Water temperatures however now are finally falling, target fish and baitfish are on the move and we have seen some outstanding wreck fishing lately with the sea bass and lots of chopper sized Blues as an added bonus catch. Capt. H. D. Ran a special 18 hour Sea Bass Tilefish fish trip this past weekend fishing over top of wrecks and stone piles in the twenty to forty fathom range and was very pleased with a mix bag catch of slammer sized Bluefish lots of Jumbo Sea Bass up to four pounds and plenty of Blue Line Tilefish up to about twelve pounds.
Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Report Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Report October 23rd, 2014 For the third time in just as many weeks we are once again experiencing high winds and rough seas with waves at the Delaware Lightship reporting station in the eight to ten foot category and winds in excess of thirty miles per hour. Even though the Sea Bass season is now open, there were a few weeks where we were unable to target these tasty fish due to regulations, and with water temperatures still much warmer than normal the Tautog fishing in my book left a lot to be desired when that season first opened.
Believe me when I tell you it has been a long busy summer here at the Wharf and to save time and valuable sanity, I have just been posting all of our pictures, videos and a few short words about how the fishing has been by posting on our facebook page. This is a really good time to get out on the water and try and catch some fish, the outlook is very promising for continued good fishing in the days and the weeks ahead for just about any targeted species in our region right now be it inshore or off so get out there and give them a shot.
Back closer to shore the Flounder action has taken a good stronghold out in the Ocean on the hard bottoms of the old grounds and also up in the Delaware Bay where good numbers of nice fat doormats have been jigged off of the rubble from the artificial reefs as well as some of the good natural bottom areas and edges on both sides of the Bay. Including today I have only been on land twice in the last several weeks, in that time I have seen a lot of changes occur with the water temperatures and the way the fish have been behaving and moving around as a result of these changes both on the bottom and on the surface.
The Flounder have really been on the move over the past couple weeks and now we are starting to be able to rack up some impressive numbers on a lot of nice fish even in some less than favorable conditions. Perhaps it's just that the water has turned enough for these flatties to have emerged from the mud, or now you can actually keep a bait on the bottom longer, but several of the traditional spots have come alive in the Delaware Bay with Flounder just this past week.
Up in the Delaware Bay the fishing has been pretty good so far this spring with Croakers, these fish showed up fairly early this year and so far the inshore boats and our Half- Day trips have been able to take full advantage of the biting fish close to home. The evening trips will depart at 6 00 p. m. Evening Half- Day trips will also be fishing for primarily Croakers but will likely see a nice variety of fish.
Croakers have already shown up in some very good numbers along with some Kingfish and small Trout that seem to have massed in the shallow sloughs of the Bay, and out front in the Ocean we are already starting to see some decent catches of Flounder on the old grounds and there are still some nice Sea Bass and Ling for those that venture a little further offshore fishing over some of the deeper shipwrecks and structures much further off of the beach. With the amount of Croakers already around up in the Bay, and with the good sign of Flounder that we have already seen it looks like the fishing is going to be good for both the Half-Day and the All-Day trips.
We caught a few fish and we caught some very nice ones too, however it became painfully obvious on the very first day that there were nowhere near the amount of Bass around that we should have at this time of year and it was likely going to be a very long week unless more Sea Bass on the move showed up in our area. Other than the disappointing start with the Sea Bass, right now you can target and most likely stand a good chance of catching everything that we normally see in our region this time of year, even the offshore fishing for the Tuna Fish is off to a great start already.
Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Report Fisherman's Wharf Fishing Report May 13th, 2014 A lot has changed since my last report, the weather has been more in our favor, the water temperatures have been on the rise very nicely, and just about anything that you would expect to fish for and to catch at this time of the year has been pleasing anglers now for well over a week.I actually lost count of the citation sized fish that we have landing along with countless fat females that we released and returned to the bottom with hopes of catching a nicer fish or perhaps a big male fish as we culled through the many blackfish to get our limits.
I did manage to get away from the docks another small handful of days since my last report and fortunately we were blessed with some very good fishing at times. As I type the report winds are pumping at close to 25 knots again, this time out of the east with another low pressure system effecting our weather and keeping my part time job safe with a couple more days tied to the dock.