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August 31, 2017 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report With Jim Hutchinson, Jr.


August 31, 2017 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report With Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
No way to sugarcoat it folks, it’s the final weekend of Jersey Shore fluke fishing for 2017, so make the most of it. Some giants have been registered along the North Jersey coast in the past week, a couple of 12-pounders in front of Sandy Hook and outside of Shark River, with most of the Garden State fleet hitting the wrecks and reef sites hard in the final days.

With a passing shot from a tropical system to our south earlier in the week and the effects of Harvey expected to hit sometime after Labor Day it’s quite possible that much of the fluke bite could diminish by this time next week anyway; regardless, boats continue to sail with anxious anglers looking for bluefish, inshore pelagics like Spanish macks and bonito, as well as porgies and triggerfish.

Meanwhile stripers and weakfish are beginning to turn on for light tackle anglers choosing their time, tide and tactic correctly – gotta be in it to win they say! Offshore action has been mostly waylaid by a good heave, and while thoughts and prayers are conveyed to family and friends in Texas and Louisiana this week, it’s hard not to selfishly think back to Sandy this week as we keep an eye out on Harvey’s after-effects as it continues moving N/NE.

But hey, it’s Labor Day Weekend folks, so go grab an extra day off and catch ‘em up!

Weekly reports for NJ/DE region at

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  • Brit Zamoyta

    Going to miss the fluke and Seabass

  • Rocky Esposito

    I feel the same way, really going to miss the SeaBass & Fluke Fishing. I was fortunate enough to fish a lot this summer, off of Party Boats from the Atlantic Highlands & Belmar (Golden Eagle). Yesterday I even pulled a double-header trip wise, since it was the last day for SeaBass (and also due to the waves, Thursday was many boats first day out the entire week). The fishing for SeaBass was better then Fluke overall, but out of Belmar we also been hitting plenty of Mackerel, and some False Albacore. I was even catching some decent size Ling staying at the bottom.

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