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Offseason Fishing Report 1-23-18

NEW YORK

Point Lookout

A phone call that was made to the party boat Captain Al for a fishing report was unanswered at press time. But the boat’s Facebook page said on Thursday that weather looked good for the vessel’s daily trips for cod to sail last Friday through yesterday. Weather kept the fleet from fishing last week through Thursday, “so all the wrecks have had a nice rest, (and hopefully) some cod and ling have filled in,” it said. The boat is this website’s only that’s scheduled to fish for cod daily each winter. The trips are slated for 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

DELAWARE/MARYLAND

Weather warmed and looked fishable last weekend, and boats from Delaware were expected to sail for blackfish then, according to online reports. But none of the reports gave results. They probably will this coming week, including because mild weather continued to be forecast. One of the fishing reports said that how far south the boats would need to sail to find the tautog willing to bite remained to be seen. That report also said Delaware Bay was in the low 30 degrees last week, slightly warmer than previously. But practically no fish will bite locally in water below 40. Weather was still sometimes cold and back waters still held ice last week in Delaware. None of the usual online sources reported about fishing along Maryland’s coast.

NORTH CAROLINA

Atlantic Beach

Bluefin tuna just weren’t around, said Loretta Davis from Captain Stacy Fishing Center. Maybe they held farther offshore, beyond range of anglers. They can usually appear from December to February within range of the local fleet. The boaters hooked them for about 10 days in December this winter, but not since. Maybe they’ll show up again. No boaters from the marina even tried for them currently, because that seemed useless. Commercial trips from the docks bottom-fished, returning with vermillion snappers, triggerfish and sea bass. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Captain Easy Charters hadn’t fished a lot this past week, but when it did, sailfish, king mackerel and blackfin tuna were reeled in, Capt. Bruce Andersen said. The fish were tackled on live bait like goggle eyes or cigar minnows slowly trolled or fished on kites just offshore of the reef, 3 to 6 miles from port. At the reef, 3 miles offshore of the dock, yellowtail snappers were nabbed on chunks of bait drifted back into a chum slick while the boat was anchored. Sometimes other snappers also bite during that angling, but pretty much yellowtails did currently. Windy weather kept the boat from being sailed farther from shore for deep-drop fishing for larger snappers -- yelloweyes and vermillions -- in 400-foot depths. But a couple of trips today and tomorrow probably would do that aboard, in forecasts for calmer wind, and that angling’s been good. For those fish, cut bait like squid is fished along limestone bottom with contours like small valleys that attract the fish. Call: 305-360-2120. Visit Website.

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