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Saltwater Fishing Report

Report from Thursday, September 18.

| Staten Island | Keyport | Atlantic Highlands | Highlands | Neptune | Belmar | Point Pleasant Beach | Toms River | Seaside Heights | Forked River | Surf City | Mystic Island | Atlantic City | Margate | Longport | Ocean City | Sea Isle City | Wildwood | Cape May | Last Monday's Report |
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Cape May
Weather was rough or windy in the past week, and the weekend included rain and wind, but trips sailed for summer flounder every day on the party boat Porgy IV, Capt. Paul said. Trips resumed Thursday after last week’s storm, and the angling picked a few flounder, better on some days than others. Good-sized, and a couple of limits, were sometimes landed. Some anglers hooked no keepers, too. On Tuesday’s trip, Sam Citron from Wildwood Crest limited out, and several customers scored no keepers. On Wednesday’s, Charles Field from Morton, Pa., bagged two flounder to a 6-1/2-pounder. Tom McKenney from New Castle, Del., won the pool with an 8-1/2-pound flounder, his largest ever, on Sunday’s trip, but not many keepers bit that day. Keith Danis from New Rochelle, N.J., limited out on Friday or Saturday, a day with nasty weather. The fishing wasn’t the action like before the storm. But flounder were around, and the angling was a chance to bag them. The Porgy IV is fishing for summer flounder at 8 a.m. daily.

Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters was supposed to fish today and Saturday, in weather that finally improved, Capt. Frank said. Take advantage of an end-of-season special on a flounder charter. Get a $100 discount, because flounder season will be closed starting September 28. The boat is also tuna fishing.

After slower angling around last week’s storm, fishing sounded like it started to pick up again, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Summer flounder fishing went well, even in Cape May Inlet. The flatfish were boated on the ocean off Wildwood close to shore, but also farther out, at Reef 11 and the Old Grounds, when trips had the seas to reach those two spots. That angling was good, and good catches of flounder were also heard about from Delaware Bay toward Miah Maul, from a couple of trips. Kingfish, weakfish and croakers should school the channel off Cape May Point, like they usually do. Good catches of croakers were banked along the Higbee’s Beach jetty. A few striped bass began to be found in the surf, because of mullet that migrated to the water. A couple of keepers were bagged when northeast wind blew in the bait. Bluefishing could be good in the surf for snappers to 1- or 2-pounders or tailors. Blackfish chomped along the ocean jetties. In the back bay, mullet, peanut bunker and spearing made striper fishing good along the bridges. A 28-1/2-inch striper and a 24-inch weakfish were bagged along the bridges. For offshore boaters, tuna fishing sounded a little off, but white marlin fishing was productive for a couple of trips at Wilmington Canyon. When tuna were taken, they were mostly hooked at night. Fresh peanut bunker are stocked, and Nick hopes to stock fresh mullet again, as soon as possible. Minnows, green crabs, sand fleas, bloodworms and fresh clams are carried.