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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, April 27.

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Bluefish plowed into the back bay, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The migration arrived, and he never saw this many so big in the bay. They averaged 8 or 9 pounds, weighing 3 to 12. Two trips aboard nailed them. Usually, one or two blues that big show up on occasion. But the number of large this year was ridiculous. Summer flounder, out-of-season, but fun to catch and release, really began to bite in the bay in past days, too. No weakfish were seen, and Joe knew about weaks that began to be landed previously from the bay. But weaks would have difficulty getting past blues, in the places the trips fished. Joe was worried about bluefishing when weather was cold for the first trip, on Saturday. Ice formed on the dock, way late in the season. The day reached 48 degrees, but when Joe took a cast to show the anglers how to fish for the blues, a blue was suddenly hooked, and he handed the rod to an angler. The trip, with John, buddy Raj, and John’s sons Dan and Nate, probably subdued 20 blues, and also released one of the flounder, the season’s first aboard. The second trip, on Sunday, with Dave, Linda, Ashley and Max, beat blues to 12 pounds. Almost all the trip’s blues weighed more than 5 pounds apiece. So they were big, and a striped bass, and several of the flounder to 4 pounds, were also reeled in. That day reached the low 50 degrees, and both trips jigged all the fish. The jigs were fished slowly along bottom in the cool water, the typical way to fish for all the species this time of year in the bay. Joe’s been saying that this is a time of year to land a slam or a grand slam in the bay, and that began. A slam is three of the bay’s four species popular with anglers, landed in one trip, and a grand slam is landing all four: blues, summer flounder, stripers and weaks. The blues never bit more than one at a time, but one was hooked every 5 minutes, a good pace. This is some of the best fishing of the year, and book quickly, because dates fill, especially once the fish begin to bite. One option is to take a Workingman’s Special Trip from an afternoon to evening, a great time to fish, when water had a chance to warm. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.