The party boat Porgy IV might begin fishing this Good Friday and Saturday, Capt. Paul said. No trip will fish this Easter Sunday, but starting next Monday, he expects trips to fish daily, when weather allows, and enough anglers want to sail. The trips will wreck-fish on the ocean, mostly for blackfish, but other fish, like cod and pollock, might turn up. Trips will try to take advantage of blackfish, while blackfish season is open in April. In other news, Paul heard about no striped bass caught at places like Delaware Bay. The newspaper said a few stripers began to be hooked in Delaware River. The Porgy IV fishes at 8 a.m.
Capt. George worked on the Heavy Hitter this weekend, he said. That was on seasonal maintenance like waxing, after the boat was painted. No boats fished from the port yet this season that he knew about. He heard about no striped bass from Delaware Bay. But one of the mates from the boat banked six or seven throwback, 22- or 23-inch stripers on Delaware River, at Elsinboro from shore, on bloodworms. A friend on Sunday fished from Hatteras, North Carolina, on a trip that tackled five or six wahoos and some amberjacks and blackfin tuna. All the fish, including the amberjacks, were trolled. So the angling was good, and fish bit the whole time, and seas were 6 to 8 feet. Drum trips are beginning to be booked on the Heavy Hitter that fish on Delaware Bay, usually in May. Blackfish charters can sail in April, and blackfish season will be open that month. Striper charters could fish this spring, if the bass are around.