The weather has ruled the fishing scene in South Jersey.
When the weather cuts us a break, fishing gets very decent.
Trying to find something exciting happening on the local fishing scene was a tough assignment over the weekend and Monday.
The Southern Regional sailing team placed first among 10 teams from New York and New Jersey at the SUNY Maritime Spring Intersectional regatta April 8.
Spring finally shows up, and so does some spring fishing.
Bob Cope made his first trip of the season for tautog Monday.
Starting next week, the Shep on Fishing column will appear twice weekly, Mondays and Fridays online and Tuesdays and Saturdays in print.
Fishers are looking for signs to indicate quality spring fishing is about to get started big-time.
It sounds from a couple of reports that the latest and, we hope, last wintry slam has not completely turned off fishing in area rivers and streams.
The New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council made two unanimous decisions Thursday at its meeting at the Stafford Township Municipal Building.
Storms have provided us rain, snow, thunder, lightning, wind and cold, and some fishers with the itch have taken advantage of the mild weather breaks to enjoy some decent early-season outings.
Well, we got one day, one night and one morning of decent conditions to take a shot at striped bass as the season opened in the inlets, back bays, rivers and streams.
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.