Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fish Report 9-1-14

Well Labor Day is here and with it the unofficial end of summer. The kids go back to school and the shoobies go home. But, let’s not forget September is a great month for fishing in south Jersey. Flounder fishing has been very good and the season does not end until September 27th.  So, if you have the chance, enjoy the reduced traffic and get out there and catch some fluke.
The white marlin fishing has been off the hook this week and September is usually the best time of year to get your chance at double digit catches of white marlin. Keep an eye out for temperature breaks and offshore eddies along the continental shelf. This past week we had a very nice break in the Baltimore canyon and many boats had a chance at some amazing fishing! A great resource for sea surface temps is available thru Rutgers Marine science website.

Off The Hook Tackle
Rusty Zeigler, “Overall it was a good holiday weekend here at the Cape. Anglers were able to enjoy some decent Fluke fishing at the Old Grounds and the Cape May reef. The conditions weren't perfect but they were fishable. The Niedoba family fished Saturday and had a handful of keepers topping the scales at 7.60 lbs. for Sharon DeFulio, and they did it again on Sunday at the Cape May Reef ending with another handful of keepers to 6.24 lbs. for Mike Niedoba.
Capt. Jason Olson took out the Clean Sweep for a fluke trip on Saturday filling the cooler with 15 keepers to 6 lbs. and a handful of Bluefish and Sea Bass.
The offshore bite was good in our southern canyons like the Poorman’s and the Washington.
Boats trolling out there had to fight off the weed lines but there was plenty of life around them.
Bull Dolphin to 40+ lbs. were reported, also yellowfin to 70+ lbs. and Big eyes topping the scales at 200+ lbs. were reported. The White Marlin bite was epic numbers with a number of boats with double digit releases.  Some boats out of Canyon Club had great trips this weekend. Krazy Salts had 22 white marlin releases and Fishaholic had 15.
Jim’s Bait and Tackle
Matt Slobodjian, “Big Croakers have started to move into some areas of Cape May Reef. There are still plenty of Fluke on the Reef as well, still a lot of shorts but enough keeper sized fish to make a trip worthwhile. Del. Reef Site #11 and the Old Grounds are still giving up some pretty good catches of Fluke and a few nice Seabass. The Backwaters have slowed up a lot mostly small Fluke, little Seabass, and small Blues are what’s biting along with some Croakers in the Canal.
There are still small Blues at the Five Fathom Bank on the troll along with a few Bonita and an occasional Mahi. Didn't hear much on the East Lump, or Sea Isle Ridge this week. We are still getting good reports on the troll from the Lumps inside the Elephant Trunk. There are a lot of False Albacore but a few Yellowfin and more than a few Wahoo are being caught in this area. The Wahoo seem to be traveling in packs so you can usually pick up more than one. There is also some nice Dolphin hanging around the pots on the 20-30 fathom lines.
Offshore the White Marlin bite is starting to heat in the southern Canyons. Reports of double digit catches were coming in all week from the Washington and South Poormans Canyons. We also got reports of 5+ shots on Whites from the Wilmington as well. The day chunk was on again in the Lindy early in the week, but went to a night bite later on. A few Bigeyes were caught in the Wilmington at night again this week but there wasn't a great concentration of fish.
The surf is slow in Cape May, small Blues, Croakers, and a few small Fluke are being caught at the Point but not much else. There are still some nice Croakers coming from under the Canal bridge and the West Cape May Bridge on Clams or Shrimp. North Wildwood beaches are still the best bet for Kingfish.”
Utsch’s Bait and Tackle
Fred Klug, “hi everyone fishing has been real good this week when the boats could get out. Tuesday and Wednesday the charter boat Fishin Fever had his limit of flounder up to seven pounds. The charter boat the Full Ahead on Wednesday had 28 flounder up to 6lb. on Thursday both charters fished and came back with less keeper flounder and Capt. Bob stated it was very rough sea conditions all day. the cape may reef is holding some nice size flounder which some of our slip holders reported this past Saturday and Sunday and also the old grounds which has been holding flounder and a few nice size sea bass. i have not had a good off shore report since last week. I posted our yard sale date which is the 20th of September and our striper tournament which is November the 7th-8th on our face book page which is thank you Capt. Fred.”
Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle
Cathy Algard, “Flounder fishing leads the action again this past week, but that even slowed up as Hurricane Cristobal passed by. However by the weekend, the water began to clear and fluke catches were improving. Scott Wheeler of Wenonah, NJ and crew had eleven keeper flounder up to 8 pounds while fishing the Cape May Reef on Scott’s boat “Big Bone” out of Wildwood. Other anglers also reported excellent flounder action at the Cape May Reef with a lot of throwbacks mixed in with the keepers. Offshore, it seems like the tuna are north of us right now in the Lindenkohl Canyon and white marlin are scattered from the Wilmington Canyon south. Wahoo and nice mahi-mahi have been reported from the East Lump out to and along the 20 Fathom Line. Along the beachfront kingfish are taking bloodworms and Fishbites (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bloodworms!) with a few croakers mixed in. Back bay striper fishing is red hot with sardine chunks being the bait of choice. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and said the crabbing picked up and crabbing is good right now and should be good right through September!”
Grassy Sound Marina
Debbie Mooers, “Larger stripers are being caught off the pier and in the back at different tides.  Hereford Inlet, outgoing tide is where they’re finding the fluke. 
Liam Casey Hawk, Willow Grove, Pa. caught his first flounder, a hair away from a keeper.  He was also having fun catching snapper blues near Hereford Inlet, top of the outgoing.
Catherine Binowski, Cherry Hill, NJ caught a 24”, 5 lb. flounder near the toll bridge at Hereford Inlet, outgoing tide.
Patrick O’Drain & Crew, Phila. caught 6 nice keeper fluke despite the conditions at the Cape May Reef, the largest at 23”, 4 lb.  They were using drift rigs with squid & minnows.
A 31 ½” striper for Carmen Zaccaro, a pier member, on bunker from the pier, slack tide.
Mike Kiska, Cheltenham, Pa. 35”, 20 lb. striper on bunker, top of the incoming and a 22” weakie on spot, incoming tide.
Jim Mooers, Grassy Sound caught two stripers to 32” & 28” on a rubber lure and a jighead, outgoing tide.
Eric DeLellis, Aston, Pa. caught a 23”, 4.6 lb fluke, the mouth of Hereford Inlet on minnows, outgoing tide.
Nicole Decker, Smyrna, Del. caught 2 keepers to 21” on minnows, outgoing tide.  She out fished the men having the only keepers on the boat.”
Avalon Hodge Podge bait and tackle
Tammy Carbohn, “Today and yesterday finally anglers were able to get off shore to the TI Reef and found keeper fluke as well as bluefish, sea bass and banded Rudderfish while bottom fishing with squid and minnows. Also the tuna guys headed south to Poormans and found yellowfin there. These tuna were caught both on the troll with ballyhoo and on the chunk. The beach action never really slowed down with lots of smaller fish being caught using bloodworms or clam for the most part. This week we FINALLY started seeing more spot showing up.”
Ocean City Fishing center
Mary, “half day deep sea fishing, action has varied with various weather patterns passing the jersey shore this week. Some good fluke fishing yielded keeper flounder up to 7.4lbs, along with a mixed bag of black sea bass, some dinner plate size porgy’s and triggers!  Bob Kerball from Pennsauken had a 7.4lb fluke and limit bass, and a porgy. Dan Coyle, limit to 5.1lb fluke and 2 triggers.  
As for bay trips, action has slowed as expected for late summer however some decent fluke are still being landed in between anglers being occupied by other species which at most points have provided a nearly nonstop action trip.
Check the fishing calendar for schedule updates for the fall and winter schedule at or call 609-391-8300!”
Ray Scott’s Dock
Robin Scott, “Justin Foreman, a student at Margate's Tighe School, waited all summer to get his keeper flounder. His Dad Jerry bought a boat this summer and has given his boys multiple cracks at the feat. In the nick of time before returning to school Justin proudly brought in a twenty-two incher. He already has his "What I did this summer report written." Likewise, Dan Klein took his two boys Ryan and Cole and their buddies out for a last fishing trip before school. They caught their record in snapper blues, seventy-three, along with huge blue claws. No offshore angler with a large tuna has been more excited, or bounced higher coming up the dock. Dad Dan dutifully filleted all the fish and cleaned the crabs. 'Cause Cole says, "They are delicious!" Michael Mosca of Ventnor held true to his Labor Day record of catching keeper flounder in the Margate Bay through September with his three and a half pound flattie. A couple of bucks for fuel, in and out of the dock and dinner! Michael does it every time. The Morgenstern family of Margate caught a twenty-three inch flounder, while the Baldwin's of Ocean City nabbed a keeper flounder and a well over 12 and a half inch sea bass in the bay. While Kevin Golden Sr. and Jr. were driving to Margate from Delaware, the Cunningham's were on the way here from Philadelphia. They were rewarded with flounder and croaker. Meanwhile, Steve London and pals headed to the inshore reefs to clean up with large flounder. The Labor Day holiday has offered anglers spectacular weather and Jersey Shore dinners for all.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Fishing has still been very good this week along the Southern Jersey shore. I’ve been seeing lots of great reports for flounder close to shore and at the offshore reefs.  Offshore the tuna bite has been good on the day chunk bite. Overall, August has been good so far, and as long as the weather cooperates it should stay that way.
In Cape May, the big event, The Mid Atlantic, started Monday. The Mid Atlantic is one of the premier fishing tournaments on the East Coast, and it is hosted at Canyon Club Marina in Cape May. The event is in its 23rd year, the participants target Marlin, Tuna, and other pelagic species.  This year 127 boats are vying for over $2 Million in prizes! The tournament runs Monday thru Friday and weigh-ins are held at Canyon Club marina.  Last year’s heaviest White Marlin was 84 lbs. caught on the boat Lights Out by Bill Haugland and paid out $654,416!! This is an exciting event for the NJ shore and right now the weather looks pretty good for the week. Good luck to all those fishing!
Off The Hook Tackle
Rusty Zeigler, “Fluke fishing remains good at the Old Grounds, Reef site #11 and the Cape May Reef. The Crew on the Double Play had a two man limit at the Cape May Reef on Sat. up to 24". The Crew aboard The Stars and Stripers did it again catching 12 beautiful keepers to 6 lbs at the Old Grounds

. Ed Pickul on the Deliverance had 5 nice keepers at the Old Grounds also. The Offshore fishing is still good,Yellowfins can be found in the Lindenkohl Canyon on the chunk. There are White and Blue Marlin in the Baltimore and the Wilmington canyons. The crew of the Intuition went 2-2 on whites on Monday and 2-2 again on Saturday in the Wilmington and the Baltimore. There are still some nice Mahi Mahi and some Wahoo around the 20-30 fathom lines.
The hot boat this weekend was the Emanon, they fished the Cape May Marlin and Tuna Club Ladies Day Tournament on Saturday and caught and released 6 for 7 white marlin! Taking the top boat award! The crew was Brian Sullivan sr, Brian Sullican jr, Lisa Sullivan, Debbie DeFazio Ashley Hassler, Matt Sullivan, Paul Wheaton, and Thomas Zerbo.”

Jim’s Bait and Tackle
 Matt Slobodjian, “Fluke fishing is holding up well at both the Cape may Reef and the Old Grounds. There is also some good action at Del. Reef Site #10. While a lot of the fish are short there seems to be good numbers of keeper sized fish mixed in. Dolphin and a few Cobia have been showing up behind the boats drifting for Fluke so its a good idea to keep a pitch bait set up and ready to go. There are a ton of small Fluke in Cape May Harbor right in the channel by the Coast Guard Base not many legal fish. The Delaware bay is still holding fish along the edges of the channel in about 25ft. of water again not a lot of keepers.
The 5 Fathom Bank and South Shoal are still full of small Blues and Bonita that can be trolled up on small lures and spoons. Didn't hear much on the East Lump or any of the inshore lumps this week. We did get a few Wahoo Reports from the Trunk but didn't hear of any Tuna.
Offshore the bite was on early in the week on the daytime chunk in the Wilmington Canyon with Yellowfins in the 60-80lb range. A few Bigeye were also picked in the Wilmington this week. Saturday there were some White Marlin caught in the Baltimore but the fish seemed to be in small pods, some boats caught some didn't.
In the surf the Croakers are still the best bet at Cape May Point. Shrimp and Clams work best for these fish but they will take just about anything offered. The beaches in town are pretty slow with mostly Skates and Sand Sharks. The Kingfish still seem to be best at the Hereford Inlet beaches on Bloodworms.”
Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle
Kathy Algard, “The hottest action this past week has been fluke fishing. Fluking at all the reefs has been excellent especially at Reef Site 11 and the Cape May Reef. Frank Hennigan and crew of Glenmore, PA limited out with flounder up to 7 pounds at Reef Site 11 on Saturday on Frank’s boat “Avalanche”. There is still good fluke action in the back bays. Taylor Rossiter of Bridgeton, NJ checked in with a 2 pound 14 ounce flounder measuring 19 inches from the back bay of Wildwood and she also released a 26 inch striped bass. There are still a lot of throwbacks to pick through to get the keepers, but the action is steady. The back bay striper fishing was red hot this past week with sardines being the bait of choice however striped bass are also being caught throwing top water lures such as Zara Spooks and the like along the sod banks. Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton, NJ weighed in a 10.2 pound striped bass caught on a frozen sardine. Chandler Olvieri age 15 of Ridgefield Park, NJ caught his first ever keeper striper measuring 30 inches on a frozen sardine from the Wildwood back bay. Chandler also had a 25 inch striped bass on sardine that was released. Offshore tuna action improved with bigeye tuna and yellowfin being caught from the Lindenkohl down to the Baltimore Canyon, with the occasional mahi-mahi and some white and blue marlin in the mix. Tim McGregor of Wildwood, NJ got his largest bigeye tuna to date; a 225 pounder from the Lindenkohl Canyon while trolling on his boat “Reel Maniacs”. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing only 3 Claws this week. Check out our end of summer kayak sale with great savings on leftover and demo kayaks!”
Grassy Sound Marina
Debbie Mooers, “The stripers are getting larger and more aggressive with a 40“ striper caught near the marina at slack tide.  The bait fish are plentiful.  The flounder bite is still strong, weakfish are being caught but in lesser numbers. 
60 + folks participated in the 16th Annual Big Jim Adair Memorial Fishing Tournament on the Fishing Pier.  Big Jim was the patriarch of the Port Richmond Adair family.  He was an avid fishermen who shared his passion with his children.  They come together to celebrate every year with a great day of fishing.     Dylan Mooers, Grassy Sound caught a 40” striper on a jighead with a black and white paddle tail shad near the marina, slack tide. Dominic Lomonaco, Briacliffe, Pa. caught a 22” fluke on chartreuse Gulp under the N. Wildwood bridge, outgoing tide. Diane Casey, Warminster, Pa. caught a 20” flounder on minnows, behind Wildwood.
Greg Berry, Phila. Caught a 20” flounder on minnows near the N. Wildwood bridge on a rental boat, outgoing tide.
Otto Munz, Phila., caught a 22” flounder on minnows in Turtle Creek, top of the incoming.
Chris Slubowski, Warrington, Pa. yanked up a 20” flounder in a CRAB TRAP.
Mark Hunsinger, McAdoo, Pa. caught two keepers from the pier to 20” on minnows, outgoing tide.
Winners of the Big Jim Adair Fishing Tournament:  1st Place:  Jack Savage, 2nd place:  Joe Tarczewski, 3rd place:  John Smith, with a 20“, 19“, & 18” respectively.”

Avalon Hodge Podge
Tammy Carbohn, “This week we saw more of a variety of fish come across our scale. Bluefish are getting bigger in the surf and back bay and are being caught on peanut bunker and small metals. Keeper fluke continue to come out of Patty’s Hole on minnows. Jimmy Longest from Katonah, NY weighed in one that was 6.15# & 26”. Dave Appenzellar caught Mahi trolling the SI Ridge. His fish weighed 15.88# & 42”. Also, Ken McDermott weighed in his weakfish of 5.11# & 26” he caught at TI Inlet bridge. The surf action was slower this week but the off shore tuna action seamed to heat up. The Wilmington Canyon had lots of Big Eye on the chunk and there were plenty of Yellow fin to go around at the Lindenkol on the troll using ballys.”

Ray Scott’s Dock
Robin Scott, “The race to the bay is on! Families woke up and realized that children return to school
in two weeks, leaving little time to explore the side of Absecon Island opposite the
beach. Whole teams of families can be seen paddling Beach Thorofare in kayaks,
paddle boards, and drift fishing for the abundance of August. Croakers, flounder and
small blues provide the entertainment with a variety of baits to lure them in. Blue claw
crabs are abundant and it is relatively easy to allow a small child an experience of a
lifetime in actually catching their dinner. Ethan Vogin of Ventnor was as proud of his
blue fish caught by boat by Seaview Harbor as Ed Giacomucci of Margate and John
Navratil of EHT were of their tiger shark caught at the 28 mile wreck. Samantha
Figarotta of Yardley, Pa. was her families good luck charm, reeling in a 21 inch flounder
on their dad/daughters outing. The Dashefsky of Margate family kept up their good
flounder karma with a dinner sized catch while Drs. Jim Spotilla and Hal Avery of
Margate casually cruised Beach Thorofare for their weekly keeper or two. The
Hernberg family of Ocean City caught two healthy flounder by passing the torch to their
smallest members who did the family name proud on the bay. This weekʼs fishing tip,
lightweight tackle on the bay with little kids. Dangle a hook with a small minnow off a
bobber for snapper blues, blood worm sized pieces of fishbites for croakers and
kingfish. Cast small silver on the surface for blues. Buy the kids a minnow trap and
catch the tropical fish that eddy off the Gulf Stream. Bigger baits and live lining for
flounder in the bay in the deep holes. “Cause after all, we are right around the corner

from the ocean”

Debbie Ivker of Margate fishing behind her house.  Not bad going out into one's back yard to catch dinner!

The Hernberg family of Ocean City show off their prowess on the Margate bay.  The younger guys caught the fish!

Samantha Figarotta of Yardley, Pa. caught a 21 inch flounder on her families dad/daugter outing

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

White Marlin release 8-9-14

Here a video from Saturday's trip on the Intuition. The angler was Tom Kilareski and the leader man is some amateur.

Fishing Report 8-11-14
Well after I talked about the great inshore fishing last week things have even gotten better! We had some Gulf Stream Bluewater push all the way into the beach bringing with it some beautiful water and lots of life! I talked to one fisherman that was fishing Wildwood Reef and he swore he could see the reef balls in 40ft of water. Also, we have had lots of reports of Mahi as close as Cape May reef, as well as flying fish. One of my customers, Zack Bellapigna, had what I am calling a “Cape May inshore slam,” he had 6 flounder to 24”, 2 Sea Bass to 18” AND A 44lb YELLOWFIN TUNA AT REEF SITE 11, only 18 miles from shore! So, once again if you head out front fishing be prepared for anything, you never know what the warm water is bringing to the coastal waters.  

On another note, offshore fishing is very good right now with lots of Yellowfin tuna being caught in the canyons. The hottest bite has been between the Lindenkohl and Wilmington canyons. Trolling will produce, but chunking is much more productive.  White marlin fishing has been hit or miss so far, the fish haven’t really congregated in large numbers. I have a feeling the bite will improve in the next couple of weeks, as long as conditions allow.
Overall, this has been and is, a great fishing summer!!!
Rusty Zeigler, “Mother Nature was good to us this week, which resulted in some pretty good fishing in our local waters.
The Offshore Tuna bite was awesome in the Lindenkohl canyon on the chunk. Anglers chunking butterfish and sardines saw some epic catches of Yellowfin Tuna. Team Overkill was there on Saturday for a day trip, and came home with 6 Yellowfin to 70lbs, The Miss Addison crew also fished the Lindy on Saturday, Chunking until noon landed them 5 Yellowfin to 60lbs and then they trolled a bit and had a nice White Marlin.

The boat Marlin Hunter had a great overnight trip to the Wilmington Canyon Friday thru Saturday, with 8 White Marlin releases and 2 swordfish, the biggest was 211lbs.

From left to right it’s Kurt von Seekamm, Travis Keon, Kurt von Seekamm Jr, Joe Albiez, and Lar Brosnan. 

The Crew aboard the "Well Done" Had a great day in the Wilmington Canyon on Sunday. They found some whales in the NE end of the Canyon and set up the chunking spread and it was game on.
They ended the trip with 7 Yellowfin to 50lbs and a 200lb Big Eye caught on a Diamond Jig.
Fluke fishing was just as good this week around the Old Grounds, Reef #11 and the Cape May Reef.
13 year old Gregory Maccarone, Jr. brought in this 28" doormat on Saturday. This beauty weighed in @ 9.25 lbs.!!!! Congrats Greg on a catch of a lifetime!!!
Paul and Joe aboard the Stars and Stripers had a 2 man limit up to 7.36 lbs. in the Old Grounds.

Fred Klug, “this past Wednesday Capt. Bob Cope fished on the free spirt with Capt. Steve Bent out of Margate and they tuna for their charter. i was told some of the tuna was in the 60 to 80lb class. The Fishin Fever out of our marina has been catching flounder at the old grounds the past four days better than others. Tuesday he had 17 flounder which was his best day of the week. On each of his trips he also caught a good number of trigger fish each day for his charters. Various boats that fished out of our marina this week were catching trigger fish a few king fish and one boat had two nice size porgies. a surf fisherman out of our marina reported to me that he saw a barracuda caught and I told him about the one you had in the ac press last week. This is not our norm for these types of fish.
Matt Slobodjian, “the troll bite inshore is still there although a lot more False Albacore are showing up on the inshore lumps. There were still Dolphin and a few Wahoo caught on Sea Isle Ridge and the East Lump it’s hard to get past the Falsies. There were still a couple of small Bluefin caught on the Lump but not a lot. There were also Wahoo caught on the Lumps inside the Elephant Trunk along with some nice Gaffer sized Dolphin and a few Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna.  I didn’t hear anything on the chunk this week inshore.
The best Canyon bite turned out to be a daytime chunk bite in the Lindenkohl Canyon. Reports of double digit catches of 60-80lb. Yellowfin came in from Wednesday to Saturday. Surprisingly the night bite wasn't nearly as good with only a fish or two being picked per boat. There are still Bigeyes being caught on the night troll in the Wilmington. Most of the bites seem to be on Lures that are either dark in color or that glow. The Marlin bite didn't sound too good anywhere this week, there were fish caught but no concentrations yet.
We got a few more good reports from the Cape May Reef on Fluke. Lyle Rutty and his son Lyle Jr. of Phila. Caught a limit of nice Fluke and left them biting on Friday. The old grounds are still giving up some nice fish. The fish seem to be holding best in 80-85ft of water on structure. Haven't heard much from the Delaware Bay, I'm going to try it on Monday I'll let you know how we did next week. We've gotten some good reports from the Harbor and Backwaters in Cape May Mark Christopher and his son Mark Jr. had their limit of Fluke fishing the harbor Saturday.
There are still a lot of shorts in the back but it sounds like its getting better.
The beach bite has been best around the rocks at Cape May point especially the ones closer to the Lighthouse. There are still plenty of Croakers being caught and the Fluke while mostly small are still hanging out around the rocks. Harvey Mirra of Havre De Grace Maryland brought in a 5.34lb. Fluke he caught on a white gulp mullet on a jighead at Central Ave. Jetty at the point.
Cathy Algard, “Flounder fishing at the reefs is HOT, HOT, HOT! Nice catches have been reported from the Cape May Reef, Wildwood Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds with many boats limiting out. There are many undersize Fluke to pick through to get the keepers but the action is steady. Keep your eyes open while flounder fishing as mahi-mahi and a few cobias are swimming around the reefs also! Capt. Dan Gus of Erma, NJ checked in with a 5 pound 9 ounce flounder caught with drifting near McCries Shoal on Dan Zolna’s boat “Accipiter" out of Wildwood. Suzanne and Ken Smith of Philadelphia, PA and Scott Pierce of Drexel Hill, PA limited out on flounder to 5 pounds at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Ken’s boat Tuna Chic. Ken took his Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak along and landed a 6 pound flounder on his kayak! Pat Sumek of Glassboro, NJ weighed in a 6 pound 4 ounce and a 5 pound 8 ounce flounder from Reef Site 11 while fishing on Nino Aversa’s boat El Nino. Lloyd DeNicolo of Paramus, NJ weighed in his first ever flounder at 5 pounds 15 ounces caught while fishing the Cape May Reef on Ray Dunne’s boat “Dunne Dreamin’” out of Wildwood. A few keeper flounder are still being caught in the back bays, closer to the inlets being the best. Lisa Matz age 13, of Washington Township, NJ caught her first ever flounder weighing 2 pounds 9 ounces on Clam in the back bay of Wildwood. Along the beachfront kingfish and croakers are being caught on bloodworms and Fishbites. The Cape May Rips is still red hot for snapper blues. Offshore action was on the slow side during the week, but seemed to have picked up over the weekend. Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna were caught at the Wilmington Canyon and white marlin were also reported. Mahi-mahi are being caught anywhere from the inshore reefs out to the canyons. Tom D’Alfonso and crew of Elk Township, NJ reported 10 mahi-mahi caught while trolling the 30 Fathom line on his boat “Reel Trouble” out of Wildwood, NJ with the largest bull landed by son Tommy, Jr. Lee Garber of Wilmington, NJ weighed in a 74 pound yellowfin tuna caught while trolling the Wilmington Canyon on Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot”. Nathan Miller of Reading, PA weighed in a 110 pound bigeye tuna also caught at the Wilmington Canyon on Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot”. Kyle Killen age 16 of Wildwood, NJ caught his first ever mahi-mahi weighing in at 15 pounds caught while trolling the Elephant Trunk area on Greg Bulifant’s boat “Big Bully II” out of Wildwood, NJ. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing only 3 claws this week but says things will pick up after the full moon this coming week and should remain good through September.
Debbie Mooers, “Flounder continue strong in the back.  Kings on mackerel and clams, croakers and snapper blues 2 at a time.  First flounder for 11 yr. old, Dylan Scollon, Phila & his mom, Debbie, 23” 4 lb. & 25” 5 lb. 4 oz. respectively on a rental boat.  One hour before and after the change of high tide has been the most productive.
p.s. Watch your minnow buckets, the otters are out in full force.  
Brian Marino, Pennsauken, caught a 24”, 4.4 lb. flounder from his kayak behind N. Wildwood on mackerel, incoming tide.
Mark Jones, Deptford caught a 23”, 3 ½ lb. flounder from his kayak at the mouth of turtle creek on minnows, incoming tide.
Joe Pryor, N. Wildwood had two 22” flounder on minnows & squid under the N. Wildwood bridge, incoming tide.
The EJ Pellecchia Crew from Hatboro, Pa. caught 37 keeper fluke, all 5-6 pounds at Reef Site 11.  They were using nuclear chicken Gulp with 6” twister tails.  He said every fish was caught on a long teaser.
Jerry Scollon, Phila., hit his old haunt in Turtle Creek and came back with two keeper fluke. 23”, 4 lb. for his 11 year old, Dylan and a 25”, 5 lb. 4 oz. fluke for his wife, Debbie.  This was their first fishing trip for the kids.  They were using minnows, top of the outgoing tide.  They also caught two nice sea bass and a blowfish.  
Adam Meyer and crew, Lansdale, Pa. caught 56 croakers, 1 keeper flounder and some sea bass on mackerel and clam in their 2 days of fishing Turtle Creek.  He reported the most luck during top of the incoming both days.   
Daniel Minahan, Boca Raton, Fla. Caught a 22”, 3 1/2 lb. flounder on minnows, slack tide.

Tammy Carbohn, “Bonitas & Blues at Shoots Shoal on the jig and BIG tog on the off shore wrecks! Bill Maier of Medford, NJ weighed in a 10.25# & 27” Tog he speared around the TI Wrecks. Also, Fluke continue to be caught in the bay on minnows or gulp. Twelve year old Clare Jordan came all the way from California to catch her 6.57# & 26 ½” Fluke using white gulp drifting the back bay with her family. Finally Trigger fish continue to dominate the surf particularly around the 8th street jetty using clams”

Mike Cunningham, “Joe, Karl, Ricky and Frank headed off to the deep on Saturday afternoon in search of tuna and they were not let down. They started trolling late in the afternoon looking for bait and signs of life. Around dusk they set up to chunk and after a mere 5 minutes hooked in to a very nice yellow fin on a butterfish. After boating that fish, they decided to try some jigging and hooked in to a huge big eye after fighting it for over 2 ½ hours the line got tangled in the prop and the fish was lost. But the crew did not lose hope they regained their composure and reset the lines they did not know what was about to happen. Minutes after lines were back in the water another huge hit again on a jig. Geared with a 6 foot 6 Heavy Shimano Trevala and a Lx 6.0 Avet loaded with 80 pound Power Pro purchased only hours ago here at Sea Isle Bait and Tackle they knew they were capable of landing the big fish at the end of the line but it was going to be a long battle. They hooked in at 11 pm and boated the huge big eye at 10 am the next day. It was an 11 hour battle of will, talent, strength and determination. When all was said and done the crew returned to Sea Isle City with 2 yellow fins and a 6 foot long big eye
Antoinette C from Sea Isle City fishing with her Dad Al and had a great trip with some tuna Marlin and this Big Mahi-Mahi it was 23.8 pounds and 52 inches long. The off shore reports have been excellent lately with Mahi’s as close as 15 miles and tuna as close as 25 miles
More and more reports of bigger and bigger flounder keep coming in from the ocean mostly around the artificial reefs. Hear is Jim and his daughter they had a cooler full of nice ones with the biggest being a 7 pounder 25.5 inches. Don’t forget TI reef is only 3.8 miles out of TI boats of many sizes can get out there and get on this good fishing.”

Robin Scott, “Reefs and wrecks, weed lines and rubble. No bay angler should be intimidated by such terms according to David London of Margate. He traveled to the Atlantic City Reef with his 26 foot mako powered by 500 horsepower worth of outboards, then charged over to the Great Egg Reef where his brother Steve described the bite as “out of control.” They limited on flounder with two at nearly four pounds. They returned to the dock at the same time as Al Thatcher of Quarreyville, Pa. who also limited, but with bigger fish. The difference was that Al rented a sixteen foot garvey with a fifteen horse tiller engine and stayed within two miles of the dock. David’s remark was that he spent two hundred dollars on fuel, whereas Al spent nearly nothing. Thus the gauntlet was thrown. David took a day of rest, added a third to his crew, and blasted out to the reef again, returning with twelve hefty flounder, two at nearly six pounds. Al has a reservation for this week; let’s see what he can do. This season’s dock tournament for rental customers and slip tenants is led by Dr. Dan Greenberg of Longport with a 6.1 pounder caught in front of the dock in a seventeen minute drift. Pete Kern of Hammonton caught a 20 inch tog in the bay and a 22 inch flounder on a sabiki rig with clam. Jack Prosseda of Margate took his clan crabbing and nailed a healthy flounder during the trip back and forth to the crabbing grounds. Team Bolognone of Margate caught two fat flatties on a foray to the bay on a spectacular afternoon trip. Jodi Klein of Longport picked up a fishing pole for the first time in her life and caught a twenty-one inch flounder off her deck. She loves the sport! So if talk of offshore and inshore action is making you feel left out of the excitement, just take it to the bay where all the action begins.

Coming up this week:
Over two decades ago it debuted as the “Mother of All Marlin Tournaments” and in its first year set the bar all other offshore events today are measured against. Back then, the Mid-Atlantic $500,000 raised eyebrows among big game tournament anglers with a total cash purse of well over $1 million making it the world’s first bona-fide million-dollar marlin tournament. Through the years it became known as sport fishing’s “Main Event,” annually attracting participants from Maine to Florida to battle for a share of its huge cash purse in what has become boat for boat, the richest marlin and tuna tournament in the world. That tradition continues the week of August 17-22 this year as the 23rd Annual MidAtlantic will once again be contested out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May, New Jersey and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Maryland.
It’s back by popular demand.
On Thursday, August 14, members of the historic Ocean City Fishing Club are inviting the public into their clubhouse and pier for an Open House from 6 to 8:30 pm.
“In 2013 we scheduled several Open Houses as part of a year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of our founding in 1913,” explained club president Paul Keuerleber. “These events were so successful that City officials asked us to sponsor another one this year—and now we’re 101 years old.”
Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about the club’s history, stroll out on the fishing pier--extending 635 feet into the ocean--and take photographs. They are also encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the Ocean City Community Food Cupboard.
On hand will be Martin Z. Mollusk, the ever-popular mascot of the City and Regional Chamber of Commerce. Several club members will also give casting demonstrations.
The event is part of the City of Ocean City’s Family Nights on the Boardwalk.
During the club’s Open Houses last July and August, a total of 1,856 people visited the pier and they contributed more than 400 pounds of food.
The Ocean City Fishing Club is the oldest, continuously operating fishing club in the United States. Its entrance is on the Boardwalk between 14th and 15th Streets.  
For information about the August 14 Open House, call 609-398-0534.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

August 4, 2014 fish report

August 4, 2014 fish report

August is a very special time at the New Jersey shore. After the last 2 months the waters reach their peak temperatures, and we start seeing some interesting aquatic life in our waters. Last week while walking the docks one of our dock hands spotted a very interesting fish swimming in the marina. It was about 2 inches and was blue, silver, and black with extremely long trailers originating at the end of its fins. We caught the fish and placed it in an aquarium so we could photograph it. We finally identified the fish as a Juvenile African Pompano. Definitely not a fish you would expect to see in Cape May unless it was in an aquarium. The warm waters moving up the coast in late summer bring many of these tropical species into our area. Some of the fish that can show up this time of year are Sheepshead, Northern Sennet, Angelfish, Lookdowns and many more. Keep your eyes out while you are walking the docks or sod banks you never know what might be around.
These warm waters also bring more varieties to our coastal waters. Tuna, Mahi-mahi, and Wahoo all move closer to shore, often being caught as close as 5-7 miles from the beach.  This a great time to mix some trolling into your next flounder trip.
In regards to our Baby Pompano, we did release him back into the wild after we identified him. Sadly, 5 minutes after he swam away a sea gull grabbed him. Rest in peace little Pompano.

Cape May
Off The Hook Tackle, Chuck Hinchcliffe, “We had our 1st Annual Cape May Flounder Tournament this weekend. We would like to thank all that fished and our sponsors as well.  We had 23 boats participating, with a total payout over $10,000! “
The results from the First Annual Cape May Flounder Tournament
1st Place - Reel Life III - Capt. Joe Musso   19.13 lbs. (3 fish stringer)
2nd Place - Red Contender - Capt. Mike Niedoba 18.42 lbs. (3 fish stringer)
3rd Place - Team Overkill - Capt. Jonny Thomsen 17.37 lbs. (3 fish stringer)
Daily Day 1 - 6.32 lbs. - Tuna Chic
Daily Day 2 - 9.35 - Tuna Chic
Daily Day 3 - 4.91 - Team Overkill
 Big Fish Calcutta - 9.35 lbs. - Tuna Chic
Flounder Pounder Calcutta - 9.35 lbs. - Tuna Chic
Small Boat Calcutta (21' & under) - 5.19lbs - Stars and Stripers
Bluefish Calcutta - 0.96lbs - Team Overkill

1st Place Team -Reel Life III

Single Heaviest Fist- Team Tuna Chic

Matt Slobodjian, Jim’s Bait and Tackle,” Hey guys, the inshore troll bite was excellent this week. Good sized Bonita 4-5lbers are being caught at the 5 Fathom Bank and South shoal. Getting a Clark spoon down deep has produced the best. There are small blues and False Albacore mixed in with these fish. The East Lump gave up a few surprises this week. Lindsey Clarkson had a large White Marlin hooked up for about 10 minutes before it jumped off and had another on in the spread. He also had 3 nice Dolphin on the troll around the Lump. The Wahoo are starting to show up on the Lumps just inside the Elephant Trunk. We are getting a lot of bite off reports in the area and Rick Mc Keon of Cape May boated a nice Wahoo and some Dolphin there. There are still Yellowfin and Bluefin being trolled up on these lumps also.
I spoke to several guys who fished the Old Grounds this week some had decent catches others not but the general consensus was there are a lot of short fish. Delaware Reef site #10 was very good this week but the bite wasn't all day it turns on and off throughout the day. The Cape May and Wildwood reefs are also holding a few fish on the structure there are a lot of shorts there as well.
There are still Bigeye Tuna being caught sporadically in the Wilmington Canyon along with some nice Dolphin around the pots. The best Yellowfin action we heard of this week was in the Spencer and Lindenkohl Canyons later in the week. A few boats got covered up with white Marlin in the Baltimore this week but the fish vanished as fast as they came on. It sounds like the southern boats are getting into the Whites pretty good our Canyons should start heating up very soon.
The surf is still mostly Croakers and small Fluke around the Point jetties. There are a lot of Rough Tailed Stingrays around and they are big they put up a good fight on heavier surf gear. The surf guys are also catching some big Sand Tigers at the point at night and Sandbars on the Cape May beach. Both are protected and should be released if caught. The Kingfish bit is still best in Hereford inlet on Bloodworms.”
Cathy Algard, Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle, “Flounder fishing this past week was excellent with fish being caught in the back bays, around the inlets and at the Reefs. The Wildwood Reef produced many nice fluke with keepers up to 5 pounds. The Cape May Reef has started to produce more keeper fish this past week, and Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds continue with excellent flounder fishing. There are lots of throwback flounder mixed in with the keepers, making for plenty of action. John Niewinski of Mullica Hill, NJ checked in with a 3 pound 15 ounce flounder caught on a live minnow in the ICW behind Wildwood. Nino Aversa of Washington Township, NJ fished with a buddy near the Grassy Sound area behind North Wildwood and boated eight keeper flounder. Eric Calvitti of Warrington, PA landed a 13 pound sheepshead while fishing behind Stone Harbor. Gerald Vessels of Wildwood, NJ had a great day on the water fishing with seven year old daughter Allyson and friend Billy on his boat “Mc K & A III”. The crew landed several nice mahi-mahis and had a nice catch of flounder. Seven year old Allyson Vessels landed her first ever mahi-mahi that tipped the scales at 23 pounds! The fish was caught while trolling the 5 Fathom Bank areas. Billy Boyle, Jr., of Philadelphia, PA weighed in a 5 pound 14 ounce Flounder from the Cape May Reef while using a Spro Bucktail and Gulp! The Cape May Rips are providing a lot of action for fisherman looking for snapper bluefish, croakers and kingfish. The offshore hotspot this week was the Wilmington Canyon with bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi and white marlin. The lumps inside the canyons are still producing nice catches of bluefin tuna while trolling, chunking and jigging. There are plenty of schoolie stripers being caught in the back bays around the bridges and sod banks. Anglers have been catching them on soft plastics, top water lures and while chunking sardines. A few kingfish are being landed from the surf and the bait of choice has been bloodworms. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says there are some nice size crabs right now, just not in large quantities”
Debbie Mooers, Grassy Sound Marina. “A mixed bag of fish including croakers, sheepshead in greater numbers, king fish off the pier and stripers.  The kids are having fun with the snapper blues, double headers and one right after the other.  Still plenty of nice size flounder coming in and crabbing continues to be strong. A 26”,  6 lb. 5 oz. doormat for the Roberts Brothers, Logan Twp., NJ.  They fished with pearl white Gulp in Turtle Creek, slack tide. 10 yr old Matthew Gagliardi, CMCH, came in with a very nice mahi mahi caught at 2fb buoy. Bill Kelly & Dylan Mooers, Grassy Sound caught 2 nice keepers to 20” at the Wildwood Reef on minnows and squid. Anthony Corrado, Elmer, NJ caught a nice 22”, 3 ½ lb. flounder on minnows near the N. Wildwood bridge, incoming tide. Carol & Jim Boyle, National Park, caught about 30 fluke with 2 nice keepers to 21” on minnows near marker 431, outgoing tide.
7 & 11 yr olds Cole & Chris Quesenberry, Horsham, Pa. caught a 19 ½ fluke on clam, incoming tide.
Suzanne Braun, Newtown, Pa. caught a 20” flounder off the pier on minnows, incoming tide.


Tammy Carbohn, Avalon Hodge Podge Bait and Tackle. “More kingfish and fluke in the surf this week as well as keeper fluke coming out of the back bay. The largest weighed in this week was 4.69# & 24” caught by Chuck Umbra from the Flying Hawaiian. This fish was caught using pink gulp on bucktail.

Robin Scott, Ray Scott’s Dock. “Itʼs called the second run of the summer. While offshore action heats up, a blast of cold
water to the bay changes the character of the bite reverting it to June conditions.
Anglers spoiled by the steady action of small flounder find themselves catching fewer numbers but larger fish. Unaccustomed to waiting the fish out, anglers called the dock asking “is anybody catching anything?” The answer came quickly. Mike Maslanich of Linwood hauled in a 6.5 and and 4.5 pound flounder. Jon McNichol of Paoli, Pa. caught a 4.5 pounder, both winning $100. Gift certificates in the dock tournament. Jon has achieved a record winning five of the gift certificates so far this summer. He still has a solid six weeks of flounder season remaining. Frank Boninu of Philadelphia and Al Thatcher of Quarreyville, Pa. had three big keepers, one at 3.5 pounds, one at 3 pounds and another fat two pounder. The whispering in the store indicated pink as the preferred bait color during these overcast conditions. The Donato family of Princeton Junction, N.J. trumped last weekʼs crabbing champs with their organized attack on the Margate Bayʼs blue claw population. They kept only the largest specimens; some over six inches across, and returned home with two five gallon buckets of the tasty critters. Most familiesʼ children return from camp shortly and school starts in four weeks. Now is the time to hunker down and hit the bay!”

Monday, June 30, 2014

Fishing Reports 6-30-14

Flounder is arguably the most popular fish in NJ. Most fishermen have fished for them at one time. They are also on most menus in shore town restaurants. There is good reason for this popularity, they make a delicious meal and they are a blast to catch.

Summer flounder are a flatfish with both eyes on the top side of their body.  This configuration allows them to lie flat on the sea bottom and along with their ability to change the color and patterns of their body, makes them excellent ambush predators.  Fluke will lie along the bottom in areas where baitfish will swim along with the current. The challenge in flounder fishing is to find the areas where the fluke would set up to catch the bait fish.  The first thing to look for is changes in bottom elevation, broken or rocky bottom, wrecks and/or reefs.  Any of these will provide a good ambush environment for the flounder.  The next challenge is to mimic the patterns of the bait fish. Smaller fish will follow the current, so predators will position themselves facing into the current. In the the case of flounder they wait for the bait come to them.  
To accomplish this the fishermen wants to present their bait in a way that it follows the current naturally.  Most fluke fishing is drift fishing, picking an area to target and letting the boat drift over that bottom.  The optimal drift speed is under 1 knot. Some days the current is moving much faster than this, so in that case many fishermen will use a drift sock to slow the drift. A drift sock is similar to a small parachute that is tied to the boat to create more drag.  Keep in mind the wind can overcome the current and will push the boat against the tide, in this case the pros will power drift. Power drifting is using the boats engine(s) to mimic the current over an area, regardless of the wind.  The most important thing is to realize which direction the current is moving over the area that you are targeting. If you present the bait in the wrong direction you will catch less fish when you are hitting the fluke in the back of the head!
Always remember to follow the NJ fishing regulations. Currently, summer flounder season is open until September 7th and you are allowed to keep 5 fish at a minimum of 18”.
Good luck!

Atlantic City

I talked to Noel Feliciano from One Stop Bait and Tackle, “We’ve been busy with fluke, croakers, triggerfish, and kingfish. Some nice flounder being caught. We weighed a 6.8lb flounder for Robbie Hawes, the fish was caught in the surf! The stripers are still being caught through the night and early mornings.  We are also seeing some nice weakfish. The best bet for weakies is a float rig with a blood worm.  Plenty of live NJ minnows in stock, the biggest we’ve seen all season!”


Robin Scott, Ray Scott’s Dock, Just when no one thought fishing in the Margate Bay could possibly get any better, it did exactly that! With five pound after five pound flounder coming through the back door, the competitive spirit has electrified Margate. Dr. Dan Greenberg of Longport rolled out solo early in an attempt to top Margateʼs Fire Chief Tony Tabassoʼs five pounder and four and three quarter pound flounder. Exactly seventeen minutes and one drift past the end of the dock later, Dr. Dan was back. Normally an anglers quick dockside return is prompted by some sort of engine malfunction, never good news. This one however, yielded a six and an eighth pound beauty in the cooler. Which of course, incited a frenzy among those on the fence about whether or not to head out on the bay.  The next five and a half pound flounder was boated by Barry Winokur of Margate. James Texada of Villanova landed 126 flounder with 10 double headers, an uncommon occurrence. Bill Mendenhall Sr., a Margate Bay frequent flyer, landed three double headers, one of which had an over four pounder and one over five on a top and bottom rig, a once in a life time feat.
The Klein family of Ventnor took a brief respite from dad Danʼs Atlantic City TriAthlon training to fish with friends in celebration of eleven year old Ryanʼs birthday to yield two flounder at twenty-two inches. Ethan Vogin and dad Mark of Ventnor fish together every weekend. This weekʼs dinner was a fat twenty-one inch flounder. Dr. Jim Spotila of Margate and Dr. Hal Avery caught a twenty-three inch flounder while Mike Passaro of Southhampton, Pa. and Jimmy Long of Philadelphia each won $100.00 gift certificates in the dock tournament for their four and a half and five and a half pound beauties. The Hockfield family of Margate caught blue claws and a 22” flounder with eight year olds Chloe and Maya. Likewise the DeNino family of Longport took lucky charms Alexis and Kyan Longinotti out to land a 3.28lb. and a 2.8lb. flounder.
With water temperatures steadily rising along with extremely healthy catches of flounder and blue claws, the timing is perfect for families to head to the bay!”

Ocean City

Bill Wiggins, Finatics, “ Flounder fishing in the back bay’s has gotten a little better. Some fish in the 5-6lb range. Berkley Gulp in Chartreuse or Pink are still working real well.  Look for the fluke in depths around 15ft. There are also flounder showing up in the surf. Nightime, weakfish are being caught around 9th street bridge.  Pink zoom or pink Fin-s have been working well on 3/8 0r 1/2oz jig head.  In the surf, the kingfish are showing up, but they are not thick yet.  Look for them to increase as the water temps come up.  Brown sharks are around and being caught in the surf, mackerel is the bait of choice.”


Avalon Hodge Podge Bait and Tackle’s, Tammy Carbohn, “With over 14 fluke weighed in this week the largest weighed in at 7.9# & 21 ½” caught by A.P. Rossi from Wilmington, DE age 10! He landed this fish while fishing with his family in the back bay near the Avalon Yacht Club using minnows. We also weighed in a Black drum from the same area weighing in at 8.47# & 25 ½” caught by Stephanie Hays of Avalon Manor. She landed this odd ball on minnows & squid while drifting for fluke. There were also more weakfish and blues caught throughout the ICW.”

North Wildwood

Debbie Mooers, from Grassy Sound Marina sent over the results from their 8th Annual Flounder tournament.Tournament Results:


1st Place Heaviest Flounder: Bill Roverano, Phila. Pa. 6.5 lbs 

2nd & 3rd Place Heaviest Flounder: Ken McDermott, CMCH 5.3 lbs
Chip Gruff, North Wildwood 5.3 lbs

3 Heaviest Combined: Randy Peterson, Warrington, Pa.

Women’s Div.: Mary Bohrer, N. Wildwood 3.8 lbs.

Children’s Div.: Wayne Petersen, Mickelton, NJ 4.2 lbs.

Daisy Mae Award: (11th Heaviest) Mark Zebley & Keith Arenberg 


1st Place: Tim Everett, Phila., Pa. 2.8 lb.

2nd Place: Ken Kang, Cape May

3rd Place: Savannah Kang, Cape May

Bill Kinsley Award: (First fish of the day) John Shahan, Phila., Pa.


Cathy Algard, Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle, Fishing remained good this past week on the Jersey Cape. Flounder fishing is picking up every day with the best action continuing to be at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Back bay fluking remains good with keeper flounder in the 3 to 5 pound class being caught on a regular basis with plenty of shorts in the mix. Scott Harbison of Monroeville, NJ checked in with a 4 pound 11 ounce flounder caught on a live minnow in the ICW near Grassy Sound. Joanna McShaffrey of Erma, NJ caught a 24 inch flounder in the Wildwood back bays. Now is the time to get out there and sharpen your skills and find your hotspots before Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament which will be held July 12, 2014! Croakers made a showing along the beachfront and in the back bays and bloodworms has been the bait of choice.
Shark fishing remains good between the 20 and 30 Fathom lines with dusky, hammerhead and mako sharks being caught. Offshore fishing was spotty with some reports of yellowfin tuna in the 60 pound range, and a few mahi and white marlin being caught in the Baltimore and Poor Man’s Canyon’s. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week. Entry forms for Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament on July 12, 2014, are available in the shop and can also be printed online @”

Cape May

Rusty Zeigler, Off The Hook Tackle, The Fluke fishing right now is pretty good right now.Even with the easterly wind anglers have seemed to find some fish for the box.It seems that the Reefs and Wrecks in 60-90 ft. of water are holding the bulk of the keepers.There are plenty of fish in a little shallower water but the keeper ratio is not as good.The Old Grounds,Reef #11 and the Cape May Reef have been the most productive areas reported.
Charlie Rojas Fished the Old Grounds with his Pop and Brother Anthony,They filled the cooler with 10 keepers to 24"
The Delaware Bay has produced some nice stringers of Fluke for anglers drifting around Miah Maul and Flounder Alley.A standard Fluke rig with Spearing and Mackerel is the bait of choice.  Barry Roxberry had a good day at a little wreck inshore on Sunday,He caught a nice mixed bag of Croakers,Triggerfish, Sea Bass, Bluefish, and Weakfish.
There is still good fishing behind Stone Harbor, Wildwood and Cape May.Anglers have been catching Fluke, Weakfish, Stripers and Bluefish.With the occasional Sheepshead and Triggerfish.

The Tuna fishing remains to be good for the boats trolling the Poormans and Washington Canyons.Yellowfins and Big Eyes Have been caught with a few White and Blue Marlin mixed in.
Bluefins have been caught around the Elephant Trunk trolling Blue and white and pink and white Ilanders and Joe Shutes.”

Matt Slobodjian, Jim’s Bait and Tackle, Hey guys, the wind was a factor this week it kept a lot of boats at the dock. The guys who did go found the Fluke fishing to be pretty good at the Old Grounds and Del. reef site #11. The drift was pretty fast and heavy lead was a must making it a little tougher to fish but there are some really nice fish coming in. The Cape May reef is giving up a few Fluke as well, there are also some Trigger fish hanging around the wrecks. Smaller hooks and baits will work much better to put some Triggers in the boat. We are also starting to see some nice fish come in from the Delaware bay in the area around Miah Maul light and the stakes in the same area. There is still some good Fluke fishing going on in the intercoastal waterway and Cape May Harbor we've weighed fish to7lbs. from the back this week.
There are some Croakers in the Rips off of Cape May Point with a few Fluke mixed in. There are also good numbers of Croakers in the Canal and they are pretty decent sized fish.
The inshore Tuna bite was pretty good this week. There was a mix of Yellowfin and Bluefin in the Teacup area and on the lumps inside the Elephant trunk. We haven't heard of anything on the chunk, all of the action was on the troll. The big Bluefish showed up in some of these areas as well.
The Canyons are showing a lot of White Marlin activity but the Tuna bite was spotty. Some big Blue Marlin were being hooked up this week a lot of which were hanging around the schools of Skipjacks. The best Tuna bites that we heard of were around the 1000 fathom line of the Wilmington and an early morning Bigeye bite in the Washington
In the surf the croakers have shown up in good numbers its hard to keep a bait away from them at Higbee's beach. The surf Shark fisherman are doing pretty well on Brown Sharks and we've seen the 1st Sand Tiger pictures from the beach.The fish looked to be around 150lbs.”

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