A few summer flounder were rounded up every day on the party boat
Porgy IV from the ocean, Capt. Paul said. The numbers were fewer than earlier in June, some days fished better than others, and not all anglers scored well. But the flatfish were available to catch. Two sea bass per angler will also be able to be bagged beginning Friday, if sea bass pop up. On Wednesday’s trip, lots of small flounder bit, and wind blew against tide, unfavorable conditions. John Hauser from West Cape May bagged three of the fish to a 6-pounder, winning the pool with that flounder. Pete Kostiopoulos from Claymont, Del., on Monday’s trip limited out on flounder to a 5-1/2-pounder, winning the pool with the fish. The boat drifted fast that day. On Saturday’s trip in strong wind, John Riccardi from Williamstown limited out on flounder to 5 ½ pounds, winning the pool with that fluke. The Porgy IV is fishing for summer flounder at 8 a.m. daily.
Bluefin tuna began to show up on the inshore lumps, said Capt. George from the Heavy Hitter. Some were boated, and he fished on a friend’s boat that trolled a bunch of small bluefish, mostly ¾-pounders or 1-pounders, but some 3-pounders, at 5-Fathom Bank on the ocean yesterday. Both of those are common fisheries from Cape May in summer. A tuna trip is slated aboard for Sunday, and a short, 4-hour trip is slated to run for the blues Saturday. Not much was heard about summer flounder in past days, but George knew anglers who nailed flounder well during the weekend on the ocean in good conditions. A friend flounder fished at the Old Grounds in the ocean since, but needed 14 ounces of weight to hold bottom and a drift-sock to slow the boat, not got conditions, and the fishing was slow. Telephone if interested in any of this fishing.
Fishing slammed bluefin tuna yesterday aboard, said Capt. John from Caveman Sportfishing. Three were trolled, and one was jigged, and the fish weighed 50 and 60 pounds. One was kept, and the rest were released, and basically the 20-fathom lumps, the traditional ones that hold bluefins this time of season, now held the fish. Multiple lumps held them, and the angling was good for the fleet that day. Most of the boats were from Ocean City, Md. But was safe to say bluefins showed up in decent numbers for South Jersey boats, he said. Caveman was supposed to turn around and head for South Poorman’s Canyon for yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna at 11 p.m. yesterday, “and I don’t know how we’ll do,” he said from land in a phone call between the trips.
Both boaters and shore anglers toggled in kingfish, small summer flounder, croakers and spike weakfish around Cape May Channel, said Nick from Hands Too Bait & Tackle. The catches sounded pretty good sometimes, and brown sharks and tiger sharks were released from the surf at night on chunks of mackerel or bunker. Both are required to be released, and releasing sand tigers from Delaware Bay on boats was underway. Surf anglers rustled up weaks along jetties like before, but also grabbed them in open water in the surf, like at Poverty Beach and Sunset Beach. Summer flounder probably bit in Delaware Bay toward Brandywine and Miah Maul. Back-bay flounder fishing was a little slow this year, but some were bagged. Good flounder fishing was zonked from Cape May Reef’s north end. Fishing for yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna seemed fairly good from Poorman’s to Baltimore canyons. No boating for sharks on the ocean was reported. Crabbing was decent, and will probably become even better this weekend, after shedding recently that usually slows crabbing. Baits stocked include bloodworms that hooked the kingfish and weakfish. Shedder crabs should be carried this weekend. Minnows, fresh clams and eels are in supply.