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Offseason Fishing Report 3-29-16


NEW YORK

Point Lookout

The party boat Captain Al fished Saturday and Sunday, Capt. Tom Weiss said. That was after the boat was in the yard about a week for maintenance to prep the vessel for the new fishing season. Some cod were copped on the trips, inshore, in 60 to 80 feet of water. About half the fish hooked were keepers, and half were throwbacks. The ocean was warming, the reason the fish were found inshore. In winter, trips aboard find cod in the deep, because of warmer water there. The water on the trips was 43 or 43.5 degrees, a little colder than two weeks ago. Lots of bergals bit, and quite a few out-of-season blackfish hit and were released. Trips are sailing 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through Sunday. If cod are in, the trips target them. Otherwise, wrecks are fished for cod, ling or whatever bites. In winter, the boat is this website’s nearest to New Jersey that fishes for cod daily. The trips sail every Friday to Sunday in late winter to early spring. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

Delaware/Maryland

From Delaware, few boats fished the ocean, because of weather, online reports said. Weather even kept surf anglers from fishing much. But a few scattered, throwback striped bass began to be slid from Delaware’s surf. The angling was improving in warming water. In Maryland, both surf casters and boaters tangled with throwback stripers. Blackfishing was improving for the anglers on foot and the boaters. The water was still cold enough to make the tautog fishing challenging.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Beach

Weather nixed the weekly party boat trip to Norfolk Canyon on Saturday with Rudee Inlet Charters, Capt. Skip Feller said. Long-range forecasts looked iffy for this coming weekend, or the trip might be able to sail, or might not. “We’ll keep our fingers crossed,” he said. The trips have been decking good catches of blueline tilefish. When seas and weather have been fair enough, each trip has been pushing to deeper water, after blueline tilefishing. Catches in the deep can include black belly rosefish, golden tilefish, wreckfish, barrelfish and groupers. The unique trips sail 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday in winter and early spring. Sometimes anglers are offered to sail that Sunday or Monday, if weather looks better for then. Call: 757-422-5700 or 757-425-3400. Visit Website.

NORTH CAROLINA

Oregon Inlet

Five boats fished for tuna Sunday from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, returning with some great catches of bluefins, yellowfins and blackfins, a report said on the marina’s website. The fishing was weathered out Saturday, but some boats fished the sound that day, catching striped bass, like boats did lately on the sound. On Friday, the tuna fishing was also weathered out, but on Thursday, boats caught bluefins, yellowfins and blackfins again. On Wednesday, only one boat sailed for tuna in rough weather, landing yellowfins and returning early. Last Tuesday was a beautiful day on the tuna grounds, and boats tied into bluefins, yellowfins “and an early season mahi,” the report said. One of the bluefins was a 96-incher that weighed 534-pounds dressed. Visit Website.

Hatteras

Sailing from Teach’s Lair Marina, anglers beat plenty of blackfin tuna Saturday and Sunday, a report on the marina’s website said. One had “a heck of a haul of the fish,” it said, and another boat bottom-fished offshore. The trip loaded up on golden tilefish and black belly rosefish. In the surf, blow toads, sea mullet and a few puppy drum were dragged in, similar to before. The surf had been cold, because of northerly wind, but began to warm again in southerly wind. “Should see some big ole drum in the next day or two,” the report said. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Mahi mahi to 15 pounds were included in the catch yesterday with Captain Easy Charters, Capt. Bruce Andersen said. The dolphins were hooked 10 to 12 miles from shore, “just trolling, looking, casting,” he said. Blackfin tuna were also caught on the outing, and amberjacks lately were fought at the Islamorada Hump. That’s an underwater dome, 11 miles from shore, rising 290 feet from bottom, in 600 feet of water, attracting the fish each spring. Reef fishing was good for catches including lots of snappers and king mackerel. The mackerel held a little offshore of the reef. Call: 305-451-9578 or 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

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