Popper-plugging for striped bass lit up, was good, in the back bay the past couple of evenings, said Mike from Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. High tides in evenings are ideal, coming around every couple of weeks. A couple of anglers even said some of the bass appeared to be migrators, because the fish were shiny or silvery and had sea lice. Those are usually considered signs that stripers are migrators from the ocean, and this was very early for the migration. Summer flounder fishing was okay, and some of the best flounder reports came from deeper water in the ocean than usual. The reports came from water like 100 to 130 feet, up to 10 miles from shore, from coral or stone bottom. If anglers look for areas like that on a chart, maybe they’ll get into the fish. Plenty of kingfish swam the surf, and were small, but caught. Offshore fishing sounded tough. Lots of mahi mahi and some bigeyes were found. Crabbing was excellent, and those who hadn’t crabbed in years trapped them, and old timers said crabbing was the best in a long time.
Two small mahi mahi and two gigantic false albacore were fought from the ocean on live bait including peanut bunker Wednesday with Dusty Laricks and Dan Roth aboard, said Capt. Joe Hughes from Jersey Cape Guide Service, affiliated with Sea Isle Bait & Tackle. A leatherback turtle was found tangled in a pot line, and they released it, and a whale was seen on the way back to port, and that’s unusual this time of year. Was like Sea World, Joe said, and Jamie Smith’s family aboard the previous day, on Tuesday morning, boated two keeper fluke, a bunch of throwbacks and baby sea bass from the back bay. Dick Linus and friend aboard that afternoon released a bunch of throwback fluke on the ocean. On Monday, an angler and son took one of the inshore shark trips on the boat. They fly-rodded two, broke off two on flies and landed three to five on bait. So the angling was good, and the sharks weighed up to 100 pounds. The trips fight and release sharks, usually within 10 miles from shore. Eager for the fall migration of fish? Joe meets the run early each year, on traveling charters to Montauk, New York, the legendary port. The trips this year, for striped bass, blues and false albacore, will be launched on September 18. Hit the migration before your friends do in New Jersey. Annual traveling charters to the Florida Keys will fish from Christmas to Easter. Visit Jersey Cape’s traveling charters Web page. Keep up with Joe’s fishing on Jersey Cape’s Blog.