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Delaware Bay Report

Report from Tuesday, November 29.

| Port Elizabeth | Money Island | Cape May | Last Week's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED EVERY TUESDAY
Port Elizabeth
A few striped bass were reported boated south of the No. 1 buoy on the bay, said Sharon from The Girls Place Bait & Tackle. The fish weren’t large, and someone said some were docked at Longreach Marina in Bivalve. A couple of anglers said some keeper stripers and lots of smaller were decked toward Ship John. So a few more reports rolled in about stripers from the bay than before. Not a lot of boatable weather happened for fishing the bay lately, and another blow was arriving today for some days this week. Good catches of stripers were known to be tackled farther north in the state, including at Lavallette the other day. Anglers waited for them to migrate south to the local area. Stripers in the bay seemed to be mostly smaller, and not a ton seemed to fill the water. A few stripers seemed to be boated and beached from the surf on the ocean and at coastal inlets along the ocean in South Jersey. Blackfishing sounded good, including at Cape May’s jetties, for customers. Green crabs are stocked for bait for them. Fresh bunker, favorite bait for stripers in the bay this season, are stocked when in demand. Call ahead and order to ensure a supply. Sharon needs to drive north in the state to obtain the baitfish, and demand is necessary to make that worthwhile. The bunker were stocked yesterday, and orders came in for the menhaden that day. Fresh clams are a little difficult to obtain. But if clam boats get the weather to sail, and the shop has demand for the bait, the clams are carried. 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
Reports about big stripers landed from the bay finally began to roll in, Money Island Marina’s Facebook page said Friday. “Hopefully pictures to follow,” it said. Wind and seas were calm, and a few of the marina’s boaters fished that day. They reeled throwback stripers to 24 inches from the bay. A bigger was hooked but got off, and nobody fished from the docks that day. Reservations are being accepted for boat slips for next year. That’s first come, first served, and the marina usually accepts a deposit in fall. Then payments are usually accepted, according to a schedule the boater specifies, so the slip is paid by spring. The marina will be closed beginning Dec. 15 for a winter break and reopened starting March 25. 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, croakers and more, 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.

Cape May
A few keeper striped bass to 35 inches began to be boated from the bay at sloughs like 20-Foot Slough on bunker chunks, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. A few began to be trolled on the ocean from Atlantic City to the south on Mojos and Stretch 25 lures. Surf fishing for stripers was a little slow, but keepers were occasionally picked along Cape May Point’s jetties. The bass seemed to arrive there like they did in the ocean and Delaware Bay: not a lot of the fish did yet, but occasional arrived. Fishing for smaller stripers was good on the back bay, the last Nick heard. Good blackfishing was tabbed along jetties.

Last Week's Report
Port Elizabeth

Weather was so rough in past days, said Sharon from The Girls Place Bait & Tackle. Nothing was heard about anglers fishing on the bay or anywhere in the gale. A couple of striped bass were reported beached from the ocean surf at Ocean City on Saturday. One customer reported hooking a big striper that got off at Townsend’s Inlet. Autumn’s southern migration of stripers might arrive late this season in South Jersey, and Sharon will keep the shop open as late as possible. Quite a few green crabs were sold for blackfish bait. Shore anglers talked about good blackfishing including at Cape May’s jetties. The supply of fresh bunker, favorite bait for stripers in the bay, should be okay for this holiday weekend. That depends on weather, and weather is supposed to be calmer than the gale during the beginning of the week. Telephone ahead to order the bunker to ensure a supply. Bunker suppliers don’t usually sail on Thanksgiving, so any bunker on Friday will probably be from Wednesday. The store is usually open about 6 to 11 a.m. on Thanksgiving, if weather is calm enough for anglers to be likely to stop by. Forecasts had been calling for possible rainstorms that day, but that might’ve changed.

Money Island

Wind is supposed to calm today, and boaters are likely to fish the bay tomorrow, Money Island Marina’s Facebook page said. No fresh bunker were expected to be stocked for tomorrow, after the gale since Sunday kept local bunker boats docked. If anglers want the store’s fresh-frozen bunker for the day, they can telephone the shop, so the bunker will be thawed properly. “That way the texture is the same as just netted bunker,” it said. An angler fishing from the docks Saturday reeled in 12-inch stripers and white perch two at a time from Nantuxent Creek, running past the store. The marina will be closed beginning Dec. 15 for a winter break and reopened starting March 25. Need your boat winterized? Get the marina to prep the vessel for the season. 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, croakers and more, 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.

Cape May

Wrecks in the bay, on the Delaware side, gave up blackfish, the last Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle heard, he said. The fishing was good at Reefs 6 and 7, and is always good at Brandywine, when the fish are in. Nothing else was heard about the bay, including about bunker-chunking for striped bass there, or eeling or fishing other live bait for the bass at the Cape May Rips, two types of angling that can turn on in fall, when the migration arrives. A few stripers seemed to begin to be picked from the ocean, on the troll or on bunker snagged and then livelined. Back-bay striper fishing was good for throwbacks and a couple of keepers, mostly on soft-plastic lures. Not much was heard about surf fishing, including for stripers, except about blackfish caught along jetties. The blackfish bag limit was pulled up to six beginning Wednesday, from one previously.