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Offseason Report

Report from Tuesday, March 26.

| 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 early spring,
New Jersey’s off-season.

Delaware/Maryland/Virginia
White perch were banked from Delaware Bay from shore at Bower’s Beach in Delaware, online reports said. That was some of the year’s first news about catches from the bay. But the first rumblings about striped bass catches trickled in from Delaware River. Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle in Philadelphia’s Facebook page on Thursday said someone called in a report about catching several 24- to 26-inch stripers on the lower river. The river averaged 43 to 44 degrees. That was the only striper report from the New Jersey area since on the page. The shop is a source of news for the river’s spring striper run. An angler posted an article today on the page about a 35-pound striper caught and released on the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., apparently last week. Absecon Bay Sportsman Center in Absecon, N.J., reported that the year’s second striper was checked-in at the store yesterday, and the fish, a 16-1/2-pound 33-incher, came from the “Delaware River side” of New Jersey. But most reports about stripers from Delaware and Maryland only mentioned a few small ones, throwbacks, that began to hit at places like inlets and along bridges. On the ocean off Delaware, blackfishing was “less than spectacular,” one report said, but if you stick it out, you should catch dinner. Another report, from Maryland, said blackfishing was okay to slow off that state. It said fishing was yet to pick up in warming weather, but fishing for summer flounder began to improve during March’s final week last year at Cape Charles in Virginia.