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Delaware Bay Report

Report from Tuesday, June 20.

| Port Elizabeth | Fortescue | Avalon | Cape May | Last Week's Report |
Cape May
Black drum were hauled from Delaware Bay last week, said Capt. Steve from the Prime Time II. He knew that a few trips sailed for them this weekend, but was yet to hear results. Summer flounder trips will begin on the Prime Time soon on the ocean. Steve hadn’t really spoken with anybody who fished for them there yet. Flounder bit in the back bay. Nothing was heard about flounder from Delaware Bay. Wind kept a shark trip from sailing Sunday on the ocean on the Prime Time. Steve knew about actually some sizable mako sharks caught lately. A few thresher sharks were landed, but threshers seemed scarcer than usual so far. A boat from the docks trolled a bluefin tuna, three yellowfin tuna and two bigeye tuna at Poorman’s Canyon at night on an overnight trip.

A 5-pound weakfish was weighed from the surf at Cape May Point at Hands Too Bait & Tackle, Nick said. The angler beached the fish on a soft-plastic lure. On the trip, he also banked six throwback weaks, a couple of throwback summer flounder and a tailor bluefish. Some good catches of weaks like these were made in the surf at jetties from the ocean to Cape May Point to Higbee’s Beach on Delaware Bay. Cape May Point is at the confluence of the ocean and the bay. Kingfish and croakers were nipped from the ocean surf on bloodworms, Fishbites artificial worms or clams. Brown sharks began to be heard about that were fought from the surf. Browns must be released, and they stalk the surf as the water warms. The back bay’s summer flounder fishing was pretty productive along the Intracoastal Waterway. Flounder seemed to begin to be boated from Cape May Reef on the ocean. Nothing was heard about flounder from Delaware Bay. Brown sharks bit in the bay. Black drum were marked and were heard drumming on the bay but wouldn’t bite last week. The fishing seemed to be dropping off for the year, but a couple of boaters still tried for them that week. Fresh clams in the shell were still stocked that were bait for drum. Fresh, shucked clams, plenty of minnows and bloodworms were also carried. Mako sharks could be located in the ocean. Blue sharks and brown sharks were cracked from the ocean, but not many thresher sharks seemed to be. Farther offshore, all the way out, small bluefin tuna and small yellowfin tuna roamed local canyons, and so did sizable bigeye tuna. The Common Sense returned with three bigeyes.