For Outcast Charters, sea bass fishing was off, was slow, on a trip Saturday, Capt. Joe said. He hopes that was just because of the full moon, and the angling was better previously aboard, covered in previous reports here. The catches previously included limits, and on this current trip, the anglers picked away, here and there, and at some places, not even throwbacks gave up action. Even the size of the fish was off on the trip, unlike the 3-pounders that previous trips reeled up. The fishing should become better again, he thinks. Outcast fishes from both Staten Island, N.Y., and Sewaren, N.J. Sea bass season is open in New York but closed in Jersey.
Fishing for fluke improved in past days, Capt. Frank from the Vitamin Sea wrote in an email. Trips averaged 12 to 16 keepers and many throwbacks apiece, keeping action constant. Fluke about 7 pounds were biggest on each trip. “I report it as it is, for better or worse,” he said. Charters are fishing, and the next open-boat trips will fish Thursday through Sunday. Follow the Vitamin Sea on Facebook for daily reports. Also see photos of the fish on the page. All photos are from the actual trips. “We do not use the same fish and have six different people hold it,” he said. “… I never use deception to attract business. Fishermen beware!” Striped bass and blackfish trips are beginning to be booked for fall, and a good number are already taken. Book as soon as possible, especially weekends. For striper trips, all anglers should bring a bonus tag to bag an extra striper 24 to 28 inches, perfect eating size, he said.
Fluking picked up, said Capt. Mario from the Down Deep Fleet. The fishing was good Friday through Sunday aboard, and tons of shorts bit, but so did a good number of keepers. High hooks landed seven or eight keepers apiece, and fluke weighed up to 8 pounds on the trips. Down Deep is fishing the ocean, including rough bottom, for the fish. Every trip for ling, cod and winter flounder was excellent aboard. Charters are fishing, and open-boat trips are sailing daily for both fluke and ling, cod and flounder on the company’s two 40-foot boats. Some of the open trips are 12-hour marathons for both. Join the Short Notice List on Down Deep’s website to be kept informed about special open trips. Also see the site’s open-trips page for available dates.
Action was good, and a few more keepers were in the mix than before, on some of the fluke trips in past days on the party boat Atlantic Star, Capt. Tom said. When conditions were right, some fluke, including a few keepers, bit. On other trips, action wasn’t as good, or the angling was tough. There were keepers around, not a lot, but some. Trips fished Flynn’s Knoll and Chapel Hill Channel, and Sunday afternoon’s trip’s fishing was tough, for some reason. The morning trip turned up good action on throwbacks and a few keepers. Both trips fished the same place, and the boat didn’t drift as well on the slow trip. Tom didn’t know whether that was part of the reason for the tough trip. No exceptionally large fluke were landed aboard in past days. But trips are catching fluke, and fishing. Take the kids to catch, before school starts back up. The Atlantic Star is fishing for fluke on two trips daily from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 6 p.m.
Another 10-pound fluke! Capt. Ron from the party boat Fishermen wrote about Friday’s trip, in a report on the vessel’s website. A 10.6-pounder and a 9.2-pounder were crushed aboard during the previous week. Friday’s trip was another good day to be a party boat captain, he said. The 10-pounder was creamed, and fluking was good from the afternoon’s change of tide until the end of the outing. Angelo Ramos bagged the 10-pounder, and bagged a 7-pounder five minutes later. Another angler limited out on fluke to an 8.2-pounder. Another limited on fluke including 5- and 6-pounders. Tom the Vet winged four great-sized fluke, including a 7.2-pounder, and a 19-pound bluefish. The trip’s catch also included another 8-pounder, another 7.2-pounder and three fluke weighing 6 ½, 6 and 5 ½ pounds. Good fluking was had at times during Saturday’s and Sunday’s trips. A good bite turned on at the start of Sunday’s. One angler was hot in the bow on that trip, coming up with four good-sized fluke, including the 5-pound pool-winner. “Just glad there’s more than one area of fish the past couple of days!” Ron said. On nighttime trips, striped bass fishing lit up Friday and Saturday. Good catches of the bass to 26 pounds were punched. The Fishermen is sailing for fluke 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. However, a charter is booked this Saturday morning, so no open-boat trip will sail then. Trips are fishing for fluke, porgies, croakers or whatever bites 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 3:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays. See the news above about striper catches on those recent trips.
With Last Lady Fishing Charters, inshore wreck-fishing was good on two trips during the weekend, Capt. Ralph said. On the trip Sunday, 35 big winter flounder, a mess of cod and some pollock were smashed. On the trip Saturday, lots of ling, some cod and pollock and a few flounder were clobbered. On a fluke trip Friday afternoon on the ocean, the catch was halfway decent. Individual-reservation trips are fishing for fluke every Tuesday, and kids under 12 sail free, limited to two per adult host. ***Update, Tuesday, 9/1:*** The individual-reservation trips for fluke will fish on the Tuesdays of September 8 and 15 and on Thursday, September 25. Fluke season will be closed starting September 27. Individual-reservation trips will fish inshore wrecks October 4 and 18 and offshore for cod October 1 and 20. Charters are available daily.
Hefty fluke to 8 pounds were heaved aboard Sunday from the ocean with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters, and the fishing was excellent, Capt. Pete said. Some of the anglers limited out, and all the keepers were sizable. Unusually, most of the fluke hooked were keepers. The fishing was still a grind, and one or two were bagged per drift of the boat. The angling was better than before, though. Maybe the full moon was a reason for the different fishing. The fish do “move” on full moons, he said. Don’t have enough anglers for a charter? Contact Parker Pete’s anyway about individual spaces available on charters. Jump on Parker Pete’s website to subscribe to the email blast to be kept informed about the spaces. Look for the place to sign up on the right side of the page, where it says Join Our Newsletter.
False albacore fishing was good Sunday on the Golden Eagle, a report on the party boat’s website said. Anglers also picked at bluefish and hooked no chub mackerel that trips ran into before. On Saturday’s trip, some anglers limited out on blues, and some decked mackerel, albies or bonito. On Sunday’s, fishing was good for blues and mackerel. Blues on the trips were apparently small, because they have been lately. The report for Sunday mentioned that the blues were small that day. The Golden Eagle is fishing at 7:30 a.m. daily. Fishing and sunset cruises are sailing at 4:30 p.m. daily, and reservations are required for those outings.
From the time the Miss Belmar Princess was anchored, until the time the trip sailed home, fishing was excellent Friday aboard, an email from the party boat said. That was the most recent email at press time, and on the trip, mackerel fishing was excellent, and blues were pasted, and bonito and false albacore were mixed in. The Miss Belmar Princess is fishing for blues 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and 7:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. every Saturday. Family Fun Days are sailing 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Friday and Sunday for fluke, sea bass, blues or whatever bites. The trips enjoy a sunset cruise on the way home.
Plenty of big fluke were seen from the ocean this weekend at Fisherman’s Den, Bob wrote in an email. One angler weighed-in two fluke 8 pounds 6 ounces and 5 pounds 4 ounces from the ocean from a trip with Parker Pete’s Fishing Charters. Eight-year-old Mike Vogott had a 4-pound fluke, one of six keepers he and dad landed on a private boat from the ocean. An 11-pound fluke was docked from the ocean on a Belmar party boat. Farther from shore, plenty of ling and cod were boated. Two bigeye tuna were checked-in that weighed 175 pounds apiece. Surf anglers saw some action. Bill Massey from Wall beached two keeper fluke and a throwback striped bass. Surf casters sometimes clammed small stripers. Fishing was looking better, Bob said.
Fluke fishing, on the ocean, was good, most of the past week, on the party boat Jamaica II, “as long as conditions were reasonable,” Capt. Ryan wrote in an email. Quite a few caught weighed 4 ½ to 6 pounds, and bucktailers nailed them best, fishing rigs with a teaser and Gulps on the hooks. Young Kim, Edison, limited out on the fish to 7 pounds. Edward Custer, Bordentown, limited on the summer flounder to 6 ½ pounds. Carter Mann, Atlantic Highlands, limited on them to 5 pounds. Half-day trips are fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Fluke Super Marathons will fish 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the next three Mondays, September 7, 14 and 21, before fluke season is closed starting September 27. Afterward, trips will include ones for: bluefin tuna, false albacore and bonito; 12-hour, deep-water wreck-fishing; and cod specials. Sea bass trips will begin when sea bass season is opened starting October 22.
John from The Reel Seat fluke fished on a party boat on the ocean Sunday, finally landing a keeper at 11 a.m., he said. It was a big fluke, though, weighing 7.7 pounds, and the trip hooked lots of throwbacks. Ocean fluking seemed sporadic. Mackerel were also caught on the trip. Party boats fishing for bluefish came up with mackerel and some blues. Fluking was great on Manasquan River, serving up lots of throwbacks, but anglers could bag keepers. Eric and Alex from the shop totaled five or six keepers on the river on a trip last week. Striped bass and blues were picked on the river. The stripers bit top-water lures and rubber shads. A couple of keeper stripers were heard about from Manasquan Inlet late last week, on clams and bunker. Ling fishing was pretty good on the ocean. For offshore boaters, bigeye tuna were found, usually in evenings into dark. John was unsure about location recently. Closer to shore, bluefin tuna, sometimes yellowfin tuna, mahi mahi, wahoos and white marlin were fought at the Texas Tower. Blue marlin were sometimes subdued at the offshore canyons. Tilefishing was good, the most consistent fishing at the canyons.
The Super Chic fluke fished on the ocean, Capt. Ted said. The angling was okay, pretty decent, and fluke swam north and south of Barnegat Inlet, but the boat fished south. The biggest fluke aboard weighed 6 pounds, and a couple were good-sized. Croakers schooled 30- and 40-foot depths, “so that helped in the mix,” he said. Ted hopes weather remains good and the fluking just keeps becoming better. The next tuna fishing is slated for late September on the boat, unless charters book before then. A few boats that caught tuna, yellowfins, offshore on Friday night were heard about, chunking the fish in the dark. Ted didn’t know whether the catches were made Saturday. Looking ahead, the boat will fish for sea bass, once sea bass season is opened starting October 22, and blackfish, once the blackfish bag limit is increased to six, starting November 16. November is a big month for striped bass fishing aboard, too.
Each drift of the party boat Miss Barnegat Light gave up a keeper fluke today, and the fishing, on the ocean, had its moments, the vessel’s Facebook page said. Some small blues were pitched aboard, and a bunch of good-sized, out-of-season sea bass were released. The Miss Barnegat Light is fishing for fluke 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Sunset cruises are sailing at 7 p.m. daily. Space is available for a cruise that will watch the Atlantic City air show Wednesday, and telephone to reserve. ***Tuna trips*** will fish the canyons overnight from 3 p.m. to 1 p.m. October 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 23, 30 and 31, limited to 26 passengers. The price is $400, and everybody gets a bunk. No food will be available, but coffee and two microwaves will be. Butterfish and sardines will be supplied. A two-day tuna trip will sail 3 p.m. October 17 to 1 p.m. October 19 for $600 per person. The trips can be canceled 72 hours in advance, no exceptions, and call 609-494-2094 to book.
The ocean reefs were the places to fish for summer flounder, a report on Scott’s Bait & Tackle’s website said. Snapper blues schooled the bay and lagoons. Throw any shiny lure or dunk frozen spearing or live minnows to them. Catching kingfish was possible, and croakers were mixed in, in the bay off the Fish Factory and at Grassy Channel. Fish bloodworms or clams for them, and chumming with clams helps. This was the time of year to nab kings and blowfish at the clam stakes in the bay, so trying for them might be worthwhile. Chum with clams for them, too. Blackfish hovered along ledges off the Coast Guard Station, and fish green crabs for them on slack tides. Once the tides move, bottom can’t be held. Creeks held lots of fish, including snappers, striped bass, sea bass, white perch and more. Fish small Gulps on small jigheads 1/8 to 1/16 ounce. A visitor to the shop’s website posted a report about trips that fished 28-Mile Wreck on Thursday and Lindenkohl Canyon on Friday. The trip at 28-Mile Wreck pumped in lots of ling, and a buddy in a nearby boat bagged two good-sized summer flounder, and a 4-pounder was smallest. At Lindenkohl Canyon, the trip fished overnight Friday to Saturday. Arriving at 4 p.m., the trip trolled the canyon until dark, catching one mahi mahi. At night, one fish bit the swordfish line, and not much else happened. On the troll in the morning, wind calmed, and seas flattened, and no tuna were found, but 11 mahi were clocked. The water was 80 degrees and the clearest the angler saw all season. “Not saying much,” the angler said, “as the water has been very green all year.” Catch Penn Day at the shop on Saturday, September 12. A Penn sales rep will showcase new Penn rods, reels, gear and shirts all day. The shop will feature sales, prizes and more.
Capt. Andy from Riptide Bait & Tackle saw kingfish banked from the surf this weekend, he wrote in a report on the shop’s website. He posted a photo of one on the store’s Facebook page that was no bigger than 3 inches, he said. Fishbites artificial worms began to hook kings from the beach, but bloodworms seemed to catch more. He hopes spots start to move to the surf from the back waters, so he can fill the shop’s bait tanks with them. Bait pens are stocked for anglers to keep live spots. Tons of baitfish filled the back bay, including mullet and peanut bunker. So did “a plethora of tiny fish,” he said. Throw a castnet and see what’s caught. Nets 3 to 10 feet are stocked. The Riptide Fall Striper Derby will begin on September 9. Entry includes a permit that allows beach buggies to drive the entire Brigantine surf, when accompanied by a Brigantine beach-buggy permit. Without the derby permit, not the whole beach can be driven. The town’s permits go on sale Labor Day weekend for the new season.
Trips for summer flounder whacked them, said Capt. Mike from the Stray Cat. The boat fished for the fluke at two different areas in 75 feet and 90 feet in the ocean. Rough seas forced a trip Thursday to pull back close to shore, off Ocean City, by 1 p.m. Flounder were hooked there, but the deeper water definitely attracted the big ones. Sunday’s trip, before moving close to shore, fished the shallower of the two deep spots. Mike had a valley of flounder there that snapped left and right. Many of the fish were throwbacks, and many, probably a couple of hundred, were hooked. A 5-hour trip today will head right back to that spot. Thursday and Sunday fished best in past days. Saturday’s and Sunday’s trips probably totaled eight or 10 keepers. Mike didn’t think flounder would bite so well, but they did. If anglers want a few fish for the freezer, this was the time to go. The ocean was 77 degrees, and bunker schooled everywhere. If anglers see bunker, stop on them, because flounder hold underneath. Charters are fishing, and open-boat trips will fish for flounder 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and on Labor Day. After the holiday, open trips will probably fish twice a week. Flounder trips tried to avoid out-of-season sea bass that were abundant. Mike looks forward to the opening of sea bass season starting October 22.
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Joe Pewdo caught and released two sharks on a fly and eight or nine on bait Sunday aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. The fish, spinners and duskies, mostly duskies, weighed up to 80 pounds, and this was one of the inshore sharking trips aboard. The trips fight and release sharks, usually within 10 miles from shore. On Saturday Sean Tice popper-plugged for striped bass on the back bay, landing a 24-incher, missing a couple of others, on Rapala Skitterpops. That was at the tail end of high tides coinciding with dusk, ideal conditions that come around every two weeks. A trip was headed back out for the stripers Sunday evening, when Joe gave this report in a phone call. Joe fished offshore Friday with Jay VonCzoernig and son Luke. Nine mahi mahi to 15 pounds were trolled on ballyhoos at the canyons. The water was 79 degrees everywhere, warm with no temperature breaks. The water wasn’t really good-looking, was kind of average, Joe said. Not as much life was seen as he would’ve liked. Watch this video of a leatherback turtle that Joe and crew found tangled in a sea bass pot line on a previous offshore trip. They untangled the turtle, several hundred pounds, and the turtle swam free. On Thursday a family aboard released 10 or 12 dusky and spinner sharks on bait on one of the inshore shark trips. In the morning, anglers aboard released throwback summer flounder and small sea bass on the back bay. The southern migration of striped bass and bluefish is impending in the ocean off New Jersey this fall, and Joe will meet the migration early, on annual traveling charters to Montauk, New York, the legendary fishing port. Those trips will launch on September 18, and also fish for false albacore that gather there then. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish from Christmas to New Year’s. Visit Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.
Capt. Jim from Fins and Feathers Outfitters will elk hunt for a moment currently, he said. When he returns, summer flounder fishing will remain available until flounder season is closed starting September 27. Striped bass trips are being booked for fall. Jim’s season’s first guests are booked to fish for salmon in early October on upstate New York’s Salmon River from Jim’s nearby lodge. Salmon can begin to migrate to the river, from Lake Ontario, by Labor Day, and the fishing is usually good by early October. Fins and Feathers can book guides for the salmon fishing for guests. Or guests can fish on their own from the lodge. Or the crew from the lodge can show guests how to fish the run, and guests can fish on their own the rest of the time. Fins and Feathers offers a variety of outdoor adventures, including saltwater fishing from Avalon from the back bay to the ocean to Delaware Bay, and duck and goose hunting on Delaware Bay and in nearby states, during the waterfowl seasons. Anglers can even enjoy a combo of striper fishing and duck hunting on Delaware Bay during a series of days in fall. Salmon and steelhead fishing on Salmon River, and snowmobiling, are available from the lodge. Fly-fishing for trout is offered on Pennsylvania’s trout streams like the Yellow Breeches.
All the 3-pound blues anglers could want, lots, were plowed Saturday with Fins & Grins Sport Fishing at Cape May Channel, on a trip with a big group, Capt. Jim said. A couple of keeper summer flounder and some throwbacks were reeled up. Flounder fishing on the ocean is hit and miss or good on one day, and, on the next, only throwbacks bite. A few kingfish and croakers are swimming off Cape May Point. Sharks are hitting both inshore and offshore. Fins & Grins fishes for any species available. Trips fish every day, and reservations aren’t required but suggested. Telephone for availability. Fins sails for any events passengers would like, too. Bachelor parties, for instance, sailed the last three weekends. Coming up, Fins will fish for weakfish, croakers and blues off the ocean beach. A good run of weaks with croakers mixed in usually swims off Hereford Inlet this coming season. Trips also try for porgies in fall, and fish like these flood down the coast that season. Trips might sail for bigger blues 20 miles from shore in fall, if anglers want. Mako sharks arrive, migrating south for the season, in late September and in October, and Fins fishes for them, too. Jim hopes for a good migration of striped bass to fish this fall. Sea bass will be able to be targeted starting October 22, opening day of sea bass season. Lots of sea bass covered ocean reefs currently and had to be thrown back. These are some of the catches Fins will fish for in the coming season.
The Heavy Hitter fished for summer flounder Friday and Saturday on the ocean, Capt. George said. Lots were hooked, and a few were keepers, similar to flounder fishing all season, not great. The angling became slow on Saturday, so the trip stopped at a couple of buoys, reeling in a bunch of good-sized bar jacks. One triggerfish was also picked up. Trips will fish for flounder until flounder season is closed starting September 27. Bluefish could be trolled, and more schooled off Cape May Point than at ocean shoals like 5-Fathom Bank recently. Fall tuna trips will sail, if the fish show up. The boat will fish for sea bass, striped bass and blackfish this fall, if the fish are in. Telephone if interested in any of this fishing.