New Jersey is on the northern fringe of cobia migrations, and as a result is included with other states seeing few cobia in de minimus status. Those states share a mere 1% of the cobia quota, which results in a recreational allocation for New Jersey of 737 cobia this year. Though cobia have been becoming more common along the coast in recent years, that should be just fine.

Cobia are a lot more abundant in Florida, where the pandemic has slowed fishing opportunities — but seems to have improved fishing.  My nephew, Todd Correll, reports from Islamorada that the lack of commercial activity seems to have resulted in lots of bait fish in very clear waters, and an unusual volume of 100-pound yellowfin tuna.  Tuna have also been appearing much closer to shore.

Pete Connell of Avon is also in Islamorada, and notes that back country waters are loaded with small “hammer handle” snook from what must have been a very good  spawn.

Vinny D’Anton has been enjoying good wade fishing at Sarasota for large spotted sea trout, but has been surprised by a complete lack of bluefish there this winter.

Small craft warnings are up from midnight through tomorrow afternoon. It will be cold in the morning with northwest winds at 15-20 knots plus gusts to 25.


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