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Summer Flounder

Hello! This is the Sea Isle News fishing report. This report will give you the where, when and how of fishing our local waters. We hope this information will help you catch the big one!

Suggested bait and tackle in this report can be obtained at any of the local fishing shops.

The “What”

Here is a list of fish (some common, some not as common) found in New Jersey waters: Blowfish, Bluefish, Croaker, Flounder, Kingfish, Ling, Oyster Toad Fish, Perch, Sea Bass, Sea Robin, Shad Sharks, Sheepshead, Skate, Spot, Striper(Striped bass), Triggerfish, Weakfish, Black Drum, Red Drum and many others.

The “Where”

Some suggestions for locations in/near Sea Isle:

Beach fishing (where allowed), the north end beaches near Strathmere, Corsons Inlet (far north end) and the Townsends Inlet Park at the south end of the island are excellent locations.

Bridge/Pier fishing: 59th St fishing pier, 79th St bulkhead.

Bay fishing: Along the south side of the causeway and any street end that is open to the public.

Notes:

  1. Tide-forecast.com or any reliable tide app on your smart phone will help you fish at the right time of day. I suggest a few hours before and after high tide.
  2. For the 2020 NJ recreational fishing regulations, go to:

njfishandwildlife.com

Back Bay

Summer Flounder

After last week’s storms, the ocean water temperature dipped for a day or two, then settled in the mid 70’s (currently 75 degrees). That puts us in very good summer fishing conditions!

There’s a wide variety of species in our local waters, with anglers hauling in some real nice fish. Local catch reports include Flounder, Croakers, Blues, Kingfish, Snapper Blues, Sea Robins, Oyster Toad Fish, Triggerfish and Sheepshead. This week, a young angler landed a 30 pound Black Drum (off the Longport Bridge pier).

Summer Flounder fishing has been very good, even with the larger Fluke moving offshore to deeper waters. Still, we’re hearing reports of keeper Flounder being hooked daily with a few up to the 9 pound range! That’s a fine fish!

Flounder being taken with minnows, cut squid, and bucktails (Pink remains the HOT color). Cut or live bait on the incoming tide is sure to land you a good variety.

Good spots to catch all these fish mentioned is the Townsends Inlet Park on the south end, Corsons Inlet on the north end (Strathmere), the south side of the Sea Isle Causeway, the bulkhead at 80th St and the 59th St fishing pier.

Piers and Bridges

The variety has expanded with the warmer water this week; including Flounder, Blues, Croakers, Sea Robin, Snapper Blues and Oyster Toad fish, Triggerfish and Sheepshead. The Triggerfish and Sheepshead catch has been exceptional around the bridges, with many of Sea Robin, Snapper Blues, and Oyster Toad Fish mixed in. The Triggerfish and Sheepshead are biting on fiddler crabs (on jig heads). Flounder (and Triggerifsh) are biting on squid and minnows – on smaller hooks (#4 or #6 hooks).  Cut bait (bunker or squid) for the Blues, Croakers, Sea Robins, Snapper Blues and Oyster Toad fish.

Surf

Kingfish

No summer doldrums on the beach right now! Beach fishing is very good! Kingfish currently rule the surf – another great summer for Kings! Also being taken are Croakers, Weakfish, Flounder, Snapper Blues, and even some Spanish Mackerel. An occasional Blowfish may be hooked as well.

Bloodworms on an over/under rig are the bait of choice for Kingfish, Weakfish, Snapper Blues and Spanish Mackerel.  Cut bait and clams on a weighted rig will also work.

The sun is shining, the water is warm, so get out there and fish!

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