Bluefish were trolled Wednesday on the Heavy Hitter on an annual trip for ARC, Capt. George said. The fleet hosts anglers from there each year, and summer flounder trips are slated for Friday and Saturday on the Heavy Hitter. Offshore fishing was the same as previously: Bigeye tuna were trolled at Wilmington and Washington canyons, late in the day. If the fish show up, they show up. Marlin and mahi mahi were heard about from the 50-fathom line between Baltimore and Poorman’s canyons.
Summer flounder fishing, on the ocean, was inconsistent on the party boat Porgy IV, Capt. Paul said. On some days, the angling was better, but no consecutive days gave up the same results. Not many keepers, and lots of shorts, bit on Wednesday’s trip. On one day, Saturday or Sunday, Paul thought, Gary Drumheller from Broomall, Pa., bagged three keepers to 8 pounds. On the next day, Bill Effing from Bensalem, Pa., bagged four. Ed Bednarik from Philadelphia nailed the week’s biggest flounder: an 8.33-pounder. For August, flounder fishing should be better. Not a lot of the fish were around, “at least not for me,” Paul said. Even boats from Delaware, where 16 inches is the flounder size limit, compared with 18 in New Jersey, struggled. Weather played a part, and wind was brutal on Saturday, and the ocean held a big swell Sunday. But some anglers aboard are boating a few, and some want to try, and the Porgy IV is fishing for summer flounder at 8 a.m. daily.
The keeper summer flounder seemed to come from the ocean’s artificial reefs and the Old Grounds, said Joe from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. A few flounder, mostly small, were known about from the back bay. Lots of bait filled the bay and creeks, including peanut bunker, spearing and mullet. Nothing was heard about Delaware Bay, and customers mostly fish there for striped bass in fall. Currently, they mostly fish the ocean and back bay. Snapper blues schooled off Cape May Inlet. From the surf, sometimes kingfish and small bluefish were beached. A few spots reportedly appeared in the surf. A few croakers, not lots, but big, were scattered around jetties and bridges. Sharpies landed a few striped bass, sometimes keepers, along jetties at night on Mag Darters.