Delaware River shoveled up striped bass to 25 inches, lots of sizeable white perch, and plenty of catfish to 8 or 10 pounds, said Rick from <b>Big Timber Bait & Tackle</b>. Not a lot was heard about summer flounder fishing on Delaware Bay. But a couple of customers limited out on flounder to 6 pounds Monday at the Old Grounds on the ocean off Delaware in a long trip. They also decked a few sizeable sea bass, and saw bluefish chasing schools of bunker. Good catches of flounder sometimes came from the back bays along the coast and Corson’s Inlet. Weakfish were beached from Delaware Bay’s surf, including at the jetties on both sides of the mouth of Cape May Canal. Nothing was heard about drum or stripers from the bay. Crabbing was good in the Fortescue area and around Dividing Creek. Lots of customers bought crab supplies, including large, commercial-sized traps. In offshore waters, yellowfin tuna 30 to 50 pounds were trolled at canyons including Spencer. Closer to shore, a few bluefin tuna were heard about at the Hambone. Not many were caught, and more were seen that anglers couldn’t get to bite. But bluefin fishing should kick in soon. Big Timber carries bait and tackle for fishing on all waters from fresh to offshore.
Better catches of summer flounder were heard about than before, said Sharon from <b>The Girls Place Bait & Tackle</b>. One customer nailed a 5-1/2-pounder and a 4-1/4-pounder on a trip. Places heard about that gave up flounder included inshore from 14-Foot Lighthouse and east of the 19 buoy. Weakfish and a few kingfish were reeled up. Five miles off the Maurice River turn buoys doled them out. The netter saw a few spots showing up in catches. All the baits are stocked, including shedder crabs, fresh bunker, minnows, the different types of squid and frozen baits. The Girls Place carries a large supply of bait and tackle and is located on Route 47, just after Route 55 ends. It’s the long, one-story, yellow building on the right, with a large parking lot, including plenty of room for trailered boats.
Many customers crabbed at <b>Beaver Dam Boat Rentals</b> during the weekend, renting lots of the boats, and catches were good, Linda said. They averaged a half-bushel to three-quarters of a bushel, and the blueclaws were good-sized, despite the early season. Lots were 5 and 6 inches, and bunker caught better than chicken for bait. A few of the boaters fished, reeling in white perch. Crabbing at Beaver Dam has been available on weekends and will become available daily starting this weekend. The shop is already open daily for crabbing and fishing bait and supplies. Crabbers at Beaver Dam are towed up Oranokin Creek, running past the shop. The staff checks on them every hour, and if crabbers want a break in the meantime, they simply cell phone the shop to be picked up. Kayak and canoe rentals are available to paddle the scenic creek. <a href="http://www.crabulousnj.com" target="_blank">Visit Beaver Dam’s Web site</a>.
Three trips fished for summer flounder Thursday, Friday and Sunday on the party boat <b>Salt Talk</b>, Capt. Howard said. The fishing was slow, and weather was rough. A few blues, not many, were hooked. No bluefish schools appeared along the water surface, but seas were too rough to see. Sharks 10 or 15 pounds put up fights. Open-boat trips are fishing for summer flounder daily when no charter is booked. Call to confirm.
Summer flounder fishing seemed slow for the fleet and was slow on the <b>Buccaneer</b>, Capt. Ralph said. Though one per angler is the weakfish bag limit, a trip was heard about that ran into a bunch. Six were kept for the six people aboard, and the weakfish that bit were all different sizes from small to large. Charters on the Buccaneer are only $400, compared with $500 or $600 on other vessels.