A windy week slowed fishing but anglers who persevered caught fish. Most offshore trips were canceled. Fluke were caught in the back bays and in Delaware Bay. Boats fishing in the ocean caught sea bass, fluke, blues, kingfish, ling and triggerfish. Weakfish showed in the back bays and around local jetties.
At Ocean City, FinAtics weighed in a 7 lb. fluke for Joe Warnig, Ocean City. Joe’s fish was caught at Corson’s. Blues and a few stripers were caught at Corson’s Inlet. Fluke showed up around Kennedy Park.
The North Star is sailing daily 4-hour trips at 8 a.m. for sea bass and at 1 p.m. for back bay fluke. A night trip sails Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. Private charters are available on the 6 pack boat.
The Stray Cat is catching sea bass and triggerfish on ocean wreck trips. Wreck and tuna trip charters are being booked.
At Sea Isle City, the Starfish is catching sea bass on 4-hour trips at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8-hour trips Saturdays and Sundays with Capt Mike Weigle at the helm. Charter dates are available. Sea bass high hooks included Philadelphians Bill Bowan (18); Marty White (19); and Bob Ferko (21).
The Capt. Robbins is catching sea bass, triggerfish, weakfish and ling on daily wreck trips at 8 a.m. The Steve Stiles Electric group from Philadelphia, caught a mix of sea bass, triggerfish, weakfish and ling. The Landis group from Lancaster, Pa., caught sea bass and ling. Other sea bass catches were reported for Jeff Mamecher, Coatsville, Pa. (to 3.5 lbs.); Fred Benner (sea bass, blues and ling) and Kim Hunter, Lindenwold (sea bass and blues).
The Family Fisherman is catching fluke on 4-hour trips daily at 8:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
At Strathmere, Frank’s Boat Rentals reported anglers who braved windy conditions caught some keeper fluke. Small blues and a few weaks were also caught. Two stripers, 30 and 31 inches, were caught on bunkers. Minnows, squid and chartreuse Gulp swimming mullet produced fluke. The Stuck party, Ryan, Lenai and Ken from Harrisburg, Pa., had 4 keepers to 7.1 lbs. Other fluke were reported for David Liktwa, Ridley Park, Pa. (21.25 inch); Bill Fitz (19 inch); Steve and Luann Bruin (19.5 & 18.5 inch) and Tom and John Fala, Warminister, Pa. (4 to 20.5 inches).
At Atlantic City, the High Roller is catching fluke on daily trips at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fluke won pools for Eric Butler, Cherry Hill (3.69 lbs.); Mike Sandolier, Washington Twp. (3.19 lbs.); John Deuber, Maple Shade (2.4 lbs.); Nigel Bennett, 7, Somerdale (3.03 lbs.); Dave Crook, Liverpool, England (3.03 lbs.); Ed Segar, Deptford (3.19 lbs.); Jim Russell, Delaware Co. (2.8 lbs.); Tom Walsh, Pottsville, Pa. (3.11 lbs.) and Greg Frattara, Feasterville, Pa. (3.17 lbs.).
At Somers Point, Dolfin Dock weighed in a 3.92 lb. fluke Jack Kelly, Ocean City, caught on a Gulp Minnow in Rainbow Channel. Al Rocks, Egg Harbor Twp., limited out on fluke to 7.89 lbs. on Gulp at Kennedy Park. Steve Dobley, Somers Point, caught a 4.2 lb. fluke on Gulp in Ship’s Channel. Matt Cruze, Egg Harbor Twp., fishing with his dad, Gary, caught 5 keeper fluke and two needlefish measuring 33 and 28 inches, from Rainbow Channel.
The Duke of Fluke is sailing daily at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fluke catches were reported for Risa Miller, Danville (2.25 lbs.), Jim Grimm, Boyertown (3 lbs. 3 oz.); Joe Gannino, Baltimore, Md. (1 lb. 15 oz.) and Dave Orman, Maple Shade (2 lbs. 14 oz.). Mark Brooks, Pottsville, Pa., caught a 1 lb. 6 oz. blue. Rene Millert of Germany and friend Ty Hellyer, each caught two lb. fluke. Rene had one and Ty caught two, topping Rene’s fish by a quarter of an inch. Paul Brown, Linwood, caught a 3 lb. 2 oz. fluke, topping brother Gregg’s 3 lb. fish.
At Margate, the Keeper is catching fluke on daily trips at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Pools went to Jim Calhoun, Philadelphia (4.57 lbs.); Tommy Haglock, Villas (3.39 lbs.); John Centanni, Margate (2.8 lbs.); Pete DeMasi, Philadelphia (2.01 lbs.); John Devine, Aston, Pa. (2.91 lbs.) and Rob McGee, Egg Harbor (3.11 lbs.).
At Wildwood, the Royal Flush is catching weakfish, small blues and fluke on daily 4-hour trips at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. A 4-hour trip sails Saturdays at 7 p.m. Pool winners with fluke included John Miller, Claymont, Del. (1.75 lbs.); Jeff Dehny, Sayreville (2 lbs.) and Bob Richards, Media, Pa. (2.5 lbs.). Bluefish won pools for Linda Abraham, Philadelphia (2 lbs.); Vinnie Harvey, Philadelphia (2 lbs.); Nick White, Auburn, Ala. (1.5 lbs.). A 2 lb. sea bass won a pool for Deiter Neumann, III, Philadelphia.
At Avalon, Hodge Podge Bait and Tackle reported difficult fishing in a week of Northeast winds. Some fluke were caught in the back bays. Bluefish from 1 to 3 lbs. were caught in the inlet and the back bays. Rough surf slowed jetty and beach fishing.
Moran’s Dockside at Avalon Fishing Center reported slow surf and back bay action because of winds but some keeper fluke and blues were caught. Mostly throwback stripers were caught in the evenings on surface plugs and plastics.
The Miss Avalon is catching a mixed bag of sea bass, fluke, kingfish and weakfish daily 4-hour trips at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. John Callahan, Norristown, Pa., took a pool with a 3 lb. triggerfish.
At Villas, Budd’s Tackle reported good catches of weakfish at the Concrete Ship on shedder crab, green and pink Gulp and Pink Finess baits. Fluke were caught at Brandywine and in the back bays. Anglers jigging close to the rocks caught fluke near local jetties. Curtis O’Brien, Villas, caught a 2.8 lb. fluke off the beach on Gulp.
At North Wildwood, Grassy Sound Marina and Fishing Pier reported a good week on the pier with fluke and a few stripers being caught. Weakfish are being caught in the Grassy Sound/Hereford Inlet area. Eric DeLellelis, Aston, Pa., caught his first fluke of the season from the pier on mackerel. Brian McHenry, Honeybrook, Pa., caught a 30-inch striper from the pier. Fluke catches were reported for Vince Edwards, Philadelphia (18 inch); Tony Laurenzi, Ashtabula, Ohio (5 shorts, 1 at 20 inches off the pier); Jim Mooers, Dennisville (2 keepers on Gulp); Ed Welch, Philadelphia (10 short fluke, 3 keepers to 24 inches) in Turtle Creek and Shaun Kelly, Cape May Court House (18 inch on mackerel). Dylan Sangmeister, Glenolden, Pa., caught his first keeper fluke (18 inch) from the pier.
At Dividing Creek, Dividing Creek Boat Rentals reported continued good crabbing. The store and livery open at 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday through Sunday. Reservations for boats are suggested. Crab catches were reported for Rick, Jarod and Leslie Pell, Horsham, Pa. (1/2 bushel).
At Cape May, the Porgy IV is sailing daily at 8 a.m. for fluke. John Cosenza, Philadelphia, caught 3 to 4.5 lbs. George Fetrik, Philadelphia, caught fluke to 6 lbs. and split the pool with Phil Bradley, who also had a 6 pound fluke.
The Sea Star III is catching sea bass and fluke on daily 6 hr. trips at 9 a.m. Fluke won pools for Dave Suity.
Youngwood, Pa. (3 lbs.) and Mike Bari, Royersford, Pa. (3.5 lbs.). Rich Clair, West Deptford, took a pool with a 2.5 lb. weakfish. Night charters after 4 p.m. are available.
The Miss Chris is sailing daily at 8 a.m. John Mason, Philadelphia bagged a 3.5 lb. sea bass and eight others. Frank Litton, Cape May Court House, had a 3.5 lb. sea bass, four others and four fluke. Night trips sail at 7 p.m. Fridays through Sundays for croakers and weaks.
Jim’s Bait & Tackle reported a week of tough fishing because of weather. Head boats fished Delaware Bay for fluke and kingfish. Back bays held fluke, small blues and stripers. Justin Cambridge, 12, Austin, Tex., caught his first fluke. It weighed 6.99 lbs. The Cape May Point surf produced small weakfish, a few fluke and small blues and small stripers.
The Cape May Lady is sailing daily 4 hr. trips at 8 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. for sea bass, fluke, blues and weakfish.
At Wildwood Crest, the Starlight is catching mostly sea bass with more fluke and a few kingfish in the mix on daily 4-hour trips at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Nightly trips at 7 p.m. will start Saturday. Recent trips produced sea bass, fluke, blues and triggerfish. High hooks and pool winners included Jack Concannon, Springfield (4 lb. blue): Joe Gallagher, Drexel Hill, Pa. (4 lb. fluke) and Ron Taylor, Cresco (3.5 lb. sea bass, six others).