There’s starting to be a little more life on the water, although less than there should be when you consider how good the fishing has been.
The fluke have spread out more and are in the Rips as well as the deeper water. But the better fish (up to 10 pounds this week) are off the south side. You can probably catch more in the Rips, but the keepers are scarcer there. In addition to the fluke, the squid baits are also attracting some stripers, blues and nice big seabass, which are out of bounds until mid-July. That’s especially frustrating since in New Jersey they are in season since yesterday.
The stripers are cooperating nicely with many boats able to catch limits on halfday trips and the ones that don’t only a fish or two short. The good old green ‘chutes are doing most of the damage, but diamond jigs are catching fish as well, and any sighting of birds will also result in a pile of bluefish.
If you are a cold weather fishing aficionado, you will appreciate the news that there will most likely be a new world record for codfish approved shortly after a 103 pound fish was caught by a German angler this week.