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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, January 16.

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THIS REPORT IS UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY

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

New York
Point Lookout

Trips for cod fished Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday on the party boat Captain Al, Capt. Tom said. That’s when the trips had the weather to sail, and a handful of cod were picked on each outing. The trips fished depths from 60 feet to 120, and the shallower water, closer to shore, fished best on the first two outings. Then southerly wind began to blow during a warm front. That wind direction chills the ocean close to shore because of upwelling. That shut down the fishing closer to shore on Sunday’s trip. Ninety feet of water, farther out, was the only place that gave up cod on that trip. Fishing for cod relatively close to shore, like the boat does, is susceptible to wind direction. Cod on these grounds push farther from shore, where the ocean is warmer, as the water cools in winter. The water was 37 to 40 degrees. Blackfish, out-of-season in New York, failed to bite in the southerly. They hit previously on the boat’s trips. They might bite again, but dogfish that can be a nuisance disappeared, and they might be gone for winter, except in especially deep water, because of the cooler ocean. No mackerel and herring were hooked on the trips. Local boats that were mackerel fishing searched 40 miles to the south, finding none, on Sunday, so the crews quit fishing for them for the season. Baitfish were marked on the Captain Al’s trips that looked like herring, and birds were seen with herring they plucked from the water. All the cod were taken on clams, but they sometimes can be jigged when baitfish like herring or mackerel are schooling. Before these trips, the Captain Al was mostly weathered out in the two weeks of unusual, severe cold that assaulted the Northeast. Forecasts in the near future look warmer, above freezing at least, with calmer wind. The boat is this website’s only that fishes for cod daily each winter. Jump on the trips soon, because the fishing is usually best early in the year. The boat is sailing for cod 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. See More Info. Call: 516-623-2248.