4/2 - Report from Mark Boriek, NJDFW Fisheries Biologist
The commercial gill netter in lower Delaware Bay near the Maurice River Cove reported that American shad are still moving through, catching 7 to 9 lbers. One he weighed at 13.5 lbs. He feels that the shad are more abundant compared to last year, as he has been catching similar numbers using half the amount of net. He said that the number of stripers has decreased and that Atlantic Menhaden (bunker) are showing up, signaling that the first schools of shad have moved further up the bay to deeper waters off of Fortesque.
Last night, April 1, Steve Meserve haul seined 30 shad. Returned 11 to the river, kept 9 roe and 10 bucks. "There were some big fish in there."