The season’s first striped bass fishing will be weathered out this weekend on the Heavy Hitter, Capt. George said. Wind will keep boats from sailing on both Saturday and Sunday, and most charter boats from Cape May had seemed to plan to begin striper fishing this weekend. But striper trips will now begin on the Heavy Hitter, and telephone if interested. Sea bass trips are also available, and blackfishing aboard will begin on November 16, when the bag limit is raised to six of the tautog, from the current limit of one.
Fishing was already cancelled, because of weather forecasts, this weekend with Melanie Anne Sport Fishing Charters, Capt. Frank said. The boat was going to begin striper fishing for the season during the weekend, and a 40-pounder caught on Delaware Bay at 60-Foot Slough was heard about. A 40-incher from the bay was also reported. No fish, not even blues, swam Cape May Rips. Dead, he said. Water was 60 degrees this week, and with the cold front now, Frank hopes the water drops to 58. That could be good for striper fishing. More striper trips are booked for next week, and the boat will compete in Utsch’s Marina’s striper tournament at the end of next week. Sea bass trips are available, and blackfish trips will begin on November 16, when the bag limit will be increased to six of the tautog, from the current limit of one.
A bunch of fish were scooped aboard Tuesday on the party boat Porgy IV, Capt. Paul said. The fishing got off to a slow start, but scored alright, lots of action, in the afternoon, and all anglers left with fish. Sea bass, a few big blues 6 to 8 pounds, and a few triggerfish were bagged. The blues were larger than usual, and usually were 1 to 2 pounds lately. A small crowd joined Wednesday’s trip, and a couple of the anglers limited out on sea bass. The trip landed sea bass – some of the anglers bagging more than others – a few triggerfish and a few small blues, “had some fish,” he said. The fishing hasn’t been great, but was probably better than last year, and some fish are around. Paul heard nothing about striped bass showing up, and expects to keep bottom-fishing. During some years, the boat switches to stripers, if the striper migration moves in. The Porgy IV is wreck-fishing for sea bass at 8 a.m. daily.
A couple of striped bass were boated on Delaware Bay, said Nick from
Hands Too Bait & Tackle. They were chunked on bunker, and one came from the Cock and Balls. A few were cracked at mid-bay, like at 20-Foot Slough. Lots of stripers remained in the back bay, nipped while boaters chummed and fished with clam or bunker during daytime, and while working soft-plastic lures and popper plugs along the sod banks and bridges at night or early in morning. Stripers started to be seen from the surf, and Nick, a surf angler, would dunk clams or bunker for them. Blackfishing was good along jetties. Sea bass fishing was reportedly good on the ocean in deep water. Fresh clams and bunker and live spots, eels and green crabs are stocked.