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.