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Offseason Fishing Report 1-29-19

NEW YORK

Point Lookout

After a week of rough weather, cod trips resumed Saturday through Monday on the party boat Captain Al, Capt. Tom Weiss said on Monday night. Brutal wind during the rough weather left the ocean very riled up when the trips resumed. A few cod were found here and there, but no good numbers. On Sunday, wind blew hard from south. That’s always tough on the fishing, and seemed to shut down the bite on Monday’s trip. A few throwback cod bit, slow fishing. Wind on Monday blew from north, a better direction for the angling, but the fish seemed still affected from the southerly. Most cod on the trips were hooked in shallow water. But the trips also pushed deeper, as far from shore as 25 miles, where depths were 120 feet, attempting to escape the riled up shallower water. But if cod are yet to migrate deeper this season, you’re not going to catch them in the deep. That seemed to be the case, the fishing found out. Maybe the fact that the fish remained in the shallows was good, because cod usually migrate deeper as winter goes on, and the ocean becomes colder, until they disappear from waters in range of Point Lookout. The water was 42 degrees. Weather during the next couple of days looks rough. Forecasts for the weekend currently look good. The boat is this website’s closest to New Jersey that fishes for cod daily each winter. The trips are running 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.

DELAWARE/MARYLAND

Cold and wind made fishing the ocean downright dangerous much of last week from Delaware and Maryland, online reports said. Some big blackfish were axed two weekends ago, just before the cold, from both states. One was a 20-pound whopper from Maryland. Limits were sometimes caught from these states, though the blackfishing slowed somewhat, compared with earlier this winter.

NORTH CAROLINA

Wanchese

About a half-dozen boats were fishing this morning for giant bluefin tuna when Marina Manager Todd Cummings from Outer Banks Marina gave this report, he said while the vessels were still on the water. He’d find out how they fared when they returned. Wind weathered out the angling yesterday and might cancel the trips the next two days. But the fleet nailed great fishing for the bluefins, big ones, on Saturday. The Canyon Runner docked one that weighed a little more than 700 pounds dressed. Another boat subdued one that weighed 462 pounds before being dressed. Visit Website.

 

Oregon Inlet

Catches of bluefin tuna began, said Brigitte from Oregon Inlet Fishing Center. Commercial trips iced the bluefins including a 500-pounder the other day. The fishing was kind of just getting started, she said. Activity with that angling really takes off when charters begin to sail for them from the marina more frequently, beginning in February. Yellowfin tuna were also brought in, and a sailfish was landed. Winter is an unusual time for a sail to be caught locally. Visit Website.

Hatteras

Winter’s first severe cold last week seemed to pull a few drum into the surf, River from Teach’s Lair Marina wrote in a report on the marina’s Facebook page. He and a friend beached a couple of 24-inchers on Thursday. Since then, a few drum were heard about from the beach. Offshore fishing was where it’s at. Tuna including blackfins were biting. Just not a lot of boaters sailed for them. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Traveling trips to the Florida Keys will next fish this weekend aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service from Sea Isle City, N.J. He runs the trips every winter, and the trips lately saw one or two tarpon a day. Fishing for them was good. The trips also reeled in redfish, jacks, snappers, sharks, barracudas, groupers and a little of everything. Jersey Cape mostly fishes the bay and the Everglades from the Keys. Visit Website. Call: 609-827-3442.

Marathon

Posts on Manicsportfishing from Keyport, N.J.’s, Facebook page showed that trips from the Florida Keys bailed fish aboard. Manic is chartering from the Keys for winter, and the catches included blacktip sharks, yellowtail snappers, mangrove snappers, cobia and more. Manic usually fishes the ocean side. Call: 908-216-8355.

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