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.
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.
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.
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.
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.