From Sea Isle Bait & Tackle, Mike agreed that weather was stiff in past days, but fishing started to pick up, he said. A few striped bass were heard about from the surf for the first time this season. Most were clammed, and a couple were bloodwormed, and none was a keeper that was known about. An occasional throwback striper started to be mixed in with weakfish in the back bay. Weakfish continued to be angled from the bay, like before, and summer flounder were also mixed in. Blackfish, not big, but some of them not a bad size, began to be caught at Corson’s and Townsend’s inlets during the weekend, on clams and crabs. The local party boat didn’t fish the ocean, and was in dry dock for maintenance and preparation for the season, probably starting with sea bass fishing when sea bass season is opened. Fresh clams, bloodworms, green crabs and all the frozen baits are stocked. The minnow tank is up and running, and minnows will probably be carried sin a week or two. Finding them currently was a challenge.
Trips were docked aboard in strong winds, but fish were caught from the back bay, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. Weakfish were rustled up, and catch-and-release fishing for out-of-season summer flounder was great. Joe is fishing for both and striped bass on the bay, and bluefish there when blues arrive. They were overdue, and his first blue last year was fought on April 21 on the bay. Angling for all of these, sometimes on the same trip, becomes some of the best fishing of the year any moment aboard the bay. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.