Mon., June 26, 2017
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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Monday, June 26.

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Cape May
Fishing for summer flounder picked up on the ocean, said Capt. Steve from the Prime Time II. Trips fished for them Thursday and Sunday between Cape May Reef and the inlet aboard. A 24-inch flounder was biggest on the trips, and all anglers landed at least one keeper. The water was colder than before: 64 degrees in the morning near the inlet and 68 there on the way in. The anglers fished with bucktails or rigs with bait, depending on their preference. Minnows with squid seemed to catch best. Gulps also worked okay. Steve spoke with nobody who tuna fished since before rough weather Saturday. Boats got back out for the fish Sunday. He heard from nobody who shark fished in past days.

Two yellowfin tuna 40 or 45 pounds and a mahi mahi were trolled at an offshore canyon Sunday on a trip that Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter joined on somebody else’s boat, he said. The angling was slow, and many boats caught no tuna that fished for them in the area. This was after George joined another trip that smoked a couple of bigeye tuna and some bluefin and yellowfin tuna previously at a canyon, covered in a previous report here. George told his charters for now to hold off on tuna fishing until a better bite develops. That could happen any time. The water on this most recent trip was green and not good-looking. The boat’s machine read 72-degree water, but George didn’t know if that was accurate. He couldn’t know whether the strong wind Saturday caused the discolored water Sunday. No tuna seemed to bite inshore during the trip. Anglers on the radio who fished inshore spots like the Hot Dog and Hambone were heard saying the fishing was dead, no baitfish were even marked and they were headed offshore to Baltimore Canyon to fish instead.