Sea bass fishing sailed a few days, between weather, on the party boat Porgy IV, and the angling wasn’t real consistent, Capt. Paul said, but sea bass were bucketed on every trip. Some places held the fish. Some didn’t, and that was unusual. Some held small sea bass, but Tuesday’s trip nailed some big ones. No trip fished Wednesday, because of weather. Other fish were mixed in, including a bunch of small blues and a few porgies and triggerfish. A blackfish was bagged on Tuesday’s trip. The boat will keep sea bass fishing, unless enough striped bass migrate in to fish for stripers. The boat usually fishes for blackfish later in the year. Not much was heard about striped bass yet. Plenty of small stripers, sometimes a keeper, bit along jetties, piers, bridges and marinas. The Porgy IV is sailing for sea bass at 8 a.m. daily.
Mostly wind and rough weather filled the last week, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter. Telephone if interested in fishing for striped bass, and the season’s first striper charter is currently booked for November 1, and the trips will begin earlier, if the fish show up then. Sea bassing is available aboard, and was weathered out last weekend. Winds ended up not bad on Saturday, but roared on Sunday. Blackfishing aboard will begin on November 16, when the bag limit is lifted to six of the tautog, from the current limit of one.
Surf casters beached throwback striped bass, scored well, off the Cape May Lighthouse on fresh clams, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Two keepers were heard about from the North Wildwood surf the other day. Small bluefish swam all around in the surf, jumping on mullet for bait. A few kingfish were still plucked from the surf on bloodworms or clams. Fishing for blackfish was good along the jetties. Many of the tautog were throwbacks, but they gave up steady action. Triggerfish still hugged jetties, so clam was fished to hook them, along with the blackfish. In the back bay, lots of small stripers bit along the sod banks on soft-plastic lures or popper plugs, or while boaters chummed with bunker or clam, and fished with small pieces of bunker or clam. Not much was heard about Delaware Bay, but boaters at the Cape May Rips played stripers, just under keeper-sized, occasionally a keeper, in early mornings or evenings, or at night. Party boats docked sea bass, not setting the world on fire, but pretty good catches, from the ocean.