Weekly fishing reports for NJ/DE Bay at http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=directory.category&PDIR=74
Temperatures into the low 90s along parts of the Jersey Shore soared as high as 97 degrees in Burlington County on Wednesday afternoon, the hottest October day ever recorded for much of our region. What a difference a day makes though; a cold front overnight brought fall temps back down into the 60’s on Thursday, which could get even cooler by Saturday. That could prove to be good news in terms of a “fall run” as changes to both the thermometer and the barometer could help trigger the coastal striped bass action, perhaps bring a few new fish our way as well.
Bluefish action is solid all along the beaches with good eating cocktail-class choppers; party boats waiting out the return of black sea bass on October 8 with mixed bag trips with plenty of porgies to be had for some Garden State ports. Offshore action with yellowfin, mahi and swordfish has been solid, but don’t count on hitting the edge until after this front barrels through. Also in this week’s forecast, a quick trip to the Pocono’s produces good results when introducing saltwater mojos to freshwater stripers; if a fall foliage tour is on the honeydo list just don’t forget the freshwater fishing gear.