Shep Hot Spot LBI flounder

Fish for flounder in the surf next to the jetties on Long Beach Island with bucktails and a teaser hook rigged above with Gulp or cut bait a couple of hours on either side low water.

Fishing starts to get a little good, and we get another stretch of lousy weather.

Hopefully, this weekend won't be entirely wiped out. When we have tolerable conditions, fishing bounces back.

There were some fishable days recently.

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Even when it is pouring down rain like it was Friday, a couple of anglers went fishing, according to Noel Feliciano. What's the next step up in dedication from diehard? Whatever level that is, that's what they are. But they at least were able to sit in their cars because Feliciano said they were at the William B. Demones Jr. Atlantic City Recreational Fishing Center at the Seawall next to Gardner's Basin.

Feliciano said Friday that anglers at that nicely renovated area with ample parking are going for flounder, weakfish and bluefish with bloodworm, mullet and fresh bunker.

Anglers must think the wind and rain will head for more northern climes rather quickly. Feliciano said the number of people who stopped into One-Stop Bait and Tackle on Atlantic Avenue and the recently opened second shop at Gardner's Basin run by his son Jeremy was "shocking." They were picking up bait, including minnows, presumably hoping to salvage a piece of the weekend for fishing.

Kingfish are there when the deluge abates. All the beaches seem to have kingfish in the surf, including "out front" of Atlantic City.

Margaret O'Brien said from Jingle's Bait and Tackle in North Beach Haven on Friday that most of the kingfish are in the 15-inch range, and she weighed one that was a hefty 1.8 pounds and 18 inches in length. That is more than a decent-size kingfish, as many surfcasters know.

O'Brien also related that flounder are enjoying the beaches of Long Beach Island. She said they are laying in the holes and sloughs in tight to the jetties and going after bucktails with a teaser hook rigged above, and Gulp as bait that are cast and slowly retrieved. She said one surfcaster actually limited out on keeper flounder in the surf recently, and another bagged a 7-pounder.

Strips of mackerel, squid and other cut bait might work, too.

That's what Capt. Lee Scanny had out with minnows and spearing on the Fish N Fun pontoon partyboat when the weather gave back-bay fishing a window on Thursday morning. There was a stretch of about an hour-and-a-half when the action was constant. The crew of 14 with mate John Capetola watching over them had eight keepers with the pool-winner weighing 3.9 pounds and 21 inches in length. The Fish N Fun operates from Capt. Andy's Margate Fishing Center.

Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that an offshore trip Monday by Henry Kowalski and the crew of Frigate to the Cigar connected with one 145-pound mako shark, plus another smaller mako, two blue sharks and a thresher that were all released.

That should be interesting to a select group who entered the big South Jersey Shark Tournament out of South Jersey Marina in Cape May scheduled for Friday and today, but that classic has been postponed until next week because of this latest storm. Competition days are set for June 14-15 with the captain's meeting 6 p.m. Thursday at South Jersey Marina. The sign-up fee is $545 per boat. They dished out $260,434 in prize money last year. Call 609-884-2400.

Kaela DiChristofano of Harleysville, Pa., was fishing Thursday in Absecon Inlet with dad Tony and brother Mike. Cathy Crossland at Bayside Bait and Tackle in Brigantine entered one of the flounder she caught in the Youth Division of The Press Fishing Contest.

Crossland said Kaela is 13 and has been fishing since she was 2. Kaela is shown on The Press Fishing Contest webpage holding two big flounder. The bigger one was 6 pounds, 5 ounces and 27 inches in length and the other was 25 inches. Crossland said the DiChristofano family had a bucketful of keepers that they did not weigh.

Drumfish have been moving to the Jersey side of Delaware Bay at Pin Top, Tussey Slough and north of Brandywine. Robert Pettit of Vineland boated one that weighed 75 pounds at Longreach Marina on Maurice River. It was entered into The Press Contest.

Here's a shout out to Brian Williams of Ocean City. He hooked up with a 53.3-pound striped bass in the surf. He weighed it on a digital scale. But he did not measure it because he did not want to stress the fish any more after a long fight, and then he released it alive. A photo is on the contest web page.

Nice going, Brian.

Shep on Fishing and Ray Scott's Dock teamed up to offer a free five-hour back-bay fishing trip for up to four each month.

To win, enter by calling Shep Talking Fishing on Air at 1400 AM from 7-8 a.m. Saturdays at 609-927-1100, or Ray Scott's at 609-822-6819 or e-mail:

The competition is busy next weekend.

The Brutus Fluke contest has its 15th rendition next Saturday.

Headquarters will be the Egg Harbor Township Elks Lodge 2563 and the Somers Point American Legion Post 911.

The signup fee is $30 per angler and the heaviest combined weight of three flounder will divide $1,000. The captain's meeting and registration deadline is set for 6 p.m. Friday, and entry forms are available at Brennan Marine and Dolfin Dock in Somers Point, and Fish N Stuff in Ocean City. Call Walt Gregory at 609-513-6219 or Jim Donahue at 609-412-7769. Funds raised support charities that benefit veterans and handicapped children.

The Polecats 15th Stay in the Bay contest is also June 15. This one offers prizes for heaviest three flounder, weakfish and bluefish divisions. The captains meet 6 p.m. Friday at Mott's Creek Inn in Galloway Township. The entry fee is $20. Call 609-442-2322.

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Mike Shepherd is the retired sports editor of The Press. His column appears Saturdays in the sports section. Call 609-350-0388 or email:

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