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Delaware Bay Fishing Report 6-7-16


<b>Port Elizabeth</b>

From <b>The Girls Place Bait & Tackle</b>, Sharon knew drum were boated late last week, she said. Several anglers reported the catches near the 16 buoy, and a party boat reportedly totaled 17 on a trip there. News about drum from the weekend was yet to roll in at press time, and sometimes weather was rough during the weekend. Forecasts called for wind and storms Sunday. A party boat fishing for summer flounder ran into weakfish, quite a few, along the edge of the shipping channel toward Flounder Alley. Good flounder fishing was reported from back bays toward Sea Isle City and Avalon. Not much was heard about flounder from Delaware Bay yet this season, and flounder anglers seemed to flock to back bays, because of the good reports. But fishing hasn’t been bad, has been pretty good, including for drum on the bay. Striped bass, good catches, came from Townsend’s Inlet. The Girls Place, located on Route 47, just after Route 55 ends, carries a large supply of bait and tackle, and is the long, one-story, yellow building on the right. It’s on the way to the bay. Pretty much all baits were in good supply. Fresh clams were a struggle to obtain for all stores, and suppliers doled out clams the best they could. Some customers asking for the clams had to be turned away Friday.

<b>Money Island</b>

One or two boats fished Saturday from <b>Money Island Marina</b>, and forecasts for rough weather kept anybody from sailing Sunday from the docks, Bruce said. The boats likely fished for summer flounder. Not a flounder was seen, but when weather breaks, the fluke should come in. Nobody sailed for striped bass in the last week, and that might’ve been finished for the season. Angling from the fishing docks, on Nantuxent Creek, running past the shop, even seemed slow during the weekend. A bunch of dolphins had swum the creek. Maybe they ate or chased away white perch that bit previously from the docks. Catch the <a href="http://moneyislandmarina.com/2016/06/04/marina-bbqlecture-saturday-june-11/" target="_blank">Marina Barbecue and Lecture</a>  2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, featuring steamed crabs if available, barbecued chicken, corn on the cob and side dishes. Lectures at these events are talks about the local environment from experts like from the Nature Conservancy. The marina features a bait and tackle shop, a boat ramp, boat slips, dry-dock boat storage, fishing docks and gas. The fishing docks, $5 per adult and free for kids, can offer angling for white perch, small stripers, and croakers, at different times of year. A 12-foot aluminum boat with a 2.5 h.p. outboard is available to rent to fish the creek. Bait stocked last weekend included minnows, live grass shrimp and fresh bunker.

<b>Newport</b>

Good crabbing was pounded during the weekend at <b>Beaver Dam Boat Rentals</b>, Paul said. Some of the blueclaws were big, too, including a 7-1/2-incher that was currently the largest that customers trapped this season. A 7-3/16-incher was also nabbed, and so were “some serious 6-inchers,” he said. The 7-1/2-incher put the crabber in the lead for the annual contest that awards a free boat rental next year for the customer who docks the biggest crab this year. A 6-3/4-incher was in the lead the previous weekend. Paul had thought crabbing would be good, before it was, because catches had slowed on the bay for commercial crabbers. When that slows, that usually means many crabs skittered to back waters like the creek that customers crab on, Oranokin Creek, running past the shop. The creek definitely warmed, apparently attracting crabs. Many customers who were first-time crabbers this weekend said they’ll return. Customers crab and fish on rental boats towed up the creek. Paul heard nothing about fishing on the creek. Practically all the crab catches were on bunker. Nobody bought chicken for bait from the shop, but some customers must’ve brought their own chicken, because discarded packaging was seen. Beaver Dam will hold a special on Fathers’ Day, June 19, that will be announced. Last year that included a special rate for a package that included a rental boat, food and more, though the special was weathered out. Crabbing is available on the rental boats Saturdays and Sundays and will be available daily beginning later this month. Reserve the boats ahead, because they can book up. Rental kayaks and canoes are available to paddle the scenic creek, when the rental boats are available. The store is open daily for supplies. Beaver Dam carries everything needed for crabbing, from bait, traps and nets to snacks, drinks and suntan lotion.    Visit <a href=" http://www.crabulousnj.com/Home_Page.php" target="_blank">Beaver Dam’s website</a>.

<b>Wildwood</b>

Drum were landed from the bay, and seemed a little more scattered than before, said Capt. Jim from <b>Fins & Grins Sport Fishing</b>. Fins has been sailing for them and will still, if anglers want. A sea bass trip fished the ocean aboard Sunday, in rough seas, and a couple of keepers were bagged at every place fished, and plenty of throwbacks bit. The angling, closer to shore, was pretty good, considering the seas. Sea bassing was best farther from the coast. Jim fished for summer flounder on the back bay with a friend Sunday morning, and they landed three, including one keeper. Water seemed cold for flounder fishing yet. Fins fishes every day, and reservations aren’t required but suggested. Telephone for availability.

<b>Cape May</b>

Some boats bailed drum, lots, Friday on the bay, said Capt. George from the <b>Heavy Hitter</b>. Anthony Mergliano’s charter for the drum Sunday on the boat had bagged one so far, at 7 p.m., when George gave this report in a phone call aboard. Lots were marked during the trip. T.J. Coccia and Team T.J. rounded up a good catch of sea bass on the ocean 30 miles from shore Saturday on the boat.

A few drum continued to be boated from Delaware Bay, said Nick from <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b>. Striped bass were bunker-chunked from the bay’s shallows last week. Nothing was heard about summer flounder from the bay. A couple of good catches of flounder to 21 and 23 inches were reported from back bays. Surf anglers still beached a few striped bass on bunker chunks or clams. Weakfish were nipped from the surf along jetties or structure on bloodworms under a bobber during daytime or on jigs during low-light hours. The bunker netter mentioned smaller sharks that began to be seen in Delaware Bay, so sharking might begin in the surf soon. Those are usually sharks like browns that are prohibited but are released in the surf when warm water attracts them. 

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