Fishing for summer flounder was okay Friday on the Heavy Hitter, Capt. George said. Seven or eight keepers to 24 inches were bagged, and throwbacks, small, were released. Flounder hooked were either 20 inches and larger or 12 or 13 inches. Triggerfish were also bagged, and the anglers tried for them, and the triggers didn’t bite well that day, but some were caught. George mated on a friend’s boat on Saturday on a trip that nailed a bunch of blues then some flounder at the reef. Flounder fishing now needed to fish structure. That’s where the fish were, and the flatfish couldn’t be found on open bottom. The Heavy Hitter is sailing for flounder, triggerfish, blues and tuna. Not much was heard about tuna from Cape May in past days. George hopes tuna start to bite at night soon, so overnight trips can get after them.
A couple of good days of summer flounder fishing were scored with Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters, Capt. Frank said. Big flounder to 6 and 8 pounds, or 26 and 27 inches, were plowed, and fishing for them was best at Cape May Reef. The angling was lit up there, and started to dry up at the Old Grounds. To boat tuna, trips currently had to sail far north to Lindenkohl, Toms or Hudson canyons. So trips needed to sail overnight, and a couple of trips aboard are booked to do that on September 20 to 21 and 26 to 27. Closer to Cape May, white marlin and lots of mahi mahi swam.