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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, May 21.

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Space is available for a drum charter Saturday, because a charter rescheduled to Friday, on the Heavy Hitter, Capt. George said. The fishing’s been good, and he hopes it holds up a couple of weeks. Trips aboard smoked them during the weekend, covered in the last report here. Telephone if interested.

On the party boat Porgy IV, drum were heaved from Delaware Bay on every trip aboard, Capt. Paul said. The bay looked like chocolate milk in 20 m.p.h. wind on Wednesday, when he gave this report in a phone call at 6 p.m. aboard. Only one drum was landed, so far, on the trip. But 14 or 15 were, during the other night, and 26 were, on Tuesday night. The fish were good-sized, mostly 35 to 60 pounds, and few were small. The boat had some good drum trips, and the fish were nice. He’ll try to run drum trips 2 to 10 p.m. daily through Tuesday. Telephone for availability that can depend on demand and weather. Clams for bait weren’t easy to obtain recently. Trips will sail for sea bass at 8 a.m. daily starting Wednesday, opening day of sea bass season.

Delaware Bay’s drum went crazy, insane, said Joe from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. If anglers want drum, they better go this weekend. They better go for striped bass, too. The drum were boated just a couple of miles off the Cape May ferry. The stripers were banked from the surf, at places like Higbee’s Beach and at that vicinity, but were also boated on the bay, at some of the shallows like 7 to 10 feet in the area. Many of the stripers met the 28-inch minimum size, and few were small. A couple were 40 inches. Fishing couldn’t get better than now. Mostly clams and bunker were fished from the shore, and if anglers used clams along the bay’s surf, they had a chance at drum. Bluefish were like “peek-a-boo” in the surf and bay. They showed for a day, disappeared on another or three days, then reappeared. Summer flounder season will be opened beginning Friday, and flounder bit well in the back bay. Many were throwbacks, but many were sizable.