On the final few summer flounder trips aboard, only a few of the fish were bagged, said Capt. Paul from the party boat Porgy IV. Flounder season was closed beginning Monday, so the trips ended, and strong, northeast wind blew during the final trips through the weekend, rough conditions. So the fishing fizzled. The boat fished the ocean for the flatfish daily until the closure. No trips will probably fish aboard again until sea bass season is opened beginning October 22. Then daily trips will jump on them.
Good catches of yellowfin tuna were reported from Wilmington Canyon, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter. Most of the reports were second-hand, including some that talked about the catches during the weekend. Wind and seas were rough, but the trips reportedly made it to the grounds then, and caught. A reliable source afterward texted George, reporting boating seven of the tuna Tuesday. All the tuna reported were trolled, and tuna fishing had been slow previously. Nobody will reach the canyons in the next days, because of weather. But George hopes the fish are there when the weather clears. Trips on the Heavy Hitter will sail for tuna, if the fish are in. Not much other news was heard in the week’s weather. Weakfish schooled Delaware Bay, and bluefish gathered off Cape May Point. A trip aboard hooked both during the weekend, covered in the previous report here. Striped bass charters will fish when the fall run of stripers arrives. Those trips are booking.
No telephone calls to Hands Too Bait & Tackle were answered today for a report, and maybe the shop was closed then for the storm. But photos were posted on the store’s Facebook page this week showing a weakfish from the surf, a striped bass caught somewhere from shore, and 13 bluefish from a trip to the surf. The weak hit a Doodlebug that apparently was baited with shedder crab. That seemed the bait in the photo. The striper was one of a few that the store’s owner apparently banked at night. Sea lice clung to the stripers. “Looks like we’re going to be in for a good fall,” the photo caption said. Sea lice on stripers suggest that the fish migrated the ocean. The bluefish were hooked on every cast on the trip for them, and a throwback striper was also caught on the outing. Fresh mullet for bait was key for the blues, but a few were hooked on metal. Blues were slammed at Brigantine the same day, someone commented on the photo.