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Offseason Fishing Report 3-7-17


NEW YORK

Point Lookout

None of the cod trips sailed Friday and Saturday on the party boat Captain Al because of wind, Capt. Tom Weiss said. Wind was supposed to diminish overnight Saturday, and the crew expected to fish Sunday. But wind still honked Sunday morning, and weather was 15 degrees then. No trip sailed, and only two anglers showed up. But Tom hopes this weekend’s trips fish, and most of the trips fished lately, had the weather. Trips are fishing for cod 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday through Sunday. The boat is this website’s only that exclusively fishes for cod each winter. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

DELAWARE/MARYLAND

The ocean just off the beach in Delaware and Maryland was in the low 40 degrees two weeks ago, online reports said. That was warmer than usual, and good numbers of birds dove on baitfish then off Indian River Inlet in Delaware. But anglers found no fish including striped bass working the bait. One report talked about a trip that sailed 12 miles off Delaware around that time. Many gannets worked good-sized schools of bunker in the 44-degree water there, but no fish were found foraging on the bait. The anglers had hoped for bluefish. Delaware Bay last week was in the mid-40 degrees, not yet reaching 50 degrees that could draw in substantial numbers of stripers. Delaware’s shore anglers on the bay reeled in white perch. The year’s first keeper striper, 30 inches, that was heard about was hooked from Indian River Inlet in the final days of February. A few throwback stripers began biting in the inlet then. A couple of weeks might pass before large, migrating stripers arrive. Blackfishing was slow off Delaware in the ocean. An angler might pull in a good-sized one of the tautog, but not many. Maryland’s summer flounder regulations were set for the year: a 17-inch minimum size, four-fish per angler bag limit and no closed season. The only difference from previously is that 16 inches was the minimum size before. That’s compared with a 19-inch minimum size, a three-fish limit and a 128-day season for flounder in New Jersey that the federal government has voted to impose this year. New Jersey has vowed not to comply with those regs – the first time the state has ever done that – and has vowed to fight them. Maryland’s sea bass regs were also decided for this year and are the same as last year: a 12-1/2 minimum size, 15 fish bag limit and open seasons from May 15-Sept. 21 and Oct. 22-Dec. 31.

NORTH CAROLINA

Oregon Inlet

Two charter boats yesterday landed bluefin tuna at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, Denise MacNamara said. One of the fish was a 98-inch 400-pounder, and the other was 80 inches. A private boater from the marina scored a 70-incher yesterday. Someone from the marina this morning reported tackling a 71-incher. A couple of other boats departed last night for the fishing and were yet to return this morning when Denise gave this report in a phone call. No other fish like yellowfin tuna were talked about. “Everybody seems to have bluefin fever,” she said. Visit Website.

Hatteras

Lots of blackfin tuna were boated on the ocean from Teach’s Lair Marina, a report said on the marina’s website. Charters filled coolers with the fish, and the tuna were mixed with false albacore. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Wind weathered out fishing the past few days with Captain Easy Charters, Capt. Bruce Andersen said. But wind is supposed to calm by tomorrow, and fishing was good before the wind. Amberjack season opened Wednesday, the first of the month, and some trips got after them aboard, catching at the Islamorada Hump and deep-water wrecks in 400 feet. The hump is an underwater mound that attracts fish 11 miles from shore, rising 290 feet from bottom, in 600 feet of water. Trips also fought big bull sharks that foraged on the amberjacks at both places. Fishing for king mackerel was good just offshore of the reef, 4 or 5 miles from port. A few sailfish were still hooked in the same waters, and some blackfin tuna bit in the area. Trolled live bait landed all of those fish. Occasionally live bait was fished from kites for some of the catches. Snapper fishing was good at wrecks in 200 to 400 feet, 6 to 10 miles from port. The snappers included vermillion, lane, yelloweye and some mutton. Call: 305-451-9578 or 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

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