A bunch of weakfish, some blues, a couple of kingfish, an 18-inch summer flounder and a porcupine puffer were landed from Delaware Bay on a charter Sunday on the Heavy Hitter, Capt. George said. The fishing was good, and lots of weakfish, good-sized to probably a 20-incher, schooled toward Cape May Point. Most keepers were 14 inches, and smaller weaks like 10 inches also bit. The anglers limited out on one weak apiece, releasing the rest. Seas were rough in strong northeast wind, through forecasts called for calm seas in 5- to 10-knot wind. No boats, including party boats, probably fished the ocean in seas that day. The Heavy Hitter was anchored in the seas, and the anglers caught. That was the final day of flounder season. Charters are being booked for striped bass. That angling will begin in November, George guessed, but maybe will start earlier. Stripers used to be caught in mid-October at the Cape May Rips. Charters will also fish for sea bass and blackfish later this year on the ocean.
Good catches of weakfish and some croakers were boated near Brandywine Shoal Light, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Kingfish and croakers had been reeled from 20-Foot Slough, the last he heard. Bluefish 10 to 16 inches tumbled the surf, Nick said. A photo of a good catch them was posted on the store’s Facebook page. Mullet began to migrate the surf, and a few throwback striped bass were picked from the water. A couple of 26-inchers were known to be beached. Crabs were still trapped. Nick is trying to keep fresh mullet stocked. Baits carried include bloodworms.