Michael Shepherd for the press
There’s not a lot of fishing news out there right now, but there are some newsworthy mid-winter related events.
The National Saltwater Sportsman Seminar Series returns to Atlantic City on February 3 at the Resorts Hotel Casino Ballroom at 1133 Boardwalk. According to organizer George Poveromo, this is the 37th year for the East Coast Series.
The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and admission is $65. Seminars feature many local professionals and experts, including Tom Duffincharter boat captain at Cape May Fish Fever.
The state’s current tautog was caught (25 pounds 13 ounces). Chris Sullivanfrom Forked River, in December 2020 on Fishin Fever.
Go to nationalseminar series.com for full event details.
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One great local event is the Southern Regional High School Flea Fishing Market on February 10. It will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Southern Regional Middle School at 75 Cedar Bridge Road in Manahawkin. General admission is $4, with youth under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
College advisor Jason Hoch She stated that they have over 100 registered sellers with new and used equipment available. Bayside Dave is a well-known local fisherman and will be giving a seminar.
Noel Feliciano I was out birdwatching with binoculars on the Atlantic City Boardwalk on a bright Monday afternoon. He was talking to other bird watchers who were describing and identifying red-headed and red-breasted mergansers. Noel said there was no wind and it was a beautiful day despite the cold temperatures.
One of the people he was speaking to on the phone can be heard saying they “hit the jackpot” today, which in this case likely meant bird watching rather than at the casino.
One of the main reasons Feliciano joined the One-Stop Bait and Tackle location in Atlantic City is that he is working on an expansion of the store that is scheduled to be completed on March 1.
Dave Showell Absecon Bay Sportsman Center can also be relied upon to provide interesting and informative reports. Dave said Monday when the local writer said Absecon Creek, where the marina and his store were located, had skim ice but the creek was mostly open water.
He said he had one customer Monday morning and was “surprised no one showed up.” He said he was preparing for warmer weather and getting back to the decent fishing we used to do before we got cold feet.
Dave said the “three days in a winter wonderland” was enough for him. Both reporters talked about the super white perch that were accumulating in our rivers and streams.
Striped bass have been and will likely be in the mix when the weather eases this week. Striped bass are prohibited and out of season in the state’s offshore waters until March 1. The season then reopens with a daily possession allowance of one fish (measuring 28 to 31 inches). We can keep a single bass caught from 0 to 3 miles in the ocean.
Tautog in the ocean were abundant and quality before the cold.
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Michael Shepherd is the retired sports editor of The Press. His column usually appears online on Mondays and on Tuesdays in print.
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