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Report from Monday, March 20.

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IN WINTER THROUGH MARCH,
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY, AND A FEW
UPDATES ARE POSTED
EVERY THURSDAY,
SOMETIMES ON OTHER DAYS

THE REPORT IS FULLY UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
FROM APRIL THROUGH FALL
Sea Isle City
Surely anglers nabbed a few striped bass from the back bay, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. But weather’s been tough, even for painting the boat’s bottom. He can’t paint on 40-degree days. His season’s first trips from Sea Isle will jump on the bass. By mid-April, the bay’s fishing will explode. The migration of bluefish will arrive, the stripers will still bite, and weakfish and out-of-season summer flounder will be mixed in. That’s all in the bay and some of the best fishing of the year. Anglers should take advantage. In the meantime, Joe’s running annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys. That fishing was fantastic this weekend, with Darrel Cooper and two buddies aboard. On Friday they boated three permit, jumped three tarpon and hung a variety of other fish, including lemon sharks, bonnethead sharks, snappers and jacks, catching all day. On Saturday, Darrel beat a bonefish that was his first-ever, and the trip whipped a variety of other catches, including lemons, bonnetheads, mangrove snappers, mutton snappers and groupers. On Sunday they whaled catches including barracudas, yellow jacks, other jacks, muttons, mangroves and more. At least 20 different species were landed on the trips, phenomenal fishing, pretty much non-stop catches. The trips fished the bay near Islamorada. Earlier in winter, fishing wasn’t as good in the Everglades. Whether that changed was unknown, and Joe had no reason to leave the water near Islamorada currently, because that angling caught. Weather was a little breezy at times, and more of the trips will fish next weekend. The trips, fishing mostly on weekends, sail every Christmas to Easter. See the traveling charters’ page on Jersey Cape’s website. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.