Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter was supposed to fish for tuna inshore on a friend’s boat today, he said before the trip. The tuna were still caught, and a trip on the Heavy Hitter might tilefish at offshore canyons Sunday. Anglers wanted to tilefish, and weather looks good that day. A bottom-fishing trip is slated for Saturday on the Heavy Hitter. Catches on that outing could include kingfish that are schooling off Cape May Point. Small weakfish also swam there, and the trip could also drop for triggerfish at ocean wrecks. Sea bass fishing is an option, too.
Summer flounder fishing on the ocean was slow but occasionally good on a day, said Capt. Paul from the party boat Porgy IV. Weather was terrific but the boat infrequently drifted. A good drift matters for flounder fishing, and Monday fished decent for the flounder aboard, and the boat drifted well that day. Les Lawler from Morton, Pa., limited out on flounder to a 5-1/2-pounder, winning the pool, on the trip. Jerry Levin from Cape May Court House on Tuesday won the pool with a 5-pounder. Joe Bickderdyke from Vineland on Sunday won the pool with a 6-pounder. On Saturday, Tony Bianco from Lansdowne, Pa., bagged three fluke to a 5-pounder. Some flounder are around, Paul thinks, but without a drift, finding them can be difficult. But the boat is sailing for them. The Porgy IV is fishing for summer flounder at 8 a.m. daily.
A couple of reports about good summer catches rolled in from the Old Grounds in the ocean the past couple of days, and the fishing picked up there, said Joe from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Some were canned at Wildwood Reef on the ocean. Flounder were pumped in from Delaware Bay toward Miah Maul. Keeper flounder were still bagged, picked, from the back bay. Kingfish were boated from Delaware Bay, and nobody mentioned targeting them. Flounder anglers hooked them as by-catch, but the kings could probably be targeted. They swam including off Cape May Point. Surf anglers at the point beached kings, some croakers that showed up and small blues. Fish like that could be boated off the point. Anglers could take kids to Delaware Bay’s shore in town to have fun with kings, croakers, small sea bass, sometimes a small flounder. Triggerfishing had been good at surf jetties, but none was heard about lately. None was mentioned from ocean wrecks lately either. Bait was stolen at the wrecks, maybe by triggers, so maybe anglers needed to fish smaller hooks for triggers there. Sheepshead hovered along structure like bridges. Yellowfin tuna, good-sized, were drilled at Massey’s Canyon. The fishing could be off the hook. Most were chunked, and some were jigged. Little was reported about tuna fishing farther from shore, probably because most anglers concentrated on the tuna inshore like at Massey’s. Crabbing was fantastic.