A precursor to the autumn migration of bigger and much bigger bluefish as well as striped bass, the run of “cocktail” blues, those ¾ – 2 lb. tooth-studded golden-eyed gang bangers, is underway in the inlets and along the beaches from Long Branch to Cape May.
The third segment (no kidding) of the 2018 sea bass season kicks off Monday, October 8 and continues through Halloween which will see an increase in the daily limit to 10, with the same 12.5-inch minimum length.
Hey, couple the fluke opener with the first segment of the sea bass season that doesn’t close until June 22 and includes a 10 at a 12-1/2 inch minimum limit, and expect the best eating of the year, especially if you have a vacuum sealer.
Lost in the rod ‘n reel and turkey season craziness is that the three-day blast of hot weather has finally brought out, in force, all creatures great and small that are walking, creeping, crawling and flying in and over the woods, fields, swamps and salt marshes.