Capt. Paul from the party boat Porgy IV has been telling anglers that summer flounder fishing’s inconsistent aboard, he said. The angling had some good days, and bounced back with not a good day, and so on. Saturday’s trip put up a good catch, lots of sizable flounder. On Sunday’s trip, not many flounder were bagged. No trip sailed in Monday’s rainstorm. Tuesday’s trip sailed to the Old Grounds, fishing in heat and wind against tide that failed to drift the boat. Only a handful of keepers came in. When conditions fail to drift the boat, flounder fishing’s off. Wednesday’s trip fished Cape May Reef, and the boat did drift, but only 17 or 18 keepers were caught, among 50 anglers. Some boats might consider that okay, but not many keepers were spread around the vessel. Paul knew that if that trip had fished farther south at the Old Grounds, the boat would’ve failed to drift. Catches included Anthony Bianco from Lansdale, Pa.’s, four keepers to a 6-pounder that won the pool Saturday. On Friday, Dave Brehm from Parkesburg, Pa., won the pool with an 8-1/2-pound flounder. On Tuesday, Fred Nelson landed only one keeper but won the pool with the 6-pounder. On Wednesday, Matt LaMelza from Ocean City only caught one keeper but the right one, Paul said: the 5-pound pool-winner. The Porgy IV is fishing for summer flounder at 8 a.m. daily.
Ocean reefs held good numbers of summer flounder, said Joe from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Flounder also gathered around inlets and in main channels in the back bay. Little was heard about flounder fishing on Delaware Bay, except one angler on Tuesday reported fishing the bay for flounder, finding none. But whether the angler was experienced was unknown. Large croakers swam Cape May Canal, and Nick, the shop’s owner, and a friend returned with a 15-incher from the canal. That’s big, and surf anglers fished for croakers. Fewer anglers fished for brown sharks in the surf than before, or the craze passed. But surely the sharks swam the surf. Be sure to release browns by law. Kingfish were nipped from the surf at Cape May, Sea Isle City and Ocean City sometimes. No triggerfish were reported caught along jetties, though Joe would normally expect triggers to come from there this time of year. Triggers were boated at reefs. Blackfish should hug jetties, but nobody was known to try for them. Not a lot of green crabs were sold for blackfishing. Occasional striped bass were bagged, though that was unusual in summer. Two anglers beached a keeper apiece along jetties. A girl took a keeper down the street from the shop. Another angler winged a keeper in the canal. Bluefish 4 to 6 pounds schooled 20 miles from shore. Lots of mahi mahi filled water like that. Crabbing was good, though might’ve been slower around the recent full moon. Full and new moons can trigger crabs to shed. They won’t feed while shedding, but the shed only lasts days. When the blueclaws shed, crabbers can use a dip net to scoop crabs from along pilings. In addition to green crabs, baits stocked include minnows and jumbo bloodworms, the largest Joe ever saw.