WGMD Fishing Report 12-23-18

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Sunday was a bit cold and windy and, to the best of my knowledge, no one was fishing.  With Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the horizon, I don’t think too many people will be on the water anytime soon.

A lot has been written and said about global warming and if you do any saltwater fishing you must have observed the many changes that have occurred in the ocean and bay.  When I was growing up in the 1940s and 50s we caught porgies and croakers in Delaware Bay.  Then we had the fantastic trout years and now we catch triggerfish and spadefish, two species that were unheard of a few years ago.

Summer flounder, that used to populate the Inland Bays, now live in 100-foot depths out in the ocean.  Last year, the winner of the Paradise Grill Flounder Tournament had to run up to Point Pleasant, New Jersey to catch his fish.

Speckled trout are moving further north every year.

We are catching dolphin on the sea bass pot flags just inside the shipping channel and the best sea bass fishing has been in the canyons.

Global warming, yea I think so.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.