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Offseason Fishing Report 1-15-19

NEW YORK

Point Lookout

Cod fishing was pretty good in past days on the party boat Captain Al, Capt. Tom Weiss said. The fishing was generally improving, and more and more cod seemed to be showing up. Lots were throwbacks on yesterday’s trip, but a fair number were keepers on the outing. Shallow depths 50 to 75 feet fished best, and cod usually pull deeper and farther from shore as the ocean cools and winter goes on. But the water temp currently was 46 degrees, the same as a while now. Forty-two to 46 is ideal. The fish were clammed, and one angler tried jigging almost the whole trip a couple of days ago, but hooked none on a jig. Jigs can usually catch when baitfish like mackerel or herring are schooling the fishing grounds. No baitfish were seen there lately. But boats tied into mackerel, lots, closer to shore, in very shallow water 30 feet deep, just outside the inlet. Dog sharks have been no problem on the Captain Al’s trips. The boat is this website’s closest to New Jersey that fishes for cod daily each winter. The trips are sailing 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

DELAWARE/MARYLAND

Blackfishing on the ocean caught sporadically, scoring well on some trips, and tough on others, according to online reports. Some of the better reports rolled in from the reefs off Delaware. Off Maryland, the trips caught, but not great. Still, sometimes those anglers limited out. The tautog fishing was about the only angling off this coast.

NORTH CAROLINA

Hatteras

Wind, rain and cold kept most anglers from surf-fishing, a report said on <b>Teach’s Lair Marina</b>’s Facebook page. Rough conditions, it said, and mostly only a few dog sharks bit, at Cape Point. But one angler hit the surf and immediately dragged in a drum. “So there’s a few fish here,” the report said. “… you just gotta throw right on top of em." Visit Website.

Atlantic Beach

Nothing new was doing with fishing from Captain Stacy Fishing Center, because boating from the marina was weathered out, Loretta Davis said. Trips this time of year would try for bluefin tuna, and wahoo fishing’s been good when the fleet has had the weather to sail. Not many bluefins were caught at all this winter from the port. During some years, plenty have been by now. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service’s next traveling trips to the Florida Keys will fish this coming weekend, he said. He’s from Sea Isle City, N.J., and runs the trips each winter. He’s already fished on the trips this season, and they reeled in redfish, speckled sea trout, tarpon, sharks, jacks, snappers and much more. He mostly fishes the bay and in the Everglades across the bay. But sometimes he’ll run to the ocean side for catches like blackfin tuna. Visit Website. Call: 609-827-3442.

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