We know that flounder fishing is strong in the bays, inlets and inshore; and yellowfin and bluefin tuna have been sometimes dynamite at The Cigar and some of the other lumps in range of Cape May.
There are plenty of other things worth noting in South Jersey fishing.
Bob Copick hooked up with a mako shark with 50-pound test gear and it took an hour to get it to Blue Sky. It weighed 348 pounds when weighed at Jim’s Bait and Tackle in Cape May. Matt Slobodjian reported from Jim’s that while that was going on they dropped a jig and brought in a 60-pound yellowfin tuna.
Inshore fishing has some highlights, too. Jim Nesbitt of Owings Mill, Md., caught a 4.7-pound sea bass while fishing on Miss Avalon partyboat at Townsends Inlet Reef. Moran’s Dockside in Avalon weighed it for The Press Fishing Contest.
The Stray Cat charter/open boat had a couple of great trips. Capt. Mike O’Neill trolled Spanish mackerel, bonito and bluefish Sunday. He had the Take a Chance Fishing Club of Bensalem, Pa. on a half-day trip Sunday and racked up flounder to 3.6 pounds, triggerfish and sea bass. O’Neill is trying to put some crews together for tuna trips from Seaview Harbor Marina in Great Egg Inlet.
Don Scull of Absecon snagged a 12.6-pound sheepshead while fishing Absecon Inlet on Saturday. Absecon Bay Sportsman Center handled the weigh-in for The Press Fishing Contest.
Pat Damiani at Polly’s Dock in Beach Haven reported that nice weakfish are hiding in the deep holes in the back bays of Long Beach Island. He has also seen some big flounder 20 to 24 inches come out of the same spots.
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