Fishing for tuna’s been postponed until the angling improves within range for Caveman Sportfishing, Capt. John said. Trips caught and released sharks inshore instead. A few tuna were caught at Lindenkohl Canyon or also farther north toward Toms Canyon in past days. The fishing was 90 miles from Cape May, too far to sail from the port. But maybe the fish were a sign that tuna might be moving back in. Tuna were caught 40 miles south of Cape May, at inshore grounds, with Caveman in past weeks.
The party boat Porgy IV failed to drift on Wednesday’s daily trip for summer flounder on the ocean, Capt. Paul said. The day was beautiful on the water, and no drift is always tough on flounder fishing. A few anglers bagged three apiece on the trip, he thought, and many landed no keepers on the outing. Those who could work for a bite, in no drift, instead of waiting, could catch. Sometimes anglers can “wait” for a bite when a boat drifts, letting the drift impart action. The trip scored some action, and that might’ve been better somewhat in a better drift. Conditions were good for a drift on Sunday’s trip, and flounder fishing’s all about drifting conditions. On Sunday, Young Li from New York limited out, and Bob Brett from Cape May Court House bagged three, including 5-1/2-pounder to win the pool. On another trip, Craig Busch from Pleasantville limited out on flounder to a 4-1/2-pounder. Paul sent a photo that would be posted on this website’s photo pages of Bud Callahan with a 7-1/2-pound flounder he bagged aboard another trip in past days. He bagged three flounder on the outing. Better-sized flounder remained inshore currently. The boat tried fishing offshore, but smaller flounder, too many of them throwbacks, bit. The Porgy IV is fishing for summer flounder at 8 a.m. daily.
The ocean’s summer flounder fishing sounded good, said Nick from
Hands Too Bait & Tackle. That included at Cape May and Wildwood reefs that seemed to give up a decent number of keepers and also sea bass. Some bigger flounder came from the Old Grounds and Reef 11. Flounder were still caught from the back bay and Cape May Harbor. Flounder seemed to be boated on Delaware Bay toward Fortescue. Closer to the store, weakfish and croakers schooled Delaware Bay at 20-Foot Slough and Brandywine. Kingfish, croakers, small flounder, small weaks and tons of blues swam Cape May Channel. In the surf, the same fish were sometimes banked from Poverty Beach on the ocean to Delaware Bay. Cape May is at the confluence of the ocean and the bay, so the surf stretches along both waters in the town. Large sharks were fought from the surf at night. Mullet began to be seen in the surf and back bay. Snapper blues should chase them in the surf soon, and maybe the mullet will attract red drum to the surf. The drum, the southern species, showed up there in late summer in recent years. Pelagics like Spanish mackerel could be found in the inshore ocean. Mahi mahi held from 5-Fathom Bank to offshore. For offshore boaters, waters seemed to begin clearing a little. One angler landed a yellowfin tuna at Baltimore Canyon. Lots of white marlin seemed to hold at Wilmington Canyon’s north end. Again, water seemed to begin to clear there and at Lindenkohl Canyon. Crabbing was excellent.