Probably because of stormy conditions that took a chunk out of another weekend, back-bay fishing took off again with anglers staying “inside.”
And yet again, a wide variety of fish were reported throughout the area. Plus, crabbing is described as excellent and “off the charts” good.
So there is a lot to do in the bays and channels no matter what the weather brings.
Robin Scott said Monday from Ray Scott’s Dock in Margate that “we’ve got really good” fishing and crabbing inside Great Egg Inlet. She listed species from striped bass to another houndfish, including kingfish, bluefish in the 12-inch range, weakfish, tautog and flounder.
Scott said there are still plenty of flounder in the bays and inlets, but she said they are lethargic and need to be coaxed on to the line.
They are not biting with vigor like they did when the water was cooler.
Joan Barrett at Dolphin Dock in Somers Point reported a 5¾-pound flounder was caught Sunday after Saturday’s weather broke into a nice day. Jeffrey Jones Puri of Hammonton was the angler, according to Barrett, and he was fishing just inside Great Egg Inlet at Ship Channel.
Curt Rott, who was manning the shop Monday at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center in Absecon, said he was fishing Mullica River on Sunday and hooked up with 20 short striped bass in the 15- to 25-inch class and 3-4-pound bluefish, and oh by the way, 50 pounds of white perch.
Rott reported weakfish are biting in Main Marsh north of Broad Creek behind Brig-antine, and he tossed sheepshead into the mix of back-bay denizens.
Mary Ann Anagnou had one rental-boat customer come back to Dad’s Place in North Wildwood early Saturday. Anagnou gave the man a rain-check, and he went back Sunday and picked up a 19-inch keeper.
She said “nice” flounder are being caught in the Hereford Inlet back waters and from the Dad’s Place pier.
Anagnou also related a story about a grandfather on a family outing with nine people on two rental boats who also came back early, but due to the weather.
Anagnou said they returned excitedly repeating the “water broke.” They got a call that his daughter was about to have a baby.
He came back to the pier some time later and reported that it was a girl.
Scott and Anagnou both said all you need to catch crabs is a hand-line and net with bunker and mackerel as bait, and you can clean up. Robin said one of her rentals filled up a 5-gallon bucket with blue claws.
Going “outside” into the ocean pays off, when the weather is right.
Barrett said Ron DeCecco of Franklinville has found a sweet-spot at the Ocean City Reef, and has been picking off nice flounder. His latest was a 4-pounder among six or seven.
The O.C. Reef figured into a couple of other fishing news flashes.
On Thursday, Gene Doebley of Somers Point was fishing with Joe Bowden. Doebley had a live spot dangling when the rod and reel “went off,” according to Rob Barrett .
It was a 33-pound yellowfin tuna caught five miles off the beach.
They also got a couple of small mahi, Barrett said.
Robin Scott said the father-son sharkers — Barry and Evan Winokur of Margate — struck again. This time, it was a hammerhead shark and a brown shark. Scott said they fish for sharks all the time, and they make it simple. They pick up some bunker chum and mackerel for bait, and “off they go.”
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