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New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Southern New Jersey


July 16, 2018:
Over at Fin-Atics Ed said that much of the flounder action has moved into deeper water and 15 feet or better is a good place to start your hunt. The Great Egg Harbor and OC Reef have been the focal point of action this past week, with sea bass being part of anglers' hauls. The striped bass action inshore has been limited to night trips, with soft plastics working to find some leftover bass. The kingfish action in the surf has been solid as well, with bloodworms working to attract the kings. The shop also tells of brown sharks just outside the surf line, biting on fresh chunks of mackerel or bunker.

Previous Reports

  • July 9, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Fin-atics Ed says that flounder are still holed up in 10 to 12 feet of water in the back and are now being caught on the incoming tides. The bait choices are minnows, mackerel, squid and Gulp! The surf is offering some kingfish, hitting bloodworms at the south end of Ocean City. There are some bass in the surf during the day as well, with those bass moving onto the bridges at night. Clams have been the bait to use out front on the beach, while eels are the deadly bait to use near the bridges at night.

  • July 2, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Fin-atics Ed says that flounders are now being caught out back in 10-12 feet of water, and the switch to incoming tide is where anglers should be as warm waters have triggered a switch to incoming, cool, clean water. Baits are a mix of minnows, squid, fresh mackerel strips or Gulp! A few lingering bass are being caught both on the sands and on the bridges at night, with kingfish filtering in to give folks another fish to put on the table. A few weakfish are being reported but the shop isn't seeing any, with small bluefish moving in and out as well.

  • June 25, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Fin-atics Ed says that the back bay is offering some nice flounder action, as fish are being found in around 8 to 10 feet of water. The shop also reported on the arrival of some flatties on the reefs out front, and just in time, as the sea bass season is now closed. The back bay is also seeing some small blues, with the surf coming to life with small flounders, snapper blues and some kingfish. The shop has large bloodworms for the kings, and plenty of flounder baits including mackerel strips, minnows and Gulp!

  • June 18, 2018 Open or Close

    Over at Fin-atics Ed said that flounder are still holed up in the back bay, now in 8 to 10 feet of water, and a few reports are now surfacing of flounder being caught at the OC reef as waters warm. The baits of choice have been fresh strips of mackerel, minnows and squid, and Gulp! Sea bass fishing is still solid, and a lot of shorter fish are in the mix. The 20-fathom line out front is now beginning to see some tuna, with the Lindenkohl and Spencer canyons now seeing action on yellowfin as well.


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Ocean City, NJ 08226
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