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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, September 18.

| Keyport | Leonardo | Atlantic Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Seaside Heights | Barnegat Light | Longport | Sea Isle City | Avalon | Cape May | Last Thursday's Report |
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Keyport
Looks like these last few days of New York’s fluke season will be weathered out, Capt. Frank from the Vitamin Sea wrote in an email. The boat’s been fishing for fluke from Staten Island since New Jersey’s fluke season closed earlier this month, because New York’s season is open through Thursday. But offshore Hurricane José is stirring up weather locally. So the boat will resume sailing from Keyport, first for porgies. Soon afterward, trips will eel for striped bass. Porgy fishing’s been excellent. Good numbers. Good-sized. Great-eating. Tough-fighting on light tackle. Catching porgies is relatively easy, so action is usually non-stop, currently. The fishing’s also great for children. Blackfishing’s terrific in shallow water. If anglers enjoy jigging for them, shallows are an opportunity. One is the bag limit, but trips could mix-in blackfishing, both for table fare and for practice for when the limit is increased to six beginning Nov. 16. Weakfish are around, but getting anglers interested is difficult, because one is the limit for weaks year-round. Charters are fishing, and because of the weather, the next open-boat trips will fish for porgies Saturday and Sunday. Telephone to reserve. Book fall striper and blackfish charters while dates remain. Striper charters will receive bonus tags to bag additional stripers, while the tags last.