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Report from Thursday, May 21.

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***ON TUESDAY BECAUSE OF MEMORIAL DAY***

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Sea Isle City
Rich Duffy aboard popper-plugged two striped bass on the back bay Sunday morning, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service. A bunch were also missed, and these weren’t the first stripers on poppers this season with Jersey Cape, but the top-water fishing is starting, so that’s nice, Joe said. Trips aboard toss Rapala Skitter Pops and Crease flies, a version Joe ties with a larger cup to throw more water, for the angling. One bluefish was jigged on the trip, Joe thought, and the bay’s bluefishing aboard slowed somewhat, sometimes running into a mess, other times none. This was about the time for the blues to become less abundant in the bay, though they’re found in the bay throughout the fishing season. Joe’s about to transition for summer flounder fishing on the bay anyway, because flounder season will be opened starting Friday. The early season fishes best for flounder in South Jersey’s shallow, warm back bays, and plenty of the flatfish have been swimming the water. Joe will see how fishing for them goes this weekend, and book those trips without delay. On Sunday evening, fishing for the bay’s blues was tougher aboard, and the angler fly-rodded two small ones and caught another on a spinning rod. The angling slowed on that tide. On Saturday evening, Rich Duffy was aboard, this time with his son and nephews, and blues, lots, 7 to 16 pounds, were nailed on jigs on spinning rods. A 16-pound 37-incher was largest. Those are big blues anywhere, but exceptional-sized in the bay. Mike Spaeder and son that morning fought blues to 14 pounds on jigs aboard. They released a couple of flounder, too, Joe thought. Inshore shark trips are coming up, starting in late June. Sharks like duskies and browns are released close to shore, usually within 10 miles. The annual angling aboard is a chance to fight big fish without the long trek offshore. Offshore fishing gave up great catches of yellowfin tuna and bluefin tuna at the canyons, and Joe would like to get out there, between a busy schedule of other trips, like for flounder. A buddy popper-plugged bluefins from the water, really good fishing. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.