A 4-hour trip with Mike Clark’s family tugged in 30 summer flounder, including one keeper, from the back bay on Wednesday morning aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. A trip the previous morning with three anglers reeled up a bunch of flounder to a 4-1/2-pounder. They fished on the bay and the ocean, and the 4-1/2-pounder came from the ocean. Ocean flounder fishing was steadily improving, and a better number of larger flounder was growing there. But trips aboard were still landing more flounder on the bay than on the ocean. Another trip on Wednesday, after the morning trip, with Jim and Connor Jackson released 10 sharks, mostly duskies, and a few browns, to 60 pounds on the ocean. A family aboard the previous evening, Tuesday evening, let go 13 duskies to 60 pounds on the ocean. On Monday, Jeff Fisco’s family released four duskies, including a 100-pounder and an 80-pounder, on the ocean. These were some of the inshore shark trips aboard that catch and release sharks like duskies, browns, spinners and blacktips, some of them required to be let go, close to shore, usually within 10 miles from the coast, on mackerel fillets or chum flies. These trips fished with mackerel. A trip today aboard was supposed to fly-rod for mahi mahi and maybe other pelagics on the inshore ocean. Jersey Cape is also fishing offshore for tuna, billfish and mahi, and Joe heard nothing specific about the angling in past days, but the fish were still there. This was a tournament week for offshore fishing, so anglers kept quiet. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s blog.
Ocean summer flounder fishing was the best bet, Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle guessed, he said. Quite a few flounder larger than 5 pounds were docked form Townsend’s Inlet Reef in the ocean this week. Five-inch, green Gulp swimming mullets seemed to catch best. Lots of small flounder hung in the back bay. High tides at dusk or dawn, ideal for striped bass fishing on the bay, were about to come around at the end of this week. That angling’s been good this summer. Blackfish were pounded along rocks, the inlet and docks near the inlet, once one blackfish could be kept starting earlier this month. Anglers now had to weed through throwbacks more, but caught some keepers. The surf doled out kingfish, nothing great, but catches that were definitely picking up. Tuna in the ocean were scattered all around. Tons of mahi mahi swam from 10 miles from shore on out. Crabbing was excellent.