“Kind of a grind today,” Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing’s Facebook page said about blackfishing aboard. But the trip worked several pieces and managed a good catch of 22 keepers to a 13-1/2-pounder. Blackfish season will be closed beginning Monday, and then trips will begin bunker-chunking for striped bass on Delaware Bay, immediately. Drum fishing will start on the bay on May 10 aboard. Charters and open-boat trips sail.
None of the fleet probably fished in the past days’ weather, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter last night in a phone call. The boat will blackfish this weekend on the ocean. Charters will run in May for black drum on Delaware Bay and sea bass on the ocean.
Daily trips for blackfish on the ocean last fished Sunday and were weathered out since on the party boat Porgy IV, Capt. Paul said. The trips were expected to resume today, and had some action through Sunday. Several anglers limited out on Saturday and Sunday, and the fishing was alright. G. Mak from Philly on Sunday limited out on the tautog to a 12-1/2-pounder. Paul expected not great blackfishing on today’s trip, after wind roughed up seas, but hoped he was wrong and that the trip locked into a bunch. The boat is blackfishing at 8 a.m. daily through Sunday, the final day of blackfish season. Afterward, trips will take a break until resuming the following Saturday, May 6. Then trips will fish for black drum on Delaware Bay from 2 to 10 p.m. Telephone to reserve the drum trips.
Sounded like fishing was starting, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. Some good-sized striped bass were boated on Delaware Bay on bunker chunks. Thirty-inch bluefish swam everywhere. No one spot seemed best, and the blues kept moving, chasing bait. But they schooled at times at places including Delaware Bay, the ocean and off Cape May Point, at the confluence of the bay and ocean. They pushed into the water along jetties at times. Jetties are located along both the bay and ocean in Cape May, where, again, the bay meets the ocean. The blues were also heard about from the back bay farther north. If they roamed there, they probably roamed the local back bay, Nick figured. A few puppy drum were eased from the surf and boated from Delaware Bay. Nick would try for them in the shallows off Coxhall Creek. A few were boated there earlier this season, and drum gathered there in recent years. Good blackfishing was boated at ocean wrecks like at Cape May Reef and was also scored along jetties by anglers on foot. Fresh bunker and clams are stocked. Green crabs, jumbo bloodworms and regular-sized bloods are carried. Bloods were scarce recently, so Nick was glad to see the jumbos.