Fishing line: September 22 | Fishing & Boating
Unfortunately, the 2021 winter flounder season is officially closed.
May 22 seemed to take forever, we blinked once or twice and September 19 arrived. Lots of fish were caught, both flashbacks and keepers, backwaters produced, and reefs were the perfect place from August to late.
Hope you got out to enjoy it and caught plaice. Otherwise, don’t worry because a lot of good peaches remains before.
Local boats will always sail for a mixed bag including triggerfish, weak fish, king mackerel and blue fish. With the water being as hot as it is, maybe a cobia, some mahi-mahi or one of those recently visited stray drumfishes could also be visited in the future.
Captain Andrew of Sailor’s Delight reported good fishing, even in the wind, but better when it ceased on September 14. More plaice, trevally and bluefish were caught during the week.
Andrew announced that they will be sailing every day after plaice season and will target bluefish and tog. They also have dates available for charters. Call 609-827-8309 for availability and reservations.
A new format for Captain Andrew’s fishing reports is on YouTube. Previously he was on a local radio station. Those who wish can subscribe to his YouTube page to stay in the know.
Grassy Sound Marina has reported the largest head of sheep they have weighed in their 19 years of operation. Captain Dan Schafer stopped with a sheep’s head that tipped the scales at 14 pounds 8 ounces. After being weighed and photographed, the fish was released.
The Miss Chris, like most boats last week, faced windy conditions. Captain Mike reported that the sunny days allowed them to fish off Wildwood Beach, where they caught moats, croaker and triggerfish. The pool winners were Tom George, who won with a 19-inch flounder, and Nick Digago, who won with his big ballista.
The boat will continue to sail twice a day, at 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., until the end of September.
The Sea Star III overcame the weather issues, but their good days were similar to before the bad weather came, which meant lots of moats, croaker, triggerfish and even “a few pufferfish”. Captain Chuck is looking forward to October 8, when the next bar season opens.
The ship will continue to sail daily at 9 a.m. even after the plaice season has ended. They will target a mixed bag of fish, depending on the conditions of the day.
The recent travel pool winners were Anthony Panvini (4.75 lbs), Jim Fry (3.0), Frank Servocky (4.10), Bob Rubeo (4.25), Bill Buchecker (5.55), and the biggest of the week, a 6.15 pounds for Gary Agness.
The Miss Avalon runs both open boat tours and group charters at the end of plaice season. Both styles produce pretty flounder and triggerfish for their clients. One of the highlights was the early morning trip on September 14, in which 15 guardian flounders were caught, including a 5.8-pounder caught by an unidentified angler.
Bayhound Charter Light Tackle Sportfishing flattens its charters as the season draws to a close. Bob Moore had a great day on the water, as did another unidentified fishing couple. I’m sure Captain Al will continue to fish until the fall, so call 609-602-2662 to find out when he’ll be available for the fish you want to target.
First Fish Adventures recently had Paul Black Jr. and Dan Fenimore on board, returning with plaice and some Spanish mackerel. They also caught sharks while they were looking for cobia. Call Captain Zig at 609-602-9004 and book a trip to participate in a great fall fishing.
Sea Isle Bait and Tackle weighed a 49.2lb cobia captured by Tim B. on a recent afternoon outing.
Avalon Hodge Podge reported that Finley and Miles, two young fishermen from Chadds Ford, Pa., Caught and released a 50-inch sandbank shark from the beach near 83rd Street, using mackerel they bought. at the store.
Thank you to the reader who submitted a photo of young Braxton fishermen Piacentin and Matty Wertz with their flounder. Congratulations guys.
With the weather last week and a few lost trips, the results were a bit light. This is only part of the equation though, and it makes the last days of plaice season more precious. Hopefully these days can be fished and we will have some good deeds to report.
Good luck if you go out, be careful, and see you soon.