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Delaware Bay Report

Report from Tuesday, May 24.

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Two drum were boated already, and another was landed, when Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter gave this report on a trip Sunday evening in a phone call on the bay, he said. The third was hooked, fought and gaffed aboard, as he spoke. The first two weighed 20 and 40 pounds, and the third weighed 40. That was with Ray DeCrane’s charter, and lots of sharks and skates bit. The angling was mostly slow for the fleet, fishing on the New Jersey side of the bay, 1 ½ miles north of Cape May Canal. On boats that fished for them Friday, some trips heaved in a good catch, like seven or eight, and the rest caught one or two. George wasn’t asked whether a trip fished Saturday aboard, and he didn’t mention Saturday. Weather was rough that day, and maybe no trip sailed because of that. On Sunday’s trip, a light breeze blew, but seas were a 1-foot roll, calm, not bad. A little drizzle fell. A couple of boats during the trip heard the fish drumming, and George heard none so far on the outing. Whenever he hears drumming, he seems not to catch. Sea bass season opened today, and trips for them are available on the ocean.

Not much was doing with drum fishing on the bay on the party boat Porgy IV, Capt. Paul said Wednesday, in his most recent report for this website. Trips aboard had been catching the fish on the Delaware side of the bay. Then the catches began to be reported from the New Jersey side, and the boat fished there. But now the vessel was back on the Delaware side, when Paul gave this report that evening. He was on a trip fishing the Delaware side then at 6:30. No drum were landed on the trip, running 2 to 10 p.m., so far. But drum fishing can be up and down and change in an instant, depending on when the fish want to bite. Another captain on the water Sunday said he was fishing among a fleet on the Jersey side, just north of Cape May Canal, and said the Porgy IV was there. The boat had returned to that side. The Porgy IV was slated to switch to sea bass fishing daily on the ocean beginning Monday, opening day of sea bass season. The vessel is a bottom-fishing boat for catches like that, and fished for drum between blackfish and sea bass seasons.

Good striped bass catches were still had, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle on Thursday. Both boaters and surf anglers pasted them, and boaters hooked them on Delaware Bay in shallows near shore on chunks of bunker. Or they trolled the bass on the ocean. Surf casters banked the fish on the bay on bunker or on the ocean on bunker or clams. Lures connected well at both places for shore anglers. When the boaters and surf anglers found the stripers, the fish often seemed big, in the mid-30 inches to mid-40s. Photos were posted on Hands’ Facebook page. Boating for drum seemed a little slow the past couple of days on Delaware Bay, he said that day. But the fishing might amp up during last weekend’s full moon, he said at the time. May’s moon is often a time for drum. Bluefish were sometimes around, like blues that popped up at Poverty Beach the other day. Anglers began to report weakfish taken at times at jetties on bloodworms under a float or soft-plastic lures on bucktail jigs. A couple of trips scouted for summer flounder on the back bay, before last weekend’s opening of flounder season. They picked the fish and released them and also some on Delaware Bay.