The fluke bite rebounded with some nice keepers being landed at most of our South Jersey reef sites. Anglers have been catching them on the structure pieces while other days the fish are just off the wrecks. Three to four ounce bucktails tipped with Gulp baits or live bait rigs tipped with minnows, peanut bunker or mullet have been working. Offshore yellowfin action has been absolutely outstanding this season with a good number of fish coming from the northernly spots. The triple wrecks has been very good for yellowfin action, but I heard it’s been like a parking lot with boats. The beaches have provided good action on kingfish, dogfish, short fluke, and croakers as you move further south. September is a few days away and based on the baits in the backwaters, it should be a fantastic month.
Here is this week’s rundown:
Creekside Outfitters in Waretown reported some fluke being caught from the tires and from the Barnegat Inlet area. The Garden State north and south reef sites have been a little slow for fluke. Offshore action continues as yellowfin tuna have been landed in the 60- to 80-mile range along with mahi. The shop weighed in some nice tilefish over the past week.
Bobbies Boats in Barnegat Light had nice reports of constant short action along the inlet and good clamming continues in the back. The owner said there are still slots open for pontoon and skiff rentals and it’s best to call ahead.
Reel Reaction Sportfishing out of Waretown / Barnegat Light reported a variable bite as some of the ocean trips have yielded limits of keepers. Recently, there has been a groundswell which slowed the bite. The bay is holding many shorts, but keepers are more challenging.
The Super Chic out of Barnegat Light has been focusing on offshore yellowfin action as the skipper has been running back to back trips. There has been lots of life including some mahi in the mix.
Fisherman’s Headquarters on Long Beach Island reported excellent yellowfin and mahi action in the 60 to 80 mile range. Anglers have been returning to the docks with limits up to 60 pounds. Inshore action has been good for false albacore and fluke in the 55 to 90 foot depths. The south jetty has produced keeper fluke along with some triggerfish and sheepshead.
Absecon Bay Sportsman in Absecon has been busy at the shop with good fishing as close as the Absecon Creek for tasty white perch. The back bays are a little slow for keeper flounder, but keepers are being landed on peanut bunker and live mullet. The reef sites have been better for keepers and live baits are doing well out there. The rivers are the hot spots for short striped bass action with the early evening and morning being the best time slots.
Offshore Bait & Tackle in Atlantic City received word of kingfish and spot biting at the Ventnor Pier on bloodworms. Yellowfin tuna action has been exceptional at the canyons with anglers boxing limits on both the chunk bite and jigs. Flounder fishing remains challenging at the reef sites and anglers are doing best jigging slightly off the structure. It seems the fish are a little more spread out, then concentrated.
Fin-Atics in Ocean City has received good word on the yellowfin bite from the Lindy to the Wilmington canyons. The chunk and jig bite have been working equally for these fish and there has been some mahi around some of the pots. Flounder fishing has been much better in the ocean for keepers, while the bay has had greater numbers of short fish.
Badfish Charters in Ocean City has been busy on the water running charters in the bay for fluke and hitting the ocean for flounder, sheepshead, and triggerfish.
Sea Isle Bait & Tackle in Sea Isle City had good reports from the Townsends Inlet reef for flounder to 8 pounds on live minnows. The backwaters have more short flounder along with some snapper blues and sheepshead around the bridges.
Avalon Hodge Podge in Avalon had reports of mahi on the troll and at some of the pots at the canyons. The inshore reefs and wrecks have been good on keeper fluke and live bait has been the ticket for anglers. Wrecks in the 55 to 75 foot depths have been the best areas for anglers to concentrate. The beaches have been good for spot, kingfish, dogfish, and some short fluke.
Peace Token Fishing Tackle in Cape May Court House reported good flounder action from the Wildwood reef site and most of the action has been bucktails tipped with Gulp. Kingfish, weakfish, and some sharks have been picking up baits on the Delaware Bay side. Offshore action has been spotty in the southern canyons, but much better in the northern ones.
Jim’s Bait & Tackle in Cape May had great reports of flounder being caught from the Cape May reef, Wildwood reef, and the “old grounds”. The inshore troll bite around the offshore buoy to sea isle ridges have been excellent for spanish mackerel, king mackerel, and bluefish. The Delaware Bay bite for croakers, kingfish, and small weakfish has been excellent around the 60 foot slough.
Greenhorn Outdoors in Bridgeton reported good-sized croakers from the Fortescue area, but numbers are not high. Crabbing has been absolutely excellent from most of the rivers. White perch fishing continues to be solid from the Maurice and Cohansey rivers. There has been some keeper flounder caught along the Fortescue area.
South Jersey Fishing Forecast
The best bet for the weekend will be a little variable as we are supposed to get some remnants of Hurricane Laura which basically has the weekend being a wash with winds and some rain. As the forecast stands now, Sunday will probably be doable for bay fishing. I’m not sure what the ocean swell will bring as it’s been a little sporty out there the last few days. If your going to fish the bay for flounder, it’s best to focus around the inlet areas especially on the incoming or start of the outgoing. This will be the best water for the most action! Good Luck, Be Safe, and Tight Lines!