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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, February 19.

| New York | Delaware/Maryland/Virginia | North Carolina | Florida | Last Week's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY

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

Last Week's Report
NEW YORK

Point Lookout

The party boat Captain Al sailed for cod Sunday, Capt. Tom Weiss said. The trips were weathered out for days previously, and on Sunday’s trip, the catches were alright. Only eight anglers climbed aboard, but they each bagged a couple of cod. The fish were hooked in the 70- and 80-foot shallows. So the cod were yet to push farther from shore like they do eventually in winter, seeking warmer water. The water on the fishing grounds was 41 degrees, the same as in past weeks. A few ling, the first of winter aboard, were also landed. No baitfish were really seen or marked. All the cod were clammed. Sometimes they can be jigged when baitfish are schooling. No trip fished Monday because of “lack of participation,” the boat’s Facebook page said. Too few anglers wanted to go, though wind was calm. Maybe too few showed up because forecasts had called for snow. Only a dusting fell the night before, though more was forecast. The snow apparently fell farther south than predicted. More fell in New Jersey. Several inches did. That might’ve kept anglers from showing up, too. A couple of inches were forecast for last night at Point Lookout, and that was supposed to change to rain today. A gale warning was posted for today and tomorrow, probably keeping the boat docked. But Tom hopes weather straightens out afterward. 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/VIRGINIA

Blackfishing on the ocean was slow because of cold water, but the blackfish were big that were caught, online reports said. That was on trips from Lewes, Del., to Ocean City, Md., and the water was in the 40 degrees. Sea bass fishing was outstanding from Virginia. Anglers limited out on hefty ones to 3 to 5 pounds. Big hake and some bluefish were mixed in.

NORTH CAROLINA

Wanchese

Fishing for giant bluefin tuna was somewhat slower than previously, Marina Manager Todd Cummings from Outer Banks Marina said. The fleet fished for them a couple of days this past week, between windy weather. They caught some, but fewer than before. None of the tuna was huge, but they weighed 300 to 400 pounds. This is commercial fishing, and some of the commercial boats also take charters, and that’s allowed by law. Private boats can also fish for the bluefins, because they’re allowed to harvest one trophy bluefin per year. Todd had thought the commercial quota would be filled last week. But additional quota was added that week. Visit Website.

Hatteras

A few dog sharks bit in the surf, a report said on Teach’s Lair Marina’s Facebook page. But nothing was going on for surf anglers. A 19-inch summer flounder was known to be dragged from the water. One boat sailed offshore from the marina. Seas were rough, but the trip docked an 81-pound wahoo and some blackfin tuna. Visit Website.

FLORIDA

Islamorada

Traveling charters to the Florida Keys will next fish in a couple of weeks aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service from Sea Isle City, N.J. He offers the trips every winter, and catches on the most recent of the trips included a 40-pound permit on 10-pound line, a tarpon that was jumped and snook and redfish that were angled. That was from the bay to the Everglades and was covered in the previous report here. The permit was big, a fish of a lifetime. Visit Website. Call: 609-827-3442.

Marathon

A morning trip yesterday lit into yellowtail snappers and cero mackerel “galore” with Manicsportfishing! Manic’s Facebook page said. The trip was the first time the anglers ever fished on the ocean, and the angling was a blast, it said. Manic, a charter from Keyport, N.J., that’s fishing the Florida Keys this winter, mostly fishes the ocean side from the islands. The previous trip, with a family aboard, limited out on snappers at the reef, the Facebook page said. The reef is several miles from shore, and Manic is also chasing catches beyond the reef, from amberjacks and king mackerel to blackfin tuna, sailfish and more. Most of this Keys fishing is on the ocean side aboard. Follow on Facebook. Call: 908-216-8355.