1) Long Beach Island/Great Bay
Joe Carmalengo at Surf City Bait and Tackle had a surprise report of a 40-pound, 3-ounce, 47-inch striped bass caught July 9 in the surf at 9th Street in Barnegat. The angler signed in only as Jeff F. Carmalengo said Jeff was fishing for flounder by casting and retrieving a bucktail with white Gulp. Margaret O'Brien reported that a few kingfish are in the surf of Long Beach. She said she was not real busy at Jingle's Bait and Tackle during the recent heat wave because anglers are laying low and opting for the air conditioning. Mary Ann Schutz at Chestnut Neck Boat Yard said it is never to hot to go fishing. The anglers based there are catching weakfish in the mouth of the river with shedder crab and going for bigger flounder in the ocean with minnows, squid, mackerel, spearing and salmon belly.
2) Atlantic County
Flounder, some 5-7 pounds, are migrating more into Absecon Inlet off Harrah's Marina and the Coast Guard Station, and around Mankiller Island. Flounder, kingfish, triggerfish, small bluefish and croaker are mixed for anglers fishing Absecon Inlet from Atlantic City Boardwalk, T-Jetty and in front of the Flagship in Atlantic City. Cast and retrieve with minnows, squid, mackerel and Gulp for flounder. Kingfish are biting bloodworm and Fish-Bites on low water coming up. They are also getting a few spot, according to Noel Feliciano at One-Stop Bait and Tackle in A.C. Lots of good flounder fishing is going on in the waters inside Absecon Inlet. The channels behind Longport and Margate are producing, but so are Ship Channel and the Anchorage between Somers Point and Great Egg Inlet. Use 6-inch white or chartreuse Gulp, plus minnows, mackerel, spearing on red and white bucktails and top and bottom rigs.
3) Cape May County
Kayak fisherman John Marco of Washington Township recently caught five keeper-size flounder and kept three while in Corson Inlet. He was using Spro jigs with Gulp mullet, according to Cathy Algard at Sterling Harbor Marina Bait and Tackle in Wildwood. Cooler water moved in to the waters behind Strathmere. A report from Frank's Boat Rentals described a slow-down in flounder fishing, but a big improvement in crabbing. Five rental boats went crabbing recently and one came back with 70-80 keeper blueclaws, and others bagged more than two dozen. Flounder fishing shifted from closer to the bridge at Corson to back toward Flat Creek. Mike Hodges said from Budd's Bait and Tackle in Villas that kingfish, weakfish, croaker and flounder are mixed around the Cape May Point rocks. Bloodworm and clam for kingfish, weakfish and croaker and Gulp swimming mullet for flounder.
4) Delaware Bay
Drift for flounder at 9 and 10 Buoys. Bigger flounder, including one that weighed more than 8 pounds, are hanging at Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 off Delaware. Somer Shoal also has flounder.
The big-game fishing has spread out offshore and has moved inshore as well. The inshore troll at Five-Fathom Bank and some of the other lumps collect bluefish in the 3-5 pound class plus bonito, little tunny and a few mahi, according to a report from Matt Slobodjian at Jim's Bait and Tackle in Cape May. Troll with small spoons and feathers. Flounder are on some of the inshore wrecks and reefs. Cape May Reef recently produced five keeper flounder for an angler who reported to Budd's. Yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, white marlin and blue marlin have been reported on the troll at the canyons, but it has slowed down because the warm water has spread out and diffused.