Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter had expected to begin his season’s striped bass fishing on Delaware Bay. That’s where the fish were found first in recent autumns, and they were found in the ocean afterward. But striper fishing turned on along the ocean this weekend, and trips aboard headed there. Those were the season’s first striper trips on the boat. The angling lit up, becoming good, off Ocean City on Friday. The Heavy Hitter began fishing for them on Saturday, but seas were nasty, and the fleet found slow striper fishing that day. But the trip on the Heavy Hitter got lucky and bagged one. Seas calmed on Sunday, and a trip that day aboard bagged eight stripers, and others got off. The fish were 35 to 42 inches, and twice as many got off, because multiple were hooked at once. So the fishing was good, and all the fish were trolled aboard off Ocean City on the ocean. The boat will still fish for stripers on Delaware Bay, if the migration moves there. Trips for blackfish and sea bass are also fishing the ocean on the Heavy Hitter.
A few striped bass, not many, were eeled from Cape May Rips and bunker-chunked from Delaware Bay, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. From the surf, a striper would be beached from the ocean, another at Cape May Point or a couple from Delaware Bay, but from no spot particularly. Ling bit in the surf. Blackfishing sounded good along jetties, and not much was reported about boating for the tautog. Nick would assume the tog could be boated from the reefs. Nobody mentioned sea bass fishing. Fresh clams in the shell, fresh, shucked clams, fresh bunker, eels, green crabs and white leggers were stocked.