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Offseason Fishing Report 3-8-16


NEW YORK

Point Lookout

The party boat Captain Al will fish for cod and ling this weekend, Capt. Tom Weiss said. Afterward, the boat will be brought to the shipyard a couple of weeks for seasonal maintenance to prep the vessel for the new fishing season. The boat is this site’s nearest to New Jersey that fishes for cod daily each winter. The trips sail daily at first in winter and on weekends later in winter. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

VIRGINIA

Virginia Beach

Tilefish to 19 pounds, a good catch of them, were whacked  on the weekly party boat trip to Norfolk Canyon two Saturdays ago with Rudee Inlet Charters, Capt. Skip Feller said. Last weekend’s trip was weathered out, and he gave no report to post here last week about the trip that sailed, because he was away. But that trip scored well on the fish and also hauled in a 20-pound snowy grouper. The trip only concentrated on the bluelines, because some big were being caught. Often the trips push to deeper water after blueline fishing. The deep can give up catches including black belly rosefish, wreckfish, barrelfish, golden tilefish and groupers. Groupers usually bite in the deep, but the snowy on this trip hit in the shallows with the bluelines. The unique trips are sailing 3 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Saturday. Long-range forecasts look like this weekend’s trip will get the weather to sail. Call: 757-422-5700 or 757-425-3400. Visit Website.

NORTH CAROLINA

Oregon Inlet

Bluefins, bluefins, bluefins! a report said on Oregon Inlet Fishing Center’s website. Was great “seeing those boats come in with some meat!” it said. “Some lucky anglers brought in (bluefin tuna) measuring in between 65” and 71”.” The trips also landed yellowfin tuna. Visit Website.

Hatteras

A charter on the Fin Again, sailing from Teach’s Lair Marina, only had one bite yesterday, a report on the marina’s website said. But when that bite is a bluefin tuna, the fish that the trip was looking for, “that’s all you need,” it said. The trip reeled in a 62-incher. The TV show Wicked Tuna had been filming bluefin fishing this winter from Oregon Inlet, 50 miles north of Hattera Inlet. The show apparently wrapped up the filming for the season, and the folks from Teach’s Lair heard that the show’s anglers had great fishing for the tuna in the past weeks. “So it should be a great season come August, when they start showing this winter’s show,” it said. March is a time of transition for fishing from Hatteras. Fishing will begin to pick up, including in the surf.  Currently in the surf, anglers whaled blow toads, sometimes 30 to 40 per angler. Sea mullet, puppy drum and bluefish were also beached.  Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Florida Keys

Cold fronts ended, and weather became hot, said Capt. Mike from the Stray Cat. The weather was fantastic, and the Stray Cat is from Longport, N.J., and is fishing from the Florida Keys this winter. Bottom-fishing aboard bailed catches like mutton snappers and yellowtail snappers. That was at the edge of the reef, 3 ½ to 6 ½ miles from port, on live bait like grunts dangled in 60 to 90 feet of water. A few big king mackerel to 20 and 25 pounds were pasted aboard. That was in deeper water, beyond the reef, on live bait fished from kites. No sailfish were landed on the boat, but sailfishing improved. Sails began to bite pretty well, and trips aboard fish for them in the same way, with kites, in similar areas as the kings.  Mike’s got a couple of wrecks in 200 feet, 5 ½ miles from port, where he’ll try for amberjacks soon. Anglers from Harrisburg, Pa., and Collingswood, N.J., fished in past days on the boat. A crew from Pittsburgh was arriving yesterday.  Call: 609-391-9630. Visit Website.

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