NJ Fishing Report – Near Shore, Deep Sea, and Back Bay Fishing
With Flounder season now behind us and the Striped Bass getting ready to show up in another few weeks, we have taken to some wreck fishing for Sea Bass, Tautog (Black Fish) and Trigger Fish. The action has been fast and furious! As soon as you get on the wreck….which sometimes is easier said than done.
The Tautog are responding very well to crabs right now. These inshore wrecks are just off the beach, typically only 3-4 miles, allowing us to reach them on our shortest 5 hour trips. Lately we have been fishing these wrecks with our 34’ Mirage Center Console which allows us 360 degrees of fishing freedom and plenty of rail room for 6 people. In about another week or so, the bigger Blues and False Albacore should show up in good numbers on the mid-range lumps, like the East Lump and Sea Isle Ridge, which are about 15 miles offshore. In the Back Bays, we have begun to catch schoolie striped bass at dawn and dusk.
The best Striped Bass currently is fishing the last bit of daylight into the night, using either live-bait, or poppers. We use our light tackle 19’ Flats Skiff for this fishing, as it allows us to get into the shallow waters, up along the banks and into the channels under the lights in the evenings.