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Offseason Fishing Report 3-28-17


NEW YORK

Point Lookout

A handful of cod were swung in on the party boat Captain Al on Saturday, Capt. Tom Weiss said. Blackfish, out of season in New York, were released, and the trip fished in 75 to 125 feet of water. The ocean there was 40 degrees. No trips fished Friday and Sunday in rougher weather. The boat will go in the ship yard this weekend or the following weekend, so telephone to confirm before heading to the vessel. Trips are fishing for cod 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through Sunday. If cod are in, trips target them. Otherwise, trips fish wrecks for cod, pollock, ling or whatever will bite. Trips are likely to run for cod and ling through April. New York’s porgy season opens on May 1, and a showing of them is usually targeted aboard then. When sea bass season opens, the boat jumps on sea bass. New York is yet to decide the sea bass season. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

DELAWARE/MARYLAND

Striped bass, mostly throwbacks, were slid from the surf from Maryland to Delaware during the weekend, online reports said. That included at Assateague in Maryland and Fenwick Island and Indian Rive Inlet in Delaware. One report mentioned a couple of keepers that were banked south of the inlet. “It’s starting!” it said. Fishing the mackerel migration in this area was short-lived, another report said. One party boat from Maryland that tried for mackerel last week reported that the fishing “didn’t work out.” But the vessel will still fish for them “once in a while.” The crew guessed that the mackerel might’ve retreated south last week because of a dropping ocean temperature from rough weather last week. The boat reported about a captain sailing from Delaware for mackerel last weekend who “at least got to see what the fish look like.” The vessel from Maryland sailed for blackfish when not mackerel fishing. Many throwbacks bit, but there was lots of action. Anglers wondered whether the warm winter will affect tuna fishing that usually develops in June off Maryland. Maybe the fishing will begin early, or maybe the water will become all one temperature earlier than usual, eliminating fish-attracting temperature breaks. Should be interesting, a report said.

NORTH CAROLINA

Oregon Inlet

Fantastic fishing was pasted for big bluefin tuna on multiple boats Saturday from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, a report said on the marina’s website. “… with lots of releases,” it said. “These anglers have some great stories to tell … .” Bluefin catches on the previous day included a 72-incher on one trip and a 70-incher on another. Another trip released one of the tuna that day after breaking the rod during the fight. A few yellowfin tuna were tackled during the days, too. March is usually the peak of bluefin fishing from the marina. Yellowfin fishing should begin to pick up now. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Trips fished for a little of everything aboard, said Capt. Bruce Andersen from <b>Captain Easy Charters</b>. The outings trolled blackfin tuna 7 miles from port in 250 to 300 feet of water. Mutton snappers were cranked from wrecks in depths like that on livelined bait. A big one, 20 pounds, was iced yesterday. Sometimes amberjacks were clobbered on live bait at wrecks like that and at the Islamorada Hump, an underwater mound that’s 11 miles from port. Closer to shore, good fishing for yellowtail snappers was pasted at the reef, 3 or 4 miles from port, on cut bait. Fishing that’s coming up includes targeting mahi mahi that become more abundant as the season warms. Call: 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

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