Long Beach Island/Great Bay
Flounder are biting at High Bar and Oyster Creek inside Barnegat Inlet. Bass on the northern end of Long Beach Island have been consistent, reports Basil Shehady at Barnegat Light Bait and Tackle. A 42-pound, 14-ounce bass took the lead in the Simply Bassing contest on LBI beaches, according to Barbara Partridge at Surf City Bait and Tackle. Fluke are in the LBI surf, and the keeper ratio is high. Two surfcasters reported getting four keepers in a total catch of 16. Cast and slowly retrieve bucktails or other jigs with spearing and squid as bait in the surf. Great Bay has a lot of flounder at ICW 139 and Grassy Channel. Use frozen spearing, squid and minnows on bucktails and top and bottom rigs there.
Flounder are way up in the back bays inside Absecon Inlet. Dave Showell says it is typical of flounder fishing in June with fish in the shallow waters inside the stakes off Absecon Creek, Reeds Bay and Black Point. Fish with Gulp swimming minnow with twister tail and minnows, spearing, squid or mackerel. It is pretty much the same inside Great Egg Inlet in back bays of Margate, Longport and off Somers Point. Showell said striped bass are consistent in the ocean. A recent trip resulted in a 34-pound bass caught on a live bunker. Kingfish seem to be starting to increase. Piercasters on the Ventnor and Margate piers have gotten some.
Cape May County
Striped bass have been excellent in the surf at Ocean City. Ed Bronstein said Fin-Atics weighed in six stripers more than 30 pounds Sunday and Monday, plus a number of others. Frank Brady of Huntington Park, Pa. had the heavyweight, a 48.8-pounder. Bronstein said a school of bunker is hanging right off the beach, so that might be the attraction. Stripers are biting on fresh clam, however. Good numbers of flounder are in back bays of Ocean City at locally known "hole in the wall" off 17th Street, off the airport and Rainbow and Ship channels. A few kingfish were caught from Ocean City pier.
Black drumfish were taken over the weekend at Tussey Slough and Pin Top. Skippers making the trip to Old Grounds off Delaware are reporting flounder.
Bluefin tuna are big news. Captains trolling for bluefish got into bluefin beginning Saturday. A 65-pounder was caught 15 miles off Great Inlet. Big bluefish were found at the Atlantic City Ridge, Hambone, Cigar, 28-Mile Wreck, Lobster Claw. Shark fishing might be heating up. A 170-pound mako was caught Monday at the Elephant Trunk. That's good news for shark fishers in the South Jersey Shark Tournament Friday and Saturday at the Canyon Club in Cape May. The captain's meeting is 7:30 tonight with late registrations beginning 6:30 p.m.