Brian Hill’s charter on Monday trolled seven striped bass, keeping three, releasing the rest on the Heavy Hitter on the ocean, Capt. George said. Another one of the trips was slated for Wednesday and was weathered out. Sea bass fishing was good on the ocean. A buddy ran a trip for them, and many throwbacks, just undersized, bit, but so did plenty of keepers. A mess of big bluefish also hit during the trip.
On the party boat Porgy IV, blackfishing was hit and miss, but a few days fished well for them, and some fished slow, Capt. Paul said. Weather was “shaky” lately, but wind was calm Friday. A few anglers limited out on the tautog on the day’s trip. They included Bob Millet from Broomall, who won the pool with a 7-pounder, Bob Key from Lancaster and Ken Minett from Mays Landing. On Saturday’s trip, blackfishing was bad, and wind blew strongly. “Or maybe I went the wrong way,” Paul said. On Sunday’s trip, a few blackfish were clubbed. On Monday’s, the catch wasn’t so good but included some sizable. Mike Jung from Cape May Court House on the trip bagged two blackfish: a 9.7-pounder and an 8.94-pounder. Trips were weathered out since, and Paul was unsure when trips will resume, because wind was forecast for the moment. But the Porgy IV is slated to blackfish at 8 a.m. daily.
Boaters seemed to begin trolling striped bass sometimes on the ocean from Avalon to the south in afternoons, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. On Delaware Bay they bunker-chunked resident stripers, a couple of keepers and some throwbacks. Surf fishing was slow. Blackfishing that had produced along jetties became slower. But the tautog seemed to bite at reefs in the ocean. Sea bass fishing was good on the ocean. Green crabs and eels are stocked, and Nick expected to pick up fresh bunker and fresh clams this evening.