Weekly reports for NJ/DE Bay region at http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=directory.category&PDIR=74

Winter-like weather is expected to return to our region again in the coming days, with low temps finally dipping back into 20’s again for Thursday into the weekend. Winds may keep boats in port until Saturday, but a good little window is all that’s needed to take advantage of the bottomfishing action which includes good size tautog, sometimes plentiful ling, a few jumbo porgies and handfuls of tasty cod.

There are still a few stripers out front along the beaches whacking at smaller plugs, tins and plastics; just remember that New Jersey’s back bay and river striper bite is restricted. What’s not restricted is your ability to find a few white perch willingly attacking baits like bloodworms or live shrimp, and often chasing small twister tails on small jigheads from shore. An ultra-light tackle game, white perch can be had at spots along both the Delaware and Raritan and their tributaries and feeders, as well as throughout the Great Egg, Mullica, Forked and Toms rivers of New Jersey. If wind and swells are keeping you close to home, consider a trip to a shop near you still stocking fresh, lively baits, as an hour or two from shore may be just what you need.