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Report from Friday, August 17.

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Cape May Inlet
A tuna trip last week on Wednesday drilled eight yellowfins and a 107-pound bluefin on the troll with Fishin’ Fever Sportfishing from Cape May, Capt. Tom said. Another on Thursday of last week whacked 11 yellowfins to 70 pounds while trolling. The two trips fished in 30 fathoms, and tuna were mostly yellowfins there, and Tom was surprised any bluefins were around, because the water was warm at 79 to 84 degrees. Trips for summer flounder fished in past days aboard the ocean. Coming up, more flounder trips will sail, and so will trips for tuna, marlin and tilefish. Daytime swordfishing will run in September. That angling fishes in 200 to 300 fathoms of water along bottom. Those trips fish for tilefish a few hours first, then target swords. Swordfishing during daytime has become common farther south, like in Florida, and is uncommon in the Northeast. But Tom is doing the fishing from Cape May. Locally, the angling is common at night, of course. For those who don’t know: Daytime trips fish deeper – quite deep – for the light-sensitive swords.

Bluefish, chub mackerel and a couple of bonito were trolled at 5-Fathom Bank Tuesday on the Heavy Hitter from Cape May, Capt. George said. More of that angling was going to sail yesterday and today, he said before the trips. Clark spoons catch the fish best. The spoons look like sand eels that the fish are feeding on. Dates are available for charters, and give a call if interested.

Tuna fishing was good two Sundays ago, and only seemed to pick the fish since, said Joe from Hands Too Bait & Tackle in Cape May.