The warmer the water gets in back bays and inlets, the more often bigger flounder are reported in deeper channels and on wrecks and reefs in the ocean.
The Cape May Reef and Old Grounds off Delaware are popular spots for Cape May-area boats. Matt Slobodjian reported from Jim's Bait and Tackle in Cape May that limits of "good-size" flounder - such as a 9.18-pounder caught by Skip Armstrong of Cape May Court House and a 9.7-pounder caught by Mike Bonacci of Oreland, Pa. - were taken on Cape May Reef.
Slobodjian went fishing at Old Grounds with Howard Steinberg on Goldfish and piled up 22 keepers with the heaviest hitting 7 pounds.
Sterling Harbor Marina in Wildwood reported 8-year-old Gabriel Ferrante of Pittsgrove had 5-2 and 4-6 flounder on his dad's boat Schming out of Wildwood. They were on Old Grounds, too.
A report from Capt. Andy's Marina in Margate described a lot of bait in the back bays - such as peanut bunker, mullet, spot and large spearing - are keeping decent-size flounder and attracting weakfish in the deeper sloughs and channels of Lakes Bay. Obviously, the message is to acquire some live bait. Use them with slide rigs, 2-ounce sinker and 3/0 hook with an 18-inch leader
Dave Showell at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center in Absecon said weakfish are getting a lot of attention in the Absecon Inlet back waters, too. He said 16- to 20-inch weakfish are "real plentiful."
He said he had a guided trip out that limited out recently. He said that they continued to "play" with the weakfish by catching them and returning them to the water.