Sandy Hook NJ Fishing Reports for 2019
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February 1, 2019

Dear Angler,

Well, here we are. February 1st and as you may have noticed, the days are slowly getting longer and longer. A welcome sight seeing that we are in a historic cold snap....yikes! Maybe I shouldn't say this, but so far the winter hasn't been too bad. No major snowstorms yet but that could change at any time. :(

A reminder that the SWABC Flea Market will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17th. at the Hasbrouck Heights VFW Hall. (Google map for directions), so mark your calendar for this one. A great show with tons of stuff, a 50/50 raffle, food and more....stop by and shake off that cabin fever.

Also a date to remember is Saturday, February 23rd for the Ramsey Outdoors "Cast and Blast" one day show at their Succasunna, NJ location. Reel Fun Sportfishing will be offering a "Show Special" for those who book a fishing trip at the show...significant savings, so don't miss out on this one. This is a one time offering with all subsequent fares returning to their normal pricing.

On the fishing scene....haven't heard anything about the NJ Fluke reg's as of yet. Way too early and with the gov't. shutdown, that didn't help either so we wait. I would suspect sometime by mid March on our Fluke reg's for 2019.

I personally would like to see NJ go with 4@19" for 5 full months (same as NY reg's). More time on the water....good for anglers and good for business. With the added advantage of utilizing the entire Raritan Bay and surrounding waters to fish.....common waters should have common regulations, or is that too simple a concept to understand.

Coming along soon will be a Striper assessment taken in the Chesapeake area. There were reports of an incredible number of "schoolie" sized Stripers during the fall migration, so if you're looking for action, this spring could be a bonanza.

Schoolies on light tackle while clamming or bunker chunking is a blast not to be missed. Throw in some big keepers and you've got yourself a great day on the water.

I hope that if we do get into some "cows", you'll practice catch and release with those big spawning females that can carry anywhere from 300-400,000 eggs. It may be time to show a little restraint with these big breeders and help to keep this fabulous game fish going strong. Catch and release feels great! Box the males....release the ladies :)

Tight Lines, Capt. John & Crew

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