Trips blackfished Saturday through Monday on the party boat Porgy IV, Capt. Paul said. The ocean was cold, and some small blackfish bit, and not many keepers did. Three anglers bagged three blackfish apiece on Monday’s trip, and on Sunday’s trip, one angler limited out. But many anglers bagged none. One angler went 3 for 25 on keepers, had a lot of action. But others had not a lot. The angling was very slow at some places. Sounded like a few small cod could be boated farther from shore. But blackfish wouldn’t be angled, if there was fished. The Porgy IV will stick with blackfishing, sailing for the tautog at 8 a.m. daily. Blackfish season is only opened this month, and the trips are a chance for anglers to hook the tog and to fish, at least.
Beach anglers eased in a steady pick of striped bass, pretty good catches, from Delaware Bay in town, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. He saw no keepers, but keepers might’ve been bagged. Bloodworms and clams caught, and he fished that surf Wednesday in the rainstorm. We banked a couple, he said, on bloodworms. Stripers surely were landed on Delaware River, too. Nothing was heard about boaters striper fishing. A few blackfish were reported wrangled along surf jetties. They seemed to begin biting. No bluefish or weakfish were reported yet this season. Bunker schooled around, and spearing popped into the ocean surf. Nick saw the spearing. Fresh clams, both in the shell and shucked, and bloodworms are stocked. Nick’s working on carrying green crabs.