Speckled Trout in Cape May As Stripers Run South
It’s been a November to remember for anglers in South Jersey – Atlantic and Cape May counties in particular – as the cyclical run of spotted sea trout or “specks” has been off the charts. Folks tossing soft plastics and their favorite hard baits for weakfish hard have a feast on the trout in recent weeks; no telling how much longer it lasts following the mid-week cold snap. On the striped bass front, peanut bunker running the gauntlet down the beach are beginning to get hit hard by the linesides, with Monmouth and Ocean counties the epicenter of what many hope to be an epic fall bite. Top striped bass in this week’s video forecast is a 58-pounder taken on the troll off Monmouth County. Those waiting in South Jersey and Delaware take heart – these fish are moving south with quite a few fish still coming down from the north. On Saturday, New Jersey’s blackfish limit goes to five fish, though weather conditions forecast for Saturday and Sunday could make it a tough go; keep one eye on the forecast and another on the birds working in tight to the Jersey Shore beaches this week.