Some really great fishing reported this past week! Check out the breakdown below.
Bigeyes were reported in more numbers this week. The bigeye hole in the Washington was a popular spot. First light and dusk produced the most bites for these fish. Yellowfins were also caught up and down the line. These fish have ranged in size from "shorts" to nice 60-70 pound quality fish. These fish are hitting a mix of ballyhoo and plastic baits, chains and spreader bars.
For those overnighting, the shark fishing at night in the canyons was reported to be very good. Anglers are catching good numbers of mako's during the nighttime hours with fish up to 200# being reported.
Tile fishing was still very good this past week. Big goldens and bluelines were reported for those deep dropping in the canyons.
Flounder fishing in the ocean is turning on big time out of MD, DE and southern NJ. Anglers fishing the inshore structure are reporting good action on big fish. The key to success is to make short drifts over heavy structure to find these flatties.
Sea bass and porgy fishing is still very good. Clams, squid and other strip baits all work when targeting sea bass.
Threshers are still being caught inshore up and down the coast. We had a nice sized thresher on last Sunday that we lost after an hour fight. We are going back out tomorrow to try again! We also released around 10 spinner sharks and had a hammerhead in the slick. This was all within 9 miles of the beach. Shark fishing inshore is a lot of fun and can be great to do with young anglers and the family. Just make sure you know what to do when releasing sharks around the boat, or if you'd like to keep one for the table make sure they are a legal species to keep, are over the minimum length and you have your HMS permit.
Schoolie sized stripers have taken up residence up and down the bay. There are some bigger fish around, but many are of the smaller variety.
Remember the regulations changed this year. You may now keep 2 stripers over 20" and only 1 of those 2 can be over 28" per person.
I have not heard of too many spot being around as of yet, but when they show up in good numbers the live lining bite should take off as well.
Bottom fishing reports should start coming in, in better numbers from lower bay anglers as the perch, croakers, and spot become more prevalent.
Drum fishing is about over in the bay. There will still be some puppy drum caught but the big boomers have pretty much all moved out.
Flounder fishing at the lower bay reef sites has been pretty good. Bucktailing over this structure has produced the most flounder.
Kingfish, croakers and sea trout are also being caught by those bottom fishing in the bay.
Pond and lake fishing in the area has been good with bass, pickerel, and crappies all being caught. As the water warms we will settle into the summer pattern of early morning and late evening being the best time to target bass in the area.
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