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July 13, 2017 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report With Jim Hutchinson, Jr.


July 13, 2017 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report With Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
While most of The Fisherman Magazine’s staff is on the hunt for new product news to report back from the annual “ICAST” tackle convention in Orlando, FL, action along the New Jersey and Delaware coast is on the verge of “tackle busting” as the phenomenal bluefin bite continues. Mid-range locations like the Hot Dog and Hambone to the south, on up to the Triple Wrecks and Chicken Canyon farther north are yielding good numbers of bluefin, some surpassing the 200-pound mark.

While NOAA’s offshore forecast shows 3 to 6’s through Friday night, swells subside into Saturday and Sunday with a good 2- to 3-foot window appearing all the way through Monday. The bays and rivers continue giving up some good fluke catches from the Navesink down to Paddy’s Hole, while some folks are looking to the artificial reef sites now in the hunt for doormats.

Big news on the summer flounder front of course is news from the U.S. Department of Commerce that New Jersey’s regulations are fine as they are. Summer surf variety is increasing, with more kingfish reported, plenty of opportunities to stick a flounder dinner in the wash, while night sharking is on the uptick as well.

Weekly reports for NJ/DE region at

  • Show Comments (3)

  • michael scarano

    nice report but not everybody fishes on a boat

  • Fishing With Joseph

    Surprised ya’ll didn’t talk about that tarpon that the menhaden netters caught. If anybody is fishing just off the coast or even the surf those are a possibility all the way into September.

  • RH421939

    got a close to 6′ sand tiger off the beach in bay head last week and want  to go again but none of the million tackle shops around here never have fresh bunker or fresh anything

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