WGMD Fishing Report 12-31-17


Saturday saw temperatures climb just above freezing, but fishing would still have been an unpleasant experience.

This will be our last report for 2017.  We started off with big blues and ended up with big rockfish and in between we had sea bass, flounder and tiny blues.  My fishing year was not so good, but like any year some did well, and some, not so much.  Last year it was my turn for the not so much.

The New Year brings hope for better fishing and I think we will see improvement in the croaker and spot fishing that never materialized in 2017.  If only half of the 15-inch flounder I caught last year grow two inches, 2018 will be the best flounder fishing in decades.  Black sea bass will be back in good numbers with the possibility of some bigger porgies mixed in the catch.

Triggerfish and sheepshead were a pleasant surprise last year and there should be an equal number available in 2018.  I believe it is time for some size and bag limits on these two fish placed either by the government or by conservation aware sportfishermen.  Happy New Year.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.