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Delaware Bay Fishing Report 8-2-16

<b>Port Elizabeth</b>

Summer flounder were boated from the upper bay, said Sharon from <b>The Girls Place Bait & Tackle</b>. Customers sailed for them, but not a lot of reports came in, because of the heat wave and “pop-up” storms this past week. A deluge of rain fell Sunday, and rain began to fall Monday morning when she gave this report in a phone call. But kingfish and weakfish also schooled the bay. On the ocean, flounder fishing was hit and miss, she knew. A few were bagged, no big numbers. Nothing was heard about back-bay fishing. Crabbing was pretty good. Baits stocked include plenty of minnows. Shedder crabs usually arrived steadily. They could be difficult to keep in good shape in last week’s heat. 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.

<b>Money Island</b>

A few boaters fished, and some returned with good catches of summer flounder from the bay, said Bruce from <b>Money Island Marina</b>. One limited out, and lots of sharks bit for flounder anglers, too. An angler who fished from the docks caught-and-released lots of throwback striped bass. He fished bloodworms and shedder crabs, and might’ve landed a keeper if he’d fished fresh bunker, he wrote on the shop’s Facebook page. Anglers fished the docks while Bruce gave this report yesterday in a phone call, too. Catch the pig roast and fishing tournament, <a href="" target="_blank">Pigfish 2016</a>, 4 to 7 p.m. this Saturday at the marina. Food will include roasted pig, crabs, oysters, corn on the cob, salads and dessert. 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. Baits stocked currently include plenty of minnows and a good selection of frozen.


The past week crabbed pretty well at <b>Beaver Dam Boat Rentals</b>, Linda said. Several trips busheled-out, and the size of the blueclaws remained good. The crabbing was decent the whole year, so far. That seemed because winter was mild. Severely cold winters can kill crabs. Fishing was slow on the creek, for unknown reasons. Maybe when crabbing is better, fishing can be affected. But seasons have happened when crabbing and fishing both produced catches. Lots of terrapins were around, and maybe that was a reason. But the reason was unknown. The shop was currently hosting a summer camp for kids for five half-days that Cumberland County College put together. Beaver Dam can host groups like scouts or 4H, including for an educational day about the environment. Customers crab and fish on rental boats towed up Oranokin Creek, running past the store. The staff checks on them every hour, and if customers want a break in the meantime, they simply cell-phone the shop to be picked up. Visit <a href="" target="_blank">Beaver Dam’s website</a>.


Had a great day on kingfish Sunday, said Capt. Jim from <b>Fins & Grins Sport Fishing</b>. Kings schooled Delaware Bay toward Cape May Point, and a couple of keeper flounder were also boated on the trip. They were a surprise, and the trip also fought-and-released sharks on the bay. Mixed-bag, summertime fishing was underway aboard. Weakfish also schooled the bay and off Cape May Point. If anglers anchor the boat and fish the bay with shedder crabs, they’ll nab keeper weaks. Other fish that could be targeted currently included small blues that schooled the Cape May Rips and off Hereford Inlet, and sea bass on the ocean. A trip Saturday limited out on sea bass aboard, good-sized, too. Fins fishes every day, and reservations aren’t required but suggested. Telephone for availability.

<b>Cape May</b>

Boaters pumped in summer flounder toward Miah Maul, said Joe from <b>Hands Too Bait & Tackle</b>. Kingfish were decked from the bay, but nobody mentioned targeting them. Flounder anglers hooked them as by-catch, but the kings could probably be targeted. They swam including off Cape May Point. Surf anglers at the point beached kings, some croakers that showed up, small blues and an occasional small flounder. All those fish could likely be boated off the Point.

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