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Offseason Fishing Report 2-16-16


NEW YORK

Point Lookout

No fishing sailed in days on the party boat Captain Al, because of weather, Capt. Tom Weiss said. The weather included severe cold during the weekend. But weather looks better this week, and he hopes to resume the trips. The boat is fishing for cod and is this website’s nearest to New Jersey that sails for cod daily each winter. If cod are in, the boat targets them. Otherwise the trips wreck-fish for whatever catches can be bagged, like a few cod and some ling and pollock. The trips are running 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Beach

The Rudy Angler was weathered out this weekend, said Capt. Skip Feller from Rudee Inlet Charters. The party boat is fishing at Norfolk Canyon on one trip each week, every Saturday, like the vessel does every winter. Catches can include blueline tilefish, golden tilefish, black belly rosefish, wreckfish, groupers and more. The weather wasn’t as cold as farther north in New Jersey, but was cold for Virginia, and windy, causing rough seas. Snow fell slightly, but melted by yesterday in warmer weather and rain. Weather is supposed to reach the 60 degrees this coming weekend, but southerly wind, accompanying the warm front, is supposed to blow strongly and might weather out this week’s trip. The unique trips are slated for 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday. Sometimes anglers are offered to sail on a Sunday or a Monday instead, if weather looks better then. Call: 757-422-5700 or 757-425-3400. Visit Website.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hatteras

Bluefin tuna got smoked yesterday on the Fin Again, a boat from <b>Teach’s Lair Marina’s</b>, the marina’s Facebook page said. The trip landed a 94-incher, a 92-incher and a 77-incher by 11:30 a.m. Boats from the TV show Wicked Tuna, also fishing the area, caught none yet this season. “Fin Again 5 Wicked Tuna 0,” the page said. Fin Again also caught two on Friday, by 9 a.m. Those were the first bluefins that the Hatteras fleet caught this season, and one of those was 96 inches, weighing 362 pounds, dressed. The other was 125 pounds lighter, and the fish were found at a place named the Point, about halfway between Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Inlet, slightly closer to Oregon Inlet. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Weather was tough, but fishing was good, when weather was calm, said Capt. Bruce Andersen from Captain Easy Charters. Weather would be calm on one day, rough on the next few, then calm on a few, and so on. El Niño seemed the cause, but catches included sailfish. Sailfishing wasn’t red hot, but picked the fish. King mackerel fishing was great, so long as bait could be caught. Blackfin tuna, big, to 30 pounds, were sometimes in the mix, during sailfishing. A couple of mahi mahi also bit then, and all these fish were mostly hooked on live bait like pilchards and ballyhoos slow-trolled offshore of the reef a few miles. The reef is several miles from port, and trips also bottom-fished, pumping in catches including snappers at various places, including patch reefs inshore of the main reef. A trip yesterday did that, cranking in mutton snappers, yellowtail snappers and mangrove snappers. Call: 305-451-9578 or 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

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