Sun., Sept. 25, 2016
Moon Phase:
Last Quarter
More Info
Inshore Charters
Offshore Charters
Party Boats
Saltwater
Tackle Shops &
Marinas
Saltwater
Boat Rentals
Crabbing
Freshwater
Tackle Shops
Freshwater
Guides
Upstate N.Y.
Salmon, Steelhead &
Trout Fishing
Delaware Bay Report

Report from Tuesday, September 20.

| Port Elizabeth | Money Island | Newport | Cape May | Last Week's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY
Port Elizabeth
Not much was heard about summer flounder, but kingfish and croakers were cranked from the bay last week, said Sharon from The Girls Place Bait & Tackle. She’d been away since Thursday, hearing little about fishing since. But she heard from Tyler at the shop that bluefish, somewhat bigger than snappers that were around before, were more abundant in different waters along the coast than previously. Sharon reported a striped bass caught from the ocean surf in last week’s report. The blues and the striper potentially seemed signs that fishing was changing for the season. Columbus Day weekend, this year on October 8 to 10, was in years past the traditional time when a few boaters began to fish for striped bass, catching a few, on the bay. The bay’s last substantial run of stripers in fall happened after Hurricane Sandy in 2011. The run was milder, and later, afterward. But one never knows how fall striper fishing will pan out, and maybe they’ll show up earlier and abundant. Sharon was in Providence, Rhode Island, while away, and nighttime weather was cool. Maybe the chillier northern weather would trigger stripers to begin the season’s migration south toward local waters. Crabbing should last a while, especially because weather’s been warm. This is a good time of year for crabbing. The Girls Place, located on Route 47, just after Route 55 ends, carries a large supply of bait and tackle, and is the long, one-story, yellow building on the right. It’s on the way to the bay.

Money Island
One trip that launched from the boat ramp bagged two weakfish and a couple of blues, said Bruce from Money Island Marina. Not a lot of anglers were around, typical for the moment, soon after schools start back up. The bay’s anglers mostly waited for the fall run of striped bass. Fresh bunker, the favorite bait for the stripers, will be stocked when in demand. Currently, the shop’s crew bagged bunker to freeze for bait like for crabbing. Minnows will be carried through the final day of summer flounder season Sunday. One of the marina’s barbecues was held last weekend and was a success. Attendees enjoyed plenty of food, and Bruce was unsure whether another will be held this year. The marina hosted a number of the cookouts this year. The marina features a bait and tackle shop, a boat ramp, boat slips, dry-dock boat storage, fishing docks and gas. The fishing docks, $5 per adult and free for kids, can offer angling for white perch, small striped bass, and croakers, at different times of year. A 12-foot aluminum boat with a 2.5 h.p. outboard is available to rent to fish the creek.

Newport
The moon was full Friday, but some trips trapped three-quarters of a bushel of keeper crabs or three to four dozen keepers this weekend, said Linda from Beaver Dam Boat Rentals. So that wasn’t bad, and full moons that can trigger crabs to shed and mate can slow crabbing, because crabs won’t eat during shedding and mating. But not all crabs shed or mate on every moon. Crabs certainly shed and mated this weekend. Catches on Saturday ranged from five to 36 keepers per trip. Customers who fished sometimes reeled in good-sized white perch. One landed a small sea bass, apparently because the saltwater line was far up the creek, because of a drought. Customers crab and fish on rental boats towed up Oranokin Creek, running past the shop. Crabbing is available Fridays through Sundays through Columbus Day weekend. Crabbing will be available on Columbus Day itself, too, and crabbing will go on break through winter afterward at the store. Though crabbing is only available certain days, the shop is open daily for supplies. Beaver Dam stocks everything needed for crabbing, from bait, traps and nets to food, snacks and suntan lotion. Rental kayaks and canoes are available on the days crabbing is. Hunters also stop by this coming season, including for turkey check-ins at the store and duck hunting on the creek. Visit Beaver Dam’s website.

Cape May
Good populations of croakers and kingfish schooled the northern tip of 60-Foot Slough last week, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Snapper blues schooled the surf at Cape May Point at the confluence of the bay and the ocean. Blues also tumbled the ocean surf, and kingfish were sometimes mixed in there. Mullet schooled the back bay last week, and Nick then expected them to migrate to the surf any moment. Surf anglers each year look forward to the mullet migration in late summer and early fall, because that can ramp up catches, attracting fish like blues and striped bass that forage on the baitfish. The mullet run is one of fall’s first major migrations of fish along the coast. Summer flounder migrating from bays to offshore is another. A couple of boaters sailed for flounder at the Old Grounds on the ocean, catching pretty well. Cape May Reef on the ocean gave up a slow pick of flounder, and deeper water like at the Old Grounds seemed to hold them better. Not many flounder were heard about from the back bay. Nick mentioned no flounder from Delaware Bay. Crabbing was good.

Last Week's Report
Port Elizabeth

Not much was heard about summer flounder, said Sharon from The Girls Place Bait & Tackle, but some were hooked from the bay here and there, she thought. Few trips probably fished for them on the ocean because of weather. Weakfish still schooled the bay, like before, and probably will a while. The water was warm. Nobody mentioned croakers, but that didn’t mean no croakers were around. Someone dragged a striped bass and a large bluefish from the surf in the Margate and Atlantic City area. If big blues are showing up, striper fishing usually begins to pick up. “They go hand in hand,” she said. Customers kept crabbing, and this is a time for that. Crabs were probably beginning to stop shedding for the season, and they become meaty then. The Girls Place, located on Route 47, just after Route 55 ends, carries a large supply of bait and tackle, and is the long, one-story, yellow building on the right. It’s on the way to the bay.

Money Island

Summer flounder catches reportedly picked up last week, Money Island Marina’s Facebook page said. That was after the storm prevented most fishing the previous weekend. Six anglers fished from the fishing docks yesterday, Bruce from the shop said in a phone call. Anglers from the docks, located on Nantuxent Creek, running past the marina, lately nabbed white perch, croakers and small striped bass. Bruce was about to package fresh bunker to freeze, he said during the call. The shop gets bunker from boats from the docks, and the fresh bait is in low demand currently but will be in demand for striper fishing on the bay that picks up in autumn. That’s a favorite bait for the fish. Currently, Bruce had no problem trapping plenty of minnows, a favorite flounder bait, to stock. Enjoy a Fall Feast Barbecue and Aquaculture Talk from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the marina. The marina’s been holding barbecues and talks this season that’ve been a success. The marina features a bait and tackle shop, a boat ramp, boat slips, dry-dock boat storage, fishing docks and gas. The fishing docks, $5 per adult and free for kids, can offer angling for white perch, small striped bass, and croakers, at different times of year. A 12-foot aluminum boat with a 2.5 h.p. outboard is available to rent to fish the creek.

Newport

The storm the previous week might’ve affected crabbing this weekend, but some customers still trapped several dozen keepers apiece, said Linda from Beaver Dam Boat Rentals. The crabs might not have been “coming up” or might’ve been “lying down.” Still, catches weren’t bad, and the crab sizes were good. A couple were 7 ½ inches, and customers were excited to try to top the year’s biggest so far, a 7-15/16-incher. The customer with the biggest each year wins a free boat rental for the next year. One trip fished, landing a decent number of white perch, some throwback striped bass and a croaker. Crabbing is available Fridays through Sundays through Columbus Day weekend, and on Columbus Day itself, a Monday, before becoming unavailable through winter at the shop. The Eagles aren’t playing football this Sunday, Linda noted. This is a great time of year for crabbing. Catches are good, weather’s cooler and fewer bugs are out. Customers crab and fish on rental boats towed up Oranokin Creek. Though crabbing is only available Fridays through Sundays this season, the shop remains open daily for supplies. Everything needed for crabbing is stocked, from bait, traps and nets to drinks, snacks and suntan lotion. Visit Beaver Dam’s website.

Fortescue

A marina from Fortescue posted on Facebook a couple of photos of catches from the bay. One showed an angler who boated a 5-pound summer flounder and 10 bluefish to 3 pounds Thursday. Another showed an angler with two good-sized flounder including one heavier than 4 pounds that day. White perch schooled Fortescue Creek, and one angler landed three dozen good-sized in a trip, the Facebook page said.

Cape May

Snapper blues and some spike weakfish swam the surf near the Concrete Ship and at Cape May Point, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle on Thursday in a phone call. That was the most recent time he gave a report for this website, and the point is at the confluence of Delaware Bay and the ocean. Kingfish could be boated at Cape May Channel off the point, and held in the ocean surf. Anglers had just begun to fish again Thursday, when he gave this report, after the storm. Nothing had been heard about summer flounder through that day after the weather, up to the time of the phone call, except that flounder were boated in Cape May Harbor in previous days. Anglers did fish there during the weather, and Thursday was probably the first day boaters could fish elsewhere. But if flounder remained in the harbor through Thursday, maybe that was a good sign that they were yet to migrate away after the storm, he thought. Sometimes a storm this time of year can trigger flounder to migrate offshore for winter, but that didn’t seem the case from this storm. Good reports about crabbing had already rolled in by Thursday.