Fishing line: October 20 | Fishing & Boating
What a difference a week makes.
The two weeks leading up to October 8 were lax, with some fishermen seeming almost indifferent to the fishery. This feeling has been conveyed to me more than once.
Obviously, the fishing continued, but the spark was not present. Then that date arrived, with his anticipation and excitement skyrocketing.
Fishermen came to the docks en masse, as one captain put it. All was well in the fishing world that Friday, and then the reality of windy weather and a storm off the coast brought us back to the realm of “hurry and wait” as those who wish catch from the bar endured a less than pleasant weekend. .
The fishermen had to take a break as the boats were not sailing while the captains waited for the system to leave the area.
Miss Avalon has started the bar season on a high note. A cargo of anglers flourished on a “beautiful” day resulting in “incredible fishing” with many bass limits around the boat. For the day, more than 350 guards have been captured. A load of big porgies has also joined these bars. .
The Miss Avalon fishes Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, departing daily from the pier at 8:00 am. The boat returns at 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
A recent trip on Thursday resulted in another “beautiful” day which was “fun” for all anglers. Why? Because of the 200 guards and the many limitations that were recorded that day. These numbers are beautiful and fun.
Bayhound Charters Light Tackle Sportfishing opened the bar’s fall season with a great trip for their charter. They loaded up some bass and added weak fish and blue fish to their catch.
First Fish Adventures reported that grandson Paul Black III, or PB3, was fishing with the family when he landed his first striped bass on a surface water plug. I’m sure he was delighted to see the fish hitting that bait on the surface. Congratulations, PB3.
The Starfish, from Sea Isle, has been as successful as the other boats in fishing for bass. They had a crowd on opening day which caught a lot. Other fish are also caught, which is a good mix for fishermen.
Captain Chuck of the Sea Star III was ready to greet fishermen who wanted to go bass fishing. Like the other boats, they were laden with avid fishermen who caught a “ton of fish”.
The action was great, with lots of bass, triggerfish, pufferfish, croakers and bluefish landing in the coolers on board. However, as things went on, they quickly stopped when the weather turned unfavorable.
The rough seas on October 9 forced the Sea Star III to fish in the Cape May Point area, where it was able to catch blue fish. The week’s pool winners were Bill Morrison, with a 4.2-pound ballista, and Andrew Wyllie, with a 1.6-pound bluefish.
The Miss Chris, neighbor of Sea Star III, sails for the bass and the other fish that swim in our waters. Their trips leave at 8 a.m., so be prepared to go fishing.
Each fisherman reached his bar limit on the October 13 trip. Blue fish and triggerfish were also caught. Congratulations to Damian Moody, winner of the pool that day, who won with a big ballista.
The Gone Fishin ‘IV, with Captain Mark, was back at the start of the bass season. Ed, Elaine and Jerry’s charter had a great day fishing, enjoying the sunny skies and calm seas. The sea bass-filled fish box didn’t hurt either, helping to end the day.
There are a few open dates available. Those interested can call 609-425-8302 to speak with Captain Mark and arrange their special trip.
Cape May Bait and Tackle reported that blue snappers, weak fish and striped bass were caught along the Cape May waterfront. The mullet, clams, bloodworms, and the bunker all worked well as bait.
The local jetties carried beautiful weak fish of 3 to 5 pounds. Some coastal wrecks also contained weak fish.
If you want to fish at night, the beaches and harbor areas have seen keeper striped bass catching. Offshore fishermen have reported catching yellowfin tuna and wahoo weighing between 40 and 60 pounds.
Cape May and Wildwood reefs were hot spots for local bass boats. Larger bass were caught in the wrecks offshore and the fishermen quickly reached their limit of 10 fish. I thank Cape May Bait and Tackle for this report.
Sailor’s Delight had a great opening day, but instead of chasing the bar they chose other species. That morning, their sailors caught 30 black fish, plus pufferfish, spots, and croakers. They will organize trips targeting blackfish and bluefish. Call them to check the days they have for you or your group. They sail in the morning and afternoon.
The Cape May Lady also had a successful start to the bar season, hitting many limits on opening day. They will be making special trips, so those interested should contact them to find out when and where they will be sailing. The one that just passed was a 10 hour trip for bar and ling. This trip started at 4 am, carrying 25 fishermen. Reservations are required for their special trips.
Remember, the 52nd Annual Ocean City Fishing Club Surf Fishing Tournament will be taking place on October 23. Be at the tournament tent at the corner of 16th and Haven Avenues between 5:30 a.m. and 6:45 a.m. to register if you haven’t already and been assigned the beach where you will fish first. .
At 9:30 am, the first session ends and participants will head to their second zone. For more information, contact Ed Parkinson, at [email protected], or call 215-680-6652.
The opening of the bass season has brought the local fishing scene to life. The captains are happy with the influx of fishermen and, in turn, the fishermen are happy with the amount of fish they have caught. Now we need the weather to cooperate so that those who want to fish can get back on the water.
Good luck if you go out and I’ll see you around.