins with a bang at Sea Isle. South Jersey’s shallow, warm bays are some of the state’s first places to give up fish during the year.