Sunday was warmer, but small craft advisories flew and I don’t think many if any boats went out. Tog fishermen probably tried the inlet and had a few keepers with more than their share of shorts. Rockfish may still be along the oceanfront, but if so, no one has been able to get out after them. The last report I had from striper fishermen was a boat working the Eights and they had zero strikes on their stretch 25s or 30s or their MOJOs.
This will be my last fishing report for 2019. It has been a better year than 2018, but unfortunately, it didn’t end as well as it began.
We started the year with blues, shad, black drum, trout and tog in the bay, ocean and Inlet. Both boaters and shore-based anglers had good fishing and I enjoyed some of the best action I have had from the surf and the inlet in years.
Summer saw lots of spot and kings inshore with dolphin, tuna and billfish on the offshore grounds. The tuna bite was not as hot as some would like, but the deep-drop action for tilefish and swords was pretty good.
Hope to be back in 2020.
This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.