Before today’s rougher weather, snapper bluefish 2 to 3 pounds, good numbers, were banked from Townsend’s Inlet from shore from Monday to Wednesday, said employee Mike, not Mike the owner, from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. Chunked or whole mullet or bloodworms caught them. Snappers also roamed the back bay. Those were the only fish heard about, and no news rolled in about boating on the ocean in the weather, including none about tuna or offshore fishing. A few anglers fished from shore. Crabs were still trapped, and news about crabbing was scarcer than when summer tourists were around. But the blueclaws could still be picked up.
More than 35 false albacore were fought and released with two anglers aboard Saturday on one of the annual traveling trips to Montauk, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. That was a great catch, made on Deadly Dicks and Slug-Gos. Seas were rough that day, and were worse on another one of the trips Sunday. About a dozen albies were tackled on that outing, fishing only 8 a.m. to 12 noon. A bunch of bluefish 3 or 4 pounds were also wrestled on the trips. So the fishing was good the whole weekend. It was awesome, Joe said, and the trips fished by themselves, away from other boats, most of the time. More of the trips, fishing the migrations of striped bass, blues and albies each fall, will sail this weekend. The trips last through late October, and see the traveling charters’ page on Jersey Cape’s website. Traveling charters also fish the Florida Keys each winter. After the Montauk fishing, Joe turns all attention to the migration of stripers and blues off Sea Isle. Back in Sea Isle currently, the bay’s striper fishing began to pick up, on jigs and popper-lures and –flies. The water was cooling, and that usually happens then. Those are smaller, resident stripers, but fun to catch. They’re not the big, mature stripers that will migrate the ocean locally later this year. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.