Boaters, including friends, trolled striped bass along the ocean Saturday and Sunday, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter. A couple of charter boats caught them well, and stripers were also chunked on bunker on Delaware Bay. Wind against tide made seas brutal Saturday on the bay. So a few stripers seemed to be moving in, and some trips struggled to catch them, but some scored well. Was a matter of right place, right time. One boat from the dock limited out on nine stripers, with bonus tags, by 9 a.m. on the ocean. No bluefish mixed in were heard about from anywhere. Anglers had wanted to sea bass fish on the ocean on Saturday on the Heavy Hitter, but weather was too windy. Sea bassing’s been good, when trips have sailed 30 miles from shore. A buddy nailed a good catch in past days. Howard Bly and crew blackfished at Wildwood Reef on the ocean on the Heavy Hitter on Sunday, when the bag limit was increased to six of the tautog, from the previous limit of one. On the way back to port, so much bait, apparently bunker, schooled close to shore.
Trolling for striped bass was good on the ocean during the weekend, said Capt. Frank from Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters. Trips limited out on the fish, big ones 20 to 30 pounds, close to shore. Melanie Anne trolled them from Avalon to Wildwood, and striper fishing was okay, not great, on Delaware Bay toward the mouth, not farther up, on bunker chunks. Boating for blackfish and sea bass both were good on the ocean. A buddy loaded up on sea bass and blackfish, and then caught stripers close to shore on the way home, a terrific trip.
Sounded like Delaware Bay’s striped bass fishing was pretty good, like at 60-Foot Slough, on chunked bunker, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle on Thursday. The fish seemed to be quality-sized, and one customer bagged two that morning. Stripers were also decked at the Cape May Rips on the troll and on livelined spots or eels. Also sounded like surf fishing began to turn on a little for throwback stripers. A few anglers beached them on clams or bunker at Cape May.