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Offseason Fishing Report 1-31-17

NEW YORK

Point Lookout

Cod fishing was weathered out until Sunday in the past week on the party boat Captain Al, Capt. Tom Weiss said. Most boats along the seaboard were weathered out until then, and the trip on the Captain Al, fishing in 100- to 125-foot depths, heaved aboard a few cod that day. Some dogfish, pout and blackfish also bit. Blackfish are out-of-season in New York and were released. The ocean that far from shore was 40 to 40 ½ degrees, 2 degrees colder than two weeks ago. No trip fished Monday, and too few anglers are usually interested in sailing Mondays and Tuesdays for trips to run. Today’s weather was potentially going to be rough. Wednesday’s weather looks possible for the trips to resume. The boat is this website’s only that’s slated to fish for cod daily this time of year. The trips are scheduled for 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. Jump aboard without delay, because the water could become too cold for cod before long this winter. This has been a warm winter, but the ocean within range usually becomes cold for the angling eventually this season. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

DELAWARE/MARYLAND

Easterly wind blew 25 knots, rain fell sideways and some flooding happened last week during the storm Monday and Tuesday in Delaware and Maryland along the coast, online reports said. Coastal fishing was expected to resume later that week, when waters settled. Blackfishing was good at ocean wrecks and reefs, including at Reef 11 on the ocean off Delaware. One report noted that the angling could be best at smaller structure that’s fished less often. One trip from Delaware took a long sail to Norfolk Canyon, returning with a 200-pound swordfish caught during daytime in deep water.

NORTH CAROLINA

Oregon Inlet

Wind prevented most trips from sailing, but during the few times when anglers sailed lately, some ran into good catches of yellowfin tuna, said Denise MacNamara from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. The Fishing Frenzy sailed Sunday, landing a couple of bluefin tuna. One was 90 inches and the other was smaller. Bluefins seemed to begin arriving, and trips usually get after them in earnest starting in mid-February from the marina. The angling usually peaks in March. A large bluefin -- 1,100 pounds, Denise thought -- was docked farther south at Morehead City a couple of weeks ago. News reports said a 1,045-pound bluefin was nailed from Morehead on Jan. 20 and was believed to be the biggest-ever caught off North Carolina. Click the link to read the story. At Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, in April, trips will focus on yellowfins again, and also boat mahi mahi. Inshore fishing was currently slow. Maybe a few bluefish swam the water close to shore, but no abundance did. Visit Website.

Atlantic Beach

Bluefin tuna had been tackled through the first two weeks of January, but the angling dropped off since, said Loretta Davis from Captain Stacy Fishing Center. Spurts of the catches could still pop up, but the tuna usually disappear by February. Commercial fishing for the tuna was currently open. Recreational fishing for them was open until the first of the year. Recreationals tied into the tuna in late November and December. When the angling produced for recreationals and commercials this season, several large, including 400, 600 and 900 pounds, were fought aboard. A couple of weeks ago, recreationals boated wahoos and even a sailfish, though sailfish are uncommon this time of year. Commercial fishing was good for catches like vermilion snappers and triggerfish. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

A cold front, the winter’s second, and rain was underway in the Florida Keys, online reports said. The rain was supposed to end by early this week, but the chilly weather, with highs in the 50s early this week and in the mid-60s later in the week, was supposed to last throughout the week. The rougher weather could make anglers fish the back country in the Everglades, instead of open water from the bay to the Gulf of Mexico to the ocean side. In the back country, catches including snook, redfish and sheepshead bit. In the Gulf, Spanish mackerel gave up excellent fishing. Catches there could also include a good mix of different snappers, like mangroves, and more. Wind was supposed to blow during the week, but not too badly, from 10 to 15 knots.

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