Atlantic City is having an ‘epic’ bluefish surge

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Fishermen are flocking to Atlantic City to take advantage of a surge in bluefish.


“It is on epic mode,” Noel Feliciano, owner of One Stop Bait and Tackle, said in a phone interview. “This is the height of the season right now.”

The popular game fish migrate to the waters off Atlantic City and spawn in the area’s shallow waters, he said. 


Bluefish are known as the “piranhas of the sea” for their sharp teeth and voracious appetites, Feliciano said. The typical bluefish catch weighs 10 to 17 pounds and reaches between 18 to 39 1/2 inches long. 

“That is an animal,” he added.

Feliciano is posting daily Facebook updates on the best fishing spots. The videos have attracted the attention of fishermen from other states, including South Carolina and Virginia, he added.

“We have one of the best resources, which is the water,” he said, adding that there is more to Atlantic City than casinos. “Vegas kills for water – we have it.”




There is no size restriction for bluefish, but harvests are limited to 15 fish per person, he said.

In New Jersey, anglers must register with the state’s free Saltwater Recreational Registry Program available on NJ.gov.

There are plenty of ways to eat the fish, and it’s often used as filler in crab cakes, he said.

“Smoked blue is one of the best eating fish,” Feliciano said. “Smoked blue is epic.”




















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