Well we had lots of good weekend action. Just about every legal species was represented in the reports I received. It wasn’t just the weekend, as plenty of angling was done on either side of it. Also, a new entry, bluefin tuna, made its way onto the list of active fish in our area. The list is growing as we approach summer, so let’s get moving and see who caught what.

Captain Mike, at the Miss Chris Marina, is currently fishing 4-hour, half-day trips. They have been catching sea bass and some fluke. I figure it won’t be long till they are also catching some kingfish as I’ve heard they are also in the area. Give them a call at (609) 849-9453 to find out all the particulars.

The Avalon Lady registered their first limit of summer flounder for the season on Sunday. They also had over 50 throwbacks that day, so the action was good. Other days produced multiple keepers and a load of throwback fish. One of the trips also produced the first keeper weakfish, a 17-inch specimen.

Their Monday trip had plenty of activity as 70 throwbacks were caught, while three nice keepers went back to the dock.

The Miss Avalon was out at the local reefs and wrecks catching sea bass, ling, and some throwback blackfish. It’s too bad that they are not in season. They have been fishing two 4-hour trips on Saturday, which sail at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  They have a 5-hour trip on Sunday, which leaves the dock at 8 a.m.

To confirm the hours on a particular day, or to schedule a party or nature cruise call (609) 967-7455. As the season progresses, they will start to sail daily. I’ll let you know as the schedule expands.

First Fish Adventures in Sea Isle is getting into the swing as they have been catching flounder in the backwaters. They also got a little adventurous as they pursued, and caught, some nice bluefin tuna on a recent trip. The next day they took advantage of the nice weather and went out and caught four bonitos and several bluefish. There was also “no gnats out there,” which is a definite advantage.

The Porgy IV has been sailing for sea bass and having some good experiences. Some highlights were made by Robert Crank who accumulated a limit and won the pool and by Nick Bateman who had a “nice double-header” and also won the pool on that particular day. “Action was good” but no limits were achieved but “all had fish for dinner”.

Captain Paul said the Porgy IV will now be sailing daily fluke trips. They sail at 8 a.m. so be on time, and get set to catch some fish. If you have any questions, call (609) 884-1214.

The Cape Queen was out with the Keith Gordon group on a 6-hour charter. They totaled 150-plus throwbacks while collecting 30 keepers. The day was described as “a good trip.” That sounds very accurate. Call (609) 884-0001 to arrange your own trip.

Captain Chuck on the Sea Star III reports that the drum fish is the hottest as it’s been all season, while the sea bass action is “still steady.” They will soon begin to focus their energy on summer flounder.

Notable sea bass pool winners (weights in parenthesis) went to Kevin Nelson (3.75), Sean Meyers (2.85), Frank Servocky (2.5) and Chuck Alexander (2.25). Drum fish winners were Bob Hackett (68) and John Frasca who took two (62 and 58) on “back to back” evenings.

Caveman Sportfishing recently finished up their inshore drum fish trips on a series of high notes. A family was out at the start of the weekend and they caught and released 12 “big” drum. The kids were so excited they were asking dad to consider a tuna trip later in the season. The Saturday trip was a group from Philadelphia that included a lady named Eve. She “showed those guys how to fight, bring in, and hold a big drum for pictures.” That group finished with a total of nine fish. Finally, the Sunday trip was slower than its predecessors but the charter “did catch a few really good-sized drum.”

For the rest of the summer they will be running offshore trips. Call them at (609) 425-1970 to set up your trip.

The Sailor’s Delight has been hitting the back waters of the Wildwood area and catching flounder. They’ve had keepers, but a lot of “just shy” fish which are just short of legal. Keepers to 22 inches were caught over the weekend, plus the first keeper weakfish of the season found its way over the rail. Monday was a little slow “but at least the fish out-numbered the fisherman.” They are available for trips all week, sailing twice a day so stop by and hop on.

The Cape May Lady has been running 4-hour trips on the weekend targeting sea bass and flounder. They are also running drum fish trips and the occasional special off-shore trip. Call (609) 425-4303 to find out what they’re chasing and when, then make your plans to hop on.

The Starfish has been heading out and is putting their patrons on a steady supply of sea bass. Some ling are also coming over the rail.     

Sea Isle Bait and Tackle reported that Michael C. took first place with a 4.8-pound flounder during their recent tournament. Justin and Joe both had 4.4-pound fish, but Justin was awarded second place as his fish was “slightly longer.” Mason caught a 5-pound bluefish, while Bill took the weakfish division with a 2.6-pound fish. Over 100 anglers participated this year.

Boulevard Bait and Tackle said that “lots” of reports of kingfish were received this weekend. The Sea Isle surf was the place and bloodworms were the bait of choice. They’re fun to catch and great to eat.

Avalon Hodge Podge reported some nice catches led by the 27-inch flounder caught by store employee, Ben. Other notable flounder went to Jack Eplin and Tristan Bittle who had 19 and 20-inch fish respectively. Jake caught a 20-pound striper and Richard Zinck caught a tilefish while on a trip to the Baltimore Canyon.

Cathy, from Sterling Harbor, reports good action in the back bays being provided by bluefish flounder and weakfish. Bill Collins landed two weakfish weighing 4.92 and 5.61 pounds.

Anglers are “still doing excellent” with drum fish on the Jersey side of the bay.

Those who are going offshore 25 to 30 miles “are doing excellent with some nice sea bass at the wrecks.”  They may also run into tuna that have been “breaking water from the 20 Fathom Line out to the canyons. There are some massive schools of Bluefin tuna are ready to give anglers a work out.” Mahi-mahi and some Marlin are also “in the mix for those trolling.”

Crabby Jack says crabbing is improving as the water temperature rises and as a result gives crabbing 3 out of 5 claws this week.

Stop in, check out their supply of kayaks, and let them help you get out on the water.

Grassy Sound Marina logged some nice catches of weakfish for the Maiorano family of Philadelphia and flounder for Drew Ludman and Garrett Cullen, who caught two.

The men of Peace Token Fishing Tackle were busy as Mike was fishing offshore and caught some nice tilefish and rosefish, while Robin hit the Delaware Bay and returned with a 45-pound drum fish.

Off The Hook Bait and Tackle weighed in a 48-pound drum fish for Randy Schatz and Tom Carty caught from the Joy Ride, a 3.75-pound weakfish for Ray Trainor, and two bluefin tuna to 44.05-pounds for Brad Becker and the crew of the Bloodline.  

From the mailbag: A few things that were sent in this week included news of a nice big bluefish that was close to 14-pounds for Garry Brooks who was fishing the beach in Sea Isle, two nice weakfish for John Kustner who was fishing “throughout the county,” and a 10.03-pound flounder for Joey Rocks. It won the Brutus Fluke Tournament in Somers Point. It was the second largest flounder caught in the 21-year history of the tournament and is only outdone by the 12.05 “monster” caught by Bill Weeks.

Wow, what a busy week. Get out, get fishing, and let me know how you did. I’ll see you around.         

Submit your fishing news and photos to mrobbins@cmcherald.com

                Well we had lots of good weekend action. Just about every legal species was represented in the reports I received. It wasn’t just the weekend, as plenty of angling was done on either side of it. Also, a new entry, bluefin tuna, made its way onto the list of active fish in our area. The list is growing as we approach summer, so let’s get moving and see who caught what.

                Captain Mike, at the Miss Chris Marina, is currently fishing 4-hour, half-day trips. They have been catching sea bass and some fluke. I figure it won’t be long till they are also catching some kingfish as I’ve heard they are also in the area. Give them a call at (609) 849-9453 to find out all the particulars.

                The Avalon Lady registered their first limit of summer flounder for the season on Sunday. They also had over 50 throwbacks that day, so the action was good. Other days produced multiple keepers and a load of throwback fish. One of the trips also produced the first keeper weakfish, a 17-inch specimen.

                Their Monday trip had plenty of activity as 70 throwbacks were caught, while three nice keepers went back to the dock.

                The Miss Avalon was out at the local reefs and wrecks catching sea bass, ling, and some throwback blackfish. It’s too bad that they are not in season. They have been fishing two 4-hour trips on Saturday, which sail at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  They have a 5-hour trip on Sunday, which leaves the dock at 8 a.m.

                To confirm the hours on a particular day, or to schedule a party or nature cruise call (609) 967-7455. As the season progresses, they will start to sail daily. I’ll let you know as the schedule expands.

                First Fish Adventures in Sea Isle is getting into the swing as they have been catching flounder in the backwaters. They also got a little adventurous as they pursued, and caught, some nice bluefin tuna on a recent trip. The next day they took advantage of the nice weather and went out and caught four bonitos and several bluefish. There was also “no gnats out there,” which is a definite advantage.

                The Porgy IV has been sailing for sea bass and having some good experiences. Some highlights were made by Robert Crank who accumulated a limit and won the pool and by Nick Bateman who had a “nice double-header” and also won the pool on that particular day. “Action was good” but no limits were achieved but “all had fish for dinner”.

                Captain Paul said the Porgy IV will now be sailing daily fluke trips. They sail at 8 a.m. so be on time, and get set to catch some fish. If you have any questions, call (609) 884-1214.

                The Cape Queen was out with the Keith Gordon group on a 6-hour charter. They totaled 150-plus throwbacks while collecting 30 keepers. The day was described as “a good trip.” That sounds very accurate. Call (609) 884-0001 to arrange your own trip.

                Captain Chuck on the Sea Star III reports that the drum fish is the hottest as it’s been all season, while the sea bass action is “still steady.” They will soon begin to focus their energy on summer flounder.

                Notable sea bass pool winners (weights in parenthesis) went to Kevin Nelson (3.75), Sean Meyers (2.85), Frank Servocky (2.5) and Chuck Alexander (2.25). Drum fish winners were Bob Hackett (68) and John Frasca who took two (62 and 58) on “back to back” evenings.

                Caveman Sportfishing recently finished up their inshore drum fish trips on a series of high notes. A family was out at the start of the weekend and they caught and released 12 “big” drum. The kids were so excited they were asking dad to consider a tuna trip later in the season. The Saturday trip was a group from Philadelphia that included a lady named Eve. She “showed those guys how to fight, bring in, and hold a big drum for pictures.” That group finished with a total of nine fish. Finally, the Sunday trip was slower than its predecessors but the charter “did catch a few really good-sized drum.”

                For the rest of the summer they will be running offshore trips. Call them at (609) 425-1970 to set up your trip.

                The Sailor’s Delight has been hitting the back waters of the Wildwood area and catching flounder. They’ve had keepers, but a lot of “just shy” fish which are just short of legal. Keepers to 22 inches were caught over the weekend, plus the first keeper weakfish of the season found its way over the rail. Monday was a little slow “but at least the fish out-numbered the fisherman.” They are available for trips all week, sailing twice a day so stop by and hop on.

                The Cape May Lady has been running 4-hour trips on the weekend targeting sea bass and flounder. They are also running drum fish trips and the occasional special off-shore trip. Call (609) 425-4303 to find out what they’re chasing and when, then make your plans to hop on.

                The Starfish has been heading out and is putting their patrons on a steady supply of sea bass. Some ling are also coming over the rail.     

                Sea Isle Bait and Tackle reported that Michael C. took first place with a 4.8-pound flounder during their recent tournament. Justin and Joe both had 4.4-pound fish, but Justin was awarded second place as his fish was “slightly longer.” Mason caught a 5-pound bluefish, while Bill took the weakfish division with a 2.6-pound fish. Over 100 anglers participated this year.

                Boulevard Bait and Tackle said that “lots” of reports of kingfish were received this weekend. The Sea Isle surf was the place and bloodworms were the bait of choice. They’re fun to catch and great to eat.

                Avalon Hodge Podge reported some nice catches led by the 27-inch flounder caught by store employee, Ben. Other notable flounder went to Jack Eplin and Tristan Bittle who had 19 and 20-inch fish respectively. Jake caught a 20-pound striper and Richard Zinck caught a tilefish while on a trip to the Baltimore Canyon.

                Cathy, from Sterling Harbor, reports good action in the back bays being provided by bluefish flounder and weakfish. Bill Collins landed two weakfish weighing 4.92 and 5.61 pounds.

                Anglers are “still doing excellent” with drum fish on the Jersey side of the bay.

                Those who are going offshore 25 to 30 miles “are doing excellent with some nice sea bass at the wrecks.”  They may also run into tuna that have been “breaking water from the 20 Fathom Line out to the canyons. There are some massive schools of Bluefin tuna are ready to give anglers a work out.” Mahi-mahi and some Marlin are also “in the mix for those trolling.”

                Crabby Jack says crabbing is improving as the water temperature rises and as a result gives crabbing 3 out of 5 claws this week.

                Stop in, check out their supply of kayaks, and let them help you get out on the water.

                Grassy Sound Marina logged some nice catches of weakfish for the Maiorano family of Philadelphia and flounder for Drew Ludman and Garrett Cullen, who caught two.

                The men of Peace Token Fishing Tackle were busy as Mike was fishing offshore and caught some nice tilefish and rosefish, while Robin hit the Delaware Bay and returned with a 45-pound drum fish.

                Off The Hook Bait and Tackle weighed in a 48-pound drum fish for Randy Schatz and Tom Carty caught from the Joy Ride, a 3.75-pound weakfish for Ray Trainor, and two bluefin tuna to 44.05-pounds for Brad Becker and the crew of the Bloodline.  

                From the mailbag: A few things that were sent in this week included news of a nice big bluefish that was close to 14-pounds for Garry Brooks who was fishing the beach in Sea Isle, two nice weakfish for John Kustner who was fishing “throughout the county,” and a 10.03-pound flounder for Joey Rocks. It won the Brutus Fluke Tournament in Somers Point. It was the second largest flounder caught in the 21-year history of the tournament and is only outdone by the 12.05 “monster” caught by Bill Weeks.

                Wow, what a busy week. Get out, get fishing, and let me know how you did. I’ll see you around.         

Submit your fishing news and photos to mrobbins@cmcherald.com