Bob Cummings took his crew offshore Saturday, according to a report from Brennan Marine in Somers Point. They fished over a rock pile and limited out on large sea bass.
Matt Slobodjian reported from Jim’s Bait and Tackle that a few anglers had what he described as “limited” success Friday at The Rips off Cape May. He reported striped bass were mostly smaller and not abundant.
Slobodjian also reported sea bass were caught Friday and Saturday on a Cape May offshore rock pile 60 miles off the beach.
Ed Bronstein at Fin-Atics in Ocean City said a few bass were caught Saturday trolling at the inshore lumps off Corsons Inlet. He said the water temperatures, at 46 degrees, are still OK for striper. And a few bass were caught in the surf on the south end of Ocean City.
Dropping water temperatures and chilly, windy weather are affecting fishing, and lately the presence of dog sharks is adding to the difficulties. Brennan said Cummings was afflicted by them and Slobodjian said Delaware Bay is filled with them.
Trolling Stretch lures and umbrella rigs might work better. According to Slobodjian, that’s how bluefish were caught at 5-Fathom Bank. Anglers who jigged had dog sharks all over them.
Utsch’s Marina in Cape May had one skipper catch a couple of striper Saturday. That was Jim Abbott, who fished with live spot and eel at The Rips, according to Fred Klug. He said charter boat captains pulled their boats and closed down for the year at Utsch’s.