Those forage fish have been showing up early in Raritan Bay for several years, but stripers have always been weeks behind them. The Ocean Explorer from Belmar had a nice day on the ocean today, but an attempt to fish for tautog in shallower waters was offset by a roaring north current though they did get bergall bites on bottom.
It doesn't look like a great weekend for fishing, but according to the last forecast I heard there could be a window of opportunity on the ocean Saturday morning. A better bet is the Salt Water Sportsman Seminar which will be held Saturday from 9 a. m. to 3 p. m. at Linwood Country Club near Atlantic City.
com shore blogs fishing) Sea Bass On 2 8 18 the ASMFC's Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board approved Addendum XXX which establishes a regional allocation of the coastwide Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL) as opposed to Coastwide Measures. JCAA supported that option as well because New Jersey is a transitional state in which its sea bass fishery doesn't really fit in with the states to its north or to its south.
Though today felt more like April than February, waters remain cold, especially on bottom due to all the snow and ice melt into rivers. At least the bottom is once again lively with bergall bites, and there have also been a few ling and short blackfish.
Governor Phil Murphy Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver NJ Home Services A to Z Departments Agencies FAQs SearchAll of NJThis Site DEP Home About DEP Index by Topic Programs Units DEP Online Select LanguageV Translator Disclaimers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 20, 2018 Contact Lawrence Hajna (609) 984-1795 Caryn Shinske (609) 984-1795 NEW JERSEY AND DELAWARE EASE CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES FOR CERTAIN FISH CAUGHT IN LOWER DELAWARE RIVER AND DELAWARE BAYREVISIONS REFLECT DECLINE IN PERSISTENT CONTAMINANTS SUCH AS PCBS AND PESTICIDES IN THE WATERBODIES (18 P015) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection has eased consumption advisories on certain fish species caught in the lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay, an indication of improving ecological conditions as levels of contaminants decline, Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced today. For all freshwater fish and waters not covered by consumption advisories, consumers should follow the DEP's general freshwater advisories, which recommend eating no more than one meal per week for the general population and no more than one meal a month for high-risk individuals.