A trip totaled six keeper summer flounder, including a 30-incher and a 29-incher, none smaller than 20 inches, on Saturday with Fins and Feathers Outfitters, Capt. Jim said. Great trip, he said, and probably four dozen throwbacks were released. The trip fished at the stakes near Fortescue, and even the 17-inch throwbacks “had shoulders.” Jim started using a 4/0 hook to try to prevent the throwbacks from swallowing the bait. Small bluefish were also hooked, and the trip fished a double-hooked rig Jim ties with a 36-inch leader with a plain hook on bottom and a 12-inch leader with a dressed hook on top. A Gulp with a minnow was fished on bottom, and a minnow was fished on top, and the fish grabbed both equally. A trip Friday tried for flounder at Cape May, Wildwood and Ocean City reefs on the ocean. But the angling was slow there, and only three flounder were landed at a spot Jim knows offshore of Ocean City Reef. So the trip moved to the back bay, reeling up two keeper flounder and 30 or 40 throwbacks, along the Intracoastal Waterway. The angling was relatively slow, so the trip the next day fished Delaware Bay. The two days were great. The ocean was clear and beautiful, and Jim will scope out inshore fishing for mahi mahi, wahoos and bluefin tuna there this coming weekend, ahead of a charter that’s supposed to troll for those fish afterward aboard. Clear water is key to the angling. Fins and Feathers offers a variety of outdoor adventures, including duck and goose hunting on Delaware Bay during the waterfowl seasons. Anglers can even enjoy a combo of striped bass fishing and duck hunting on the bay in fall during a series of days. Trips also fish for salmon and steelhead on upstate New York’s Salmon River from Jim’s lodge. The salmon run is coming up, can start as early as late August. Trips also fly fish for trout on Pennsylvania’s streams like the Yellow Breeches.
The Heavy Hitter most recently fished for tuna, but the boat is also fishing for summer flounder, and Capt. George heard about anglers who picked away at the flatfish on the bay at Flounder Alley, he said. None of the fish was huge, but there were keepers 18 to 22 inches. The fishing was pretty good, and the Heavy Hitter also fishes for flounder on the ocean, often at the Old Grounds, off Delaware. Nobody was known about who fished the Old Grounds during the weekend, and George thought the water held a big swell. But the angling there sounded like it had improved, became decent, previously. The tuna trip bagged a 56-inch bluefin tuna and three sizeable mahi mahi on Saturday near the Elephant Trunk, in 30 fathoms along hills. A tuna trip Sunday aboard was cancelled because of rough seas.