Fishing action is heating up all over

NEW JERSEY

2013 Marine Regulations for New Jersey:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/saltwater.htm

The Tackle Box, 1134 State Route 36, Hazlet (732-264-7711) http://www.striperspecial.com: Phil says the stripers are turned on. They weighed in an 18.5-pounder that was caught on clams from Keansburg Beach on Thursday, as well as a 17.25-pounder on bunker chunk from Keyport. Ed Sosnovik of Allentown caught a 25-pounder from the boat while clamming. Boats are trolling stretch plugs and catching with clams and bunker.

BARNEGAT BAY

Brielle Tackle, 800 Ashley Ave., Brielle (732-528-5720) http://www.brielletackle.com: Greg says the stripers are being caught from the party boats. Inshore, blackfish are being caught between the 5- and 6-mile wrecks. Stripers are there within a mile of the inlet while jigging and clamming. Some are keepers. Herring and rubber worms are working. The Manasquan River is producing winter flounder up to 18 inches on sandworms. Small tautog and stripers are being caught there as well. The action is good all over, and there isn't a lot of angler pressure.

LITTLE EGG INLET

Scott's Bait & Tackle, 945 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor Township (609-296-1300) http://www.scottsbt.com: Scott says there is some fantastic fishing going on with stripers, bluefish and drum action hot right now, and they are getting hammered. High tides are preferred for the best action. Fresh clams are working for stripers and drum, with blues going after bunker and mackerel. The big drum fish on Wednesday was 37 inches, and 32.4 pounds. On Monday, a 36-inch, 17.5-pound striper got weighed in. Scott says it's nice to finally have some hot action going on, so come on down.

AVALON

Avalon Hodge Podge Bait & Tackle, 2389 Ocean Drive, Avalon (609-967-3274) http://avalonhp.com: Dave and Tammie say the fish have shown up, especially in the surf. Stripers and tautog have been plentiful in the surf just about every morning. The stripers have been taken on both clam and bucktails, but the bigger ones have been hitting fresh clams. The tog have been mostly throw-backs with a few keepers mixed in using green crabs. Finally, Gray from Green Holly Campground weighed in from the surf a 31-inch, 19-pound black "puppy" drum he caught using fresh clams. Also special mention to the speckled trout that Mike L. caught in the back bay using Fin-S pink shad on bucktail.

DELAWARE

2013 Delaware Fishing Guide: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Documents/2013%20Fishing%20Guide.pdf

REHOBOTH BEACH

Old Inlet Bait & Tackle, Highway One, Rehoboth (302-227-7974) http://www.oldinlet.com: Jim says it's been up and down. Sunday was a great day from the beach for stripers and bluefish. Monday, it went to pieces with the wind, which continues to blow. Tautog fishing is OK at the inlet.

gary.blockus@mcall.com

610-820-6782

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