A buddy’s trip cranked up two drum, including one sizable or 70-some pounds, from the bay Saturday, Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter said. Some drum were caught that day on the bay, and Heavy Hitter will fish the bay for them in May. George knew about another trip that headed for drum Sunday on the bay, but turned back, because of white caps. Though wind blew northeast on the ocean Sunday on a trip on the Heavy Hitter, wind blew northwest inland. Westerly wind can rough up Delaware Bay on the New Jersey side. The trip that turned back expected to return and fish for drum that night, Sunday night, on the bay. The Heavy Hitter sailed for blackfish on the ocean Saturday and Sunday. Catches were decent, not limiting out, but hooking plenty, including small. The fishing was better on Saturday than on Sunday, and weather was better on Saturday. Wind blew probably 15 to 20 knots Sunday, and seas were bumpy then. The tautog preferred clams for bait, and hardly touched crabs. A couple were hooked on crabs Saturday. Clams have been scarce for bait. Telephone if interested in blackfishing, because the tog are biting, and the season for them will be closed beginning Sunday. Or telephone if interested in drum fishing.
Drum 25 or 30 pounds that were boated from the bay began to be reported a little, Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle said Thursday in a phone call. Places known to produce drum in the early season can include 20-Foot Slough or flats a couple of miles up the bay, like north of Coxhall Creek or off Pierces Point, and at Joe’s Tip, or places like that. Drum were heaved from the bay’s surf, but also from the ocean surf at Poverty Beach. Bluefish and striped bass popped up in the surf in both the bay and ocean in Cape May. Neither seemed to hold them best, or the fish seemed to move day to day. The blues were sizable, and anglers kept eyes peeled for roving packs of the racers. Nick and friends got into them that way, seeing a couple of packs, hooking up. Fish bunker or lures for the blues. The drum and stripers were clammed, but some of the stripers were plugged. Weakfish catches began to be heard about a little from toward the south side of the Coast Guard station. They should begin to spread to the different surf jetties. Anglers fish bloodworms for the weaks, floated under bobbers along jetties. The bloods could catch stripers, too. Blackfish caught were heard about more from ocean boaters than jetty anglers. Some good catches, sometimes including blackfish heavier than 10 pounds, were made on the ocean. As waters warm, more of the tautog should begin to be picked along jetties. Blackfish season will be closed beginning in May, though. In the back bay, small stripers, a couple of better-sized, were played at bridges at night. No bluefish were heard about from the back bay, but a good run of blues took off there last spring.