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Absecon Bay Sportsmen

June 11, 2018:
Dave Showell over at Absecon Bay Sportsman's Center told of a so-so week around Absecon and there were a few flounders weighed; the good news is that it appears some bigger fluke are on the move, with Stephen Laag weighing in a 9.5-pounder. Capt. Dave tells of some anglers doing well on shedder crabs and he has plenty of fresh ones in the tank. The shop also reports on the great perch fishing up in the Mullica and those shedders are great for filling a bucket with white perch, some fluke, and anything else that might be hungry.



Previous Reports

  • June 4, 2018 Open or Close

    Dave Showell over at Absecon Bay Sportsman's Center tells of another good week on the waters of Absecon and Capt. Dave has gotten into "minnow mode" where he must spend a few hours each week on the meadows catching bait for folks. The fluke fishing in the bay is more than satisfactory as Dave reports plenty of flounder to catch, right now anyway. Dave took his Dad and another angler out for a bottom bouncing run on Friday and the trio of flounder pounders got into them, boating eight keepers of a possible nine-fish limit, warming up on some bluefish beforehand. Dave also speaks of some bass still left up in the river and he had a trip with Gene, who tripped it all the way from Iowa to catch a bass, and that he did, with Dave happy to get away from the crab tanks for a day. Speaking of which, the soft shells are-a-popping! Capt. Showell has soft crabs and I will head down this coming week to grab some; they are large, in-charge and nothing beats the taste of a soft crab sandwich!

  • May 28, 2018 Open or Close

    Dave Showell over at Absecon Bay Sportsman's Center told of some fairly incredible fishing around Absecon. Last week Capt. Dave had a couple customers travel south to the Delaware Bay drum lands where Lucas had a 53-pounder for the dinner table and Doug Keeping kept a 60-pounder; that's a mess of dinners right there! Mid-week there were some nice bass to roll in as Dave had his customer appreciation tournament. "Honey Bee" brought a 42-inch liner in to be weighed on Thursday and Don Vas and Keith Campbell weighed some weakies in that they caught on the jetty. Capt. Dan Ponzio weighed a fat bass at just over 30 pounds and Jim Farley took first place honors with a 41.45-pound striper. Young Devin Oberempt was so excited to win the sea robin category at 2.70 pounds that he forgot to mention the 3.25-pound fluke he caught! The winners in the store tourney had very impressive fish to start the 2018 fluke season; Bubba Swan took first place with a 7.50-pound flounder, followed by Bill Callahan with a 5.25-pound flatty, and Charlie Elwell with a 5-pounder. Mike Keeping had the weakfish prize with a trout at 4.15 pounds, and Willie Lake won the bluefish prize with a gator at 8.15 pounds. Other notable catches over the weekend included James of JJ Boat works with three nice fluke, Beau Bosley with a 31.05-pound bass caught from the Atlantic City jetty and Danny Wilson, fishing with Mom and Dad, seven keeper flounder with Danny's 4.25-pounder topping off the catch.

  • May 21, 2018 Open or Close

    Dave Showell over at Absecon Bay Sportsman's Center told of great action around Absecon last week as anglers mixed it up between some solid bass and a few nice drums. Will kicked off last week with a 23.5-pound striper, caught at night near the inlet. Jim has been in and out of the shop all week, and he had some quality drum he caught as well. Capt. Dave had a few trips on the and he and his customers were lighting it up with Dave's favorite lure, the Nemesis by Gulp! Dave also tells of some bigger blues showing up in local waters, and anglers fishing the jetties of Atlantic City are loading up on choppers and some sizeable bass too.

  • May 14, 2018 Open or Close

    "It's the edge of something, and I believe it (the fishing) is gonna go ballistic all over any day," predicted Capt. Dave "The Rave" Dave Showell at Absecon Bay Sportsman's Center, where the matter of the chatter was the foot-long to 24-inch fat-as-football stripers being caught along the sod bank edges in the back and along the Egg Island flats in Great Bay. Dave suggested the Gulp! Nemesis, with the chartreuse and Opening Night color patterns of the Gulp! form being the most productive. Out front along the jetties, short and keeper bass are lambasting SP Minnows and pink Zooms, and it was a robust 23-pounder dragged in by Beach Boy Brazil. There's been a smattering of weakfish around the rocky extensions, and in Great Bay, the crabbing is underway.

Absecon Bay Sportsmen

Absecon Bay Sportsmen
Absecon Creek
81 Natalie Terrace
Absecon, NJ 08201
phone: 609-484-0409 | fax: 609-228-7543


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