The amazing numbers of double digit blackfish from the southern end of N.J. through Delmarva being caught this winter have included the largest ever by a woman and many multiple daily catches by individuals.

New Jersey pro Dante Soriente reported even dead whitelegger crabs worked on his Magictail jigs as his crew aught 10 in the 11-14-pound range. Fish Bound from Ocean City, Md. reported a challenging bitelast week, with Sunday being an especially tough grind. However, the opportunity is there for dedicated tog anglers. One group had five up to 15 pounds along with three-fish boat limits of smaller blacks despite having to fish through lots of sea bass which are out of season.

Tautog of that size are very hard to come by in heavily fished northern areas. The Big Mohawk from Belmar reported lots of tog action yesterday with shorts plus an occasional keeper up to 6 pounds plus a couple of keeper cod. They’ll be taking a break until April’

The NY/NJ Bight forecast is for north winds at 10-15 knots plus gusts to 20.

Capt. Greg Mercurio says it looks like the wind gods will permit the Yankee Capts. to get out of Key West for great variety bottom fishing and jigging.

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