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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, March 13.

| New York | Delaware/Maryland | North Carolina | Florida | Last Week's Report |

The report covers out-of-state saltwater fishing
from late fall through winter, New Jersey’s off-season.

New York
Point Lookout

The party boat Captain Al is in dry dock for maintenance for spring fishing, Capt. Tom Weiss said. The maintenance includes installing new engines, and the vessel will probably resume fishing, for cod and ling, on the weekend of April 1. Rumors flew around that said blackfishing might be opened at the beginning of April in New York. If that happens, the boat will sail for the tautog, too. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

Striped bass should migrate to Delaware Bay any moment from the ocean to the south, heading to Delaware River to spawn. But none was reported from the bay yet. Small, resident stripers were played in rivers and harbors in Delaware and Maryland. The ocean temperature dropped to the low 40 degrees in this area because of rough weather including two nor’easters in the past 1 ½ weeks. Another nor’easter was barreling in last night and today. The ocean had begun to warm previously. Weather calmed for a moment or two during that period, but no reports rolled in about ocean fishing, because of the rough weather. Anglers kept boats docked in the winds and the rough seas that the winds caused.

North Carolina
Oregon Inlet

A few boats fished Saturday and Sunday from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, returning with bluefin tuna, Norma York said. One of the bluefins weighed 391 pounds, and bigger bluefins, larger than the size limit, were released. The bag limit currently is one school, large school or small medium bluefin 27 inches to less than 73 inches per boat, per day. But one bluefin 73 inches or larger can be bagged per boat, per year, too. So boats that released the larger bluefins already filled that annual limit. Lots of blackfin tuna were also tugged in, and two bigeye tuna were tackled. One bigeye weighed 160 pounds, and the other weighed a little more than a 100. Norma saw no yellowfin tuna that were caught, though she reported yellowfins biting in previous reports here recently. After the weekend, wind began blowing, including today, keeping the marina’s boats in port. Visit Website.


Citation blackfin tuna were docked at Teach’s Lair Marina, reports on the marina’s website said. The fish ranged from 21 to 29 pounds. Plenty of blackfins bit, and this was a last chance to boat the bigger ones. Smaller and smaller show up as the season changes to springtime. One trip decked blackfins and king mackerel. Another on the same boat had to fight through false albacore but smacked a good catch of blackfins again. Visit Website.


Was a good week of fishing, catching a little of everything, said Capt. Bruce Andersen from Captain Easy Charters. Really good-sized mutton snappers were reeled from bottom, mostly at wrecks, on live bait farther from shore. Fishing live bait on the troll and on kites squashed lots of king mackerel and some blackfin tuna and sailfish. Mahi mahi also began to be pasted on almost every trip that did that trolling and kite fishing. Amberjacks, sizable, powerful fish, began to be nailed at underwater mounds like the Islamorada Hump and deep wrecks on live bait aboard. Closer to shore, yellowtail fishing was good at the reef several miles from port for Captain Easy’s anglers. Also, tarpon fishing lit up near bridges for trips on a 27-foot Conch center console, named the Easy Does It, that Bruce recently added to his charter business. A couple of the tarpon and a few sharks were landed on each of those trips. Those are good family trips that stay closer to shore. But hardcore anglers enjoy the tarpon and sharking, too. Call: 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

Last Week's Report

Point Lookout

The party boat Captain Al’s trips for cod and ling are docked for at least another week because the boat is in the yard for maintenance to ready the vessel for spring. The maintenance includes installing new engines. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.


Coastal fishing was weathered out in the nor’easter Friday and windy weather throughout the weekend. But occasional reports began to roll in about blackfishing from Delaware previously. A charter boat from Indian River, Delaware, ran two trips the previous two weekends, “catching a few,” one online report said. The ocean began to warm, and better blackfishing is expected from Delaware before the state’s blackfish season is closed beginning April 1. Maryland’s blackfishing sounded similar, and Virginia’s fishing for the tautog sounded best among these states. Anglers in Delaware are anticipating the migration of striped bass to shoot into Delaware Bay, headed to Delaware River to spawn. News was scarce in the weekend’s wind. An online report from Delaware last week said nothing was heard about stripers yet from the bay. But Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle in Philadelphia posted news on the shop’s Facebook page yesterday, saying “hearing of some bite” in the bay. Nothing further was written about that. Brinkman’s keeps an eye on the run because customers jump all over the striper fishing when the fish reach the river. The store in recent springtimes has been the best online source about that angling, in reports on its website and posts on the Facebook page.


Oregon Inlet

Tall seas kept the fleet in port since Friday, said Norma York from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Previously, a few bluefin tuna and good numbers of yellowfin tuna were belted. A report on the marina’s website Wednesday said the boats were “in the meat” that day. On that day, one boat returned with a 597-pound bluefin, and several other boats from the docks either released or bagged bluefins. Multiple boats that day came in with good numbers of yellowfins that averaged 35 to 45 pounds. Anglers hope to get the weather to return to all of this fishing Thursday, but Friday looks more likely. Nobody can know what the fishing will be like after this blow, Norma said. We’ll see, she said. Visit Website.



Capt. Bruce Andersen from Captain Easy Charters was yet to return a phone call at press time for a fishing report. But yesterday he posted a photo of amberjacks aboard on Instagram and Facebook. That seemed to mean that the a.j.’s began to bite like they do this time of year. Trips clobber the powerful fish including at the Islamorada Hump, an underwater mound that attracts fish 11 miles from shore. The mound rises 290 feet from bottom in 600 feet of water. In last week’s report, Bruce said trips were catching king mackerel and a few sailfish and mahi mahi just offshore of the reef, and plenty of yellowtails at the reef, a few miles from port. He also said tarpon and shark fishing was beginning to turn on at the channels near the bridges. He’s doing that angling with light tackle on a 27-foot Conch center console, named the Easy Does It, an additional boat he recently began to run. Call: 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, Sea Isle City, N.J., is running traveling charters to the Florida Keys that he offers from Christmas to Easter each year. He took a fun trip to the Keys this weekend with his wife and parents, he said. They banged out lots of snappers, jacks, Spanish mackerel, cero mackerel, hogfish and a big variety of catches. They released a 60-pound tarpon and jumped a baby tarpon. They had a couple of shots at sharks while sight-casting along shallow flats, but windy weather sometimes prevented that angling. Wind ripples water, and that can prevent seeing the fish. This was all on Florida Bay inshore of the Keys. Visit Website. Call: 609-827-3442.