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Fishing Report Beautiful weather has allowed plenty of anglers to hit the water

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Posted: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 11:14 am

Summer is now in full swing and so is summer fishing. The beautiful weather this past week, allowed lots of anglers to hit the water. The flounder fishing has been pretty good and they are being caught from the back bays, out front, and all the way to the Old Grounds, 20 miles south of Cape May. Tuna fishing has also picked up along the canyon edges. Also, the first white and blue marlin were reported in canyon waters this week.

Fishing tournament season is also getting started, so mark you calendars:

– June 28: The 8th Annual Grassy Sound Marina Flounder Tournament. Call 609-846-1400 for information.

– July 12: The 21st annual Duke of Fluke. For more info contact Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle. Call 609-729-1425

– July 31: The first Cape May Flounder Tournament, contact Off The Hook Bait and Tackle. Call 609-884-044.

Avalon

Tammy Carbohn, of Avalon Hodge Podge Bait and Tackle, “This has been an unbelievable week of fluke fishing. Just about everyone was talking about the large number of catches with a high percentage of keepers. These keepers were not just barely 18” they were 20” plus. Most were landed with squid and minnows in or near Patty’s Hole; however a few nice ones were caught behind Stone Harbor using spearing or Berkley Gulp product. Of all the fluke that came across our scale, the biggest was 8.69 lbs. and 28 ½” caught by Dave Deets from Barto, Pa. using Gulp. There were also a number of nice weakfish caught in the bay using pink plastics on bucktail. Ed from Cape May Court House had one that was 4.25 lbs. and measured 26” using white plastics, believe it or not. Finally, the off shore reports are good as well. Those who are tuna fishing have found lots of bluefin and a few yellowfin in different canyons on different days however not many big eyes yet. All of these fish were landed trolling ballyhoos. A few guys are still shark fishing with not so good results. The cigar had some small makos but the sea blew up and it was difficult to fight the fish.”

Ocean City

Bill Wiggins at Finatics reports, “There are lots of little flounder around in the back bays, some nicer keepers are in the deeper holes. The biggest we weighed over the weekend was 6 lbs. Water temps are in the 70s so the beach has slowed, some kingfish in the surf.

“Night time is still good for weakfish and stripers. Reports of Mako and bluefish around the 750 square and the cigar.”

Margate

At Ray Scott’s Dock’s, Robin Scott said, “The funny thing about Fatherʼs Day is, once dads get out onto the bay in Margate, they tend to celebrate their holiday right on through until Labor Day. With numbers of flounder catches increasing as the water warms up and croakers, weakfish, sheepshead, and blues entering the bay there are abundant reasons to spend weekends and vacation days on the water. Peanut bunker of good size have made their appearance in an early showing as a good omen for bait fish.

“Blue claw crabbing is heating up making the classic Jersey shore dinner of flounder and crabs the ‘weekly special’ in south Jersey homes. Joe Farrell of Quakertown, Pa. and Les Simmons of Marlton took vacations days midweek to catch an 18, 19 and 21-inch flounder. Michael Allen, former Margate head boat captain, caught a 2.5 and 3.5 pound flounder. Bill McCabe, a popular Margatian and his dad landed a 20-inch flounder in cloudy drizzly conditions. Nancy Sylk and Robin Hirsch of Margate decided to take flounder fishing seriously and were rewarded with 22-inch and 19-inch specimens for a ceviche dinner. David London of Margate hosted Dick Bonar of Claremont, Calif., to land a 5.5-pound flounder. Black Angus rancher Charlie Marsch of Green Lane, Pa. had four flounder with two at nearly four pounds. David Kosloff of Margate with sons Saul and Sam continued their Dad/son fishing tradition with a 19-inch flounder. John Wagner of Margate nabbed two fat flounder, one at three pounds on a dropping tide in the evening on minnow. At the same time and tide, Michael Mosca and son John also caught cookie cutter nearly four pounders. The Margate Calega dad/son team tried a quick morning trip to land a 19-inch flounder. Tom Walko caught a three and three quarter pound flounder on a trip out with the McKenna family. Life is good on the Margate Bay.”

Cape May

Rusty Zeigler from Off The Hook Bait and Tackle, “The fluke grounds are really starting to heat up on our offshore structure. The reefs and wrecks along with the Old Grounds are holding some really nice fluke, with some sea bass mixed in as well. Bucktails in the 4 oz. – 8 oz. size range tipped with gulp or mackerel and even nice long strips of squid, with a trailer hook with a smelt, spearing or a minnow is the way to go.

Our Offshore Canyons are still giving up some good numbers on yellowfin and bluefin tuna, and there have been some white marlin and blue marlin released there as well. Ballyhoo rigged on an Ilander or a Joe Shute and some smaller Sea Witches have been deadly. The tuna have also been taken on spreader bars in rainbow and green colors.

Some boats over-nighted in the canyons and have seen plenty of sharks in a variety of species – Mako, hammerhead, blues.

The fishing in the back bays behind Avalon all the way to Cape May are still producing some keeper fluke, some nice weakfish and still a few striped bass for the Anglers that can’t make it out to the ocean bucktails tipped with Gulp and or spearing/minnow have been producing well for fluke.

The weakfish and stripers have mostly been taken on lures like bucktails, Fin-s, Zoom, and Bass Assassins.

Chris Kubeck and Stanley Paprzycki on the Lureali had an overnight trip to Baltimore Canyon. They had one small Mako, four yellowfin tuna, and one white marlin release. They said green spreader bars and lure were the hot ticket.

Paul Tripodi and Robert Steelman on the Stars and Stripers, fished the Old Grounds and had 12 keeper flounder to 10 lbs.

Matt Slobodjian, Jim’s Bait and Tackle, reports, “Hey guys, the drumfish bite has just about stopped only a few reported catches this week and only one or two per boat.”

Fluke fishing is picking up, more guys are heading out to Delaware reef site No. 11 and the Old Grounds. We’re getting mixed reports some people are catching really good numbers of fish in these areas and some are not. You have to stay on the structure in these areas to catch fish if you’re not hanging up once in a while you’re probably in the wrong spot.

There are also some pretty nice fish coming from the Cape May reef. Tom Dodson of Philadelphia brought in a 7.88 lb. fish he boated at CM reef. The Backwaters are giving up some keeper fluke. I wasn’t lucky enough to find some last Monday; I only caught shorts but I did see some nice ones come over the side of other boats.

The lumps inside the Elephant Trunk are still giving up a few Bluefin Tuna although we’ve gotten more than a few reports of big bluefish tearing up tackle out there. The Canyons were very good this week from the Lindenkohl down to the Poorman’s. Good reports were coming from all areas with some boats scoring double digit catches of yellowfin. Boats are hooking up white and blue marlin and some really nice dolphin as well. The Lindy was the place to target Bigeye tuna this week. Harry Caneen of Pottstown Pa. boated his first Bigeye Friday, a 232-pounder that took a bally rigged on a green machine.

The beach is still giving up the occasional striper but the main body of fish has moved out. There are good numbers of croakers at Cape May Point a lot are small, but some nice ones are mixed in. Some bigger croakers are coming from under the Cape May Bridge and in the canal in the area near the bridge.

The weakfish seem to be getting into an early morning and evening pattern they can be caught midday but not consistently. Some brown sharks are starting to show up in the surf. We haven’t seen anything really big, just around four feet long in the pictures. Haven’t seen any Sand Tiger pics from the beach, but they have been caught from boats fishing the Delaware Bay. Won’t be long until they show up.

Wildwood

According to Cathy Algard, Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle, “Saltwater fishing continued to be good this week. Flounder, weakfish and schoolie stripers are being caught in the back bays. Peter Walts of Ambler, Pa., nailed a 23-inch flounder while fishing the back bay on his Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. Flounder fishing is heating up at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds with some nice sized fish being caught. Donna Stewart of Swedesboro started her season off with a nice 3 lb. 14 ounce flounder while drifting spearing at Reef Site 11 on her boat Tuna Can. LJ Beswick, 7, of West Chester, Pa. landed a 25-inch flounder while fishing at Reef Site 11. A few kingfish and croakers are showing up at Cape May Point along with some small weakfish and small flounders. Shark fishing remains good. Mike Reed of Rockledge, Pa., checked in with a 203-pound Mako shark caught on mackerel while fishing the Cigar area on his boat Kensington Princess 2. Yellowfin tuna up to 60 pounds were reported from the Poorman’s and Baltimore Canyons along with some mahi-mahi and the first white marlin of the year. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week with plenty of nice sized blue claws to take home. Preparations are well underway for Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014 followed by a pig roast BBQ and award’s ceremony with live music by the Tidal Wave Band and Steel 30. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 or visit www.sterlingharbor@comcast.net for more information.

To send in fishing reports or for more information, email chuck@offthehooktackle.com or Twitter @OffTheHookTKL

Chuck Hinchcliffe is proprietor of Off the Hook Bait and Tackle at 989 Ocean Drive in Cape May.

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