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The Fishing Line: Lines Down. Fish On.

 

By Carolyn Miller

Fish on! Striper fishing is getting better with each trip. That’s what I’m hearing from Captain Skip Jastremski on Stalker Charters, Cape May. He managed to catch 14 stripers. eight keepers to 34-inches. Captain says the bite is just getting hot and with every tide it should just get better.
Captain Ray’s TideRunner is just about ready for the water. Ray knows some fishers are starting to catch stripers up in Delaware Bay, but he’s going to wait until April to put in when the back bay and ocean front get warm enough to start catching on artificial lures and flies.
In the mean time, with the nice warm days, he has been having a lot of fun fishing South Jersey lakes and ponds with the fly rod. Bluegills and crappies have been taking small flies fished fairly slow close to the bottom and largemouth bass and pickerel have been taking orange/yellow Mickey Finn flies or small minnow patterns with some flash in them. As the water warms up the fishing should get even better.
Captain Ray says it is a great way to introduce young anglers to fishing. You do not need fly rods and fancy lures. Just get some earth or mealy worms, a bobber and a light rod and reel and you can find enough action to get the young ones excited.
The South Jersey Coastal Fly Anglers had a fishing event day. They fished freshwater and had about 20 anglers gather at the Tuckahoe Freshwater impoundments. Chain Pickerel provided the most action and hit about anything that moved. Just about everyone had some action or caught a few. There was one really nice size yellow perch and a few largemouth bass caught.
In the afternoon they moved to the brackish water ponds that drain into the saltwater creeks targeting white perch and small stripers. With the high winds and super fast currents from the full moon tides fishing was more difficult but only perch were caught. The hot perch flies were small shrimp and clouser patterns.
For anyone wanting to learn how to fly fish in salt or fresh water, they are always welcome to check out the fly club at www.southjerseycoastalflyanglers.com
April 29– May 1: The STRICTLY JERSEY Boat Show. The event typically features more than 50 vessels in the water and as many land-based exhibitors. Contact the Show Manager at 898-9500 or www.StrictlyJersey.com
Send your fishing reports and pictures to cmiller@cmcherald.com

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