President’s Day weekend sometimes can be a transition for fishers here in South Jersey. The three days can get us motivated to shake off the malaise of “cabin fever,” that is if weather cooperates.
A group of 10 determined winter fishing fans filed onto the Susan Hudson party boat, and captain Mike Weigle took them offshore at 7 a.m. Friday.
Dave Showell was getting some phone calls Friday morning at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center in Absecon and has sold some bloodworm for bait to die-hard wintertime white perch fishers.
The Susan Hudson party boat made it five straight decent offshore catches Friday.
They “did good.”
We got to enjoy a short stretch of decent winter weather and ocean conditions, and winter fishing fans on the Susan Hudson workhorse of the Starfish fleet out of Sea Isle City got in a couple of very decent days out on the ocean.
Not too much happening around here, mainly because the smart locals are staying dry and warm at home or checking out the latest equipment.
Many captains are shutting down and pulling their boats out of the water.
Winter is here, Christmas is upon us and New Year’s is coming up.
It sounded as though the weather was “gorgeous” on the ocean Monday morning, with calm winds and a flat ocean. Hard to believe the first day of winter and Christmas are coming right up.
OCEAN CITY, Md. — Phil Heasley caught the fish of his life, but the $2.8 million in tournament prize money got away.
Striped bass rose up again Friday afternoon at some of the same locations they have been inhabiting for some time, plus they may have spread out even more along the ocean off South Jersey. It looks as though it is a quick-hit there and gone action for stripers.
It appears as though striped bass were not much bothered by the snowy weather.
Striped bass continue to be quality in both numbers and size.
Frank Rich IV is the fourth generation in a fishing family.
The bass are in.
Quality fish rule!
A school of bigger striped bass has arrived off Atlantic County, and one weighing more than 54 pounds was taken off Long Beach Island on Thanksgiving.
Recent reports confirm that striped bass are moving more and more into South Jersey. Bigger fish are still jammed up above Barnegat Inlet, but there is evidence they are spreading out.
We are really getting into some great fishing.
The frigid blast got a few bigger striped bass stirring, but some reports say they are still concentrated above Long Beach Island.
Chillier weather has arrived, and it looks like a few bigger bass came along, too.
Sea bass have been sometimes spectacular on offshore and inshore wrecks and reefs, striped bass mainly weighing in the teens and 20s are active in the back bays and inlets with a few showing up in the surf, and tautog are thick around rockpiles, bridges and sod banks.
Plenty of striped bass in the teens and shorts under the 28-inch minimum are splashing and chasing bait in the back waters and inside the inlets, while middleweight to heavyweight striped bass are taking their good ol’ time moving deeper into South Jersey.
Back-bay fishing for striped bass continues to produce steady action.
It sounds as though fall fishing continues to evolve, maybe instigated by chillier temps at night.