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New Jersey
Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, June 23.

| Sewaren | Keyport | Atlantic Highlands | Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Brielle | Point Pleasant Beach | Toms River | Seaside Heights | Forked River | Barnegat Light | Mystic Island | Absecon | Brigantine | Atlantic City | Egg Harbor Township | Margate | Longport | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Wildwood | Cape May | Last Monday's Report |
THIS REPORT IS UPDATED
EVERY MONDAY AND THURSDAY
Sewaren
Good reports about fluke fishing tumbled in from the Triangle on Raritan Bay, actually, said Rich from Dockside Bait & Tackle. Solid catches were also boated on the bay just off Raritan River, off Perth Amboy. Striped bass were trolled on the ocean, and bluefish swam nearly everywhere, like usual during the fishing season. Baits stocked include killies, all frozen baits for fluke like spearing and smelts, and fresh clams and bunker. Dockside, on Smith Creek, a tributary of the Arthur Kill just north of Outerbridge Crossing, is accessible from the water at the fuel dock and from land.

Keyport
Fluke fishing, on Raritan Bay and the ocean, was kicked off with the
Down Deep Fleet, and some days fished better than others, Capt. Mario said. Many throwbacks bit, and an 8-1/2-pounder was the biggest keeper. Open-boat trips are fluking daily, and fluke charters are available. Striped bass fishing’s been good on open trips that are sailing for them Wednesday through Saturday afternoons. He emailed photos of a 41-pounder and a 37-pounder from the angling. Open trips are also fishing for ling, winter flounder and cod daily, and lots of ling bit. Charters are available for any of this fishing, and join the Short Notice List on Down Deep’s website to be kept informed about open trips. See available dates on the site’s calendar. Down Deep runs two 40-foot boats.

Fishing for fluke was so-so Wednesday on the Vitamin Sea, Capt. Frank wrote in an email. One angler limited out, and some days fish better than others for the flatfish, like in any fishing. Bait caught better than Gulps, and Frank was surprised. Gulps mostly hooked throwbacks. All areas fished gave up fluke, but throwbacks dominated. Space is available for trips Friday, Saturday and next week, and the trips next week include a Workingman’s Special 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Charters and open-boat trips are fishing, and telephone to reserve.

Atlantic Highlands
Navesink River at the Oceanic Bridge turned out fluke fishing, pretty good, said Joe from Julian’s Bait & Tackle. Striped bass were hooked there once in a while, and Shrewsbury River at Sea Bright Bridge turned up stripers pretty well, and fluke once in a while. Some fluke were boated at Reach Channel on Raritan Bay, not bad. Striped bass were trolled at Reach Channel and Romer Shoal, but especially well at Ambrose Channel, all the way on the far end, on bunker spoons and Mojos. One angler showed a spoon with the hook straightened from a striper that got off. That must’ve been some fish. Ocean surf fishing wasn’t so good. But shore angling from Leonardo wasn’t bad for cocktail blues on the bay. Crabbing was really good on Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. All baits are stocked.

Boating for fluke was fair on Raritan Bay, dropping off a little, not a lot, said Tom from Fisherman’s Den North. Still, fluke 9 and 10 pounds were seen from party boats, and the shop’s rental-boaters bagged fluke. The rental boaters found fluke in the channel right off the shop. But places that gave up the fish also included off the Ammo Pier, at Reach Channel and off Sandy Hook. Striped bass were trolled at Reach Channel, across the bay from the store and at Romer Shoal. Some anglers drilled them well. Sometimes bluefish were hooked during the trolling. Stripers 30 and 40 pounds were whacked, and the run of big stripers was good this year. At the store’s sister shop, Fisherman’s Den in Belmar farther south, seven stripers 50 pounds or larger were weighed-in from the fishing, more than in a long time. A couple of 50-pounders usually are. Surf anglers on the ocean at Long Branch, farther south, tied into lots of throwback stripers but keepers mixed in. No customers mentioned crabbing yet, but the blueclaws were seen holding on, every time the store’s bait-holding pen was pulled up. Crabs were around, no doubt. The store’s rental boats are available. The shop, new this year, is located at Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina, home of party boats, charter boats and private boats, and near plenty of surf or shore angling from the bay to the ocean.

Catches of fluke weren’t as good as last week, but still came in on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. Sometimes more keepers were swung in than at other times. For instance, on Wednesday morning’s trip, fewer fluke gave up action, but more keepers were bagged than at other times. And on the afternoon’s trip, throwbacks put out lots of action, but fewer keepers showed up. Conditions never drifted the boat well for the fishing on the morning trip, but drifted the boat well on the afternoon trip. The afternoon trip didn’t fish along the channel, where fishing for keepers can be better, because of ship traffic. Sometimes ship traffic disturbs the water and would slow the angling, so the boat is moved elsewhere. On this morning’s trip, anglers picked away at fluke, including a few keepers, so far, Tom said at 10 a.m. on the outing, when he gave this report in a phone call. One angler landed two keepers already, and the boat drifted well. When conditions are right, the fishing catches better. Not a lot of people joined the trip, because of weather forecasts. The sky was cloudy, but wind was calm. The boat’s been making every trip, no matter. Plenty of fluke filled the water, and sometimes fishing for keepers was better than at other times. Sometimes conditions never drift the boat well, and then catching throwbacks can even be slower. The Atlantic Star is fluke fishing 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. daily.

Friday it’s going to snow! a report said on the party boat Fishermen’s website. If you believe that, “then listening to the weather (forecasts) yesterday,” you stayed home from today’s daily fluke trip, it said. For those who braved the forecasts, today ended up beautiful on the water, no matter clouds in the morning. Fluke fishing was picky on the trip, once again, it said. Conditions failed to drift the boat at the first area fished, and drifted the boat too fast at the second. When the tide finally changed, offering a better drift, ship traffic nixed fishing at the channel. The trip picked away at fluke at a couple of places, and the high hook bagged four. A couple bagged three, “and so on,” it said. A 4-pounder won the pool. Frustrating day. Back at it tomorrow. Bring a shovel! it said. The Fishermen is sailing for fluke 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for striped bass 6:30 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

Highlands
Conditions failed to drift the boat and fluke fishing was tough Monday on Raritan Bay with Lady M Charters, Capt. Steve said. A few areas were tried, and a few fluke chomped at each, but the angling was slow. Trips sea bassed aboard until that day, the final day of sea bass season. Open-boat trips and charters are now fluking on the ocean and bottom-fishing at the Mudhole for ling, winter flounder, cod and whatever bites. A few haddock even snapped last year at the Mudhole aboard, and anglers love those trips, because they never know what’ll bite next.

Phillip and Will Rowe subdued a 142-pound thresher shark and three blue sharks at Ambrose, Marion from Twin Lights Marina wrote in an email. Al Petraco heaved in a 45-pound striped bass from Swash Channel. Twin Lights, located on Shrewsbury River near Raritan Bay and the ocean, with no bridges before them, includes a marina with boat slips, dry storage, a fuel dock, and a combined bait and tackle shop and ship’s store. The fuel dock is available 24 hours a day with a credit card. Baits stocked include all for offshore.

Neptune
Annual individual-reservation trips for fluke, sailing every Tuesday on the ocean, were launched this week with Last Lady Fishing Charters, Capt. Ralph said. But the angling was slow. Big, out-of-season sea bass bit and were released, and two will be able to be kept per angler beginning July 1. Kids under 12 sail free on the weekly fluke trips, limited to one per adult host. Lots of striped bass remained in the ocean, Ralph knew, and buddies boated them. Individual-reservation trips for cod are set for July 13 and 27 and August 3, 17 and 31. But some of the cod trips might be full, because Ralph for the last report here said two spots were left for July 27, and one remained for August 3. Book the trips, because they’re filling. Charters are available daily.

Belmar
On the Big Mohawk on the ocean, fluke fishing was pretty steady, Capt. Chris said. The angling wasn’t that good Wednesday, but overall was good on trips. Catches included a 10-pounder a couple of days ago. Ninety-percent of fluke on trips were axed on jigs with Gulps, and all the big were cracked on that. The Big Mohawk is fishing for fluke at 8 a.m. daily.

Bluefish swarmed all over the water surface, and fishing for them Wednesday was excellent again on the Golden Eagle, a report said on the party boat’s website. The 6- to 14-pounders were hooked on Run Off hammered jigs and crocodiles and on popper lures. Fishing for similar-sized blues was sensational Tuesday and absolutely super Monday on the boat, the report said. A few striped bass were also caught on Monday’s trip, and the blues crashing hooks along the surface has been fun to see. The Golden Eagle is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Afternoon fishing and sunset cruise trips are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 Fridays through Saturdays, reservations required.

Blues were a little wild on Wednesday’s trip on the Miss Belmar Princess, an email from the party boat said. Shots of 2- to 4-pounders were caught, and during some drifts, up to 14-pounders were nailed, and the angling was decent at times. Ava 47 jigs caught best, like on previous trips. On Tuesday’s trip, bluefishing was great for 8- to 14-pounders and some 2- to 4-pounders. Sometimes the fish fed along the water surface, boiling water. On Monday’s trip, bluefishing was epic in the morning for 12- to 15-pounders, and a 42-pound striped bass was iced. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for stripers and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Family fishing and sunset cruises are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday through Sunday.

Ocean striped bass fishing was hit or miss, but the bass were still there, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. The fish bit in early mornings or before dark. Fluke fishing was so-so on the ocean, and Parker Pete’s will mainly focus on fluke beginning July 1. Fluke trips will include On the Water Seminars that teach bucktailing in a non-threatening environment. Inexperienced anglers can learn the skill, and experienced can hone the fishing. The seminars sailed last year for the first time and were a hit. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway about individual spaces on charters. Sign up for the email blast on Parker Pete’s website to be kept informed about the spaces. Pete’s also been running party boat trips on another vessel that liveline bunker for stripers with a limited number of anglers. See info on the Parker Pete’s site.

Little change of pace: a fluke report, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. He’d often been reporting about a steady stream of large striped bass boated from the ocean previously. Fluke bit in Shark River yesterday. Laird Smith from Neptune limited out on the flatfish to 6 pounds on the river on one of the shop’s rental boats. Marty Westerfield from Wall grabbed three fluke to a 3-pound 3-ouncer on the river. The store’s rental boats are available for fluking on the river.

Brielle
***Update, Saturday, 6/25:*** A fresh batch of fluke seemed to arrive, because yesterday morning’s fluking was the best of the year so far on the party boat Jamaica II, Capt. Ryan wrote in an email. Lots of throwbacks bit, but so did a good bunch of keepers, and some anglers limited out. Fluke trips are sailing 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday through Sunday and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Monday. Monthly pool winners on the fluke trips win the money but also a whopping free year of unlimited trips on the boat. Beautiful spearing have been provided aboard, but 4-inch Gulp swim baits or mullets in Nuclear Chicken on a teaser fished above a ½-ounce Spro have caught best, especially when the boat has drifted slowly.

Point Pleasant Beach
None of today’s fluke trips fished on the Norma-K III, because forecasts kept anglers from showing up, Capt. Matt wrote in a report on the party boat’s website. Tonight’s bluefish trip will shape up to fish, and weather looks fine. Fluking was slow the past two days aboard, and Matt hoped the west wind that began would get them in the mood to bite. Yesterday afternoon’s trip locked into a few keepers and throwbacks. Last night’s bluefish trip got into 1- to 3-pounders, and all anglers left with some. Lots of bait schooled the water, and Matt hoped that would hold the blues there a while. Lots of fun on light tackle, and he hopes bigger blues “show up behind these ones.” The Norma-K III is fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. daily and for blues 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Some fluke have been around, said Capt. Bob from the party boat Gambler. The fishing wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad, and lots of throwbacks bit, but some keepers did. A 7-1/2-pounder was pasted on this morning’s trip. A customer yesterday boated three keepers 4 to 6 pounds. Fluke definitely held in the water, and fishing just needed favorable conditions to catch. The boat drifted too slowly this morning and too fast yesterday. But even during this morning’s slow drift, fluke were angled, though lots of skates were, too. Last weekend’s nighttime striped bass trips fished slowly, but the crew hopes that will be different when the trips resume tonight. Fluke trips are fishing 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Striper trips are running 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Thursday through Saturday.

Toms River
Surf anglers still beached striped bass, said Virginia from Murphy’s Hook House. The biggest were 28 inches to maybe 19 pounds. Fresh bunker, fresh clams and sometimes swimming lures and popping plugs hit them. Anglers really had to wait out the bass, and lots of dog sharks bit, and a couple of brown sharks did. Boaters had still been scoring well on stripers on the ocean, mostly north of Manasquan Inlet. Party boat fluke fishing improved on the ocean, since the water warmed somewhat. Single-hooked fluke rigs caught. So did S&S Bucktails, and 3 ounces was probably most popular. Chartreuse and Nuclear Chicken were the most popular colors for Gulps fished for fluke. Fluke were boated on Manasquan River on high tides near Route 70 Bridge, the old hospital, Clark’s Landing and the Brielle party boats. Fluke bit in Barnegat Bay behind Barnegat Inlet on small jigs like Spros. A couple fluke chewed in the inlet. Blowfish nibbled toward the BI and BB markers in the bay. Murphy’s, located on Route 37, also owns Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

Seaside Heights
A couple of blowfish were nabbed from the dock the last couple of days, said George from The Dock Outfitters. A couple of small fluke were, too, and in the surf, small blues and fluke were banked. A couple of small striped bass were beached in mornings. Crabbing was picking up and pretty good from the dock and on the store’s rental boats. The Dock Outfitters, located on Barnegat Bay, blocks from the ocean surf, features a bait and tackle shop, a café, a dock for fishing and crabbing, boat rentals and jet-ski rentals. Bait stocked currently includes killies, fresh clams, fresh bunker and frozen local spearing.

Forked River
Fluke were boated at the 40 can and the research buoy in 7 to 9 feet of water on Barnegat Bay, said Brian from Grizz’s Forked River Bait & Tackle. Blowfish reportedly hovered near the Barnegat docks in the bay, and blowfish were seen from off Berkeley Island Park in the bay. Grizz from the shop saw bluefish near the research buoy while fluking the other day. Fluke were sometimes boated at ocean reefs. One customer bagged two on the ocean off the bathing beach at Island Beach State Park. Ocean striped bass fishing kind of shut off beginning this weekend. Anglers said they marked the fish but didn’t hook any. They had been catching from Seaside to Lavallette. Crabbing was good, including for some 4-1/2- to 5-inchers. Fresh, local spearing was stocked for the first time this year two days ago. Baits carried also include killies and frozen local and Canadian spearing. Shark baits are still stocked, and Brian heard nothing about sharking recently.

Barnegat Light
Barnegat Bay’s fluke fishing wasn’t bad, and maybe 2 or 3 in 10 were keepers, said Rob from Van’s Boat Rentals. The back side of the Dike and Double Creek Channel gave them up. Bluefish could always pop up in the bay, and no fish like kingfish were heard about yet. No weakfish were reported. On the ocean, striped bass or bluefish were trolled here or there, but very few. Crabbing should begin locally in a couple of weeks, beginning later than at some places, because of cool ocean water from Barnegat Inlet locally. Clamming’s usually good locally. “We have delicious clams,” he said. Bait stocked includes minnows, fresh clams when available, fresh bunker when available, frozen spearing, all the different types of frozen squid, and practically all bait fished locally, including chum for blowfishing on the bay. All tackle and supplies are carried, including minnow buckets, chum pots and so on. Van’s rents boats from tillers with a 9 h.p. engine to center consoles with a 50 h.p. for three to five people for fishing, crabbing, clamming and pleasure. Kayaks are also rented, and facilities include a complete tackle shop and a complete marina with slips, gas and full boat servicing.

A few more keeper fluke were belted today than during the previous few days on the Miss Barnegat Light, a report on the party boat’s website said. Plenty of throwbacks, some skates and some sizable, out-of-season sea bass were tossed back on today’s trip. The Miss Barnegat Light is fishing for fluke at 8 a.m. daily.

Fluke fishing’s been good on Barnegat Bay, and lots, including many sizable, were docked at Bobbie’s Boat Rentals, Vince Sr. said. The fish were boated including between the shop and the Dike, at Double Creek Channel and at High Bar Harbor. Bluefishing slowed, but some were landed. Blues might’ve swum Barnegat Inlet, but rental boaters fought the blues on the bay. Two boats returned with good catches of big striped bass from the ocean yesterday, even if that was surprising, because the fishing was slower recently. Crabs began to be trapped, and nobody clammed recently from the shop. But the clamming’s usually good. Bobbie’s features a complete bait and tackle shop, a fuel dock and boat and kayak rentals. The boats are used for fishing, crabbing, clamming and pleasure. The store is known for bait supply, including live bait in season.

Mystic Island
Similar to last week, the bay’s summer flounder fishing was mostly slow, said Brandon from Scott’s Bait & Tackle. The fishing was hit and miss, good one day, bad another. A few flounder were bagged from the ocean, no numbers. No striped bass were heard about from the ocean, really. Maybe anglers would find one under a pod of bunker. Bluefish 2 or 3 pounds were sometimes found in the bay under birds working baitfish. A few spike weakfish were around, but anglers who find them don’t tell where. None of the small fish like baby sea bass schooled the bay yet, really, that sometimes make up a fishery in summer. Those catches can include the sea bass and weakfish, blowfish, croakers and snapper blues. Boaters anchor and chum for them. Lots of sharks haunted the bay, and Brian tried for blues on the bay last evening, and hooked a 20-pound brown shark. Browns are prohibited and must be released, and many of the bay’s sharks are prohibited like that, but anglers let them go, and some of the sharks are large sand sharks that aren’t prohibited. Boaters chum for them in evenings to fight big fish. Lots of bait schooled waters like a creek Brian fished that came alive with herring and peanut bunker at dusk. But only sharks bit. Crabbing’s been “real fair,” he said. Some were big, too, like a 7-incher trapped in the pot in the lagoon behind the store. One crabber reported trapping two 8-inchers. That’s huge. Plenty of minnows are stocked. Bloodworms, live grass shrimp, fresh clams and fresh bunker are carried.

Absecon
For summer flounder anglers on the back bay, catches still steadily increased, said Capt. Dave from Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. The anglers still hoped for better, but the average angler caught pretty well. They fished the tide, tackling a few keepers, usually including a sizable over 4 pounds, in a trip. So flounder fishing was pretty good. Weakfish still “snuck around” back waters, and most trying for them kept quiet about details including location, but a quite a few shedder crabs were sold for bait, and that’s how Dave knows they caught. Plenty of shedders are stocked from Delaware Bay, and that also means plenty of soft-shell crabs for eating are carried for the moment. The shop raises them, and get them while they’re in, and click the link and Like the store’s soft-shell Facebook page to keep up on when they’re available. Eeling for striped bass was good at night at bridges and other structure. Stripers and weaks were winged from the mouth of Mullica River, like previously. From the surf, kingfish gave up good catches, and one angler landed more than 70 from Ventnor Pier yesterday.

Brigantine
Kingfish moved into the surf pretty well, said Capt. Andy from Riptide Bait & Tackle. Pretty steady pick, and bloodworms were the bait to soak, because the water was 65 degrees, cool for Fishbites artificial worms. Brown sharks, a prohibited species, also moved into the surf, and anglers release them, fishing with a kingfish head, a mackerel head or any kind of head. A chunk of mackerel or similar bait can be fished, but heads are choice. Drum were beached from the surf here and there, but mostly moved on, like they do this time of year, after good catches recently. The annual Team America Tackle Sale will be held Saturday at the store. The sale is buy-one, get one free for all Team America tackle and gear, like rigs, hats, koozies and everything. An angler can buy 100 rigs, and get another 100 free.

Atlantic City
Anglers on foot bailed kingfish, numbers and good-sized, from the surf near Absecon Inlet and from the inlet, said Noel from One Stop Bait & Tackle. They sometimes yanked summer flounder from the same waters. They banked an occasional striped bass, not many, from the inlet at night. Sometimes a weakfish came from all these waters. For the kings, bloodworms and head-on shrimp, both stocked, were fished. A Fluke Candy Rig the shop stocks worked well on the flounder, like last year. The rig features a floating jighead that floats bait 18 or 19 inches off bottom, trailed behind a bucktail. All baits, a large supply, are stocked. Two dozen bloodworms are $20. Fresh clams are $6 a dozen, and fresh bunker are three for $5.

Egg Harbor Township
The back bay’s summer flounder fishing was picking up, actually, said Austin from 24-7 Bait & Tackle. “Getting better as days go on,” he said, and usual areas produced, but Rainbow Channel was one of the best. Minnows and squid hooked most, and Gulps failed to land so many. Sometimes the bay’s boaters ran into a school of bluefish, fish that were “average-sized,” not as big as earlier this year. Sometimes boaters in the know – about how, when and where – reeled in striped bass from the bay, mostly toward Longport. Crabbing was improving, and was good whenever a day’s weather was. The shop’s rental boats are available for fishing and crabbing from Patcong Creek, running past the shop, where they’re docked, to the bay and Great Egg Harbor River. Patcong is one of the best places for crabbing and is a tributary of the Great Egg, meeting the river at the river’s mouth on the bay. Minnows are a whopping half-price at the store throughout the fishing season: $3 for a half-pint, $6 for a pint and $12 for a quart. Shedder crabs are stocked, and fresh bunker and fresh clams were arriving today. The company also owns 24-7 Bait & Tackle in Marmora.

Margate
For anglers on the party boat Keeper, back-bay summer flounder fishing was sometimes spotty, and a little slow yet, but was much better than a couple of weeks ago, Capt. John said. The fishing kept improving, and the keepers were all sizable, often 19 to 21 inches, and 4- to 6-pounders were taken each week. No other fish bit, except sharks and sea robins. Lots of bait schooled the bay, including lots of peanut bunker. That looked promising for flounder fishing. Flounder bit minnows and mackerel that’s provided and Gulps that anglers brought. All worked, and anglers should bring Gulps. The Keeper is fishing for summer flounder 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 to 5 p.m. daily. The trips are only $30 for adults, $25 for seniors and $20 for kids, because fishing is near port, and the pontoon boat is economical on fuel. Rental rods are free.

Longport
Anglers will resume fishing Friday through Sunday on trips for summer flounder on the ocean on the Stray Cat, after the vessel was repowered, Capt. Mike said. Trips for up to six anglers will sail then, and the Coast Guard is supposed to inspect the vessel Monday for up to 22 passengers. If nothing unforeseen happens, the boat then will be back to fishing at full capacity. Mike fished on the vessel the other day, hanging a few good-sized sea bass and ling, before sea bass season was closed beginning Monday.

Ocean City
Eight-hour charters for up to six people are available on the party boat Captain Robbins, said Capt. Victor from the party boat Miss Ocean City. The company also owns the Captain Robbins, and will also run another party boat beginning next week that will fish on open-boat trips for summer flounder on the bay in mornings and on the ocean in afternoons.

Back-bay summer flounder fishing turned on a little, said Pat from Fin-Atics. The keeper ratio was low, but the flounder were found at Ships Channel and off the islands off 17th Street. Flounder swam the surf in numbers, and anglers fished for them with bucktails with Gulps or strip baits, sometimes with a trailer. Surf fishing was pretty good, including for blues and kingfish. The blues were 12 to 18 inches, and the kings bit bloodworms or Fishbites artificial worms. A couple of schools of weakfish in the surf were heard about. From the ocean, no mako sharks were talked about in a week or so. Not much was mentioned about tuna. Many customers crabbed, trapping a slow pick, Brian thought.

Sea Isle City
Many reports about the back bay’s summer flounder fishing said that while there were keepers, not a lot of flounder bit, not the droves of small that the fishing usually beats up all day, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. That was unusual, but some good flounder fishing was reported from ocean reefs and other bottom structure in the ocean, on a regular basis. Sounded like kingfish moved into the surf pretty well. Decent numbers of striped bass were played at night under lights, like at docks and bridges, on soft-plastic lures like Fin-S Fish and Bass Assassins. A couple of sharks were heard about from the surf. Good catches of tuna and mako sharks had been reported from Wilmington Canyon. Not a lot of reports rolled around about boating for sharks closer to shore. But sharks including makos and threshers were still around in those waters.

One of the inshore shark trips sailed Monday afternoon aboard with a family, releasing three dusky sharks and two brown sharks, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The fish were fought on mackerel fillets on conventional rods, and Joe also fly-fishes for them. The trips, usually within 10 miles from shore, anchor over structure known to attract sharks, and chum for them. Duskies and browns are required to be released, and the trips are a chance to fight big fish without the long haul offshore. Joe hasn’t fished for them much this year, but the sharks are in. A charter fished for summer flounder on the back bay aboard Wednesday, pulling in 10 including one keeper 20 inches. The flounder fishing’s been slow compared with other years, but is improving, and Joe’s trips are “grinding it out.” A flounder trip with an angler Monday morning on the bay caught and released a bunch of throwbacks aboard. Tides weren’t ideal for striped bass fishing this week on the bay with popper lures that Joe specializes in. High tides at dusk, ideal, happen every two weeks. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Wildwood
***Update, Friday, 6/24:*** Fishing for summer flounder was spotty on the back bay, and weather didn’t help, said Mike from Canal Side Boat Rentals. The fish were there, but maybe were hunkered down in weather. Yesterday was windy, but not bad, better than forecasts. Crabbing was pretty decent, steady, on the bay. Another nice weakfish, he said, was brought in from the bay. No bluefish were seen from the bay, but a few blues around were heard about. Baits stocked include plenty of minnows, and they’re good-sized. The supplier said catching minnows became somewhat more difficult. Maybe that was because of weather, but a healthy supply of good-sized is stocked. Canal Side rents boats for fishing, crabbing and pleasure and kayaks. ***Get a $5 discount*** on a rental boat if you mention Fishing Reports Now. A large supply of bait and tackle is carried. Crabs for eating are sold, and the price changes according to market price. Crabs were currently $35 per dozen live and $40 per dozen cooked for No. 1s. No. 2s were currently $20 for the first dozen live or cooked, and $15 for each additional dozen live or cooked. Customers enjoy the crabs at picnic tables with umbrellas on the water at the store, or enjoy them at their own location.

Cape May
Five yellowfin tuna 30 to 35 pounds, some mahi mahi and a bunch of false albacore were boated at Baltimore Canyon in 100 fathoms Monday with Caveman Sportfishing, Capt. John said. Some boats caught bigger or smaller yellowfins, and the catch with Caveman, all trolled, wasn’t as good as he expected. The yellowfin fishing had lit up earlier in the morning, from 4:30 to 7 o’clock, mostly before the boat arrived at 6:30 a.m. After 7 o’clock, a yellowfin would be picked here and there. John expects to arrive long before daylight, departing at midnight, on the next day trip, he wrote on Caveman’s Facebook page. Boats that overnighted and met the early morning fishing scored better. He doesn’t know how many times he’s seen excessive boat traffic scatter or sound tuna, he wrote on the page. A friend the next day arrived at 9 a.m. on the tuna grounds, catching one yellowfin in morning, a bigeye tuna that evening, and 12 yellowfins the next morning at daybreak. Bigeyes showed up this weekend for the first time this year, really. Loads of pilot whales swam the Baltimore, usually the first sign of bigeyes, he said. A strong, fish-attracting temperature break from 66 to 73 degrees was seen on satellite charts before Caveman’s trip arrived at the area. The fish-holding water had shoved 40 miles south on arrival. Goodness knows where it’ll be now. Forty miles farther south was extremely south for boats from farther north in New Jersey, like from Manasquan Inlet and Belmar. It was far for Cape May, too, but the angling from Cape May was way better than for boats farther north that fish places like Lindenkohl, Toms and Hudson canyons. Tuna fishing’s been best from Cape May this time of year in recent years, and Caveman is taking advantage. Caveman specializes in big tuna, too. Bigeyes. In 2014, almost 22 trips in a row landed at least one bigeye aboard.

Tuna fishing was weathered out because of wind Wednesday on the
Heavy Hitter, Capt. George said. More tuna trips are slated for the weekend, and shark fishing is still possible, if anglers want sharks. The ocean remained in the 60 degrees, a temperature for sharks, and sharking usually lasts until the end of the month. Ocean summer flounder fishing is available. Private boaters were known about who scored well on flounder at the Old Grounds on Sunday on the ocean. Some put together good catches at Cape May Reef on the ocean. Some scored well, and some didn’t. The wind that weathered out the tuna trip was only supposed to blow 10 to 15 knots, kicking up 3- to 4-foot seas, in Monday’s forecast. Then the forecast changed to 10 to 25 knots and 6- to 10-foot seas. Wind must’ve blown 20 knots on land Wednesday in Cape May, though skies were sunny, and weather was warm.

Some rough, northeast weather barreled through at times, including strong wind Friday and fierce wind Tuesday that near Cape May snapped telephone poles and knocked out electric that was still down 24 hours later, said Capt. Paul from the party boat Porgy IV. That seemed to scatter summer flounder that the boat fished for on the ocean, making catches hit and miss. The angling was better earlier in the month, but some of the fluke were around, and they’ll bunch up again. Maybe that could happen this weekend, but anglers will see. The number of good-sized flounder that were decked previously didn’t bite. A big swell remained on the ocean Wednesday from the wind, and not many of the fluke bit on the day’s trip. On Tuesday, one of the anglers bagged four flounder to a 4-pounder, winning the trip’s pool with the fish, not big. Another angler also bagged four on the outing. On Monday’s trip, conditions failed to drift the boat, never good for flounder fishing. Craig Constantino from Voorhees sacked three keepers to a 6-pounder on the outing. Sunday’s trip also had no drift. “You had to make a bite,” Paul said. “You couldn’t wait for a bite.” Few flounder were landed, but John Riccardi from Williamstown limited out on five to a 5-pounder that won the trip’s pool. The Porgy IV is fishing for summer flounder at 8 a.m. daily.

The ocean’s summer flounder fishing seemed really to turn on, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Good catches were reported from the Old Grounds, Reef 11 and Cape May Reef. The back bay’s flounder fishing was pretty slow, but the flounder bagged were quality-sized there. Rumors began to be heard about flounder from Delaware Bay. Weakfish, good-sized, schooled at Delaware Bay’s stakes, and shedder crabs hooked them. Kingfish, spike weaks, some flounder and croakers swam Cape May Channel off Cape May Point. Kings and blues were beached from the surf. Weakfish were angled along surf jetties, and sharks were fought from the surf at night. Use mackerel for the sharks, and sharks in the surf are often prohibited species that must be released. Shark fishing picked up in Delaware Bay, and those are usually prohibited species that are released, too. But they can be sizable and full of teeth. Nothing was heard about sharking on the ocean, and anglers who do that seemed to turn to tuna. Tuna fishing had been great for yellowfins and a few bigeyes between Wilmington and Baltimore canyons. Baits stocked include plenty of minnows. Bloodworms, fresh clams, shedder crabs and eels are on hand.

Last Monday's Report
Sewaren

Trips limited out on sea bass Saturday and Sunday with Outcast Charters, Capt. Joe said. On Saturday’s trip, the sea bass weighed up to 4 pounds, and ling were also bagged. On Sunday’s, the sea bass weighed up to 3 pounds, and a good number of ling, a sizable cod and other cod were also landed. Sea bass season was closed beginning today, and two types of charters will now fish: trips for fluke and, farther from shore, trips for ling, winter flounder and cod. Outcast offers fishing from Sewaren, N.J., and Staten Island, N.Y.

Keyport

Fluke fishing was good Thursday through Sunday, Capt. Frank from the Vitamin Sea wrote in an email. Don Smaligo cracked the biggest fluke aboard during those days, landing a couple of 6-pounders Saturday. Most of the boat’s trips landed 15 to 18 keepers and about three times as many throwbacks. Angler skill is key. “Those that listen end up fairly well,” Frank said. Regardless, trips have a great time and catch a fair number of fluke. The angling will keep becoming better as summer goes on. So come down “and let us show you how to do it,” he said. Open-boat trips and charters are fishing, and room is available Thursday through Saturday. Telephone to reserve. “Get your dose of Vitamin Sea!”

Sea bass season ended with a bang, said Capt. Mario from the Down Deep Fleet. The season closed beginning today, and the angling was great through the end aboard. Open-boat trips will now fish for fluke daily on the Down Deep Bull, one of the company’s two 40-foot boats. On the Down Deep, the other vessel, open trips will now fish daily for ling, winter flounder and cod. Open trips are fishing for striped bass on Wednesday through Saturday afternoons. Reserve all these trips ahead, and charters are also available for any of this fishing. Join the Short Notice List on Down Deep’s website to be kept informed about open trips. See available dates on the site’s calendar.

Atlantic Highlands

Tough fluke fishing today in unfavorable conditions on the Fishermen, a report said on the party boat’s website. Fishing on the bay, wind blew with the tide, and power-drifting “only moved us forward and back over the same spot,” it said. Fluke were picked, and the fishing would’ve been much better if the boat had drifted right. Bait remained in the water. The fish probably could’ve used a break after the beating they took during the weekend. No report was posted for the weekend at press time. What, no limits on the trip?! the report asked about today’s trip. Not this time, it said. Back at it tomorrow, it said. On Friday’s trip, fluking was awesome aboard, like on previous days, the best fluking in years. Two fluke heavier than 9 pounds and several limits were bagged on Friday’s outing. The Fishermen is sailing for fluke 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and for striped bass 6:30 to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays.

When conditions were good, fluke fishing picked right away at the catches on the party boat Atlantic Star, and all and all, the fluking was nice, much better than last year, Capt. Tom said. More keepers were bagged this year than last aboard, and he keeps track. Just more fluke were around, whether throwbacks or keepers. Trips fished the channels on Raritan Bay, except when ships passed, disturbing the water, slowing the angling. Then the boat was moved elsewhere. That happened on Sunday morning’s trip, so the boat was moved to Flynn’s Knoll and then to the bay. Trips had options to fish different places. Mostly throwbacks bit at those two places, but anglers kept busy catching. Sometimes anglers needed to fish heavier weight than others, sometimes up to 8 ounces, not terribly heavy. Spearing are provided for bait, and whether killies that anglers brought caught better was difficult to say. Some customers fished bucktails, and there was no set pattern for what caught best. If anglers want to bring an extra rod for bucktailing, they can. The Atlantic Star is fluke fishing 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m. daily.

Highlands

The season for sea bass closed today, but the eight anglers on a charter Saturday limited out on the fish in 3 hours with Lady M Charters, Capt. Steve said. A good mix of ling and winter flounder were also iced, and so were two cod that were just keeper-sized. Another charter Sunday returned to the same area, and the eight anglers also limited on sea bass in 3 hours and landed a bunch of ling and one keeper cod. Sea bass fishing was phenomenal during the season and included big. Open-boat trips and charters will now fish for fluke and, at the Mudhole, ling, flounder and cod.

Neptune

Last Lady Fishing Charters finished sea bass season “in great fashion,” Capt. Ralph wrote in an email. A charter Sunday, the final day of the season, piled a box full of large sea bass and also ling and cod. A charter Saturday limited out on sea bass by 10:30 a.m. with 15 anglers. Don’t forget, Ralph said: sea bass season will reopen beginning October 22, and 15 will be the bag limit, instead of the 10 during the season that just closed. Book now, because the dates are filling. He’s got some individual-reservation trips for sea bass planned for then that he’ll announce. Annual individual-reservation trips for fluke, sailing every Tuesday, will be launched this week, and one space is available for the trip tomorrow. Only a few spots are left for mako shark charters that are only fishing on weekdays. This coming Wednesday and Monday and July 4 through 6 are available. Overnight tuna charters are booking. Individual-reservation trips for cod are set for July 13 and 27 and August 3, 17 and 31, and are filling. Two spots are left for July 27, and one spot remains for August 3.

Belmar

***Update, Tuesday, 6/21:*** Big striped bass continued to be weighed-in from the ocean, Bob from Fisherman’s Den wrote in an email. A charter with XTC Sportfishing from Belmar docked a 50-pounder and two heavier than 40 pounds apiece Monday. The 50-pounder was the year’s eighth that weighed 50 pounds or more this year at the store, the most ever. The striper run showed no signs of easing up, and maybe a 60-pounder will be seen at the shop, before the migration moves on. Big fluke also kept being checked-in. Tony Saunders from Toms River stopped by with a fluke heavier than 10 pounds bagged on the party boat Big Mohawk from Belmar.

Epic fishing today! an email said from the party boat Miss Belmar Princess. Bluefish 12- to 15 pounds and a 42-pound striped bass were clobbered on today’s trip aboard. Sunday’s trip fished slow, mostly, except a school of bigger blues was found late on the outing, and a few were caught. Saturday’s trip played blues 2 to 4 pounds, until that dropped off at mid-day. All the trips caught “north of Shark River Inlet,” it said, and the Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for stripers and blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Family fishing and sunset cruises are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday through Sunday.

Super fishing for large blues and some striped bass mixed in was crushed today on the Golden Eagle, a report on the party boat’s website said. Anglers jigged all the 8- to 14-pound blues they could want, and the angling was “relatively close to the inlet,” it said. On Sunday’s trip, bluefishing was good for 3- to 5-pounders early in the day and 8- to 12-pounders later. On Saturday’s trip, bluefishing was great for 3- to 6-pounders. The Golden Eagle is fishing 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Afternoon fishing and sunset cruise trips are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 Fridays through Saturdays, reservations required.

In the full moon, striped bass fishing was picky at best on the ocean, said Capt. Pete from Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. But the angling was “periodic,” sometimes producing catches at first light, sometimes before dark. Anglers had to work for them, but those who stuck with it, caught. Certain pods of bunker held stripers. Pete’s also running party-boat trips on another vessel that are livelining bunker for stripers with a limited number of passengers. See info on Parker Pete’s website.Fluke fishing’s been picking up on the ocean, though southerly wind chilled the water somewhat in past days, and that can slow the angling. The fluking will be fully underway in the next weeks, he thinks. Sea bass fishing went out with a bang, until sea bass season closed beginning today. A 24-inch sea bass, huge, was biggest with Parker Pete’s Sunday. Fluke trips this season will include On the Water Seminars that Parker Pete’s began last year that teach bucktailing for the big ones in a non-threatening environment. Experienced anglers can hone the skill, and inexperienced can learn the fishing. Parker Pete’s this season will run family fishing and cruising trips that fish and enjoy sunset. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway about individual spaces on charters. Sign up for the email blast on the boat’s website to be kept informed about the spaces.

Brielle

Ocean fluke fishing was reportedly good throughout the weekend, said John from The Reel Seat. He wasn’t at the shop a lot then, but heard from the store owner. The fish bit tight to shore, from what John heard. Manasquan River’s fluking’s been okay, and weekends were tough, because of boat traffic. But fluke are getting reeled from the river, and so are small blues and, in early mornings and evenings, small striped bass. Large striped bass, plenty, still bit for ocean boaters, on the usual trolled Mojos and spoons. Some anglers snagged bunker and then livelined them to catch, and some tossed plugs and popper lures for the bass. Stripers pushing 60 pounds were heard about. A local party boat docked a 57-pounder. Not much was doing in the surf, except sometimes fluke were beached, and an occasional bluefish or striper was banked. Nothing was heard about sharks or tuna. One shark tournament was held, and one was postponed, in rough weather forecasts.

Point Pleasant Beach

Angling for fluke was a little tough the past few days on the Norma-K III, Capt. Matt wrote Sunday in a report on the party boat’s website. Throwbacks and a few keepers were picked, but catches weren’t like the few days previously. Strong south current might’ve slowed the angling, and he hoped the current changed soon. Bluefishing was tough on nighttime trips. Saturday night’s trip anchored at rocks and picked ling and sea bass instead. Matt hoped a few blues popped up once the full moon waned. The Norma-K III is fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. daily and for blues 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Striped bass fishing was tough Saturday morning, Capt. Alan from Mushin Sportfishing wrote in an email. A trip sailed all the way to the New York border, but only blues were found. But the angling was much better on a trip that afternoon. Double- and triple-headers were trolled on No. 4 Tony Maja spoons and big plugs. “We couldn’t keep them off the rods at times,” he said, and the charter easily limited out on unders. A photo was included in the email showing stripers 35 to 44 pounds that the outing bagged. On Sunday, Mushin competed in Mako Mania, returning to where a 293-pound mako was boated aboard nine days previously. On Sunday’s trip, “we boated multiple species of sharks,” Mushin’s Facebook page said, but no mako to enter. The water was warmer and cleaner than on the previous trip, and held lots of life, including mackerel and bluefish. Mushin stowed away the striper and bluefish gear for now. Sea bass gear was also stowed away, now that sea bass season was closed beginning today. The boat will fish for tuna at the offshore canyons this week, and hot catches were plowed to the south. Mushin will fish from Cape May for tuna in July to work the canyons. ***Update, Tuesday, 6/21:*** Space is available for an open-boat tuna trip July 2 to 3 that will sail from Cape May.

Seaside Heights

In the surf, a slow pick of small bluefish and an occasional throwback to keeper striped bass was banked, a report said on The Dock Outfitters’ website. The angling was quiet, and fluke fishing “remains an inlet area bite,” it said, but those fish should push to the surf soon. Barnegat Bay’s crabbing was excellent for this early in the year, including from the dock. The shop’s rental boaters also nabbed the crabs well at Good Luck Point. The Dock Outfitters, located on Barnegat Bay, blocks from the ocean surf, features a bait and tackle shop, a café, a dock for fishing and crabbing, boat rentals and jet-ski rentals.

Forked River

Catches of sharks began to become good, and mako sharks began to be bagged in the past week with Tuna-Tic Sportfishing, Capt. Mike said. This should be a good week of the angling, and trips will probably sail for them another week or so. He hopes to begin tuna trips in July, and is waiting for tuna to show up closer to the area. Sea bass trips just ended aboard, because sea bass season was closed beginning today.

Barnegat Light

On the Miss Barnegat Light, daily fluke trips began Friday, and the start wasn’t bad that day, a report said on the party boat’s website. “We caught some nice keeper fluke and sea bass,” it said, and throwbacks were released. On Saturday’s trip, a few keeper fluke and sea bass were taken, and less action was scored than on the previous day, but the boat drifted much slower Saturday. On Sunday’s trip, the angling was much improved. Today’s trip’s fishing was slow, and the Miss Barnegat Light is fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Sea bass season was closed beginning today.

Sea bass season ended well Sunday on the Super Chic, Capt. Ted said. A trip caught them great on the boat, and the season closed beginning today. A trip Saturday bluefished a little at Barnegat Inlet aboard, catching okay, not great, but enough to keep the anglers happy. A trip today wanted to fish for blues at the inlet or fish for fluke, he thought, he said before the outing. A couple of bluefish trips and a fluke trip are slated for later in the week. Fluke fishing on the ocean wasn’t bad, actually, for June on a couple of larger boats that began fishing for the summer flounder for the year. Barnegat Bay’s fluking was rather good for a couple of friends who fished on smaller boats this weekend. Striped bass fishing sounded slow on the ocean during the weekend. Lots of bunker schooled, and the water temperature was 65 degrees and up to 67 at some spots.

Beach Haven

Capt. Lindsay’s been trying to bring the June Bug to Beach Haven, but weather and seas kept preventing that, he said. The vessel’s at its winter home at Oregon Inlet, N.C., and a window of better conditions was possibly opening up today through Tuesday morning. He brings the boat to Beach Haven, home port, to fish this time of season until fall each year. Tuna catches, yellowfin tuna, Lindsay assumed, were known about from Wilmington Canyon. Bigeye tuna were mixed in, and a bigeye was known to be caught there Saturday. A friend was headed to Spencer and Lindenkohl canyons today, because the friend thought the fish-holding water pushed north to there.

Mystic Island

Sharks arrived in Great Bay, a report said that an angler posted on Scott’s Bait & Tackle’s website. Many of the bay’s sharks, arriving when the water warms, are prohibited species, but sand sharks also haunt the bay then. Both can be big, and anglers release the prohibited species. The trip hooked six of the sharks to 7 feet at Grassy Channel at dusk on fresh bunker on barbless hooks while chumming with bunker. The barbless hooks made releasing the fish much easier, and the night was still a little chilly in wind, but the angler can’t wait to do it again.

Brigantine

Drum still bit in the surf, Capt. Andy from Riptide Bait & Tackle wrote in a report on the shop’s website. Today is the full moon, so he thinks the fish will still be there, and the drum are on the move. The surf was pushing 68 degrees, and brown sharks began to arrive in the water, the shop’s Facebook page said. A customer reported landing two this morning, and browns are prohibited, but anglers release them. A kingfish head or mackerel on an 8/0 hook with wire leader will catch them. One angler beached a throwback striper from the surf yesterday, along with a drum. Most of the surf’s stripers migrated north for summer. No summer flounder were reported from the surf yet, but surely they’ll bite at the cove soon. The Riptide Summer Fishing Tournament is underway for kingfish, flounder and bluefish. Entry is $10 per species, and anglers can enter one, two or all three categories. All the cash is awarded. The Sal’s Pizza Works from Marlton’s Riptide Striper Bounty is up for grabs for the next striper 43 inches or larger weighed-in from Brigantine’s surf. Entry is $5, and all the money is awarded.

Longport

The Stray Cat got the go-ahead to fish with six anglers, the boat’s Facebook page said. Apparently, the Coast Guard approved, after the vessel was repowered recently. Fluke trips will fish the ocean 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and telephone to jump aboard. Bring Gulps and lunch, and fishing with six anglers will provide lots of room. Apparently, the crew waited for approval for more than six.

Sea Isle City

Inshore sharks are in, and Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service and Sea Isle Bait & Tackle expected to sail for them today, he said before the trip. When the ocean warms enough to draw in the fish each year, the trips fight and release the sharks usually within 10 miles from shore. That’s on conventional tackle, usually on mackerel fillets, but Joe also fishes for them with fly-rods, when anglers want. A chum fly is tossed into a chum slick, and the sharks are surprisingly wary. The presentation needs to be good. The trips are a chance to fight a big catch without the long trek offshore. On Sunday, a couple and their son and daughter reeled in 15 summer flounder, including three keepers, on the back bay aboard. On Saturday, Kevin McCarthy and son landed several flounder including one keeper on the bay and then pushed to the ocean, pumping in a throwback flounder and a 15-inch, keeper sea bass on the boat. The keeper flounder on the trips were all about 20 inches. The flounder on the trips bit a variety of bucktails, minnows and Gulp shrimp, seeming to favor none over another. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.

Avalon

Lots of throwback summer flounder bit along the Intracostal Waterway on the back bay on a trip this weekend, said Capt. Jim from Fins and Feathers Outfitters. The season seemed a little early for the fishing, and the water was 69 degrees along the Intracoastal and 67 on the ocean near the beach. On Sunday, west wind blew right up the Intracoastal, and would’ve drifted the boat fast for flounder fishing. A 4-hour trip that day tried for kingfish near the surf on the boat instead, because Jim’s buddies beached kings from shore toward 8th Street in Avalon. But a swell remained on the ocean from wind the previous day, preventing the boat from fishing near the shore. Miles of bunker schooled the ocean. A good-sized shark chased one of the schools, disappearing when the boat neared.

Wildwood

A sea bass trip returned early, because one of the anglers became seasick, Saturday on the ocean with Fins & Grins Sport Fishing, Capt. Jim said. That would’ve been the final sea bass trip aboard, before sea bass season closed beginning today. That was too bad, because the fishing looked like it was going to be good. A few summer flounder began to bite at the ocean reef. A boat from one of Jim’s slips sailed there Sunday, and four-good-sized keepers were swung in. So were a handful of keeper sea bass. The back bay only gave up a light pick of keeper flounder, and not many throwbacks, for some reason. Usually the bay produces more than the ocean this time of year. Trips are slated to fish every day, and reservations aren’t required but suggested. Telephone for availability.

Cape May

Caveman Sportfishing was supposed to sail today to Baltimore Canyon for yellowfin tuna, Capt. John wrote in an email. He expected to slam the fish there along the 40- to 50-fathom line. A Gulf Stream eddy with a temperature break held there, and the same fish-attracting conditions formed at Wilmington Canyon. A better-sized bluefin tuna, 65 pounds, was trolled off Delaware. That was after smaller ones, none heavier than 30 pounds, were caught there in 20 fathoms at hills and lumps, 40 miles from South Jersey. Anglers hope larger bluefins show up in the area that sometimes do. The fish didn’t appear so much the past few summers, but maybe they will. During some years, the fishing’s been great for 150- to 200-pounders that were chunked, jigged and trolled. Sometimes as many as 15 were fought in a trip as close to port as 30 miles from Cape May, and all were larger than 80 pounds. John would love the bluefins to appear again, and currently those grounds were only 15 to 20 miles inshore of where the break attracting yellowfins was. Fifteen years ago or so, 150-pound bluefins were mixed with yellowfins at the 30-fathom lumps and hills. Inshore and canyon waters stayed cooler then. Nobody could know whether that will happen again, but John would love to slam the tuna 50 miles away like the fishing did regularly before aboard.

Yellowfin tuna began to be trolled at the offshore canyons that the Cape May fleet fishes, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter. He had told anglers calling about tuna trips to jump aboard when the fish showed up, so some just booked to fish this weekend, and another trip might sail Wednesday for the tuna. Anglers need to take advantage when the fish are in, and the tuna can appear and disappear at different times during the fishing season. Pretty good catches were reported, and the fish were in now. Two friends texted him Sunday, saying they loaded up. A shark trip aboard was canceled Saturday because of rough forecasts. The weather ended up beautiful. Some boaters sailed for summer flounder to the Old Grounds on the ocean Sunday, catching pretty well. Some sailed for sea bass that day, the final day of sea bass season. Some anglers still drum fished on Delaware Bay. A buddy’s trip landed six Saturday night, and headed back Sunday for drum. George waited to hear results.