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Crossroads Bait and Tackle Fish Report > A couple Mackeral but not thick
A couple Mackeral but not thick

May 18, 2013

First couple mack's have started showing up out at speckled apron. They aren't in thick yet but you might be able to grab a few for live bait and it will only get better within the next couple days. Striper fishing has continued to be excellent in the river with the mouth and beachfront still a little bit chilly but that will change now that the macks have shown up. Whenever the mackeral are around live bait is a great option and if you like throwing artificials I recomend 5 to 7 inch Fin-S soft plastics on a 1oz Jig head. In river Dear Island and the Cow Pastures continue to produce a ton of action. Joppa Flatts on the last 3 hrs of the outgoing tide has also done very well. The other morning we hit about 25 stripers on the flatts while sight fishing using the birds to pinpoint where to cast. It is a small window though because its a little before low tide that the blitz has been happening so you will run out of water.

The ground fishing is still very productive. Cod are very abundant and many guys are not having any problem limiting out. As far as numbers go there are a lot of haddock being brough up but a large portion of them are shorties. If you want haddock stick to the bait and youll pick up a keeper here and there between the mass of Juvenile fish. Cod are slamming the jigs right now.

flounder just started to get productive this week however we have not seen a strong start to their season. All boaters beware of some new sandbars that have formed of the southern Jetty in front of Plum Island. Some days have produced large breakers a good distance off the beach in certain conditions.


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