Summer is here, and we are hearing more about offshore big-game action.
We have had some reports, but a consistent dose of unfavorable conditions such as rainstorms and persistent high winds plus fog has limited the sportfishing fleet.
John Sowerby, captain of the Cape May-based charter boat Hooked UP II, got his offshore season started Thursday with what he called a fabulous trip. He fished Poor Man’s located off Maryland. He had a charter crew that went 16 for 18 on yellowfin tuna, plus three bonus mahi.
Sowerby said he cancelled Friday and Saturday because of the weather forecast but is scheduled for his second foray Sunday.
He said it looks as though the tuna fish are pushing south now.
Summer flounder are making a nice run in the back bays.
Chris Fantazzia reported from Ray Scott’s Dock in Margate thar summer flounder cranked up over he past four days.
He said there are a lot of big fish longer than the 18-inch miinimum, including one that weighed 5.1 pounds. They are chasing bucktails and brightly colored artificials, plus biting on the traditional bottom rigs with minnow as bait.
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Wil Martinez, of Atlantic City, recently caught this flounder and weakfish.
Tommy Lamplugh, who works at Riptide Bait and Tackle in Brigantine, caught this 4-pound flounder this week.
Charlie Nicolas, 10, of Quarryville, Pennsylvania, shows the weakfish he caught June 17 in the West Wildwood back bays.
Frank Nardini, of Mays Landing, caught this bluefin tuna estimated to weigh 100-plus pounds while trolling the 30-Fathom Line off Atlantic City on his friend Frank Marchese’s boat.
Lisa Schuman Hamm shows two summer flounder she caught during the holiday weekend.
Thirteen-year old Olivia Polentis caught a 21/2-pound keeper summer flounder and a bluefish while fishing with dad Ryan on Friday.
John Dailey of Abington, Pennsylvania, caught a 6-pound, 25-inch summer flounder in North Wildwood during the holiday weekend.
Lou Tiernan, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, caught a 15-pound, 6-ounce bluefish Monday morning in Atlantic City. The fish was 39 inches long.
George Conroy, of Warminster, Pennsylvania, shows one of the black drum he caught Friday off Atlantic City on Mark Schrenk’s Jessie James charter boat. They caught a 30-pounder they released and a 20-pounder they kept.
Dennis Lott caught a 10.9-pound, 26.5-inch black drumfish in Lakes Bay on Wednesday.
Josimer Dominguez shows off a 48-inch striped bass before releasing it.
Joey Rocks shows the 10.03-pound, 30-inch summer flounder he caught Saturday to win the 21st annual Brutus Fluke Tournament. The tournament had 146 participants who weighed in 27 fish ranging from 2.15 pounds to Rocks’ 10-pounder.
Tony Supernavage holds up a 30-pound striped bass aboard the Jessie James charter boat in the ocean off Little Egg Inlet on Friday.
Zachary Tomlinson, of Absecon, shows the 9-pound sheepshead and 5-pound summer flounder he caught Thursday in Absecon Inlet. The sheepshead picked up on the top of the tide, and the summer flounder on the outgoing.
Israel Torres Sr., right, and Jr. caught a 5.5-pound bluefish and a 28-inch striped bass at the Longport jetty.
Jason Lindenberry, of Philadelphia, shows the 39-pound striper he caught Saturday on the Jessie James charter boat.
Gunner Elberson, left, and Joey Rocks show their winning catches in the 21st annual Brutus Fluke Tournament on Saturday. Rocks' overall winning catch was 10.03 pounds and was 30 inches long. Elberson won the junior division (14 and under) with a 2.29-pound, 18.75-inch catch.
Tony Pano caught a 20-inch summer flounder in Atlantic City this week.
Bob Dever, of Philadelphia, displays the 26-pound, 42-inch striped bass he caught Saturday on the Ocean City Fishing Club pier.
Bo Khathavong, of Philadelphia, caught some nice tautog Sunday while fishing on an Atlantic City jetty. His catches included a 3.6-pound, 19-inch tog, plus keepers that went 18, 17 and 15 inches for his limit of four among the 30 he caught.
Rich Passarella shows the 10.5-pound, 30.5-inch striped bass he caught Sunday in his hometown of Brigantine.
Domenic D’Aversa, 7, shows the 30-inch, 12-pound striped bass he caught Wednesday while fishing from the south end of the Brigantine beach, near the jetty.
Seven-year-old Paisley Davenport and her father, Josh, show the 35-pound striped bass they caught April 13 while fishing in the Landisville Gunning Club White Perch Contest. The first-grader received a fishing pole and T-shirts as special recognition for the catch. They caught it in the Great Egg Harbor River.
Seven-year-old Rexx Bannan, of West Berlin, shows the 1-pound, 15-ounce bluefish he caught with some clam and a bunker. Also pictured is Rexx’s father, Todd.
Phil Coccia, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, on Thursday caught this striper that weighed an estimated 50 pounds on the Jersey side of the Delaware Bay. He released the fish alive after the photo was taken.
Phil Coccia, of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, caught this striper that weighed an estimated 50 pounds Thursday on the Jersey side of the Delaware River. He released the fish alive after the photo was taken. Shown with Coccia are his sons, 7-year-old Ezra and 9-year-old Phillip.
Carl Graetz, of Egg Harbor Township, caught an 8-pound, 12-ounce tautog Monday afternoon. Graetz said it was the heaviest tog he’s ever caught.
Travis Dauria, of Sea Isle City, shows the 37-inch striped bass he caught Friday while trolling a white Mojo off Corsons Inlet. Dauria works at Sea Isle Bait and Tackle.
The Walters family caught some nice striper this week.
Leon D'Ottavio shows the striped bass he caught this week.
Joe Rossetti, of Pleasantville, caught a 46.5-pound, 47-inch striper Monday about 2 miles off the beach between Wreck Inlet and the red towers on the southern end of Long Beach Island. Another fisher caught a 49.3-pounder Monday.
Dan Ponzio, captain of the War Dance party boat in Atlantic City, caught a 25.6-pound striped bass Friday morning wile trolling a bunker spoon.
Chris Masino, of Beach Haven, caught a 43.06-pound striped bass in the surf there Friday morning. Masino, using bunker as bait, took the lead in the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic with his catch. A photo gallery of South Jersey catches, including Dan Ponzio’s 25.6-pound striper, is attached to this report at PressofAC.com.
Tom Mossman, of Absecon, caught a 35.7-pound striped bass in Absecon Inlet on Sunday. The fish was weighed at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center, where the shop’s Dave Showell called it the first local monster bass of the season.
Chris Fantazzia, a 23-year-old Margate firefighter, caught this little tunny, or false albacore, this week.
The Starfish party boat reported nice catches of black sea bass over the weekend. Also in the mix were some triggerfish and big porgy.
Jim Bickel, of Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania, and Amanda Dotter, of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, caught tilefish Sunday aboard the Hooked Up II charter boat.
Joe ‘Jigs’ McMenamin, of Atlantic City, caught a 21-pound, 37-inch striped bass while fishing for kingfish in the surf at Atlantic City on Saturday.
Stella Smith, 6, with her dad, Steve, of Absecon, caught a snapper-sized bluefish over the weekend to win $50 in a Whipper Snappers Bluefish ccntest in Atlantic City. The contest was for kids, and her winning catch weighed 0.7 pounds.
Tom Van Duyne, of Ventnor, ended his summer flounder season Saturday with a 3.55-pound, 22 1/2- inch catch.
Zach Tomlinson caught a 9.6-pound sheepshead on a boat owned by Bubba Swan.
Bill Erdman, of Linwood, caught a 15.3-pound, 35-inch long striped bass Saturday morning in Atlantic City.
Doug Keeping, of Galloway Township, caught summer flounder weighing 7.6 and 5.2 pounds Monday in Absecon Inlet. Keeping said he and Sean Hotlen each caught their limit of three keepers.
Rick Shetler, of Beesleys Point, caught a 35.2-pound, 55-inch barracuda Thursday off Townsends Inlet.
Greg Maiuro, left, of Ventnor, and Craig Palmisano, of Margate, with the 16.85-pound cobia Palmisano caught Monday.
Jake Mellini, an 11-year-old from Seaville, caught a small shark Friday aboard the Susan Hudson party boat. He was fishing with his 16-year-old brother, Jake.
Kevin McCarthy and son Zach, of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, caught five mahi up to 15 pounds Thursday.
Frank Jankowski shows the 9.92-pound summer flounder he caught. It was 29.75 inches long.
Patti Winterger, of Atlantic City, shows a 23.5-inch summer flounder caught from her boat in Absecon Inlet.
Colton Alaburda, 5, shows the mahi he caught Saturday while fishing with his family 16 miles off Brigantine. On Sunday, he caught a 19-inch summer flounder that was the only keeper on the family fishing trip.
Jose Adelio caught a 4.4-pound, 201/2-inch triggerfish this week.
Mate Brian Medford shows a mahi mahi caught Friday aboard Bob Gerkens’ Hot Tuna out of Beach Haven.
Jared Hernandez, 18, of Atlantic City, caught a 2.7-pound triggerfish this week, along with a second one that was smaller.
Frank Jankowski, 75, holds a 9.2-pound summer flounder that measured 29.5 inches that he caught on Sunday.
A crew on the Happy Our with Bob McCormick, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, had a solid catch of seven tuna at Poorman's Canyon.
Lou Solomon, of Margate, caught this 5-pound summer flounder on a ‘huge minnie.’