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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, February 19.

| New York | Delaware/Maryland/Virginia | North Carolina | Florida | Last Week's Report |

The report covers out-of-state saltwater fishing
from late fall through winter, New Jersey’s off-season.


The next traveling trips to the Florida Keys will fish during the weekend aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service from Sea Isle City, N.J. He hopes to see tarpon, permit and sharks that have been hooked recently on the trips, but also a bunch of different catches. See the traveling charters webpage on Jersey Cape’s website. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog. Call: 609-827-3442.


A 6-hour trip with four anglers yesterday pasted fish the whole time with Manicsportfishing, Capt. Greg Fabrizzi said. Manic is chartering from the Florida Keys for winter and fishes from Keyport, N.J., the rest of the year. Catches included speckled sea trout, mangrove snappers, a mess of Spanish mackerel and small sharks. A couple of out-of-season groupers were released. The groupers were small goliaths, a species that can grow huge. So that was neat. The trip fished in the Gulf of Mexico on the leeward side of the islands, because of southeast wind that roughed up the ocean. The boat was run 20 miles from shore to reach water that was deep enough. Depths there only drop one foot per mile, and 10 feet of water is the shallowest where reasonable catches can be made. Manic is landing many different catches lately, including blackfin tuna and sometimes amberjacks, wahoos and mahi mahi. The season is early for mahi, and fishing for them turns on as weather becomes hotter. Tarpon fishing will light up minutes from the dock in April. Quite a few charters are already booked for March. The Follow on Facebook. Call: 908-216-8355.