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  It seems that NJ porgy fishing is on fire.  More than one captain has written about stellar fishing.  No reason to expect that to change any time soon, so go get um.   Got to keep an eye on the remanants of Irma as they may affect the area the end of this week.  Other then that weather wise seems to be agreeable jumping on your favorite boat and filling a bucket or two of some hard heads.  

  Second on this week's lineup are bluefish, who have made a hot and heavy (and early) arrival for fall.   For pure sport, fall blues are adrenlin pumping badasses.  Not the finest table fare, to be sure, but pound for pound these guys are tackle wrecking monsters.  It remains to be seen if the sudden influx of blues is already setting up for a big fall run but it would certainly be welcome if a great bluefish run helped offset some angler misery for a miserable fluke year.

If you are on your own boat, look for bird play early for what can be some easy scores.  As boat traffic increases and the sun rises bird play usually reduces to jigging on marks or trolling to find action. If all else fails, small blues can be had too (very tight to the beach).

Bontio remains an option for your quarry.  Personally, I have had some awesome days catching bonito in mid-September.   Ava 27's with a thin and long squid strip tails can be magic.  Of cousre, trolling is a popular method for private boaters and squid spoons (Clark spoons) trolled behind birds works well.  If you score with bonito, you should bleed them immediately and let them bleed out then ice them quickly.  Bontio are delicious but you really want to be meticulous in their care for the greatest experience.

Latest NJ Weakfish Reports

  • 2017-09-15 Atlantic Star Atlantic Highlands

    It was another great day of weather and porgy fishing. We made both morning and afternoon trips and everyone caught plenty of fish on both trips. We also had a few trigger fish again today with a couple of weakfish. 
  • 2017-09-14 Captain Ron Atlantic Highlands

    Very good fishing for the 7th day in a row. Couple nice Weakfish & Blowfish today on the change of tide. Everyone went home with a nice bag of fillets and many took their fish whole, for the grill or the smoker.
  • 2017-06-23 Ristori Bay Head

      Capt. Dave De Gennaro had good news about weakfish as mostly 15-to-17-inchers have shown up on the west side of Barnegat Bay. There were also a couple of 23 and 20 inches that hit killies while Hi-Flier from Barnegat was drifting for fluke. Bluefish of all sizes are abundant in the inlet, and are hitting poppers and soft plastics along with a few short stripers.
  • 2017-06-08 Captain Ron Atlantic Highlands

    Found some better action today with nice keeper Fluke.  Capt. Ron Sr. did his thing and I even managed to wet a line and land a nice 4 pound fish. Had two Weakfish in the mix with a couple blues also. 
  • 2017-02-16 Ristori Bay Head

    NOAA Fisheries issued a warning to New Jersey fishermen a few years ago warning them that they'd better learn how to fish for red drum as climate change would be sending southern species further to the north. There was no indication in the NOAA Fisheries prediction that the fisheries scientists there are aware that the Central Jersey Shore was the place to be for red drum anglers a century ago -- and that their reappearance would only be a return to the norm of a hundred years ago.
  • 2017-02-02 Ristori Bay Head

    The ASMFC meeting in Virginia finally came up with a summer flounder regulation for 2017, but NJ DEP Commissioner Bob Martin is standing fast in insisting on status quo regulations pending completion of a new baseline summer flounder stock assessment which many expect will show that species is in much better condition than outdated statistics presently indicate. com shore blogs fishing or updates on the fluke situation as well as other species involved at the ASMFC meeting.
  • 2017-02-01 Ristori Bay Head

    Commissioner Martin will be testifying at 8 tomorrow morning before the ASMFC meeting in Virginia -- and seems prepared to go out of compliance if necessary. I'll have more about this tomorrow.
  • 2017-01-30 Ristori Bay Head

    There were a few legal blackfish and some shorts, but the Ocean Explorer is expecting better results offshore in lighter winds on Tuesday. Sunday's porgy fishing on the Jamaica from Brielle was slower than expected due to strong currents, but there were catches of up to 25 to 30 scup along with a few ling -- and several weakfish.
  • 2017-01-07 Ristori Bay Head

    The redfish were around the docks both N and S of the Ft. Pierce Inlet most were undersized, but we did catch a couple of slot fish as we fought our way through the sheepshead to get to them. I was able to get out the inlet and fish along the inshore reefs and had 2 days of great fishing.
  • 2016-12-09 Ristori Bay Head

    Following are preliminary results of the Beach N Boat Tournament 2016 Top Anglers CONGRATULATIONS to All Beach N Boat Anglers!2 BLACK DRUM Place Angler Weight First Place Luke Dombrowski 74 Second Place Denise Theiler 52.

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