The first reported weakfish of the 2016 season comes from somewhere behind Sea Isle City on a Mr. Twister Silver Fleck. “More bait, minnows, shrimp and anchovies than I've seen back there in spring in years, before Sandy,” said Capt. Al Crudele of his son Mike’s big catch this week, which also included a couple of fluke that had to be returned.
Big news up the Delaware River in the form of giant stripers being caught and released from shore somewhere between the Commodore Barry and Delaware Memorial Bridges (though non one’s really saying for sure – loose lips launch ships!) Fact is the spawners are on the move upriver, hence the start of the ‘catch and release’ season on the Delaware between the Salem River and Trenton.
More stripers are being reported out front too on up to the Raritan Bay, as boaters are finally getting out on the grounds as well with our on-water reports of the season.
Don’t forget, New Jersey gets a four-fish bag limit on tautog again on April 1 (no fooling!) while bluefish are moving up the Delaware Coast as we learned in this week’s reports posted in the April edition of The Fisherman.
Get those reports at http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=directory.category&PDIR=74