Sunday, June 18, 2017 4:19:48 PM

This weeks hot spot report comes from Reef Site 11 and the Cape May Reef where reports of very good flounder fishing came in. Frank Hennigan and crew of Glemoore, PA limited out on fluke to 5 pounds at Reef Site 11 while fishing on his boat "Avalanche" out of Wildwood. Matt Welsh and crew of Sicklerville, NJ came home with nine keeper flounder from the Cape May Reef while fishing on his boat "Lucky Dog" out of Wildwood. With some consistent nice weather, flounder fishing should continue to improve, leading up to the 24th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for Saturday July 15, 2017! Sea Bass action continued to be excellent for anglers fishing 120 - 150 feet of water. The back bays are still producing nice flounder, bluefish and the occasional weakfish. Three year old Molly Hennigan of Glenmoore, PA landed her first ever flounder @ 18.5 inches while fishing with Dad in the back bays of Wildwood. Jess DeJoseph of Wildwood, NJ landed her first keeper flounder while fishing the back bays on her Hobie Standup Paddleboard. Charles Breon had a limit of flounder and a nice weakfish while fishing the Wildwood back bays in his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 kayak. Justin Fesler reported a six pound flounder caught behind Wildwood while fishing on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 kayak. Offshore, anglers are still reporting nice mako sharks outside of 20 Fathoms all the way to the canyons, and as we write this report some of the prettiest blue water in years is approaching our coast with the first reports of good tuna fishing trickling in. Peter and Bobby DiLullo of West Chester, PA reported a 130 pound class mako caught while fishing on their boat "Three Pete" out of Wildwood. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws again this week and once again says this is some of the best crabbing we've had in years! Stop by Sterling Harbor for all you saltwater fishing and crabbing needs or let us help you get out on the water in a Hobie, Wilderness Systems or Ocean Kayak! We are now scheduling demos on the new Hobie Mirage Eclipse Stand Up Peddleboard!


Sunday, June 11, 2017 1:36:22 PM

The past week's weather put a damper on fishing effort with northeast winds and rain, but once the sun came out over the weekend reports started to filter into the shop. In the back bays, flounder fishing remains very good with more keepers in the mix the past few days. There are still some bluefish patrolling the back bays and schoolie stripers have been willing to take clam baits. In the Delaware Bay, drumfish action was slower than expected most likely due to the weather. The Cape May Reef is producing sea bass and flounder, however the best sea bass action has been outside of 20 miles. Weakfish action continues around the jetties and rock piles with nice fish being taken on bloodworms, pink Fin-S-Fish, pink Zooms and Firetail worms. This past weekend was the South Jersey Shark Tournament which hosted 84 boats competing for the largest sharks. Congratulations to the winners with their 310 lb Mako Shark! Word has it that yellowfin tuna are starting to appear in the Canyons and hopefully this week, they will be showing in larger numbers. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws this week and says this is some of the best crabbing he's seen in years! This is echoed by shop customers stopping in to report fantastic crabbing going on right now. Sterling Harbor is gearing up for the 24th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for July 15, 2017. Entry forms will be available this week in the shop and @ www.sterlingharbor.com


Sunday, June 4, 2017 2:26:59 PM

Fishing remains very good to excellent along the South Jersey coast. In the back bays there are nice flounder being caught, some schoolie size stripers and there are still plenty of nice bluefish cruising around. Weakfish are still showing along the rock piles near the inlets and are being caught while floating bloodworms or with bucktails tipped with pink Zooms, fire tail worms or Fin-S-Fish. Offshore, shark fishing is starting to peak just in time for the shark tournaments. There are plenty of blue sharks with some nice mako sharks in the mix, and some threshers sharks were brought to the scales this past week. Thomas Dalfonso and crew Thomas Jr and Mike Dougherty of Elk Township checked in with a 12 foot thresher shark weighing in at 293 pounds caught near the 30 Fathom line from his boat "Reel Trouble" out of Wildwood. Sea Bass action slowed this past week, however there were plenty of nice tilefish for those who went out to the edge of the canyons. Bill Stewart and crew of Swedesboro reported 23 tilefish while fishing the edge of the Wilmington Canyon on Bill's boat "Tuna Can". Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week, and mentioned that some smaller crabs showed up this week, but action was steady with lots of nice heavy keepers.


Monday, May 29, 2017 3:12:09 PM

The majority of anglers reported great fishing over the Memorial Day weekend! In the back bays flounder, bluefish and schoolie striped bass are being caught with a combination of minnows, mackerel, clams and Gulp!. Nice weakfish are being caught along the inlet jetties on bucktails tipped with pink Zooms, Mr. Twister Phenom fire tail worms, Fin-S-Fish or bloodworms floated under a bobber. Drumfish are still being caught in the Delaware Bay and the action should heat up right before the upcoming full moon on June 9th. Offshore, sharking is getting underway with plenty of blue sharks, and the first of the mako and thresher sharks being caught. Capt. Frank Hennigan of Glenmoore, PA and crew released 17 blue sharks and brought home one mako shark while fishing the 30 line on Frank's boat "Avalanche" out of Wildwood. The offshore wrecks are producing nice catches of large sea bass, and along the edges of the canyons the first tilefish have been coming back to the dock. Bob Fritz and his brother Harold of Philadelphia came home with 20 "knot-head" sea bass and 8 tilefish while fishing on Harold's boat "Justin Time" out of Wildwood Crest. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week!


Sunday, May 21, 2017 4:54:32 PM

The hot report from this past week comes from the back bays where there are still plenty of 5 to 10 pound slammer blues being caught while using chunks of bunker and mackerel strips. Weakfish are making a showing around the Cape May County jetties and inlets. Retrieving white bucktails tipped with fire tail worms, pink Fin-S-Fish and pink Zoom worms has been productive for the weakies. Floating a bloodworm under a bobber will also do the trick. The Delaware Bay drumfish action slowed this week after the full moon, due to recent high winds and stormy conditions. Flounder season opens Thursday, May 25th and the new regulations have been set at three fish at 18 inches per person per day. We are stocked up with live minnows, bucktails and all your flounder fishing needs! Blue Claw crabbing is off to an excellent start this season and should just continue to get better as the water temps rise. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing a solid 4 Claws this week! Our Spring Tide Kayak sale is in full swing through Memorial Day weekend! Stop by for great deals on Hobie Kayaks, Ocean Kayaks, and Wilderness Systems kayaks or the Hobie Eclipse stand up peddle board! New kayak offerings for this year include the new Old Town PDL kayak, the Wilderness Systems Radar with optional Helix PD, and the new mirage drive 180 by Hobie. Stop by to check them out and schedule a test ride!


Sunday, May 14, 2017 4:20:46 PM

Hope everyone had a great winter! We are back in the shop full time now, and look forward to seeing everyone. Drum fishing was excellent from the Jersey side of the Delaware Bay right off the Villas and North Cape May. Stripers were also caught mixed in with the Drumfish. The big Bluefish (5 - 10 pounds) are still being caught in the back bays. James Rahn of Wildwood Crest landed two large Bluefish while soaking bunker along Sunset Lake. Keep a sharp look out for swirls on the water, and throw a plug or soft plastic to hook one of these choppers. Kayak angler Ed Brown from Williamstown, NJ had an excellent day with the Bluefish on his Hobie Pro Angler Kayak, with fish up to 8 pounds! A few reports of nice Weakfish are trickling in, with fish being caught around the inlet jetties on Bucktails, Fin-S-Fish, Pink Zooms, and Mirr-O-Lures. Crabby Jack says, crabbing has started, and it won’t be long till the crabs are nice and heavy. Our Spring Tide Kayak sale is in full swing through the Memorial Day weekend! Stop in for great deals on Hobie, Wilderness Systems Old Town and Ocean Kayaks!


Sunday, September 18, 2016 2:40:06 PM

The fall smorgasbord has begun. The mullet are moving out of the back bays and everything is chasing them. On the inshore scene, there are bluefish, weakfish, stripers and flounder. The reefs are still producing Flounder, most of them are throwbacks, with a few keepers in the mix. The best keeper Flounder reports are coming from the offshore wrecks with 100-130 foot depths. Bob Fritz of Philadelphia and Bill Stewart of Swedesboro had a mixed bag of Flounder, Spanish Mackerel and Weakfish from the Cape May Reef. Along the beaches a few reports of Striped Bass trickled in, and plenty of snapper blues. Texas Ray Pashuk of Wildwood Crest, reported two Striped Bass on topwater plugs while fishing the surf in North Wildwood. Ray said, find the mullet schools and you will find the bass. Offshore, Wahoo, small Tuna and False Albacore are being caught while trolling from the Elephants Trunk out to the Canyons. Out in the Canyons, there are plenty of White Marlin, small Tuna and Tilefish. Bob and Sharon Bigwood of Woolwich Township had an excellent day trolling the Elephant Trunk area on their boat “Maddie Rose” out of Wildwood, with 2 Wahoo to 73 pounds, and a mix of Yellowfin Tuna and False Albacore. In the back bays, schoolie Stripers are hitting on top water plugs and soft plastic lures. There are also plenty of snapper Blues, Weakfish, Spot and small Sea Bass to keep the rods bending for the kids. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing a solid 5 Claws this week, and said the crabs were the biggest of the season so far. Paula Divincenzo of Sewell, NJ also had an excellent weekend of crabbing the back bays of Wildwood reporting heavy crabs for the table! Sterling Harbor’s end of season Kayak sale is in full swing! Stop by soon for the best selection on leftover and demo kayaks.


Sunday, August 28, 2016 2:09:06 PM

Flounder fishing remains good when conditions are right, at the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and Old Grounds. The are plenty of shorts to sift through to get to the keepers. James McGinty of Philadelphia, PA checked in with a 2 pound 10 ounce Porgy caught while fishing the Cape May Reef on his boat “Illusion”. Inshore bottom fishing has been a mixed bag of Flounder, Weakfish, Croakers and snapper Bluefish. In the surf, a few Kingfish, and small Bluefish are being caught and shark fishing remains good in the evenings. Some nice Flounder are being caught while bucktailing around the jetties with Gulp!. Anglers trolling inshore from 20 Fathoms out to the Canyons, are scoring some nice Mahi-mahi and Wahoo. Gene Cuneo checked in with a 48 pound Wahoo caught while trolling the Massey Canyon area. At the Canyons, there are plenty of White Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna are starting to show. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, reporting a lot of females which he recommends throwing back to replenish the crab population.


Sunday, August 14, 2016 2:20:25 PM

Flounder fishing has shown improvement over the past few days with decent reports coming from the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Jim Messina of Willow Grove, PA checked in with a 7 pound 2 ounce Flounder and Scott Wheeler of Wenonah, NJ weighed in a 7 pound 7 ounce Flounder both caught while fishing on Scott’s boat “Big Bone” at the Cape May Reef. Offshore, White Marlin fishing is as good as it gets. A record number of White Marlin were caught at the Ocean City White Marlin Open last week. Nice Mahi-mahi are showing up both inshore and offshore, from the East Lump out to the Canyons. Roy Lucadema and daughter Ashley Bakley of Diaz Creek reported two for three on nice Mahi while trolling the East Lump area. The Tuna bite at Massey Canyon has slowed, but there are still Tuna being caught on the troll, including Big Eye’s. Along the beachfront, Kingfish, snapper Bluefish, and sharks are being caught from the surf, while the boats fishing inshore are catching plenty of small Weakfish, Kingfish and small Flounders. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says the crabs just keep getting bigger!


Sunday, August 7, 2016 2:31:47 PM

The hot spot report for this past week, comes from the offshore grounds where anglers that ventured out to the Spencer, Wilmington and Lindenkohl Canyons on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday saw some of the best White Marlin fishing in years with many getting 20 or more shots at White Marlin in a day. There are still a few Tuna around, but not like what we’ve seen the past few weeks. Keep your eyes open around the Lobster Pots for some nice Mahi-Mahi. On the inshore scene, Flounder fishing remains on the slower side for keepers. There are plenty of Flounder, but most of them are shorts. Weakfish and Kingfish made a great showing this past week right off the beachfront in Wildwood, Cape May and into the Delaware Bay. Most of the Weakfish measured 15-20 inches, however some of the Weakies topped the 25 inch mark. The surf is still producing some Kingfish, Flounder and small Bluefish and the Shark fishing in the evenings remains excellent. Back bay fishing is producing less Flounder however the fish that are being caught are a nicer size. Schoolie Stripers are starting to show up in the back bays and are being caught on top water chugging plugs. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week, and says the ones that he is catching are BIG and it only takes 6 of them to make a half dozen! Sterling Harbor’s dog days of summer Kayak sale has started, with huge savings, so stop by for the best selection on leftover, rental and demo kayaks!


Sunday, July 31, 2016 2:04:48 PM

This weeks fishing report hasn’t changed much from last week. The weather has been hot and humid with pop up thunderstorms mostly every day. This has warmed up the back bay waters which has the flounder making a move toward the inlets and out into the ocean. There are plenty of short Flounder to be caught around the inlets, and deeper waters of the back bays, with an occasional keeper in the mix. In the ocean, the Cape May Reef was the hotspot for Flounder this past week, again with lots of shorts and improved catches happened when anglers were able to get a good drift. Schools of small Weakfish, Kingfish and snapper Bluefish are showing up off Cape May Point. Along the beachfront, surf anglers are catching some Kingfish, Flounder on Bucktails and shark fishing in the evenings is producing some large sharks swimming in the surf. On the offshore scene, there are still Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna at Massey Canyon while chunking with butterfish or sardines or while jigging with Butterfly jigs. Out in the deep, there are some nice Mahi-mahi being caught around the lobster pots and some White Marlin are starting to show up in the baits while trolling. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4.5 Claws this week, and says it is some of the best July crabbing he’s seen in years!


Sunday, July 24, 2016 4:52:16 PM

If you are looking for action, there are plenty of Fluke being caught, however the keepers are tough to come by. The back bays and around the inlets are producing plenty of shorts with a few keepers thrown in. The same reports are coming from the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Mike DeLio checked in with his personal best Flounder that tipped the scale at 6.54 pounds. The fish was caught at the Cape May Reef on squid, while fishing on his boat “High Hopes”. Offshore, Massey Canyon remains the hotspot producing Yellowfin Tuna and Bluefin Tuna while chunking or jigging, however the tuna action was hit or miss just before the weekend. The crew of “Fishaholic”, Andrew, Alex and Arch Fedkiw of Wildwood Crest reported a mix of Mahi-mahi, Bluefin Tuna and Yellowfin Tuna while fishing Massey Canyon early in the week. James Pierce and Josh Talley of West Chester, PA reported Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna to 53 pounds at Massey Canyon while fishing on the Happy Our out of Wildwood. If the tuna action isn’t happening, try trolling as Mahi-mahi are being caught from the 30 Fathom line out to the Canyons. Along the beach, Kingfish are starting to show up along with some small bluefish and an occasional chopper blue. Mason Barracliffe, age 6 of Blackwood, NJ checked in with a 12 inch Kingfish caught in the Cape May surf on a bloodworm. Shark fishing from the beach in the evenings has been excellent. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing a solid 5 Claws this week!


Sunday, July 10, 2016 2:26:12 PM

What a difference a week makes! The Fluking bite both in the Back Bays, the Reefs and the Old Grounds has improved since the 4th of July weekend. There are plenty of Fluke scattered around, you just have to pick through the shorts to find your keepers. Sean McIlhenney and Mark Lattanzio checked in with an eight pound 3 ounce Flounder that took a live minnow at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Sean’s boat “KelseA”. The fish measured 27 inches. There are nice Sea Bass being caught as well to compliment your catch of Fluke. This is just in time for Sterling Harbor’s 23rd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for this coming Saturday, July 16th! Followed by a Pig Roast BBQ, Live Music and Awards Ceremony! Captain’s Meeting is Friday, July 15th at 7PM. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 for more information. Small Bluefish are starting to show up off Cape May Point and out at 5 Fathom Bank. For the offshore anglers, the tuna bite is on. Jigging and chunking with Butterfish or Sardines has been producing best at Massey’s Canyon and the 19 Fathom Lump. Mike Reed and crew of Rockledge, PA went 2 for 5 on Bluefin Tuna up to 51 inches and had one Yellowfin Tuna while chunking and jigging at Massey Canyon on Mike’s boat “Kensington Princess”. The trolling bite slowed most likely due to boat traffic in these same areas. Some Mahi-mahi are also being caught while chunking. Things are still quiet along the beachfront, with a few Kingfish starting to show along with some snapper blues and some Trigger fish along the jetties. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week, and reported many shedder crabs in the trap this week. Crabbing should just keep getting better as we get closer to the full moon.


Sunday, July 3, 2016 7:10:24 PM

The Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds continue to produce Flounder, although the action seemed to slow a bit over the holiday weekend. Bob Fritz of Philadelphia, PA landed a 26 inch Flounder weighing 6.4 pounds from the Cape May Reef. Randy and Brian Harbaugh of Middletown, DE had a nice catch of Flounder up to 24 inches, also from the Cape May Reef. A few Flounder are still being caught in the back bays on Gulp!, Mackerel strips and live Minnows. The beachfront has been pretty quiet for surf anglers. A few Kingfish have been reported from the North Wildwood beaches, while using Fishbites Bag-O-Worms for bait. Some Triggerfish are being caught along the North Wildwood rocks along with an occasional Weakfish. No reports of Striped Bass or Bluefish came from the surf this past week. Night time shark fishing from the surf is beginning. Some Bluefin Tuna were reported while trolling and chunking at 19 Fathom Lump and Massey Canyon. There are some scattered Yellowfin Tuna inshore of the canyons along with some Mahi-mahi. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week. Preparations are well underway for Sterling Harbor’s 23rd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament, scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2016. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 26, 2016 4:33:46 PM

The past weeks fishing continued to be very good, if you could squeeze a fishing trip in between the thunder squalls, cold fronts and northeast winds. Good catches of Flounder are being caught in the back bays, the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Baits of choice are Mackerel strips, Gulp! and live minnows. Along the beachfront, there are still some Striped Bass being caught with Clam or Bunker. The main Drumfish bite is pretty much over for the season, but keep alert for schools of Drumfish in the bay or along the oceanfront as they exit the Delaware Bay waters. Offshore, the tuna bite was red hot until the weather turned bad. Anglers that fished the Wilmington Canyon had shots at Yellowfin Tuna, Bluefin and Bigeye Tuna early this past week. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws again this week! Preparations are well under way for Sterling Harbor’s 23rd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for July 16, 2016! Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 19, 2016 2:44:17 PM

This past week showed a marked improvement in Fluke fishing both in the back bays and at Reef Site 11. Nice catches were made with Mackerel strips and Gulp! combo’s. Kayak angler Charles Breon of Villas, NJ reported good flounder fishing behind the Wildwoods, Stone Harbor and Avalon with keeper fish to 4.5 pounds while fishing from his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak. Frank Hennigan of Glenmore, PA limited out on flounder to 23 inches at Reef Site 11. Shark fishing improved this week with a mix of Tigers, Hammerheads, Makos and Blue Sharks. There are also some reports of Yellowfin Tuna out in the Canyons, but the high winds have hampered the ability of most anglers to venture offshore. Striped Bass are still being caught along the beaches with North Wildwood being the hotspot this past week. Clam and bunker have been the bait of choice for the surf anglers. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and reported some nice heavy crabs to be had! Sterling Harbor is fully stocked with 2016 Hobie Kayaks, and accessories to rig your kayak for fishing. Stop by soon for the best selection and let us help you get out on the water this summer! Sterling Harbor’s 23rd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, 2016, with a boat and kayak division! Entry forms are now available in the shop or online @ www.sterlingharbor.com. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 12, 2016 4:43:21 PM

Fishing along the Jersey Cape was hampered with this past weeks high winds that slowed fishing. The Delaware Bay is still producing nice Striped Bass and some Black Drum on the Jersey side. Fluke fishing picked up this week at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 with Flounder up to 22 inches reported. The back bay Flounder fishing also improved with nice keeper size fish caught from Sea Isle down to the Wildwoods when conditions were right. Sea Bass action remains good at the Cape May Reef and the Inshore Wrecks. In the surf, anglers are still catching some nice Striped Bass and an occasional Bluefish from the suds. Rodney Searcy of Wildwood, NJ checked in with a 27.5 pound Striped Bass caught on bunker from the Cape May beach. Offshore, the high winds slowed things, however there are some nice Mako Sharks and many of the Shark anglers reported schools of Tuna breaking while they were sharking. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says there were plenty of nice sized crabs, but there were many females with roe, that went back to finish their spawn for future generations.


Sunday, June 5, 2016 6:42:54 PM

The past weeks fishing was a Jersey Cape Smorgasbord. Stripers are being caught in the Delaware Bay and along the beachfront from the surf, with clam and bunker. Smaller stripers are also being caught in the back bays. Some nice Weakfish have been caught around the jetties and the bridges while floating bloodworms or on pink Zooms. Drum fishing is at its peak in the Delaware Bay. Brandon Olewiler of York, PA checked in with his first ever Black Drumfish that tipped the scales at 48 pounds! Brandon caught the fish on Dad’s boat “SS Scrappy” while using clam for bait in the Delaware Bay. Some large bluefish are still cruising around the back bays and offshore. Flounder action picked up in the back bays and are also starting to show at the Cape May Reef and the Wildwood Reef. Offshore fishing has kicked in with nice Sea Bass, the first Mako sharks being weighed in, some Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi-mahi. Bill Nolan of Philadelphia, weighed in a 110 pound Mako Shark caught along the 30 Fathom Line while fishing on Scott Wheeler’s boat “Big Bone” out of Wildwood. Crabbing was improved from last week, but still on the slow side, and should improve as the water warms. We are fully stocked with Hobie Kayaks, Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Ocean Kayaks, Hobie Stand-Up Paddleboards and accessories for recreation and fishing. Stop by and let us help you get out on the water this summer!


Sunday, May 29, 2016 5:21:19 PM

Fishing along the Jersey Cape is as good as it gets this past week! Striped Bass and Black Drum are being caught along the Delaware Bay shoreline from the ferries up to and beyond Reeds Beach. There is also a good Drumfish bite over at Slaughter Beach on the Delaware side of the Bay. Eric Tomasello of Woolwich, NJ nailed a 79 pound Black Drum and Jim Tomasello also of Woolwich had a 50 pound Black Drum while fishing on Capt. Todd Spence boat Slick Willy in Bayshore Channel. Luke Dombrowski of North Cape May, NJ checked in with a 67 pound Black Drum from the Jersey side of the Bay. The Bluefish invasion of a week ago has subsided for the most part, but there is still the occasional Blue being caught in the back bays and in the surf. Lance Rodney checked in with a 12 pound Bluefish caught on Bunker in the Wildwood back bay. The surf fishing was excellent this past week with Stripers of all sizes. The North Wildwood beaches were the hotspot for surf anglers, but some nice fish were also caught in Stone Harbor and Cape May. Thomas Baker of Spring Hill, FL weighed in a 51 pound Striped Bass caught on bunker from the North Wildwood surf. Bill Collins of Glendora, NJ weighed in a 36 pound Striped Bass caught on Clam from the North Wildwood surf. Brian Ritchie of North Wildwood checked in with a 21 pound Striped Bass from the Cape May surf. The jetties around the inlets are starting to produce nice Weakfish on bucktails and pink Zooms, or while floating bloodworms under a bobber. Flounder are being caught in the back bays along with an occasional Weakfish or Striper. The Flounder are hitting on Mackerel strips, Spearing, Minnows and Gulp!. DJ Zolna, age 12, of Rio Grande, NJ checked in with a 3 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught on Mackerel while fishing on Dad’s boat Accipiter out of Wildwood. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and he said things should improve this week now that we are past the full moon.


Sunday, September 20, 2015 2:14:42 PM

Flounder are still being caught at the reefs with plenty of shorts, but when the conditions are right there have been some nice sized keepers caught. Offshore reports were slim this past week. The mullet have begun their migration out of the back bays and there are plenty of small bluefish chasing them in the back bays and along the beachfront. Schoolie size stripers are being caught in the back bays on top water lures or soft plastics, but they are focused on the massive amounts of baitfish in the back bays right now. Crabbing remains excellent and should remain so for the rest of the month! Our end of summer kayak sale is in full swing with 15% off all in stock Jackson Kayaks! Our demo and rental fleet of Wilderness Systems, Hobie and Jackson Kayaks is up for sale at huge savings. Stop by soon for the largest selection!


Sunday, August 30, 2015 4:56:06 PM

Flounder fishing at the artificial reefs and Old Grounds remains good with plenty of flounder to sort through to get the keepers. Bill Stewart of Swedesboro, PA checked in with a 6.88 pound flounder and Bruce Fish of Wildwood, NJ checked in with a 5.61 pound flounder. Both fish were taken from the Cape May Reef while fishing on Bill”s boat “Tuna Can” out of Wildwood. Flounder, croakers, kingfish, blowfish and bluefish are being caught along the beachfront, around the inlets, and in the back bays. Offshore, there are plenty of white marlin and some mahi-mahi with the best reports reports coming from the canyons. The bigeye tuna bite has slowed, however Dave Kerr of Gloucester City, NJ weighed in a 120 pound big eye tuna caught on Butterfish at the Wilmington Canyon while fishing on Mike Boughman’s boat “Lisa Marie”. Steven Hoyer of Boyertown, PA weighed in a 24 pound mahi-mahi caught while trolling on Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot”. Crabby Jack says the crabbing slowed down right before the full moon, but remains good and gives it 4 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 16, 2015 2:54:43 PM

As the weather and seas improved, so did the Flounder fishing at the Reefs. The Cape May Reef and Reef Site 11 was where the best reports came, with plenty of shorts, but more keepers in the mix. George Graeber of Cherry Hill, NJ weighed in a 6 pound 11 ounce flounder measuring 26 inches caught at the Cape May Reef. There are also some nice out of season sea bass being caught at the reefs. Flounder are still being caught in the back bays, again with many shorts to sift through, but an occasional keeper. The best bite has been closer to the inlets. There are still plenty of schoolie stripers being caught in the back bays and chunked sardines or whole squids are working well for them. Along the beachfront, kingfish have showed in larger numbers. Jim Rossiter of Wildwood, NJ reported 8 kingfish over 9 inches on a recent outing while using salted mackerel and top/bottom kingfish rigs. Jim said Fishbites artificial bloodworms were also working well for the kingfish. There are still plenty of brown sharks and sand tiger sharks being caught in the surf mainly at night while using mackerel for bait. Large hooks and wire leaders are a must for these toothy critters. These sharks are a protected species and are to be released unharmed back into the ocean. Croakers were reported from the surf around Cape May Point. Offshore, there is an excellent white marlin bite at the canyons with a few blue marlin in the mix. Pete DiLullo of West Chester, PA caught and released his first ever blue marlin while fishing the Baltimore Canyon on Frank Hennigan’s boat Avalanche out of Wildwood. The crew of Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot” fished the Wilmington Canyon and were one for four on white marlin with crew member Brooke Sarter of Cape May Court House, NJ boating her first ever white marlin! Reports of tuna were slim with only a few big eye’s reported between the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. Crabby Jack says the crabbing is phenomenal in the back bays and gives the crabbing 5 Claws again this week!


Sunday, August 2, 2015 5:47:31 PM

Flounder fishing was tough in South Jersey this past week. There are plenty of flounder, but it was difficult to find a keeper. Some croakers have moved in around the Point for the inshore bottom fisherman. There are plenty of cocktail bluefish in the Five Fathom Bank area for those that want to troll them up using small Clark Spoons. Michael Barnes of Levittown, PA checked in with a 4.5 pound Tautog caught while fishing the sod banks behind Avalon. Offshore, several bigeye tuna were reported from the Lindenkohl Canyon. There are more White Marlin showing up at the canyons along with some nice mahi-mahi just in time for the big tournaments. Several wahoo have also been reported. Sterling Harbor is fully stocked with small, medium and large Ballyhoo for your offshore baits. The yellowfin tuna have moved on after last weeks great reports from the 19 fathom lump, and now that the full moon is over the bite will hopefully turn on again. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws again this week and says the crabs are large and plentiful. Our mid-summer SUP sale begins this week with 10% off all Stand-Up Paddleboards!


Sunday, July 26, 2015 4:49:54 PM

Early in the week there were plenty of keeper flounder and the offshore tuna bite was on fire. When the high pressure system settled in for 3 days over the weekend, things slowed down. There are still flounder being caught with many shorts and an occasional keeper both in the back bays and out at the reefs. Offshore, there were a few tuna caught over the weekend, but nothing like the action seen earlier in the week. There are still mahi-mahi around and more white marlin showed up in the Baltimore Canyon. For the inshore anglers, the croaker action was very good Friday, along the Wildwood beachfront as summer settles in. Crabby Jack says the crabbing is as good as it gets - a solid 5 claws, with folks catching buckets of crabs!


Sunday, July 19, 2015 5:00:14 PM

There are plenty of flounder in the back bays and at the reefs with a lot of throwbacks in the mix. The back bay flounder are moving towards the inlets, getting ready to make their move to the inshore grounds and reefs in the ocean. Paul Brosman of Maple Shade, NJ checked in with a 7.5 pound flounder caught at the Cape May Reef while fishing on his boat Miss Tammy. Bill Stewart of Swedesboro, NJ reported 5 keeper flounder from the Wildwood Reef while fishing on his boat Tuna Can. Marguerite Spina of West Chester, PA drifted Gulp! behind the Wildwood's on her boat Tracey Anne and landed a 6.93 pound flounder. Jim Dickinson of Rio Grande, NJ checked in with two flounder caught while fishing the Grassy Sound area from his Hobie Pro Angler Kayak. The largest weighed in @ 4.7 pounds and the other 3.45 pounds. Gulp! was his bait of choice. Back bay catch of the week goes to Ashley Edwards of Sellarsville, PA with a 10 pound 2 ounce Sheepshead caught near Grassy Sound. From the reefs out to the canyons, there are scattered mahi-mahi. They can be found hanging around buoys, flags and any floating debris. At the canyons there are marlin, big eye tuna, scattered yellowfin tuna, and for those that stay overnight there is a good swordfish bite with the hotspot being the Wilmington Canyon. Bob Strausser of Birdsboro, PA weighed in a 125 pound bigeye tuna caught at the Wilmington Canyon while fishing on Joe Gillen’s boat Y-Knot out of Wildwood. Today (Sunday), the yellowfin tuna turned on at the 19 Fathom Lump and many boats had double digit tuna up to 60 pounds while trolling and chunking. Along the surf some kingfish are starting to show up, and some flounder are being caught while bucktailing with Gulp! or mackerel strips, but the best bite from the surf is sharks. There are plenty of brown sharks, dusky sharks and sand tiger sharks being caught right in the suds. These species are protected, so this fishing is for catch and release only. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing a solid 5 Claws and says, “This is some of the best crabbing we’ve seen in years!”


Sunday, July 5, 2015 4:51:27 PM

The back bays have been producing some nice flounder with plenty of throwbacks in the mix. Steve Wagner of Turnersville, NJ weighed in a 6 pound 14 ounce flounder caught on a bucktail tipped with Gulp! while fishing on his boat Lauren Yvonne behind the Wildwoods. Charles Breon of Villas, NJ fished the Grassy Sound area on his Hobie Pro Angler kayak and landed a 5 pound 3 ounce flounder on a mackerel strip. The Cape May Reef and Reef Site 11 were producing plenty of flounder with the larger fish being caught on the incoming tide near the flood. Bluefish were reported from the Wildwood Reef along with some flounder. Offshore, there was a good big eye tuna bite in the Wilmington Canyon. Bluefin tuna have moved in to the inshore lumps, and they are being caught on the troll and some while chunking. Mahi-mahi are also in the mix. McKenna Vessels, age 10, of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 10 pound 6 ounce mahi-mahi she caught on a jig near FFB Bouy while fishing on Dad’s boat Miss McK+3. Along the beachfront there were a few small stripers and some kingfish are starting to show up. The 22nd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 11th followed by a Pig Roast BBQ and Awards Ceremony. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 for more information or stop by for an entry form. Captain’s meeting will be held Friday, July 10th @ 7 PM. Crabby Jack says the crabbing was not quite as good as last week and gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week.


Sunday, June 28, 2015 4:57:11 PM

When the weather allowed mid week, flounder fishing in the back bays was red hot with numerous reports of limits and fishing was very good and getting better at the Reefs. George Kehnast reported a limit of flounder and over 40 throwbacks from the back bay mid week. Ryan Hagen of Royersford, PA checked in with a 4 pound 5 ounce flounder caught at the Cape May Reef on a squid/minnow combo. Offshore, yellowfin tuna has been the most consistent catch in the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. Blue and white marlin were also reported. Keep your eyes open for flotsam and jetsam as there are more and more mahi-mahi showing up every day. Scott Nave of Goshen, NJ weighed in a 19 pound dolphin caught in the Teacup area. Crabby Jack says once again, the crabbing was fantastic this week with plenty of number ones being caught, and gives it 5 Claws! There’s only two weeks left until the 22nd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament! Stop by the shop or call 609-729-1425 for more information or visit sterlingharbor.com.


Sunday, June 21, 2015 4:46:22 PM

Flounder fishing in the back bays remains good with more throwbacks to pick through, but still some hefty fish are being caught. Customer, Allan Lehman of Greencastle, PA checked in to report his 11.37 pound flounder caught from his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak! Allan caught the fish on a live minnow, and beached the fish since he forgot his net! He weighed the fish in at Avalon Hodge Podge. Both the Cape May Reef and Reef Site 11, showed improved flounder fishing this week and should be getting better and better as we head into prime season - just in time for the 22nd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 11th. Joan Reid of Woodbury Heights, NJ stopped by to weigh in a 4 pound 11 ounce flounder caught on a squid/minnow combination at the Cape May Reef while fishing on her boat Hog ‘Em All. Joan and husband Bill reported 5 keeper flounder and plenty of throwbacks. Weakfish action remains goods around the jetties with Mirr-O-Lures, pink Zooms, and bloodworms working well for the tiderunners. Bill Henfey, Jr. landed an 8 pound weakfish on a pink Zoom from near Cold Spring Inlet. Shark fishing remains excellent with plenty of mako sharks still being caught along with brown sharks, blue sharks and hammerhead sharks. The Cigar area and along the 20 fathom line has been the hottest areas for sharking. Look for water temperatures near 65 degrees for the best shark fishing. Crabby Jack says it’s been another excellent week of crabbing around the Wildwoods, and gives the crabbing 4 Claws again! Sterling Harbor’s 22nd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 11th! Registration forms are now available in the shop and online @ sterlingharbor.com. Call 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 14, 2015 4:57:51 PM

The winds finally let up and the fish are snapping! Nice catches of sharks, flounder and weakfish kept anglers busy once the winds let up. Some of the best shark fishing in recent history took place this week with many boats catching and releasing 1/2 dozen mako sharks a day in the South Jersey Shark Tournament, along with blue sharks, brown sharks, hammerheads and thresher sharks. Chris Lowery of Ocean View, NJ weighed in a 160 pound mako shark caught on Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot” out of Wildwood. Flounder fishing in the back bays turned on with nice fish being caught using minnows, Gulp! and mackerel strips. Drew Kelly of Philadelphia, PA weighed in a 7.95 pound flounder caught on a live minnow and Chris McCutcheon of West Chester, PA had a 4.51 pound flounder on a live minnow caught while fishing from a Hobie Mirage Outfitter Kayak behind the Wildwoods. Ray Flexer of Perkasie, PA weighed in a 3.5 pound flounder caught on a mackerel strip behind the Wildwoods. Keeper flounder were also caught at the Cape May Reef along with some Sea Bass. Chris Philbrick of Lumberton, NJ weighed in a 6.42 pound flounder and son Samuel age 11 had a 3.37 pound flounder caught at the Cape May Reef on the “Tuna Can” out of Wildwood. (Not bad for their first time fishing saltwater!) Sea Bass were also caught at Reef Site 11. Weakfish up to 8 pounds are being caught around the jetties in North Wildwood, Cold Spring Inlet, and Cape May Point. Mirr-O-Lures and pink Zooms have been working well for the tiderunners. Carol O’Connor of Glendora, NJ checked in with a 7.5 pound Weakfish that took a Mirr-O-Lure. Bill Collins of Glendora, NJ weighed in a 7.85 pound tiderunner, also caught on a Mirr-O-Lure. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 claws this week saying the crabbing is the best of the season so far! Sterling Harbor’s 22nd Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 11, 2015 with both a boat and a kayak division. Entry forms are now available in the shop or online @ sterlingharbor.com or call 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 7, 2015 3:51:59 PM

The weather this past week hampered most angling efforts until the weekend when things settled down with the winds. Back bay flounder fishing has been good when conditions are right. Courtney Flynn of Audubon, PA weighed in a 3 pound 15 ounce flounder caught on a mackerel strip near Turtle Creek. Nevaeh Prettyman age 4, of North Cape May checked in with a 3 pound 1 ounce flounder caught on a live minnow while fishing on Pop’s Boat behind the Wildwoods. Jacob Sheldon age 12, of North Cape May also had a keeper flounder while fishing on Pop’s Boat. The northeast wind turned on the schoolie stripers in the back bays and those that fished for them did very well. The drumfish bite was very good during the full moon before the weather turned for the worst. Shark conditions looked “just right” as the weekend approached and this proved true, as most who tried did well with the sharks. Christian Penrose, age 18 of Swedesboro, NJ boated a 137 pound Mako Shark on mackerel while fishing on “Stocktails” out of Wildwood. Frank Hennigan reported 5 mako sharks releases while fishing aboard the “Three Pete”. Scott Wheeler boated one mako shark and released several blue sharks and dusky sharks while fishing from his boat Big Bone out of Wildwood. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says the crabs are fattening up nicely. We are fully stocked with 2015 Hobie Kayaks, Jackson Kayaks, Wilderness Systems and Ocean Kayaks and have the largest selection of kayaks and kayak fishing accessories in South Jersey. Stop by to take a test ride and let us help you get out on the water!


Sunday, May 31, 2015 5:22:28 PM

Fishing has been challenging this week due to the windy conditions. Flounder are still being caught in the back bays and and the bite should improve once the winds subside. Drumfish are still being caught in the Delaware Bay in the 20 foot slough the 60 foot slough and the Punk Grounds near Brandywine Light. Luke Dombrowski of North Cape May checked in with a 75.5 pound Black Drum caught on clam in the Delaware Bay. Weakfish have been schooling up around the jetties and are hitting on pink Zooms and Finesse Fish. Sea Bass season has started and some are being caught at the offshore wrecks. Kingfish have been reported in the surf from North Wildwood to Avalon on Bloodworms. A few striped bass are being caught around the Ferry jetties and Higbees beach. Offshore the sharks are beginning to show up along with some yellowfin tuna in the canyons. Tim McGregor and Jerry Southern boated a 153 pound Mako Shark on Tim’s boat Reel Maniacs out of Wildwood. Joe Gillen of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 32 pound Golden Tilefish from the Baltimore Canyon and the crew also landed several yellowfin tuna while fishing on Joe’s boat Y-Knot. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2 Claws this week.


Sunday, May 24, 2015 5:06:04 PM

Fishing this past week was red hot! Weakfish have turned on in the back bays and around the inlets. Bucktails or jigheads tipped with pink Zooms have been working well for the weakfish and so are bloodworms floated beneath a bobber. Jason McFarland of Oceanview, NJ checked in with an 8 pound 10 ounce weakfish that measured 29 inches. The fish was caught on a pink Zoom in the Grassy Sound area. Mike Sullivan of Warrington, PA weighed in a 6 pound 7 ounce weakfish, measuring 29 inches, while using Gulp! behind Wildwood. Some of the best drumfishing in recent history has happened over the past week and a half, right off of Townbank in the Delaware Bay, less than 2 miles from the ferry inlet. The incoming tide and the change of high tide has been the best bite for the drumfish. Frank Mikulak of Philadelphia weighed in his first ever drumfish that tipped the scale at 72 pounds. Frank was fishing on Doug DeBlieu’s boat “Ever-Endeavor” out of Wildwood. Dave Hirsch of Cape May Court House fished the Delaware Bay with Bill Dougherty of Goshen, and the crew had 8 drumfish weighing from 40 to 80 pounds. Flounder season opened Friday with some nice catches of fish up to 25 inches. The best bite is in the back bays using a bucktail rig tipped with Gulp! or a mackerel strip. Bruce Fish of Wildwood and Don Friel of Goshen had 3 keeper flounder on opening day measuring up to 22 inches. Friends DJ Zolna, age 11 and Griffin Yerk, age 11 of Rio Grande, NJ fished on Dan Zolna’s boat “Accipiter” out of Wildwood and DJ nailed a 3 pound 10 ounce flounder and Griffin caught a 4 pound flounder both caught while using a bucktail tipped with Gulp!. Malaina, age 8 and Karleigh, age 5 Preston of Drexel Hill, PA checked in with a 3 pound 2 ounce flounder and a 2 pound 5 ounce flounder caught while fishing Gulp! on Dad’s boat behind the Wildwoods. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ had 3 keeper flounder up to 22 inches while fishing from his Hobie Pro Angler 12 kayak. Charles Parker of Villas, NJ had 2 keeper flounder caught on Gulp! while fishing from his Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak behind Wildwood. Bluefish up to 15 pounds are scattered throughout the back bays and along the beachfront from the Delaware Bay and north. A few striped bass are being caught mostly around Cape May Point and the ferry jetty and clam is the bait of choice. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 claws this week.


Sunday, May 17, 2015 4:50:38 PM

The fishing scene has exploded this week with tuna, tilefish, sharks, bluefish, drumfish and the first weakfish of the season! Yellowfin tuna are being caught in the Wilmington and Spencer Canyons. Joe Gillen and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood had 12 yellowfin tuna in the 30 pound range while trolling the Wilmington Canyon. The crew also weighed in a 35 pound golden tilefish for angler Drew Bakley of Cape May, NJ, a 27 pound golden tilefish for angler Harry Cowen of Green Creek, NJ, and a 20 pound golden tilefish for angler Kyle Killen of Wildwood, NJ. Congratulations to Rob Kurian and crew of MISsFIT who landed an 820 pound Mako Shark at the Wilmington Canyon! The fish measured 11 feet with a girth of 5 feet and was weighed in at South Jersey Marina. Drumfishing has been excellent on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay! Bob Fritz of Philadelphia, PA checked in with a 68 pound black drumfish. Dave Hirsch of Cape May Court House landed a 55 pound black drum. Striper reports have been scattered, with a few fish being caught off North Wildwood beaches, Cape May Point, and the Delaware Bay beaches. Nice bluefish from 2 pounds up to 20 pounds are being caught off the beachfront, around the jetties, and in the back bays. The bluefish are here, there and everywhere! Flounder season opens Friday, May 22nd and there are plenty of fish holding in the back bays, with fish up to 25 inches reported so far. We are stocked with Gulp!, buck tails, jig heads, bait, and everything you need for a successful opening day of flounder season! On the kayak fishing scene, Dr. George Reinhart of North Cape May, NJ landed a 29.6 pound striped bass on a bunker chunk while fishing the Delaware Bay on his Hobie Mirage Outback kayak! Mike Brier of Villas, NJ had 3 black drumfish up to 80 pounds while fishing fresh clam in the Delaware Bay on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 kayak! Stop by and let us help you get out on the water in a Hobie, Jackson Wilderness Systems or Ocean kayak! Custom rigging is our specialty and we have the largest selection of kayaks and kayak accessories in the area! Crabby Jack says the crabs are out of the mud and fattening up. It’s time to get the crab traps in the water!


Sunday, November 16, 2014 7:13:51 PM

Striped Bass fishing in the Delaware Bay and Cape May Rips is gradually improving in Southern New Jersey with the recent cold fronts that have passed through. There are some large bass being caught while chunking in the Delaware Bay. Rick Brennecke and crew from Springfield, PA chunked the 60 foot slough area of the Delaware Bay on Rick’s boat Gross Weight and angler Joe Brennecke landed a 43 pound Striped Bass measuring 46 inches. The Cape May Rips have also produced some nice fish, while drifting eels or live spot but it has really been hit or miss. Team Accipiter with Capt. Dan Zolna of Rio Grande, NJ worked a bird play off the Wildwood beach and bagged 7 Striped Bass to 26 pounds on live eels. Sea Bass fishing has been good at the offshore wrecks in 150-200 ft. depths when the weather allows. Tog season is open, and togging has been excellent around the rockpiles and inshore wrecks. Kayak anglers Charles Breon of Villas, NJ and Jim Dickinson of Rio Grande, NJ reported a limit of Tog on green crabs at the Cold Spring Inlet jetty. In the back bays, scoolie stripers with an occasional keeper are still being caught on bait or lures. Our fall kayak sale is in full force with huge savings on leftover, demo and rental kayaks. We are now a dealer of Jackson Kayak’s! Our first delivery is here, so stop by to check them out!


Sunday, September 28, 2014 2:10:15 PM

This past week, we saw our first fall nor’easter that brought most fishing to a halt for a few days and by the time the winds let up, fluke season had ended. Offshore winds and weather late in the week, did not allow anglers to get out, but before the blow, good catches of white marlin and tuna were reported in the canyons. Along the beachfront, 1-2 pound bluefish are chasing the mullet schools that are migrating out of the back bays. In the back bays, small bluefish and schoolie size stripers are feeding on the excess of baitfish along the sod banks. Our kayak anglers reported good tautog action along the rock piles. Charles Breon of Wildwood, NJ checked in with a 2 pound 14 ounce tog, caught while fishing from his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 Kayak. (Remember the limit is one Tautog until November 16th!) Crabbing has finally kicked in, and Crabby Jack once again gave the crabbing 5 Claws this week saying the catches are good as the crabs are feeding heavily before they burrow into the mud for the winter. Our Fall Kayak and Stand-Up-Paddleboard Sale is in full swing! Stop by soon for the best selection of demo and leftover kayaks and stand up paddleboards!


Sunday, September 21, 2014 12:54:24 PM

Fluke fishing once again remains excellent with plenty of fish to be found at the Reefs. There are plenty of fluke however you have to pick through smaller fish to get the keepers in the cooler. There are also fluke being caught from the south end of Stone Harbor Beach on Mirrolures & Gulp! Don't forget flounder season ends September 27th, so get in as much fishing time as you can now before the season ends. Along the beachfront, 1-2 pound bluefish are feeding on mullet and peanut bunker that are leaving the back bays. Offshore tuna fishing has improved with overnight catches of yellowfin tuna and albacore being reported. Daytime trolling has also been producing tuna, mahi-mahi, an occasional wahoo and some of the best white marlin fishing in years! The back bay fishing has been excellent for striped bass and kayak anglers are reporting weakfish under the lights at night. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws this week and says the crabbing should remain good over the next few weeks! Our Fall Kayak and Stand-Up-Paddleboard Sale is in full swing! Stop by soon for the best selection of demo and leftover kayaks and stand up paddleboards!


Sunday, September 14, 2014 4:27:58 PM

Fishing reports have slowed since Labor Day weekend with folks getting back into their fall routines, however flounder fishing remains excellent at the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds when anglers are able to get out. The fall migration has started with mullet and peanut bunker pouring out of the back bays and small bluefish chasing them everywhere along the beachfront. Striper action remains excellent in the back bays with fish being caught while chunking sardines or on surface poppers along the sod banks. Offshore at the canyons, fishing is picking up with some nice yellowfin being caught on overnight chunking trips or daytime trolling. There are also some marlin, mahi-mahi and an occaisional whoo in the mix. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week! Our fall kayak clearance sale is in full swing! Stop by soon for the best selection as we make room for our 2015 fleet of Hobie Kayaks, Wilderness Systems and Ocean kayaks!


Sunday, August 31, 2014 4:58:03 PM

Flounder fishing leads the action again this past week, but that even slowed up as Hurricane Cristobal passed by. However by the weekend, the water began to clear and fluke catches were improving. Scott Wheeler of Wenonah, NJ and crew had eleven keeper flounder up to 8 pounds while fishing the Cape May Reef on Scott’s boat “Big Bone” out of Wildwood. Other anglers also reported excellent flounder action at the Cape May Reef with a lot of throwbacks mixed in with the keepers. Offshore, it seems like the tuna are north of us right now in the Lindenkohl Canyon and white marlin are scattered from the Wilmington Canyon south. Wahoo and nice mahi-mahi have been reported from the East Lump out to and along the 20 Fathom Line. Along the beachfront kingfish are taking bloodworms and Fishbites (I Can’t Believe It’s Not Bloodworms!) with a few croakers mixed in. Back bay striper fishing is red hot with sardine chunks being the bait of choice. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and said the crabbing picked up and crabbing is good right now and should be good right through September!


Sunday, August 24, 2014 4:03:23 PM

Once again, this weeks best reports came from flounder fisherman. When the winds allowed, flounder fishing at the reefs is on fire with many anglers reporting limits! Bob Kenig of Town Bank, NJ checked in with a 8 pound 8 ounce flounder measuring 28.5 inches caught at the Cape May Reef while drifting a live minnow on his boat “Saint Sandy”. Frank Hennigan of Glenmoore, PA reported a limit of flounder (again) to 6 pounds while fishing at Reef Site 11 on his boat “Avalanche”. Offshore, tuna action slowed this past week, but there are plenty of mahi-mahi and white marlin action is picking up. Ashley Lucadema of Cape May Court House, NJ boated a 45 inch mahi-mahi while trolling the south shoal area. Mark Allonardo of Forest Grove, NJ reported a nice bull mahi from Reef Site 11 while fishing on the Pudges Catch II. Along the beachfront, inshore, and in the back bays, croakers, kingfish, and flounder are being caught and a surprise visit from some nice sized bluefish has anglers excited. Several anglers reported excellent bluefish action with fish up to 8 pounds being trolled up at 5 Fathom Bank and off Cape May Point with Clark Spoons. There are plenty of schoolie Stripers in the back bays hitting on chunked sardines and also on top water lures along the sod banks. Crabbing this past week remained slow even after the full moon according to Crabby Jack who gave the crabbing only 2.5 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 17, 2014 5:07:11 PM

The hottest action this past week has been fluke fishing. Fluking at all the reefs has been excellent especially at Reef Site 11 and the Cape May Reef. Frank Hennigan and crew of Glenmore, PA limited out with flounder up to 7 pounds at Reef Site 11 on Saturday on Frank’s boat “Avalanche”. There is still good fluke action in the back bays. Taylor Rossiter of Bridgeton, NJ checked in with a 2 pound 14 ounce flounder measuring 19 inches from the back bay of Wildwood and she also released a 26 inch striped bass. There are still a lot of throwbacks to pick through to get the keepers, but the action is steady. The back bay striper fishing was red hot this past week with sardines being the bait of choice however striped bass are also being caught throwing top water lures such as Zara Spooks and the like along the sod banks. Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton, NJ weighed in a 10.2 pound striped bass caught on a frozen sardine. Chandler Olvieri age 15 of Ridgefield Park, NJ caught his first ever keeper striper measuring 30 inches on a frozen sardine from the Wildwood back bay. Chandler also had a 25 inch striped bass on sardine that was released. Offshore tuna action improved with bigeye tuna and yellowfin being caught from the Lindenkohl down to the Baltimore Canyon, with the occasional mahi-mahi and some white and blue marlin in the mix. Tim McGregor of Wildwood, NJ got his largest bigeye tuna to date; a 225 pounder from the Lindenkohl Canyon while trolling on his boat “Reel Maniacs”. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing only 3 Claws this week. Check out our end of summer kayak sale with great savings on leftover and demo kayaks!


Sunday, August 10, 2014 5:52:48 PM

Flounder fishing at the reefs is HOT, HOT, HOT! Nice catches have been reported from the Cape May Reef, Wildwood Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds with many boats limiting out. There are many undersize Fluke to pick through to get the keepers but the action is steady. Keep your eyes open while flounder fishing as mahi-mahi and a few cobia are swimming around the reefs also! Capt. Dan Gus of Erma, NJ checked in with a 5 pound 9 ounce flounder caught with drifting near McCries Shoal on Dan Zolna’s boat “Accipiter" out of Wildwood. Suzanne and Ken Smith of Philadelphia, PA and Scott Pierce of Drexel Hill, PA limited out on flounder to 5 pounds at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Ken’s boat Tuna Chic. Ken took his Hobie Pro Angler 14 kayak along and landed a 6 pound flounder on his kayak! Pat Sumek of Glassboro, NJ weighed in a 6 pound 4 ounce and a 5 pound 8 ounce flounder from Reef Site 11 while fishing on Nino Aversa’s boat El Nino. Lloyd DeNicolo of Paramus, NJ weighed in his first ever flounder at 5 pounds 15 ounces caught while fishing the Cape May Reef on Ray Dunne’s boat “Dunne Dreamin’” out of Wildwood. A few keeper flounder are still being caught in the back bays, closer to the inlets being the best. Lisa Matz age 13, of Washington Township, NJ caught her first ever flounder weighing 2 pounds 9 ounces on Clam in the back bay of Wildwood. Along the beachfront kingfish and croakers are being caught on bloodworms and Fishbites. The Cape May Rips is still red hot for snapper blues. Offshore action was on the slow side during the week, but seemed to have picked up over the weekend. Bigeye and Yellowfin Tuna were caught at the Wilmington Canyon and white marlin were also reported. Mahi-mahi are being caught anywhere from the inshore reefs out to the canyons. Tom D’Alfonso and crew of Elk Township, NJ reported 10 mahi-mahi caught while trolling the 30 Fathom line on his boat “Reel Trouble” out of Wildwood, NJ with the largest bull landed by son Tommy, Jr. Lee Garber of Wilmington, NJ weighed in a 74 pound yellowfin tuna caught while trolling the Wilmington Canyon on Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot”. Nathan Miller of Reading, PA weighed in a 110 pound bigeye tuna also caught at the Wilmington Canyon on Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot”. Kyle Killen age 16 of Wildwood, NJ caught his first ever mahi-mahi weighing in at 15 pounds caught while trolling the Elephant Trunk area on Greg Bulifant’s boat “Big Bully II” out of Wildwood, NJ. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing only 3 claws this week but says things will pick up after the full moon this coming week and should remain good through September.


Sunday, August 3, 2014 4:02:42 PM

Flounder fishing this past week was excellent with fish being caught in the back bays, around the inlets and at the Reefs. The Wildwood Reef produced many nice fluke with keepers up to 5 pounds. The Cape May Reef has started to produce more keeper fish this past week, and Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds continue with excellent flounder fishing. There are lots of throwback flounder mixed in with the keepers, making for plenty of action. John Niewinski of Mullica Hill, NJ checked in with a 3 pound 15 ounce flounder caught on a live minnow in the ICW behind Wildwood. Nino Aversa of Washington Township, NJ fished with a buddy near the Grassy Sound area behind North Wildwood and boated eight keeper flounder. Eric Calvitti of Warrington, PA landed a 13 pound sheepshead while fishing behind Stone Harbor. Gerald Vessels of Wildwood, NJ had a great day on the water fishing with seven year old daughter Allyson and friend Billy on his boat “Mc K & A III”. The crew landed several nice mahi-mahi and had a nice catch of flounder. Seven year old Allyson Vessels landed her first ever mahi-mahi that tipped the scales at 23 pounds! The fish was caught while trolling the 5 Fathom Bank area. Billy Boyle, Jr., of Philadelphia, PA weighed in a 5 pound 14 ounce Flounder from the Cape May Reef while using a Spro Bucktail and Gulp!. The Cape May Rips are providing a lot of action for fisherman looking for snapper bluefish, croakers and kingfish. The offshore hotspot this week was the Wilmington Canyon with bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi and white marlin. The lumps inside the canyons are still producing nice catches of bluefin tuna while trolling, chunking and jigging. There are plenty of schoolie stripers being caught in the back bays around the bridges and sod banks. Anglers have been catching them on soft plastics, top water lures and while chunking sardines. A few kingfish are being landed from the surf and the bait of choice has been bloodworms. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says there are some nice size crabs right now, just not in large quantities.


Sunday, July 27, 2014 5:23:51 PM

Fishing in Southern Jersey is at its Summertime peak right now! Flounder fishing is excellent. Flounder are still being caught in the back bays, but are moving towards the inlets as ocean water temps warm. Mike Woertz of Runnemede, NJ checked in with a 7 pound 12 ounce flounder caught on a Spro Bucktail near Grassy Sound. Good reports came from the Wildwood Reef late in the week. Bill Stewart and crew of Swedesboro, NJ had a good catch of Flounder both Friday and Saturday at the Wildwood Reef with fish up to 5 pounds. Good Fluke catches have also been reported from the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Suzanne and Ken Smith Philadelphia, PA and Scott Pierce of Drexel Hill, PA reported 15 keeper flounder up to 6 pounds while drifting Reef Site 11 on Sue and Ken’s boat Tuna Chic. Suzanne also boated a 20 pound mahi-mahi from Reef Site 11 while flounder fishing! Offshore fishing has been great with white marlin, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna and mahi-mahi being caught in and around the canyons while trolling, jigging and chunking. There was a good big-eye tuna bite in the Wilmington Canyon late in the week. Ken Freeman and crew of Upper Black Eddy, PA had four bluefin tuna to 90 pounds while chunking sardines at the Hambone on Ken’s boat “Quality Time II” out of Wildwood. Jamie Neill of Rio Grande, NJ landed his first ever bluefin tuna while jigging at Massey Canyon on Tuna Chic out of Wildwood and the crew reported six more bluefin and two mahi-mahi while trolling and jigging. Joe Cannon of Boyertown, PA reported a big white marlin caught while trolling the Wilmington Canyon on Joe Gillen’s boat “Y-Knot” out of Wildwood. Surf fishing has picked up @ Sunset beach in Cape May and at the north end of Wildwood with kingfish and croakers being caught. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week!


Sunday, July 20, 2014 5:04:47 PM

The weather this past week hampered fishing efforts, but when anglers were able to get out they found good fishing all around. The back bays are holding plenty of flounder to keep anglers busy with lots of shorts, and keeper flounder up to 5 pounds. Ryan Matejik of Levittown, PA had a 4 pound 4 ounce Flounder from near two mile bridge on a Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Tommy Basiura, age 12 of Perkiominville, PA reported a 21 inch flounder caught on Gulp! near the North Wildwood rocks. Nick Tharp, age 11, of West Palm Beach, FL landed his first ever flounder, a 2 pound 7 ounce fish caught on a live minnow while fishing on Sean Bulifant’s boat “Crabby Pants” in the ICW near North Wildwood. On the same trip, Sean of Cape May Court House, NJ landed a 4 pound 15 ounce flounder, also caught on a live minnow. Kayak anglers are still enjoying the back bay flounder fishing and are reporting good action with schoolie stripers along the sod banks behind Wildwood. Stop by Sterling Harbor to check out our Hobie, Wilderness Systems and Ocean Kayaks and get in on the action! We have the largest selection of kayak fishing accessories in Cape May County and with over 15 years kayak fishing experience, we have what it takes to get you out on the water! Good flounder catches were reported from Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds and in the Delaware Bay from 14 foot to Miah Maul near the shipping lanes. The Cape May Reef is starting to produce keeper flounder as well. Mike Reed and crew from Rockledge, PA fished the Cape May Reef and reported 3 keeper flounder to 24 inches and plenty of throwbacks with Lil’ Mike Reed, age 10 catching the 24” fish! Offshore, tuna fishing has been excellent at the Canyons while trolling. Some yellowfin and bluefin tuna were caught near the Hot Dog and Hambone areas mainly on the troll with a few tuna caught while chunking and jigging. In the surf, some Kingfish are starting to show up along the Wildwood beachfront and there are plenty of croakers being caught mainly around Cape May Point. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and said crabbing will improve as the water temps rise.


Sunday, July 6, 2014 4:12:47 PM

Flounder fishing was great at the Old Grounds, Reef Site 11 and also in the back bays before Hurricane Arthur came barreling up the coast for the 4th of July weekend. Early in the week, the Cape May Reef was also showing increased numbers of keeper Flounder. Ryan Matejik of Levittown, PA weighed in a 4 pound 4 ounce Flounder measuring 28 inches, caught near 2 mile Bridge on a Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Thursday and through the weekend most boats remained dockside due to the winds associated with Hurricane Arthur. The Flounder were hovering around the inlets before the storm but since the water temps have dropped we should see continued action in the back bays where the water is still warmer. The back bays are also producing schoolie sized Stripers for those throwing top water lures or jerk baits. Offshore action was good prior to the storm with blue marlin, white marlin, yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi. Crabby Jack gave the crabbing 4 Claws this week and said the crabbing picked up tremendously. Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014 and as of this writing, the weather and the fishing are looking great for an awesome tournament! Call the store @ 609-729-1425 for more information or visit www.sterlingharbor.com.


Monday, June 30, 2014 9:30:05 AM

Fishing remained good this past week on the Jersey Cape. Flounder fishing is picking up every day with the best action continuing to be at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Back bay fluking remains good with keeper flounder in the 3 to 5 pound class being caught on a regular basis with plenty of shorts in the mix. Scott Harbison of Monroeville, NJ checked in with a 4 pound 11 ounce flounder caught on a live minnow in the ICW near Grassy Sound. Joanna McShaffrey of Erma, NJ caught a 24 inch flounder in the Wildwood back bays. Now is the time to get out there and sharpen your skills and find your hotspots before Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament which will be held July 12, 2014! Croakers made a showing along the beachfront and in the back bays and bloodworms has been the bait of choice. Shark fishing remains good between the 20 and 30 Fathom lines with dusky, hammerhead and mako sharks being caught. Offshore fishing was spotty with some reports of yellowfin tuna in the 60 pound range, and a few mahi and white marlin being caught in the Baltimore and Poor Man’s Canyon’s. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week. Entry forms for Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament on July 12, 2014, are available in the shop and can also be printed online @ www.sterlingharbor.com.


Sunday, June 22, 2014 2:05:27 PM

Saltwater fishing continued to be good this week. Flounder, weakfish and schoolie stripers are being caught in the back bays. Peter Walts of Ambler, PA nailed a 23 inch flounder while fishing the back bay on his Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. Flounder fishing is heating up at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds with some nice sized fish being caught. Donna Stewart of Swedesboro, NJ started her season off with a nice 3 pound 14 ounce flounder while drifting spearing at Reef Site 11 on her boat “Tuna Can”. LJ Beswick, age 7 of West Chester, PA landed a 25 inch flounder while fishing at Reef Site 11. A few kingfish and croakers are showing up at Cape May Point along with some small weakfish and small flounders. Shark fishing remains good. Mike Reed of Rockledge, PA checked in with a 203 pound mako shark caught on mackerel while fishing the Cigar area on his boat “Kensington Princess 2”. Yellowfin tuna up to 60 pounds were reported from the Poorman’s and Baltimore Canyons along with some mahi-mahi and the first white marlin of the year! Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week with plenty of nice sized blue claws to take home! Preparations are well underway for Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014 followed by a Pig Roast BBQ and award’s ceremony with live music by the Tidal Wave Band and Steel 30! Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 or visit www.sterlingharbor.com for more information.


Sunday, June 15, 2014 8:22:57 PM

Fishing season is in full swing right now with many choices for anglers from inshore to offshore. Back bay boat and kayak anglers are still catching flounder up to 5 pounds with an occasional trophy weakfish. Jason Bailey of Conshohocken, PA checked in with a 5 pound 11 ounce weakfish caught on a Pink Glow Fin S while fishing the back bays on George Danley’s boat “Liquid Asset” out of Wildwood. Patrick Latham and son Carson of Ewing, NJ landed two nice Father’s Day fluke while first time kayak fishing on a Hobie Mirage Outfitter kayak near Richardson Channel. There are still plenty of schoolie stripers in the back bays hitting on top water plugs, and the Northeast winds late in the week really turned them on! Surf reports were quiet this week, except we did hear of few kingfish being caught. Good catches of kingfish, flounder and weakfish have been reported from the ferry lanes. Offshore, at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds when the weather permitted, fluke fishing has been excellent with spearing or mackerel strips being the bait of choice. Scott Wheeler and crew of Wenonah, NJ had a nice catch of flounder up to 5 pounds while fishing Reef Site 11 on his boat “Big Bone” out of Wildwood. Citgo Ed of Erma, NJ stopped in and reported where not to go; he reported no action at the Wildwood Reef. Seabass action is good on the wrecks along the 20 Fathom line. Offshore, shark fishing remains excellent with many mako sharks, brown sharks, threshers and blue sharks being caught. In the canyons, both yellowfin and bluefin tuna action remains good with a spattering of mahi-mahi in the mix. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week, and said big bright moon shone down from the sky and made for good catches of crabs! Preparations are underway for Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 12th! Call 609-729-1425 or e-mail sterlingharbor@comcast.net for more information.


Sunday, June 8, 2014 6:52:02 PM

The Flounder bite has started at the Old Grounds! Several boats had their limit with fish up to 28 inches reported. Trish and Tom Griffith and Bill Cline of Washington Township, NJ had a limit of Flounder up to 28 inches at the Old Grounds while fishing on their boat “Shark Bait” out of Wildwood, NJ. Flounder are also still being caught in the back bays. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House, NJ reported 2 keeper Flounder and lots of tailor blues while fishing the back bay on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 kayak. Spearing and Mackerel strips were the baits of choice in both the back bays and the deeper water. Weakfish are still being caught around the inlet jetties and also in the back bays. Bill and Dave Hansen of Philadelphia, PA checked in with a 5 pound 15 ounce Weakfish and a 6 pound 9 ounce Weakfish caught on soft plastics and Bloodworms near Cape May Point. Bud Garozzo of Swedesboro, NJ landed a 5 pound 11 ounce Weakfish while drifting a Gulp! Swimming Mullet on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler kayak near Grassy Sound. Drum fishing is still good in the Delaware Bay and should remain so until after the upcoming full moon. Shark fishing is in prime season with Blue Sharks, Mako Sharks and Thresher Sharks being caught. Capt. Mark on the Angry Wife out of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 382 pound Thresher Shark @ South Jersey Shark Tournament that was caught between the 20 and 30 Fathom line. Bob and Sharon Bigwood of Woolwich Township, NJ ventured offshore on their boat “A Toy Story” and came home with a mixed bag of Yellowfin Tuna, several Mahi-Mahi and Tilefish up to 31 pounds. On the way home, Bob and Sharon stopped on a wreck along the 20 Fathom line and limited out on Sea Bass up to 4 pounds. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says crabbing has picked up again now after the new moon. Sterling Harbor’s 21st Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2014, and it looks like fishing is shaping up nicely for a great competition! Entry forms will be available soon. Call 609-729-1425 or e-mail sterlingharbor@comcast.net for more information. Stop by and see us at Cape May’s Harborfest next Saturday, June 14th! We’ll be displaying our Hobie Kayaks and Hobie Stand-Up Paddleboards with great savings throughout the weekend!


Sunday, June 1, 2014 7:21:18 PM

Drum fishing remained excellent in the Delaware Bay when the weather allowed and should remain good through the next couple weeks until after the full moon. Weakfish action slowed during the cool northeast winds but as soon as the sun came out so did the weakies. Nice catches of weakfish are being caught around the jetties at Cape May Point, North Wildwood and Cold Spring Inlet. Bill Hansen of Philadelphia, PA checked in with a 5 pound 11 ounce Weakfish measuring 28 inches. Melisa Smith of Philadelphia, PA weighed in a 5 pound 8 ounce Weakfish that hit a bloodworm near Cape May Point. Bobby Greenling of Marmora, NJ caught and released a 30 inch weakfish while fishing a Cape May Jetty. Fluke fishing in the back bay remains good with some 3 to 6 pound fish being caught. Bucktails with mackerel strips or spearing with a Gulp! swimming mullet on a teaser hook has been working well for anglers. Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton, NJ had a 4 pound and a 5 pound Flounder while fishing the Wildwood back bays on his Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayak while using Gulp! swimming mullet on a bucktail. Michelle and Rich Derer of Wildwood, NJ boated Flounder from 20 - 24 inches while drifting Mackerel strips on a bucktail behind Wildwood on their boat Miche’. Seabass action remains good on the Wrecks around the 20 fathom line. Shark fishing is just kicking into gear with reports of Thresher, Mako and Brown sharks between the 20 and 30 Fathom line. We are fully stocked with all of your shark fishing baits, rigs and floats. Crabby Jack gave the crabbing only 2 Claws this week due to the new moon, but says “When big moon rise up in the sky, crabbing will improve!”


Monday, May 26, 2014 2:10:41 PM

Both the weather and the fish cooperated for Memorial Day weekend! Drumfish are being caught in good numbers on both the New Jersey and the Delaware sides of the Delaware Bay. Corey Clark of Wildwood, NJ weighed in his first ever black drum that tipped the scales at 72 pounds! Mike Brier of Villas, NJ landed a 59 pound black drum measuring 45 inches while fishing in his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 kayak. Weakfish are being caught around the jetties and throughout the back bays with fish up to 8 pounds being reported. Scott Pierce checked in with a 8 pound 3 ounce Weakfish that took a pink Zoom behind North Wildwood. Back bay fluking started slow due to the wind, but improved throughout the weekend with many keepers being caught on both Sunday and Monday. Peggy Kelley of Pittsgrove, NJ caught her personal best Flounder, measuring 25 inches and weighing in at 5 pound 5 ounces caught while fishing the ICW behind Wildwood on her boat Razzamatazz! Congrats, Peggy! Seven year old Malaina and 4 year old Karleigh Preston of Drexel Hill, PA each had keeper Flounder while using Gulp! for bait in the Wildwood back bays. Sea Bass season is open and several boats got their limits with the best reports coming from the wrecks around the 20 fathom line. Stripers are being caught along the beachfront and in the back bays. Clam baits are producing the best results! Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week!


Sunday, May 18, 2014 11:26:22 PM

Surf action was on the slow side along the Wildwood beaches, but was very good from Cape May Point to the Villas for striped bass, some black drum and Weakfish. Mike Sorgentoni of Cherry Hill, NJ landed a 40 inch striped bass from North Cape May beach using fresh clam for bait. Drum fishing on both the Delaware and New Jersey sides of the Delaware Bay was very good during the week and about as good as it gets late Saturday afternoon around Tussey Slough. The back bays are producing plenty of tailor blues, schoolie stripers and weakfish to keep anglers busy. Sea Bass season opens Monday May 19th and Summer Flounder season opens Friday, May 23rd. We are fully stocked with the largest selection of Rods, Reels and Gulp! in Cape May County. Why not treat yourself to a new Avet Reel for the upcoming season? Crabby Jack reports that the crabs are emerging from the mud as fast as you can say crabcake! Early season crabbers are reporting a good start to the Blue Claw season! Our spring Kayak and Stand-Up Paddleboard sale is in its final days. Don’t miss out on great savings on Hobie Kayaks and SUP’s, Wilderness Systems Kayaks and Ocean Kayaks through Memorial Day! We have a huge inventory of kayak and kayak fishing accessories and have been serving the kayak angler for 17 years! Let our expert staff help you get out on the water.


Sunday, May 4, 2014 11:26:22 PM

The weather finally cleared up for the weekend, which gave everyone a chance to get their boats ready or get out for a day of fishing. Those who got out fishing found Drumfish on the Delaware side of the Bay near Slaughter Beach. Some Weakfish have been caught in the back bays of Avalon, Stone Harbor and Wildwood. Surf anglers saw some action with some Black Drum and Schoolie Stripers with an occasional keeper mainly on clam baits. Capt Joe Gillan of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood, NJ had a great early season trip out to the Baltimore Canyon and loaded up on tile fish up to 26 pounds. Sterling Harbor’s Spring Kayak Sale is in full swing! Stop by the shop for more details and let us help you get out on the water!


Sunday, April 27, 2014 11:34:37 PM

The doors are now open at Sterling Harbor! It was great seeing everyone who stopped in over the weekend. Fishing is just getting started. Everything seems to be a few weeks late due to the lousy weather we've been having. A few schoolie sized Striped Bass have been reported in the Cape May Point area along with a few Weakfish, but when the water temps dropped again, things slowed. As soon as the water temps come up to the 50-55 degree range things should turn on. Now is the time to get your rods and reels ready for when things things bust loose! Stop by to get spooled up with new line for the upcoming season. Our spring kayak sale is on! Stop by the shop for more information or come see us at the Stone Harbor Seafood Festival on May 3rd, where we'll have a booth and plenty of show specials!


Sunday, November 24, 2013 7:40:30 PM

Tog fishing remains excellent around the rock piles and inshore wrecks. When the weather permits, Sea Bassing is good at the 20 - 30 mike wrecks. As of this writing, Striped Bass fishing remains spotty with the bulk of the fish still to our north. Some Stripers were caught in the Avalon Shoal area while trolling umbrella rigs with tubes or shad bodies. A few fish moved into the Delaware Bay late in the week and there were some good catches, but again the fishing was spotty. Bob McCormick of Pottsville, PA and crew of Happy Our out of Wildwood had 7 keeper Bass while chunking the lower Delaware Bay on Thursday. Along the beachfront things remain slow for the surf anglers awaiting the migration.


Sunday, November 17, 2013 9:00:42 PM

Striper fishing was on the slow side this past week with a few fish being caught, but not what one would expect for this time of year. There are plenty of fish to our north that just haven't made it to us yet, but boats are reporting seeing schools of fish moving down the beachfront. Surf fishing remained quiet with an occasional Striper being caught. The back bay Striper bite slowed down some, but there are still fish in the back taking top water plugs. Tog fishing and Sea Bassing was excellent with many anglers reporting limits from the rockpiles, reefs and inshore wrecks. As the holidays approach, Sterling Harbor has some great gifts and gift cards for the fisherman or water enthusiast on your list! Get your favorite person on the water with a beautiful Hobie Stand Up Paddleboard or for the boaters Hobie Inflatable SUP's make a SUPer gift! The 2014 Wilderness Systems and Hobie Kayaks are in stock with free local delivery. We also have a limited inventory of leftover and demo kayaks at blowout prices! Check back soon for more information on our Black Friday in store specials!


Sunday, November 10, 2013 10:24:03 PM

They’re here! Striped Bass showed up this week both in the Cape May Rips and the Delaware Bay and while there weren’t a lot of fish, the fish caught were beauties! The Cape May Rips and the lower Delaware Bay gave up nice size fish, and the upper bay held mostly schoolie size fish. Paula Kline of Rio Grande, NJ weighed in a 46 pound and a 36 pound Striped Bass caught while fishing the Rips on George Danley’s boat Liquid Asset. Mike “Bird” Frank of Mullica Hill, NJ checked in with a whopper Striped Bass tipping the scale at 53 pounds and measuring 47 inches! The fish was caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay on his boat “Bird”. Sea Bassing was excellent at the Cape May Reef and out to the 30 mile wrecks. The larger fish were caught on the 25 - 30 mile wrecks, and most anglers had their limit of Sea Bass. Togging remains excellent along the jetties and inshore wrecks. Bob Fritz of Philadelphia had his limit of Sea Bass at the Cape May Reef and finished up the day with a Tog limit at an inshore wreck while fishing on his boat Fritzie out of Cape May. On the kayak fishing scene, Mike Brier of North Cape May, Charles Parker of Wildwood, and Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House had an excellent day of Togging along the jetties using green crab for bait. In the back bays, schoolie size Stripers are all over, hitting on top water plugs and bait.


Sunday, November 3, 2013 8:43:23 PM

The first of the Striped Bass showed in the Delaware Bay with a few fish caught over the weekend. Bass fishing in the Rips and Delaware Bay should improve in the coming weeks with the cooler weather. There are plenty of Stripers in the back bays, mostly schoolie size, but a few keepers are in the mix. The bass are hitting top water plugs such as Zara Super Spooks, Smack-It lures and the like and also hitting on bait such as Clam, Mullet and Sardines. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill had a nice 30 inch Striped Bass that hit a whole Sardine in the Wildwood back bays. The beachfront remained quiet this week for the surf anglers.Tog fishing remains good around the jetties and the limit will increase from one fish to six on November 16th. Sea Bass season opened again on November 1st and is scheduled to remain open through December 31st. A few boats ventured out on Saturday in between cold fronts and did very well with the Sea Bass on wrecks in the 25-30 mile range. Reid Hlauka stopped by to weigh in a nice 30 pound Golden Tilefish caught at the Baltimore Canyon while fishing on Joe Gillen's boat "Y-Knot" out of Wildwood. The crew had a total of 10 Golden Tiles and 2 Grey Tilefish. Crabby Jack gave the crabbing 4 Claws again this week, and says there were plenty of large crabs for the taking, but this will not last much longer!


Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:06:32 PM

Once the nor'easter passed fishing started to get back to normal in Cape May County. Bluefish are being caught from the beach and some small Stripers with an occasional keeper with Mullet or Clam being the bait of choice. Schoolie size Stripers are being caught all over the Back Bay along the sod banks and by hanging bait near the bottom. Whole Sardines seem to be working best but Mullet and Clam are also producing. A few boats ventured out to the East Lump area and caught plenty of false albacore and bluefish. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws again this week and say the past 3 weeks has been the best crabbing of the season! Sterling Harbor's end of season kayak sale is on, and there are still some great deals to be had on leftover, demo and rental kayaks. Now is a great time to take advantage of excellent back bay kayak fishing! Call or stop by the shop for details on Wilderness Systems, Ocean Kayaks and Hobie Kayaks.


Sunday, October 6, 2013 8:44:14 PM

The past week brought plenty of fishing action to Cape May County, once the Northeast wind stopped blowing and things settled down. Some great action was had from the surf and also from the reefs. Along the beachfront Spot, Croakers and small Bluefish were back again but the surprise action was Red Drum catches off the beach from Avalon to Cape May. Red drum from 20 to 28 inches are being caught on Mullet strips and Mullet chunks with the best action happening at the start of the incoming tide. Dave Tooley of North Cape May, NJ had a 24 inch Red Drum for his 1st time surf fishing. Charles Parker of Wildwood checked in with a 25 inch Red Drum. "Texas" Ray Pashuk of Wildwood had a 26 inch Red Drum caught on a Mullet chunk. In the Back Bay's schoolie size Stripers are everywhere and Weakfish up to 24 inches were being caught while drifting Mullet baits along the bottom. Some nice Seabass were being caught from the Wrecks and Reefs out to 30 miles. Frank Scirrotto and crew of Cherry Hill, NJ had a good catch a Sea Bass up to 4 pounds from the wrecks around 30 miles out. Offshore, the best reports came from the Washington Canyon however scattered Tuna and Wahoo are being caught just inside the hundred fathom line. Sharon Bigwood of Woolwich Township, NJ checked in with a 39 pound Golden Tilefish caught at the Baltimore Canyon on her boat "A Toy Story" out of Wildwood, NJ. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws again this week and says the crabbing the past 2 weeks has been the best of the year!


Sunday, September 29, 2013 7:02:57 PM

Fluke season has ended and Sea Bass season opened, but with the heavy northeast winds, there were no reports from the Sea Bass grounds. Offshore, before the blow Yellowfin Tuna were reported from the Elephant's Trunk to the Teacup, along with a few Wahoo and some Mahi-Mahi. In the back bays, there is good Striper action on top water plugs along the sod banks. Weakfish are also making a showing in the back bays and are hitting Mirrodyne lures and Fishbites bloodworm. Along the beach from there are still plenty of small Bluefish with Mullet (fresh or frozen) producing well. There are still plenty of Spot along the beachfront, a few schoolie Stripers and a few Red Drum have been caught, which is a welcome surprise. Dave Slough of Villas, NJ checked in with a 4.25 pound Red Drum caught in the surf @ Cape May Point on Mullet. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws this week for the first time this season! Come on down and take advantage of the nice weather while the crabbing is still good! Our delivery of 2014 Hobie Kayaks has arrived! Stop by to check them out or schedule a test ride. We also have some Hobie Kayak, Wilderness Systems Kayaks and Ocean Kayaks leftovers, rentals, and demo boats at closeout prices. These would make great Christmas gifts!


Sunday, September 22, 2013 9:47:05 PM

The hot action this week was in the surf. The Mullet run has begun and Bluefishing in the surf was excellent, with the majority of the fish in the 1-2 pound range. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House reported good catches while using whole Mullet on a Mullet Rig. There have also been a few reports of Striped Bass in the surf. Ray Pashuk of Wildwood Crest and Dale Hummel of Sydney, Australia had one keeper Bass and good action with schoolie sized Bass while plugging the outfall pipes along the beachfront during the Northeast winds earlier in the week. The back bays are also showing good numbers of Striped Bass that are hitting on Mullet and believe it or not, while chunking Sardines. Jim Rossiter of Stowe Creek, NJ landed a 32 inch Striped Bass that hit a whole Mullet along the sod banks. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ limited out with a 30 inch and a 31 inch Striped Bass while chunking Sardines in the Wildwood Back Bays. Frank also nailed a 20 inch Flounder on a Sardine chunk! Cape May Point is still showing good numbers of Croakers with small Bluefish in the mix and a few Weakfish. Dave Slough of Villas, NJ checked in with a 5 pound 4 ounce Weakfish from Cape May Point. Flounder fishing out front has slowed considerably. There are still fish around the Reefs, but the pickings were slim this past week. Offshore, Yellowfin Tuna showed up at the Tea Cup for a day time trolling bite with scattered catches of Mahi also. Bob McCormick took the crew from Stew's Automotive in Westminster, MD Westminster, MD day trolling on his boat Happy Our and had 5 Yellowfin Tuna to 60 pounds and 2 Mahi-Mahi while trolling the Tea Cup area with Ballyhoo, Cedar Plugs and Green Machines. There's plenty of White Marlin action down at the Washington Canyon and some Yellowfin Tuna also. Kyle Killen, age 15 and Robby Grant, age 10 of Wildwood weighed in some nice Tilefish caught at the Baltimore Canyon while fishing on Joe Gillen's boat Y-Knot out of Wildwood, NJ. Kyle landed a 10 pound Grey Tilefish and Robbie landed a 19 pound Golden Tilefish. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week, and says it was good crabbing despite the full moon!


Sunday, September 8, 2013 9:28:47 PM

Flounder fishing remains good at the Reefs. The keeper to throwback ratio had decreased, so one has to work harder for the keepers. Reminder: New Jersey's Flounder season was extended through September 24th! Ed Hirsh of Cape May Court House, NJ checked in with a 5 pound 2 ounce Flounder and a 4 pound 13 ounce Flounder caught at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Capt. George Danley's boat Liquid Asset. The Delaware Bay off of Cape May Point is loaded with Croakers and there are plenty of snapper Blues in the Rips. Offshore, the Big Eye bite was fantastic at the Wilmington Canyon mid week through Friday, and then someone turned the switch off on Saturday! More White Marlin showed up this past week, and reports were good from the Baltimore Canyon. Mike Frank of Mullica Hill, NJ had a 41 pound Tilefish from the Wilmington Canyon while fishing on Frank Hennigan's boat Avalanche out of Wildwood. The back bays are holding good amounts of schoolie size Stripers especially around the bridges and dock lights at night. Flounder fishing has been slow in the back bays, and the best of it has been around the Inlets. In the surf there are still plenty of Spot, some Croakers and a few Kingfish. Fishbites has been the bait of choice. Flounder fishing has been slow in the back bays, and the best of it has been around the Inlets. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says the crabs were on the larger side this past week!


Sunday, September 1, 2013 8:21:08 PM

Flounder fishing remains excellent out at the Reefs when the conditions permit. Even with the windy conditions over the weekend, those that ventured out caught plenty of quality fish, with many in the 22 - 24 inch range. Ken Freeman of Upper Black Eddy, PA landed a 9 pound 4 ounce Flounder and a 5 pound 7 ounce Flounder while fishing Reef Site 11 on his boat Quality Time II out of Wildwood. The back bays are still producing a few keeper Flounder close to the Inlets. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House, NJ had two keeper Flounder to 22 inches near Cold Spring Inlet while kayak fishing on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler. Along the beaches there are plenty of Croakers, Kingfish and Spot to keep the rods bending. The shark fishing had also been excellent for the surf anglers. This past week, Bluefish up to 2 pounds have invaded the Cape May County waters, both along the beachfront and in the back bays. Schoolie size Stripers are being caught in the back bays, around the docks and bridge pilings. Offshore, there's been an excellent Big Eye Tuna bite at the Wilmington Canyon. Capt. Joe Gillan and crew on Joe's boat Y-Knot landed a 157 pound Big Eye Tuna the hit a spreader bar near the 100 Fathom line. Some Yellowfin Tuna are starting to show up, and a few Swordfish have been reported for the anglers chunking at night. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week!


Sunday, August 25, 2013 11:42:10 PM

Flounder fishing this week has been as good as it gets at the Reefs. Many anglers are limiting out on Flounder, with many fish in the 22 - 24 inch range. The largest Flounder weighed in at the shop this week was an 8 pound 8 ounce Flounder caught by Rob Ferrante of Pittsgrove, NJ at the Cape May Reef. Seven year old Allyson Vessels weighed in a 5.07 pound Flounder and sister McKenna Vessels age 9, weighed in a 4.62 pound Flounder caught at Reef Site 11 while fishing on Mike Gagelardi's boat "Ahhballz II" out of Wildwood, NJ. We've also received reports of keeper Flounder from the back bays, close to the inlets. Along the beachfront, there is plenty of Croaker action just outside the Inlets and around Cape May Point with some small Bluefish, Kingfish and Weakfish in the mix. Margaret DiMatteo of Bridgeton, NJ had 12 nice Croaker and a keeper Weakfish from the beach at Cape May Point. Jim Rossiter of Stowe Creek, NJ landed an 8 pound Sheepshead from a jetty @ Cape May Point. Eric Calvitti of Warrington, PA checked in with a whopper 12 pound 6 ounce Sheepshead caught in the Inlet on a live Crab. Offshore, there are some Yellowfin Tuna in the Canyons, with some Big Eye Tuna mixed in. Look for the whales when trolling for the Big Eyes. There are also some Mahi-Mahi in the mix at the Canyons. Sixteen year old Shawn McGregor of Coconut Creek, FL landed his first Yellowfin Tuna weighing in at 75 pounds. The fish was caught while trolling the Wilmington Canyon on Uncle Tim McGregor's boat "Reel Maniacs" out of Wildwood, NJ. Dan Sarter of Cape May Court House and Bob Strausser of Morgantown, PA weighed in a 50 pound Wahoo caught while trolling on Joe Gillan's boat "Y-Knot" out of Wildwood, NJ. Tom Reynolds of Rio Grande, NJ weighed in a 153 pound Big Eye Tuna that hit a Blue and White Illander lure at the canyons while trolling on Capt. John Cimino's boat "Thunder Bird". There are still plenty of Spot and Croakers in the back bays, to keep the rods bending. Small hooks rigged with Fishbites is the bait of choice. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says the crabbing has improved a bit since the full moon has passed.


Sunday, August 11, 2013 11:16:49 PM

Fluke fishing at the Reefs is on fire, with the incoming tide being the best bite. Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds, the Cape May Reef, and the Wildwood Reef all produced nice fish and lots of them. Randy Peterson of Warrington, PA checked in with a 9 pound 13 ounce Flounder caught at the Cape May Reef while fishing on his boat "Spool'd Rotten". Suzanne Smith of Philadelphia, PA had a 8 pound 12 ounce Flounder at the Cape May Reef. The Wheeler family had a great day Flounder fishing at Reef Site 11 on their boat "Big Bone" out of Wildwood with keepers up to 24 inches. Bill and Donna Stewart of Swedesboro, NJ limited out at the Wildwood Reef with Donna being the pool winner with a 24 inch Flounder. Along the beachfront, there are plenty of Spot with some Kingfish and Croakers mixed in. The bait of choice has been Fishbites. Some Flounder are being caught around the jetties at the Inlets on Gulp! swimming mullet. Back bay action has slowed for Flounder, with mostly shorts now being caught. There are plenty of schoolie sized Striped Bass in the Back Bays hitting on top water plugs, or try chunking some sardines around the Inlets for plenty of Striper action. On the offshore scene, the White Marlin are making a showing at the Canyons, there are still some Big Eye Tuna being caught, and a mix of Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi-mahi. The inshore lumps are still producing plenty of Bluefin Tuna while chunking or jigging as long as there's not too much boat traffic. Ken Freeman weighed in a 48 pound Yellowfin Tuna caught while chunking Sardines at the Hot Dog on his boat Quality Time II out of Wildwood. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 4, 2013 10:14:00 PM

Flounder fishing turned red-hot late in the week and remained good through the weekend. The Cape May Reef, the Wildwood Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds all produced nice Flounder. The Flounder action in the back bays slowed as the Flounder are moving towards the Ocean, with the best bite this week on the incoming tides closer to the Inlets. Thirteen year old Luke Hoover of Pittsburgh, PA weighed in a 4 pound 2 ounce Flounder that hit a live Minnow/Squid combination in the back bay. Marlin McMaster of West Wildwood weighed in a 5 pound 14 ounce Flounder while drifting the Wildwood Reef on his boat Wicked Witch II. It was a great day at the Cape May Reef for Ray Dunne and the crew of the Dunne Dreamin' out of Wildwood. The crew had Flounder in the 3 to 5 pound range, with Ray boating a nice 5 pound 5 ounce Flatty. George Danley of West Wildwood checked in with a 7 pound 9 ounce Flounder caught at the Cape May Reef while bucktailing on his boat Liquid Asset. The Tuna action has been good but off and on, depending on the day. Bluefin have been reported from the Hot Dog, Massey Canyon and the inshore lumps and Yellowfin Tuna are being caught at the Canyons. White Marlin are starting to show at the Canyons. Bob Fritz of Philadelphia landed his first White Marlin while trolling between the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. There are plenty of schoolie size Stripers in the back bays and they are hitting bait, Gulp!, and top water plugs such as Super Spook, Jr.'s. Crabby jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week.


Monday, July 29, 2013 2:40:03 AM

Fishing was fabulous this week in Cape May County. Flounder fishing remains good in the back bays and around the inlets. The back bays are loaded with schoolie size Stripers around the sod banks, bridges and docks. Good reports of Flounder came from the Wildwood Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Scott Wheeler and crew of Big Bone out of Wildwood came home with 15 keeper Flounder from the Old Grounds. Along the beachfront, anglers are catching plenty of Kingfish and doing well with night fishing for sharks. Offshore the first White Marlin of the season have been reported with several being caught in the Poorman's Canyon. Tuna fishing was excellent this past week with many boats having double digit catches while chunking and jigging on the 20 to 30 Fathom lumps. Al Messina of Warminster, PA had a 78 pound Bluefin Tuna while trolling the Baltimore Canyon on Chaz Gallagher's boat Reel Classic out of Wildwood, NJ. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws this week and says the crabs are big and plentiful.


Sunday, July 21, 2013 7:20:55 PM

Back Bay Flounder fishing remains good, however Fluke action at the reefs has slowed. This should improve after the full moon. The back bays and inlet areas are producing Striped Bass on plugs and soft plastics, mainly shorts but some keepers as well. Gabe and Grace Ferrante of Pittsgrove, NJ checked in with 5 Triggerfish up to 2.5 pounds caught while fishing on Dad's boat "Schming" out of Wildwood. Along the beachfront, Kingfish and Croakers are still being caught along with some Flounder at Cape May Point. Fishbites is the bait if choice for the Kingfish and Flounder action has been best on white Gulp! Swimming Mullet. Alex Ingram of King of Prussia, PA checked on with a 3 pound 3 ounce Flounder caught off the Cape May Point surf while using Gulp! for bait. Offshore, both Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna fishing remains excellent with some fish being caught while trolling, and the best reports have been from anglers jigging or chunking for them. Some Mahi are also being reported. Bob McCormick of Pottstown, PA weighed in a 53 pound Bluefin Tuna caught while trolling Ballyhoo @ Massey Canyon. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says, "The crabbing is good!".


Sunday, July 14, 2013 9:09:35 PM

20th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament Results 116 Boats and 33 Kayaks fished the Tournament Single Heaviest Fluke 1st Place - Capt. Dan Schafer - Insomniac - 13.60 pound Flounder 2nd Place - Jordan Hamel - Salem Wolf - 7.70 pound Flounder 3rd Place - Thomas McCouch - Gotta Habit - 6.57 pound Flounder Five Heaviest Fluke 1st Place - Capt. Adam Crouthamel - Adam Bomb III - 23.44 pounds 2nd Place - Mike Bonacci - Spin Cycle - 23.05 pounds 3rd Place - Daniel Avena - Gold Rush - 21.53 pounds Kayak Division 1st Place - Glen Bowen - Hobie Revolution 13 - 4.26 pound Flounder 2nd Place - Vincent Marino - Hobie Pro Angler 12 - 3.45 pound Flounder 3rd Place - Glenn Ryburn - Hobie Outback - 2.93 pound Flounder Junior Angler Award Lyle Rutty - She Likes It Rough - 6.13 pound Flounder Duchess Award Missy Gattone - Fujimo - 4.93 pound Flounder Heaviest Sea Bass Joseph DeLio - High Hopes - 3.84 pounds Heaviest Bluefish Frank Arnold - Sea Chaser - 0.70 pounds


Sunday, July 7, 2013 7:47:54 PM

With the 20th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament approaching on 7/13/13, Fluke fishing has been getting better and better on a daily basis both in the back bays and in the Ocean at the Reefs and around the Inlets. Anglers had some great fishing over the 4th of July weekend at the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Larry McConnell and crew of "Predator" out of Cape May had 10 keeper Flounder and 15 shorts while fishing Reef Site 11. Scott Wheeler and crew of Big Bone out of Wildwood, NJ fished the Old Grounds and ended the day with 16 keepers in the box. Frank Gregorio of Medford, NJ reported 14 keeper Flounder from Reef Site 11 and the Cape May Reef while fishing on the Tuna Chick out of Wildwood, NJ. Backbay Fluke fishing has improved over the past week and so has the Minnow shortage. Sterling Harbor has plenty of Minnows for everyone. In the surf, Kingfish are the leader right now, with plenty being caught on rigs with small hooks and Fishbite's Bloodworm baits. There are also some Croakers and still a few Weakfish showing along the beachfront. On the Offshore scene, Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna are being caught in good numbers both while trolling and chunking at the Canyons and offshore lumps. Chris Lowrey of Clayton, NJ weighed in a 72 pound Bluefin Tuna caught near Massey Canyon while trolling on Capt. Joe Gillen's boat Y-Knot out of Wildwood, NJ. Sterling Harbor is fully stocked with Butterfish, Sardines and Ballyhoo for your Offshore adventures. Crabby Jack gives the Crabbing 4 Claws this week and says there are plenty of nice size Crabs in the area! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 20th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament this coming Saturday, July 13th. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 or visit www.sterlingharbor.com for more information.


Monday, July 1, 2013 2:25:45 AM

The stormy weather kept many boats at the dock over the weekend. Flounder fishing turned on in the back bays after the full moon. Margaret Dimatteo of Bridgeton, NJ checked in with her first ever Flounder measuring 18 inches. Margaret caught the fish while drifting a live Minnow on a Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak. Hunter and Maxwell Snow had a great day of fishing the Wildwood Back Bay's on Pop-pop's boat Fish-n-Chips. Hunter, age 7, weighed in a 3 pound 3 ounce Flounder and Maxwell weighed in a 2 pound 1 ounce Flounder. Both fish were caught on live Minnows. The Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds are producing Flounder when the weather allows and the boats can get out. Ten year old Zachary Zarzecki checked in with a 3 pound 11 ounce Flounder caught at the Cape May Reef. The Weakfish action along the jetties slowed this week. Kingfish and Croakers are being caught in the surf using Fishbites Bloodworm scent strips. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week. Sterling Harbor's 20th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for July 13, 2013! Entry forms are available in the shop or online @ www.sterlingharbor.com. Call 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:55:21 PM

We've finally got the weather, and the fish have shown up! As the 20th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament approaches, Flounder fishing seems to be getting better each week. This past week, Wednesday and Thursday was excellent Fluke fishing at Reef Site 11, the Cape May Reef and the Old Grounds. It seemed though as the weather got better for the weekend, the fishing slowed in those same areas. Go figure. Some nice Sea Bass were also caught at Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds and the Cape May Reef. Back Bay Fluke fishing remains good however with the dirty water from all the rain, you have to work a little harder for the bigger fish. Schoolie size Striped Bass are being caught in the back bays with top water plugs such as Zara Spooks, and the like. There are also a few nice Weakfish being caught in the Back Bays. Gabriella and Cecilia D'Alfonso (8 year old twins) of Shawcrest checked in with a 5 1/2 pound Weakfish that they landed in the ICW while fishing on Dad's boat "Still Reel'n" out of Wildwood. Weakfish continue to be caught around the North Wildwood and Cape May jetties. Tom Baker of Cape May Court House weighed in a 5 pound 5 ounce Weakfish that took a Pink Zoom in the North Wildwood surf. Kingfish and Croakers are starting to show up in the surf along with an occasional Flounder. Brandon Matejik of Levittown, PA checked in a 3 pound 8 ounce Flounder caught while using Gulp! in the surf at Cape May Point. Offshore, Shark fishing remains good and Tuna reports from the Canyons were excellent this past weekend. Yellowfin of all sizes, Big Eye Tuna thrown into the mix, an occasional Mahi and beautiful weather made for some great fish tales back at the docks! Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week and says they are getting bigger as summer kicks in. Mark your calendars for Sterling Harbor's 20th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament on July 13, 2013. Call 609-729-1425 or check out the web @ www.sterlingharbor.com for more information.


Sunday, June 16, 2013 11:14:15 PM

Flounder fishing turned on at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 last week with some reports of "limits" at the Old Grounds. Ken and Suzanne Smith of Philadelphia, PA and Scott Pierce of Drexel Hill, PA had nine keeper Flounder to 7.15 pounds at Reef Site 11 on Saturday. Flounder fishing at the Cape May Reef and in the back bays was reported as "fair". Weakfish continue to be caught around the jetties in North Wildwood and Cape May, and there are still a few Striped Bass along the beachfront and inlets. Darrion Heffner of Warminster, PA had a 34 inch Striped Bass from Cape May Point that hit a Yozuri Crystal Minnow. Out at the canyons some quality Yellowfin Tuna were caught while trolling over the weekend. Scott Wheeler reported a 100 pound Yellowfin and some gaffer dolphin from the Baltimore Canyon while fishing on Mike Gardner's boat "Maika" out of Wildwood. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says there were plenty, but many on the small side last week.


Sunday, June 9, 2013 6:02:46 PM

Weakfising has been excellent around the South Jersey jetties, Cape May Point and Higbee Beach using pink Finesse fish, pink Zooms, and Bloodworms. Please take care of this valuable resource and release all fish carefully. There are also Kingfish being caught along the beach fronts and Croakers at the Point. Striped Bass are also being caught around the jetties and inlets and a few are still being caught off the North Wildwood beaches. The back bay Flounder fishing has been "fair" this past week. Drum fishing is still excellent in the Delaware Bay. There are nice Sea Bass being caught at the wrecks form 10 to 30 miles out. Shark fishing has kicked in! Angler Bob "What about Bob" McCormick of Pottstown, PA boated a 238 pound Mako Shark while fishing on Capt. Joe Gillen's boat "Y-Knot" out of Wildwood, NJ. The crew also release 3 smaller Mako's, four Blue Sharks, and three Dusky's sharks. Sterling Harbor is stocked with everything you need for shark fishing! Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week.


Sunday, May 26, 2013 6:13:32 PM

Once again the weather hampered fishing efforts over the weekend, but during the week, surf fishing off the North Wildwood beach was red hot. Striped Bass blitzes occurred Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday with fish in the 30-45 inch range. A few Black Drum were mixed in with the Striped Bass up to 25 pounds. Drum fishing in the Delaware Bay was excellent with many boats catching and releasing fish in the double digits up to 70 pounds. Back bay Fluke fishing remains excellent with fish up to 4.5 pounds reported. Hot baits are Gulp!, live Minnows and Mackerel strips. Some nice Weakfish are also being caught in the Back Bays on Bucktails tipped with pink Finesse fish, Gulp! Swimming Mullet, Fishbites Bloodworms and Mirrodyne lures. On the Kayak fishing scene, Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton, NJ had 3 Weakfish up to 6 pounds and as many snapper blues as you could catch while fishing his Wilderness Systems Tarpon Kayak. Charles Parker of Wildwood, NJ boated a 30 inch Striped Bass on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak while trolling a tube-n-worm. Shark fishing has started with several Mako's being boated offshore. We are stocked with Chum and all your Shark baits in anticipation of the upcoming Shark season. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2.5 Claws this week, stating there were plenty of crabs this week, but many of them are on the small side and this should get better now that the full moon is behind us. Mark your calendars for Friday, May 31st at 6:30 PM. Sterling Harbor is hosting a "G-Loomis Inshore Launch" Seminar given by Capt. Dan Schafer of Insomniac Guide Service. Capt. Dan will focus on discovering and catching fish in New Jersey's Back Bays, Flats and Salt Marshes. You will have a chance to check out the new G- Loomis NRX Inshore series of rods during the seminar.


Sunday, May 19, 2013 10:36:45 PM

Flounder season kicked off with a nice morning weather wise and plenty of fish to go around. Many boats fishing the back-bays had good Fluke fishing with fish up to 5 pounds. Pink and Chartreuse Gulp! were the hot colors. There have also been some nice Weakfish in the back bays. Jimmy Z checked in with a 5 pound Weakfish caught behind Wildwood on a Gulp! swimming mullet. Surf action continued excellent this week with nice Striped Bass in the 30-45 inch range off the North Wildwood beaches, with an occasional Black Drum mixed in. Clam is the bait of choice. Wildwood Crest and Cape May beaches also produced some nice Stripers this week. Drum fishing in the Delaware Bay was very good on both the Delaware and New Jersey sides of the bay. Capt. Walt Dibeler of Harrisburg, PA reported 3 Drum up to 75 pounds while fishing on his boat Yipsea Ki Yea near 60 foot Slough. Dave Visco of Sewell, NJ weighed in his first Black Drum @ 64 pounds, caught while fishing on Capt. Tim McGregor's boat Reel Maniacs out of Wildwood, NJ. Some nice Mako's have been reported out at the Canyon area's. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week. Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle will be hosting a "G-Loomis NRX Inshore Launch Seminar" given by Captain Dan Schafer of Insomniac Guide Service on Friday, May 31st at 6:30 PM. Captain Dan will focus on discovering and catching fish in New Jersey's Back Bays, Flats and Salt Marshes. Light refreshments will be served and you will have a chance to check out the new G Loomis NRX Inshore series of rods and the rest of the G Loomis rod line up during the seminar.


Saturday, May 18, 2013 3:31:18 AM

Summer Flounder season opens tomorrow! We are fully stocked with live Minnows, Mackerel, Squid, Spearing, Gulp!, Bucktails, Jigheads! Everything you need for a successful day on the water. Hobie, Wilderness Systems, and Ocean Kayaks in stock. Get out on the water and catch some Flounder! Fresh Clams in stock for the surf anglers and Drum fishermen!


Sunday, May 12, 2013 11:33:09 PM

Surf action continued to be excellent this past week with plenty of Striped Bass up to 40 inches with Black Drum mixed in up to 25 pounds. Clam is the bait of choice. In the back bays, there are plenty of schoolie Stripers, Bluefish and there was also a good showing of Weakfish. The Delaware Bay Drum fishing has turned on, both on the New Jersey side and the Delaware side of the Bay. Jesse Bowman reported 5 Black Drum on a recent trip on the Jersey side of the bay and Scott Wheeler and crew of "Big Bone" out of Wildwood had 7 Black Drum @ Slaughter Beach on the Delaware side of the bay. Offshore, Tim McGregor and crew of the "Reel Maniacs" made their first trip out to the Canyons and found pretty blue water with plenty of baitfish. The crew had seven Mahi-mahi with the largest bull dolphin caught by Ryan Worley weighing in at 25 pounds. The crew was fishing near the 1000 Fathom line at the Lindenkohl Canyon. Flounder season opens Saturday, May 18th and Sterling Harbor is stocked with live Minnows, Gulp! and everything you will need for a successful opening day. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week and says the crabs are larger and plentiful. Mark your calendars - Saturday, May 31st at 6:30 PM Sterling Harbor will be hosting a "G-Loomis NRX Inshore Launch Seminar" given by Captain Dan Schafer of Insomniac Guide Service. Captain Dan will focus on discovering and catching fish in New Jersey's Back Bays, Flats and Salt Marshes. Light refreshments will be served and you will have a chance to check out the new G Loomis NRX Inshore series of rods and the rest of the G Loomis rod line up during the seminar.


Sunday, May 5, 2013 3:52:52 PM

Striper fishing remains good along the North Wildwood and Cape May beaches when the wind and weather cooperate. There are small Stripers being caught in the Back Bays along with some big Bluefish. Drumfish have started in the Delaware Bay, with reports coming from Slaughter Beach on the Delaware side of the Bay. Some nice Striped Bass have been caught in the Delaware Bay on the flats, from Bidwell Creek north. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says there are plenty of Crabs, with some keepers, but many on the smaller side.


Monday, April 29, 2013 3:07:02 AM

Tog fishing is excellent around the bridges, jetties and reefs, with the bigger fish being caught at the reefs. Note: Tog season closes on April 30th. The offshore wrecks are producing Tog, Cod, and nice Sea Bass. Sea Bass is C & R as of this writing, with the season limits TBD. Bob Greenling of Marmora, reported an 18 pound Cod at an offshore wreck. In the surf, the Striped Bass season is in full effect. Striped Bass are being caught from the North Wildwood and Cape May Point beaches, and there was a run of Black Drumfish off the surf in North Wildwood on Saturday evening! On the kayak fishing scene, our kayak anglers reported that there are schoolie Stripers being caught in the Back Bays along with a run of big Bluefish. There are also nice Summer Flounder being caught and released. The summer flounder season opens on May 18th. Our "Sale into Summer" kayak sale is in full swing. Let us help you get out on the water! Custom rigging is our specialty!


Sunday, April 21, 2013 11:07:37 PM

Stripers are still being caught along the beachfront in the Wildwoods and Cape May with Clam being the bait of choice. Schoolie size fish are starting to be caught in the Back Bays and anglers reported success using MirrOlure's MirrOdine lures. We also had reports of some nice size Weakfish in the back waters this past week. It would be great to this fish make a comeback. Some nice Stripers have also been caught in the Delaware Bay while chunking with Bunker. Tog fishing is red hot around the jetties, bridges and reefs, with the larger fish being caught at the reefs and inshore wrecks.


Sunday, April 14, 2013 9:20:31 PM

Finally, the Striped Bass have arrived! Quite a few Stripers up to 40 inches were reported from the North Wildwood beaches and the Cape May beaches on Saturday. Clam or Mackerel were producing the best catches. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House, NJ landed a 38 inch Striped Bass on a Mackerel chunk in North Wildwood. We had good reports of Tog fishing at the Cape May Reef. There are also some Tautog being caught around the bridges and jetties. Green crabs is the bait of choice. Sterling Harbor will be open full time starting Friday, April 19th and we look forward to seeing everyone again and we are ready to help you with all your bait & tackle needs in the upcoming season!


Sunday, November 18, 2012 6:55:13 PM

Striper fishing remains excellent while chunking in the Delaware Bay and Stripers turned on in the Cape May Rips this week. Thirteen year old Anthony Andrioli weighed in his personal bast Striped Bass that tipped the scale @ 42 pounds! Anthony caught the 47.5 inch fish in the Delaware Bay while fishing with Capt. Todd Spence in the Slick Willy out of Wildwood. Tog fishing was slow around the jetties, however was good at the Reefs, with the best reports coming from the Cape May Reef. Smaller stripers remain in the Back Bays around bridges and sod banks. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone from the crew at Sterling Harbor. We have a lot to be thankful for here and our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost so much in the aftermath of Sandy.


Sunday, November 11, 2012 2:57:49 PM

Stripers are here! Most of the fish this weekend were caught all over in the Delaware Bay with excellent reports from the Tussey Slough and 20 foot Slough areas. Zach Carzecki age 9 of Westville, NJ checked in with his first ever Striped Bass that tipped the scales @ 9 pounds. Bill Stewart of Swedesboro, NJ weighed in a 37.5 pound Striped Bass measuring 47 inches caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay. Striper fishing in the Cape May Rips was spotty at best due to dirty water most likely from Sandy and the mid week Nor'easter. Surf anglers had an excellent week with numerous Red Drum from the Cape May and Wildwood Crest beaches. The Red Drum were hitting on cut Mullet and also Storm Swim Shads. The North Wildwood surf held Bluefish. Tautog limits increase on November 16th to six fish per person. We are stocking Green Crabs for the Tog anglers. Our end of season kayak sale remains in effect through November 24, 2012. Stop by to check out our remaining inventory of Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Ocean Kayaks and our rental/demo Hobie Mirage Drive Kayaks.


Sunday, October 21, 2012 2:45:56 PM

Surf fishing along the Wildwood and Cape May beaches has been excellent with Bluefish everywhere, Red Drum being caught on a regular basis and occasional Striped Bass. Cut Mullet has been the bait of choice. Anglers are anxiously awaiting the arrival of keeper size Striped Bass in the Cape May Rips and Delaware Bay, and once the water temps cool, they should arrive. In the back bays there are plenty of undersize Stripers along with Bluefish and an occasional Weakfish. Kayak anglers are reporting excellent kayak fishing for schoolie Stripers along the dock lights and bridges at night. Togging is excellent around the jetties and bridges. The limit until November 15th is still one Tautog per person. On the offshore scene, Capt. Tim McGregor and anglers aboard his boat "Reel Maniacs" out of Wildwood had a great trip, boating a cooler full of gaffer Dolphins, a 57 pound Wahoo and went 2 for 3 on Swordfish in the Baltimore Canyon. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week! Stop by Sterling Harbor for our end of season kayak sale on in stock Wilderness Systems kayaks, and there are still a few Hobie Demo Kayaks up for grabs. Let us help you get out on the water!


Sunday, October 7, 2012 2:57:05 PM

The Wildwood's surf and back bays were alive with bait this week with finger Mullet, Peanut Bunker, and Spot everywhere and the predators were chasing them. Bluefish were the most prevalent from the Wildwood surf, with some Stripers and Red Drum caught as well. In the Back Bays mainly small Striped Bass and plenty of Weakfish are being caught near bridges, and dock lights at night. During the day, the Weakfish are around the channel edges and taking Mirrolure mirrodine lures, Rattletraps, and Gulp!. Sea Bassing was good at the Reefs out to the 20 Fathom Line. There are still Wahoo being caught from the 30 Fathom Line out to the Canyons. Tuna have been showing up on the troll and while overnight chunking along with some Swordfish at the Canyons. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 out of 5 Claws this week.


Sunday, September 30, 2012 1:55:00 PM

Flounder fishing was on the slow side as the season came to an end on Friday. Sea Bass fishing is good from the Reefs out to the offshore wrecks. Eight year old Gabe Ferrante of Pittsgrove, NJ weighed in a 2 pound 5 ounce Sea Bass caught on Clam at Reef Site 11. Surf anglers fishing the Wildwoods beachfront had an excellent week with Bluefish, Kingfish, some Weakfish, and occasional Stripers. There are also some Red Drum being caught in the surf. Red Drum need to be 18 - 27 inches to keep. The bait of choice in the surf has been fresh Mullet. The offshore Tuna bite has been slow. There have been some nice Wahoo and Mahi-mahi caught from the 30 Fathom line and out. Capt. Frank Hennigan and crew of "Avalanche" out of Wildwood, NJ had 2 Wahoo over 65 pounds and numerous Mahi-Mahi while trolling east of the Hot Dog. In the Back Bays it is a fall smorgasbord with Weakfish, small Stripers and snapper Blues. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4.5 out of 5 Claws this week! Sterling Harbor's 2013 Hobie Kayaks have arrived. Stop in for a test ride and let us help you get out on the water!


Sunday, September 23, 2012 2:35:14 PM

Reports of good Fluke Fishing came from Flounder Alley up in the Delaware Bay near Miah Maul early in the week and seemed to slow down as the week progressed. There are still some Flounder being caught at the Artificial Reefs and the Old Grounds, but the best of it seems to be at the offshore wrecks in 120 to 150 feet of water. Sea Bass opens again this weekend. Offshore, some good catches of Wahoo and White Marlin are being reported from the Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons. Small Stripers and Snapper Blues are being caught along the beachfront. In the backbays, small Stripers and Weakfish are still being reported. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 out of 5 Claws this week. Sterling Harbors end of season Kayak Sale is in progress with 20% off Wilderness Systems Kayaks and great prices on our Demo and Rental Fleets. Stop by to take a test ride!


Sunday, September 16, 2012 3:01:42 PM

Flounder fishing was on the slower side last week, most likely due to the ground swell after Hurricane Leslie. Ken Freeman of Upper Black Eddy, PA weighed in a beautiful 6 pound 7 ounce Flounder caught on Squid and Spearing while fishing the Old Grounds on his boat Quality Time II out of Wildwood, NJ. The Back Bays and Inlets are alive with bait. Quite a few schoolie Stripers, plenty of Weakfish and small Bluefish are being caught in the Back Bays. Mirrodine Lures have been working great for the Weakies and the Bass are hitting them as well. Schoolie Stripers have also been hitting top water plugs like Smack-It Jr's and the like on the early morning and evening high tides. Capt. Joe Gillen and crew of the Y Knot out of Wildwood, NJ trolled the Wilmington Canyon and had loads of Mahi-mahi with a 40 inch Mahi for angler Ron Riegner of Boyertown, PA weighing in at 16 pounds and angler David Raub of Boyertown, PA had a 57 pound Yellowfin Tuna. In the surf, Bluefish are chasing bait and anglers have been landing Blues mainly in the 2 pound range. A few schoolie Stripers were also caught in the surf last week. Kingfish are still around in the surf too, just not as many last week. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week.


Sunday, September 9, 2012 4:48:19 PM

Hurricane Leslie which skirted Bermuda threw a big ground swell, that kept many fisherman at the dock late this past week. A few boats did make it out though. Tim McGregor and crew of the Reel Maniacs out of Wildwood, ventured to the Hudson Canyon where he wound up with a great catch of 70 to 80 pound Yellowfin Tuna, before the wind kicked up on Saturday. Flounder fishing was excellent before the swell with many boats limiting out at the Cape May Reef and Reef Site 11. The back bays are producing small Stripers, Weakfish and a few Flounder. In the surf, there are snapper Blues, Spot, and Kingfish even with the dirty water. Brandon Matejik, of Levittown, PA stopped in to report a 17 inch Red Drum landed on Gulp! from the Cape May surf. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4.5 Claws this week, and says crabbing is excellent, as it usually is in September. Hurry down and fill the crab baskets, before they bury themselves in the mud for the winter.


Sunday, September 2, 2012 3:01:46 PM

Flounder fishing remains good. Reef Site 11 was best this past week, however there were quite a few nice Flounder caught 1-2 miles outside Cape May Inlet. Weakfish were around this week in great numbers. Bob Fritz reported excellent Weakfishing in the Bug Light area of the Delaware Bay. The limit is only one fish, but it's great to see them around again. Lori Farina and Lou Santoro had 5 keeper Flounder to 23.5 inches while fishing on Lou's boat "Late Bite" at Reef Site 11. Tsunami Pro Ball Jigs tipped with Gulp! were producing well for Lori and Lou. RT Dunne checked in with a 4 pound 9 ounce Flounder caught on Squid at the Wildwood Reef and a 2 pound 9 ounce Flounder for angler Rob Luzzi while fishing on the Dunne Dreamin' out of Wildwood, NJ. The back bays are holding Flounder, Weakfish, small bluefish, and the occaisional Striper. Try around the lights at night for nice Weakfish and Striped Bass. Mirr-o-Lures are working well for the Stripers and the Weakies. Kingfish and small Snapper Blues are still being caught off the beach using Fishbites and Aqua-Clear Kingfish rigs. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week. On the offshore scene, things are starting to heat up again with plenty of White Marlin. Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo are also being reported. Kim McCormick had a Yellowfin Tuna that weighed in at 46 pounds on her 46th Birthday. The fish was caught at the 19 Fathom Lump. Happy Birthday, Kim! Joe Gillen and crew of the Y-Know out of Wildwood, NJ had a 48 pound Wahoo while trolling around the 30 Fathom Line. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ had a 40 inch Mahi-Mahi while trolling at the East Lump on his boat Stinky Fingers. Sterling Harbor's end of season KAYAK SALE is in full swing with 20% off all in stock Wilderness Systems Kayaks. Check out our rental and demo kayaks for sale also!


Sunday, August 26, 2012 1:25:53 PM

Flounder Fishing remains good at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds although there are not as many big fish like there were a few weeks ago. Frank Hennigan and crew of the Avalanche out of Wildwood, NJ had 9 keeper Flounder up to 23.5 inches. Tom Thompson, of Philadelphia, PA weighed in a 5 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught while fishing on Uncle Gary Thompson's boat "Carol J II". Robin Harbaugh of Middletown, DE weighed in a 3 pound 15 ounce Flounder caught at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Lou Santoro's boat "Late Bite". Evan Reboli of Clarks Summit, PA checkin in with a 38 inch Needlefish that weighed 2 pounds 7 ounces. Evan caught the fish at 5 Fathom Bank while trolling a Clark spoon on Joe Lyons "Tara Anne" out of Wildwood, NJ. Tom Stalba of Williamstown, NJ weighed in a 8 pound 2 ounce Tautog caught while fishing on the Tara Anne. Mike Sheller of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 7 pound 11 ounce Flounder caught at Reef Site 11 while fishing on Rob Ferrante's boat "Schming" out of Wildwood, NJ. Offshore, the White Marlin bite continues to be excellent. The Yellowfin Tuna bite has slowed in our area, however there have been reports of a good Bigeye Tuna bite in the Wilmington Canyon. Tim McGregor of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 57 pound Wahoo caught on a blue and white Ilander lure inside the Baltimore Canyon. Along the beachfront, Kingfish are still being caught along with plenty of Croakers and Spot. Fishbites are working great for the Kingfish, Croakers and Spot. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week. He says there are plenty of large ones, and it should just get better right on through September. Sterling Harbor is your kayak fishing headquarters. We stock the largest inventory of kayak fishing accessories in South Jersey. All in stock Wilderness Systems Kayaks are 20% off through August. Stop in for a test ride and let us help you get out on the water.


Sunday, July 15, 2012 4:52:08 PM

19th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament Results: 123 boats fished the Boat Division of the Tournament and 35 Kayakers fished the Kayak Division. Single Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place: Capt. Scott Pierce - Tuna Chick - 8.11 pound Flounder 2nd Place & 3rd Place Tie: Capt. Rob Kurian - Sea Esta - 7.67 pound Flounder Capt. Mike Mulholland - Deptford Mike - 7.67 pound Flounder Five Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place: Capt. Skip Jastremski - Stalker II - 33.30 pounds 2nd Place: Capt. Adam Crouthamel - Adam Bomb - 30.32 pounds 3rd Place: Capt. Roy Lucadema - Predator - 27.75 pounds Duchess Award: Ashley Lucadema - 7.67 pound Flounder Junior Angler Award: Josh Edgar - 4.33 pound Flounder Kayak Division: 1st Place: David Hirsch - 2.94 pound Flounder 2nd Place: Dalton Campbell - 2.24 pound Flounder 3rd Place: Gerald Devlin, Jr. - 1.91 pound Flounder Heaviest Sea Bass: Greg DeFelice - Rain Man- 3.69 pound Sea Bass Heaviest Bluefish: Bruce Fish - Gone Fishin' - 1.58 pound Bluefish


Sunday, July 8, 2012 3:24:48 PM

Flounder fishing remains good with the most consistent bite coming from Reef Site 11, but as many are preparing for the upcoming Duke of Fluke Tournament on July 14th, reports are slim as no one wants to give away their secret location. Just remember, everyone is only one bite away from being crowned the 2012 Duke of Fluke! Some nice Sea Bass have been mixed in with the Flounder from Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds and the Cape May Reef. Flounder fishing in the Back Bays was good this past week. The Preston Family of Drexel Hill, PA checked in with a 3 pound and a 3.75 pound Flounder caught near Turtle Creek on live minnows. Renee Lerro of Shawcrest, NJ had her limit of keeper Flounder while fishing behind North Wildwood. Kingfish and Croakers are being caught in the surf along the Wildwood beaches. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and reports the crabs are large and plentiful right now. Offshore Report by Casey Roohan: Offshore, the Yellowfin trolling bite on the 100 fathom line has slowed, however overnight chunking at the Canyons with butterfish has been good to excellent with many boats reporting double digit catches. The Bigeye Tuna bite has been steady with most fish being hooked early in the morning. The Marlin, both White and Blue are starting to make an appearance. The Dolphin are showing up with many being taken around lobster pots. The Inshore bite has heated up with Bluefin Tuna being taken on the chunk and jig. The Bluefin are being caught down on the Hotdog and Hambone as well as other inshore lumps like the 19 Fathom Lump. Tight Lines! Casey 19th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament Saturday, July 14, 2012 7:30 am-5:00 pm Pig Roast BBQ and Awards Ceremony with live music by the Tidal Wave Band. Captain's Meeting Friday, July 13, 2012 @ 7:30 PM Call 609-729-1425 for more info or visit www.sterlingharbor.com


Sunday, July 1, 2012 4:52:37 PM

Flounder fishing at the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds continues to improve with nice catches coming in every day. It looks like it's going to be great Flounder fishing for the 19th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament which will be held Saturday, July 14th! Back Bay fishing slowed over the weekend however some keeper Flounder are still being caught closer to the Inlets and in deeper water. Along the beach some Kingfish and some small snapper blues are being caught occasionally. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says there are some nice sized crabs being caught. Casey Roohan's Offshore Report: Offshore, the fishing has been heating up in the Canyons with strands of 78-79 degree water pushing up on the 100 line. Quality catches of Yellowfin Tuna in the 40-50 pound range are being brought back to the docks with the bigger fish being caught outside of 100 Fathoms. There is a fairly steady Bigeye Tuna bite in the Wilmington Canyon. Most of these fish have fallen to dark colored lures, just as the sun is coming up. Surprisingly, but very welcome at the same time, is the amount of Blue Marlin that have made an appearance already. Inshore, there's been some Bluefin Tuna caught on the jig and the troll along the Inshore Lumps. Greg Bulifant and crew of the Big Bully out of Wildwood, NJ had a 38 pound Bluefin Tuna while trolling near the Lori Dawn. With this heat, the water is warming up fast and it won't be long until we see more action on the Inshore bite. Tight Lines! Casey


Sunday, June 24, 2012 1:23:41 PM

Flounder fishing continues to improve daily with some nice fish coming from the Cape May Reef and Reef Site 11. Spro Bucktails with Mackerel Strips and Spearing have been working well. Lou Santoro of Wildwood, NJ caught his personal best Flounder that weighed in at 6 pounds 8 ounces. Lou caught the fish at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Rob Ferrante's boat "Schming". Frank Scirrotto Sr., and Frank Jr. of Cherry Hill, NJ had a great day at the Cape May Reef on Frank Jr.'s boat "Stinky Fingers", with seven keeper Flounder weighing up to 3 pounds 3 ounces. Some nice Flounder are still coming from the Back Bays also. Donna Stewart of Swedesboro, NJ had two keeper Flounder weighing up to 4 pounds 4 ounces from the Wildwood back bay. Rich Walters checked in from the Wildwood back bays with a 3 keeper Flounder, the largest of which weighed 4 1/2 pounds. Rich caught the fish on a Bucktail/Gulp! combo. The offshore Tuna bite is Red Hot and there have been some big Blue Marlin and several White Marlin reported. Green Machine spreader bars and green Iland Lures with ballyhoo have been the most productive. Joe Gillen and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood, NJ had 8 Yellowfin Tuna while trolling the Wilmington Canyon. Frank Hennigan of Glenmoore, PA and crew of "The Avalanche" had 6 Yellowfin Tuna to 60 pounds while trolling the Baltimore Canyon. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says there are plenty of keeper Blue Claws around.


Sunday, June 17, 2012 5:55:50 PM

Strong winds hampered fishing activity this week, however there were still some nice Flounder caught in the Back Bays for those who ventured out. Nino Aversa of Williamstown, NJ weighed in a 5 pound 10 ounce Flounder caught on a Bucktail tipped with Mackerel caught while fishing on his boat "El Nino" behind Wildwood. Some snapper blues were caught near the Inlets. Just before the wind there were plenty of Tuna and Sharks offshore and Fluke fishing was picking up at the Reefs and should continue to improve as the waters warm. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws and says there were some Jumbo's caught this week.


Sunday, June 10, 2012 10:34:54 AM

Cape May County fishing is on fire right now. We are seeing some of the best Shark fishing we have seen in years. South Jersey Shark Tournament had many sharks caught and released with many of the boats having shots at 1/2 dozen sharks per day. Many caught and released 2 or 3 Mako's and there were also many Dusky, Blue Sharks, Tiger's and Threshers. Nick Cianci of Sewell, NJ weighed in a 132.5 pound Mako Shark caught while fishing on Todd Spence's boat "Slick Willy" out of Wildwood, NJ. Also offshore, the Yellowfin Tuna bite was red hot this weekend at the Spencer Canyon with multiple hook-ups and boats with double digit catches. Flounder fishing turned on just before the weekend at Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds and the Cape May Reef. Bucky Toler of Cape May, NJ checked in with a 4 1/2 pound Flounder caught @ Reef Site 11 while fishing on Capt. Jesse Bowman's boat "Raisin' HVAC". The back Bay Fluking has also improved now that we are past the full moon. Phil Mansfield of West Wildwood, NJ weighed in 6 pound Flounder that took a squid minnow combo near Grassy Sound. A scattering of Weakfish are also being caught in the back bays and near the Point. Remember the limit is one Weakfish. Lets give the stocks a chance to recuperate, so we can enjoy great Weakfishing again. Some nice Sea Bass were caught at the wrecks in the 20 Fathom range and mixed in with the Flounder down at the Old Grounds. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week.


Sunday, June 3, 2012 1:21:40 PM

Another windy weekend put a damper on the fishing and fishing reports, however before the wind, Flounder fishing in the Back Bays remains steady with several nice 4-5 pound Flounder being reported. Mackerel Strips, Gulp!, and Minnows have been producing best. Marina Dunne of Collegeville, PA weighed in a 2 pound 13 ounce Flounder caught while fishing on her boat Dunne Dreamin'. Colin Campbell of Flemington, NJ weighed in a 2 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught on a live Minnow. Bluefish and schoolie size Striped Bass are also mixed in and are hitting Bucktails, Gulp! and Surface Poppers, like Smack-It Jr.'s. and the like. Nice sea Bass are still being caught at the Inshore and Offshore Wrecks with a few Cod and Pollack mixed in at the the Offshore Wrecks. There have been a few Weakfish caught around the Inlet Jetty's with Pink Finesse Fish producing best. On the Kayak Fishing scene, Robin Goldy of South Dennis, NJ broke in her new Wilderness Systems kayak with 3 Striped Bass measuring 18-24 inches. She caught the fish on a Smack-It, Jr. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House, NJ checked in with a 18 inch Weakfish and a 20 inch Flounder caught from his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak. Drumfishing has been been hit or miss and it seems like most of the fish are coming from the Delaware side of the Bay. Shark fishing has been good however the wind this past weekend hampered most efforts. Mako Mary Hennigan of Glenmoore, PA caught her first ever Mako Shark while fishing with husband Frank on their boat "The Avalanche". Mary released the fish for another day, but estimates it was in the 125 pound range. Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi were caught last week just inside the Canyons from some nice water that spun in from the Gulf Stream. Bill Stewart and crew of Swedesboro, NJ had a nice catch of Yellowfin Tuna while trolling out near the Baltimore Canyon. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week. Sterling Harbor is the Wildwood's kayak fishing headquarters. Stop by to check out our newly renovated kayak fishing store! We have Cape May County's largest inventory of kayak and kayak fishing accessories. Stop by to test ride a Hobie Kayak, Wilderness Systems Kayak or Ocean Kayak from our waterfront store. Let us help you get out on the water!


Sunday, May 20, 2012 5:02:26 PM

The wind hampered fishing activity this week, but prior to the wind the hot bite was from the local beaches with large Striped Bass and Black Drum being caught. Clam is the bait of choice, although some of the Stripers were taken on plugs. In the Back Bays, Flounder are still being caught. Thomas DiBernardo of Havertown, PA weighed in a 4 pound 12 ounce Summer Flounder caught while fishing the Backbays of Strathmere. Kevin Matthews of Richboro, PA had a 24 inch Flounder caught on a Tap Dancer lure tipped with Mackerel. There are some schoolie Stripers being caught in the Back Bays mainly in the early mornings or at night. We've had reports of a few nice Weakfish being caught around the Inlets. Rocco Christinzio of Gloucester City, Nj weighed in a 6 pound Weakfish that measured 25.5 inches. The fish was caught on a Jighead tipped with a Gulp! Jerkshad. In the Delaware Bay, Drum fishing is good and the fish are being caught on both sides of the Bay now near Slaughter Beach and Tussey Slough. Jim Goodroe of Cape May Courthouse, NJ checked in with a 68 pound Drum caught near Tussey Slough. The incoming tide seemed to produce more bites this week. Don't forget that Sea Bass season just opened and after this wind subsides, there will be plenty of nice fish to be caught. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2.5 Claws this week and says most of the crabs were on the small side.


Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:17:43 PM

It looks like the fishing is starting to heat up in Cape May County. The Black Drumfish have showed up in the Delaware Bay, and catches are improving daily. Fish up to 75 pounds have been reported. Sean Gallagher weighed in a 68 pound Black Drum while fishing on his boat Beagle out of Wildwood. Scott Wheeler and crew of the Big Bone had 6 Drumfish to 70 pounds. Most of the fish are being caught on the Delaware side of the Bay in the Slaughter Beach area. Flounder fishing remains good in the Back Bays. Fish are taking live Minnows, Squid Strips, Mackerel Strips and Gulp!. Brian Abrams of Villas, NJ weighed in a 4 pound Flounder caught on a live Minnow. The Zolna Family of Rio Grande, NJ (Marina, DJ, Monica, Gage, Pop-Pop and Dad) checked in with 4 keeper Flounder up to 3 pounds. Dan Chesla of Franklinville, NJ weighed in a 5 pound Flounder caught on a Bucktail tipped with Mackerel while fishing on Lou Santoro's boat "Late Bite" out of Wildwood. On the kayak fishing scene, Bill Stewart of Salem, NJ had 6 Flounder up to 22 inches while fishing on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler in the Wildwood Back Bays. Bill reported most his fish were caught on a Bucktail/Mackerel Strip combo. Frank Scirrotta of Cherry Hill, NJ jigged Gulp! from his Hobie Outback and landed Flounder up to 20 inches. The surf fishing is heating up along the North Wildwood and Cape May beaches and anglers are lining up for a shot at Black Drum and big Striped Bass. Nice Stripers up to 40 pounds have been weighed in and a few smaller Black Drum while using Clam for bait. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says there are plenty of Blue Claws, you just have to pick through for the keepers.


Sunday, April 29, 2012 6:10:47 PM

Anglers who have been out scouting for Flounder in preparation for this Saturday's opening day, have been reporting plenty of Flounder in the Back Bays with numerous fish 17.5 inches plus. It looks like it's going to be a great season! Good catches of Tog were reported from the reefs, with many anglers catching their limit before the spring season closes on the 30th. Small Stripers are being caught in the Delaware Bay in the 60 foot Slough area, and it seems the larger fish have moved up the Bay near the Salem Nuclear Plant for their spring spawn. Reports of Drumfish are starting to trickle in from the Delaware Bay. Call the shop to order your fresh clam baits. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2.5 Claws, and says there are plenty of crabs around but lots of small ones right now. We are fully stocked with Hobie Kayaks, Wilderness Systems, and Ocean Kayaks and will start demo's and rentals after next weekends Stone Harbor Sail Into Summer Festival. Stop by and see us at the event on May 5th and 6th and take advantage of the Show specials which will run through Memorial Day!


Sunday, November 20, 2011 3:48:01 PM

When the weather permits, the Delaware Bay and the Cape May Rips are producing Striped Bass in the 20 to 40 pound class. Chunking with Bunker is the ticket in the Delaware Bay, and the bite has been excellent. Rich Weatherby of Millville, NJ weighed in a 43.5 pound Striped Bass caught while chunking bunker with "Team Sailfish" in the Delaware Bay. Joan Reid of Woodbury Heights, NJ chunked a 27 pound Bass and a 19 pound Bass from the Delaware Bay while fishing on her boat "Hogemall". Bill Stewart of Swedesboro, NJ weighed in a 29 pound Striper caught while chunking bunker on his boat "Cricket" in the Delaware Bay. In the Rips, the Stripers are taking live eels or live spot. Togging is excellent around the jetties, bridges, and inshore wrecks with most anglers limiting out. Green Crabs is the bait of choice. The surf action in Wildwood and Cape May remains slow, however some encouraging reports of Striped Bass and Bluefish came from LBI this past week. Hopefully these fish will work their way south and into our area soon.


Monday, November 14, 2011 10:06:40 AM

The Striper bite is on. Striped Bass are here. Big fish are being caught in the Cape May Rips and the Delaware Bay. Chunking with Bunker is the ticket in the Delaware Bay, producing fish up to 48 pounds and drifting live bait in the Rips is producing fish up to 30 pounds. The surf is producing a few Striped Bass, but the surf action had not been steady as of this writing. Fred Glacken, of Huntingdon Valley, PA pulled a 32.5 pound Bass from the Poverty Beach surf using bunker for bait. Brandon Volk of Woodbury, NJ weighed in a 42 inch Bass caught in the Rips while drifting with a live eel on Bill Volk's boat "Money Shot". The fish weighed 26.5 pounds. Dan McGovern of Delran, NJ weighed in a 29 pound Striped Bass. Jered Ruck, age 13, of Westville, NJ boated a 25 pound Striped Bass measuring 39.5 inches while chunking on Ted Savidge's boat "Tides of March" out of Wildwood, NJ. Cassie Guzek of Wildwood, NJ checked in with a 39 inch Striper weighing 20 pounds caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay on her boat "Slide Aside". Capt. Bill Dameron and crew limited out with Stripers up to 43 pounds while chunking bunker on Bill's boat "Patricia Lynn II" out of Wildwood, NJ. On the kayak fishing scene, kayak fishing diehards, Jim Dickinson and Charles Parker of Wildwood, NJ checked in with 3 Striped Bass up to 49 inches caught while chunking Bunker in the Delaware Bay on their Wilderness Systems Kayaks. Jim boated a 36.5 pound Striped Bass and Charles boated a 22 pound Bass. Way to go guys! Togging is still good around the jetties and Capt. Dan Schafer of Insomniac Guide Service reports good back bay Striper fishing when conditions permit. We will be stocking fresh bunker and live eels through the rest of the season, both at Sterling Harbor and Sportsman's Outpost in Williamstown. Stop by for all your Striper fishing needs.


Sunday, October 16, 2011 2:52:33 PM

Tog fishing remains good around the bridges and jetties. There are still plenty of Bluefish around the Inlets and beachfront. Look for the Birdplays to get in on the Bluefish action. Plenty of Schoolie Stripers remain in the back bays and can be caught using top water lures such as Smack-It's, Chug Bugs or soft plastics like Storm Swim Shads and the like. No offshore reports came in due to the high winds and rough seas.


Sunday, October 2, 2011 2:52:29 PM

As the waters are cooling, the Mullet are making their move out of the Back Bays and there are plenty of Bluefish chasing them. Look for Bird-plays around the Inlets and along the Beachfronts. Tog fishing is excellent around the bridges and jetties using crab for bait. Schoolie Stripers are still thick in the Back Bays along the sod banks and can be caught using Top Water Plugs such as Smack-Its or Storm Chug Bugs and the like. Crabbing is still improving, however time is limited, so hurry up and make another crabbing trip before they start burying in the mud for the winter. Offshore, the Yellowfin Tuna, White Marlin, and Dolphin bite is excellent as the fish are feeding up before their migration south. Sterling Harbor's end of season kayak clearance is in full swing. Stop by to check out the great deals.


Sunday, September 11, 2011 3:53:36 PM

Flounder fishing remains inconsistent post Hurricane Irene and Katia and little was heard about the offshore fishing due to the weather. Scott Wheeler of the "Big Bone" out of Wildwood, NJ report 7 keeper Flounder up to 5 pounds at the Old Grounds on Saturday. Snapper Blues and Croakers are biting off Cape May Point and just off the beach. In the surf there are Snapper Blues and reports of an occasional Striper being caught. Joseph Good, age 10, of York, PA pulled a 30 inch Striped Bass from the Wildwood Crest surf using finger Mullet for bait. In the back bays, schoolie Stripers can be caught on soft plastics or top water plugs toward dusk, mainly on the high tides around the sod banks. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2 Claws and says crabbing has slowed, but should improve now that we are past the full moon. Next Saturday, September 17th is the 27th Annual Kids Freshwater Fishing Tournament at Scotland Run Park in Clayton, NJ from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM. The tournament is free for kids 18 years and younger with boating and non-boating categories. For more information call the park at 856-881-0845 or call Sportsman's Outpost @ 856-881-3244. Sportsman's Outpost and Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle will be offering free kayak demo's at the park starting at 9 AM. If you are thinking about trying out kayaking stop by Wilson Lake to take a test ride on a Hobie Kayak or Wilderness Systems Kayak and take advantage of our end of season pricing on demo and leftover kayaks or to check out Hobie Kayaks 2012 line-up.


Sunday, September 4, 2011 8:03:19 PM

Prior to the storm Flounder fishing was as good as it gets, but Hurricane Irene must have stirred up the Ocean bottom, because after the storm the Flounder are tough to come by and Croakers have invaded the South Jersey waters. We had some nice weigh-ins just prior to the hurricane. Michael Bascome, age 7 of Wayne, PA weighed in a 3 pound 4 ounce Flounder while fishing on Dad's boat "Size Matters" out of Wildwood, NJ. Cindy Dickinson of Cape May, NJ checked in with her personal best Fluke that tipped the scales at 7 pounds 8 ounces. She caught the fish at the Cape May Reef on Squid while fishing on her boat "U-10". Ethan and Zach Smith of Phoenixville, PA and friends Stephen and Mason Brill had a nice catch of Fluke and a surprise fish; an 18 pound Barracuda caught on a Diamond Jig at the Old Grounds that measured 40 inches. The Baker Family of Jim Thorpe, PA fished one of the offshore wrecks after the storm, and had a nice mix of Sea Bass, Ling and Cod while fishing with Capt. Tom Daffin in the Fishing Fever III. Offshore the fish are scattered as well. In the Back bays plenty of schoolie Stripers with an occasional keeper are hitting on Top Water Plugs in the evening or at night. In the surf, Kingfish are still biting in Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. Aidan, age 7, and Liam, age 5, Haley of Maplewood, NJ stopped in to pick up some more Fishbites "Bag O Worms" and to tell us that they caught their first ever Kingfish in the Wildwood Crest surf. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4.5 Claws this week and says the crabbing is excellent!


Sunday, August 21, 2011 5:39:46 PM

The Fluke fishing has turned on and it is incredible! The Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11, and the Old Grounds have been red hot for the past week. Some boats are catching their limit with many fish in the 4-5 pound range. Mike Bascome and crew of the "Size Matters" reported 20 Flounder, with an 8 pound 12 ounce Flounder for angler Mike Pillion of Wayne, PA. The Offshore fishing remains consistent with White Marlin and Blue Marlin from the Poormans Canyon to the Wilmington Canyon. There have also been reports of Bigeye Tuna from the Wilmington Canyon. Closer inshore, there are Dolphin loaded up on pots, lumps and ridges. The wahoo have started to show up on the inshore lumps. The back bays are still producing some Flounder mainly around the inlets and in deeper water. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 14, 2011 5:15:34 PM

Fishing turned on at the Cape May Reef, the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 late in the week. Many boats came back with double digit numbers of Flounder with many fish in the five to seven pound range. Sea Bass also started to bite, with fish being caught in the two to four pound range. Doug Downs of Austin, MN weighed in a 3 pound 2 ounce Sea Bass caught at the Wildwood Reef while fishing on the Tara Ann out of Wildwood, NJ. Sammy Moir of Burlington Twp., NJ weighed in a 3 pound 11 ounce Sea Bass caught at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Danny Bordetsky's boat " Southern Comfort". out of Wildwood, NJ. Some small bluefish are being caught around the inlets and some Croakers and Flounder are being caught off Cape May Point. There are still a few keeper Flounder in the back bays, mainly in deeper water or close to the inlets. Offshore the fishing has been very good. The Five Fathom bank area is producing small dolphin and bluefish on the troll and also while chunking. The 20 Fathom line has really heated up while trolling and has been steadily producing decent sized Mahi-mahi and wahoo with the better fishing coming from further south. The Yellowfin Tuna have scattered but can still be found inshore of the canyons along some of the 40 to 50 mile lumps and ridges. Friday, many boats caught their limit of Yellowfin Tuna at the Spencer Canyon, yet Saturday they were few and far between.The canyons are hot for White Marlin and Blue Marlin anywhere from the South Poormans Canyon to the Lindenkohl Canyon. There has also been a fair share of 30 plus pound Dolphin being caught while Marlin fishing. Crabby Jack says the crabbing was great this week and gives the crabbing 4 Claws with good catches of nice big Blue Claws.


Sunday, August 7, 2011 4:32:25 PM

This past weeks Flounder fishing was sporadic. One day would produce good catches of Fluke and the next day would be on the slow side. The best reports came from the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11, and the best area inshore seemed to be off Cape May Point. There's still plenty of Bluefish action out at Five Fathom Bank with some Bonita mixed in. On the Offshore scene, catches of White Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi-Mahi have been reported in the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. The Tuna bite inshore has slowed down, however fish are still being caught, just not in the numbers they were a few weeks ago. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week.


Sunday, July 31, 2011 4:44:51 PM

Flounder fishing was challenging this past week. There are plenty of fish, but only a few keepers being caught right now, at the usual spots like the Old Grounds, Cape May Reef, and Reef Site 11. Flounder are also starting to bite off Cape May Point. Bill Stewart, Jr. of West Deptford weighed in a 4 pound 15 ounce Flounder caught on a Squid/Minnow combo at the Wildwood Reef. Surf action is on the slow side although there are still some Kingfish being caught and a few Flounder. On the Offshore scene, Mahi-Mahi are scattered all over and the Tuna bite remains fairly consistent at the Hot Dog while chunking or Butterfly jigging. Seven year old Gabe Ferrante, of Pittsgrove, NJ checked in with his first ever Mahi-Mahi, that tipped the scales at 10 pounds. Gabe was fishing the East Lump on Dad's boat "Shming", out of Wildwood, NJ. The White Marlin bite is good in the Baltimore, Poorman's and Wilmington Canyons. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week.


Monday, July 25, 2011 10:07:12 AM

Offshore Report by Casey Roohan: While the canyons have slowed, the inshore bite has cracked wide open and we’re seeing Yellowfin Tuna as close as 40 miles from the Cape May Inlet. The Hot Dog and Hambone areas have been steadily producing Yellowfin Tuna with lots of boat have multiple shots at them in a trip. This bite is a chunk bite and anglers have also been getting them good on the jig. Dolphin have started to creep in on the 20 line and around the FA buoys. The Cobia have started to show up as well around structure and in the warm water.


Monday, July 25, 2011 10:01:29 AM

On the Flounder fishing scene, the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 are producing the best. Some nice Sea Bass up to 3 pounds are also being caught. Bil Stewart, Jr. of West Deptford, NJ weighed in a 4 pound 15 ounce Flounder caught on a squid/minnow combo at the Wildwood Reef. Mid week there were good reports of Flounder, small Weakfish and Croakers being caught off Cape May Point and near the ferry lanes in the Delware Bay. In the Back Bays there are still Flounder being caught, mostly near the Inlets as the Flounder make there way toward the cooler, deeper water of the Ocean. Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna action remains good and steady at the Hot Dog, Masseys Canyon and the 19 Fathom Lump. Chumming up the Tuna while chunking with Butterfish and Sardines, and then jigging with Butterfly Jigs, seems to be producing the best for the tuna. Chaz Gallagher and crew on the "Reel Classic" out of Wildwood had a great day Saturday trolling Yellowfin Tuna between the Elephant's Trunk and the Wilmington Cayon with 6 Yellowfin Tuna up to 65 pounds. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week.


Sunday, July 17, 2011 4:14:15 PM

Results of the 18th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament: 139 Boats and 29 Kayaks fished the Tournament. Single Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Almost Heaven - Capt. Kenneth Elwood - 7.14 pound Flounder 2nd Place - U-10 - Capt. Ross Dickenson - 6.92 pound Flounder 3rd Place - Ed's Parker - Capt. Ed Ruthenbeck - 6.30 pound Flounder Five Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Kensington Princess - Capt. Mike Reed - 21.41 pounds 2nd Place - Pulp Fishin' - Capt. Frank Trifiletti - 20.96 pounds 3rd Place - Reel Life III - Capt. Joe Musso - 20.84 pounds Duchess Award: Anna Patitucci - Reel Life III - 6.44 pounds Junior Angler Award: James Christopher - Got Em On - 4.40 pounds Kayak Division: 1st Place - Ed Hughes - Hobie Outback - 3.71 pounds 2nd Place - Matt Loughlin - Hobie Revolution - 2.41 pounds Heaviest Sea Bass: 2.41 pounds - Pipe Dream - Capt. Mike Thompson Heaviest Bluefish: 2.07 pounds - Feast or Famine - Capt. Wayne Reichle


Sunday, July 10, 2011 4:57:51 PM

Flounder are still being caught in the Back Bays, at the Reefs, the Old Grounds, and in the Delaware Bay. No one is really saying a whole lot about where the nicer fish are being caught with Sterling Harbor's 18th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament coming up this Saturday, July 16th. Jack Diienno, of Wildwood, NJ checked in with a nice Back Bay Flounder weighing in at 3 pounds 8 ounces caught while fishing on his boat "Bullseye". Gino Nave, age 6, of Collegeville, PA weighed in a 5 pound 14 ounce Flounder caught on a live minnow, from his family's dock in the Wildwoods. Along the beachfront, things have slowed up, however Kingfish are still being caught from the North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest beaches while using Fishbites "Bag-O-Worms". Offshore, scattered Tuna and Dolphin are being caught from inside the 20 Fathom line all the way out to the Canyons. Some Bluefin are being caught at Massey's Canyon and the 19 Fathom Lump while chunking, jigging, or trolling. Andrea D'Alphonso had a 16 pound Mahi-Mahi while trolling the 20 Fathom line on her boat "Reel Trouble" out of Wildwood, NJ. Doc Mike Lobianco reported 5 Yellowfin Tuna to 60 pounds while trolling the Poorman's Canyon on his boat "Carlyssa" out of Wildwood, NJ. The 18th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 16th with the Captain's Meeting at 7:30 pm on Friday, July 15th. Final registration is by 7:00 AM Saturday morning. $5000 in prize money is guaranteed. A Pig Roast BBQ and Awards Ceremony follow weigh-in with live music by The Tidal Wave Band. You are only one bite away from being crowned the 2011 Duke of Fluke. For more information and details call the store at 609-729-1425.


Sunday, July 3, 2011 6:04:45 PM

Offshore Report from Casey Roohan (Sterling Harbor staff): Offshore fishing is still excellent, for the end of June beginning of July. Yellowfin Tuna, gaffer Mahi, White Marlin, Blue Marlin, and now a fairly consistent bite on Bluefin Tuna have all materialized into a solid bite both on the 30 line and in the Canyons. The northern canyons from the Baltimore up have slowed down some, but there Is still a pick of fish to be caught. The last couple of days, the Poorman's Canyon has been HOT! Captain Franz Hueber on Libation charters fished the Poormans on Friday, and caught 9 tuna keeping 5 nice ones and went one for two on White Marlin. That water is moving south so watch those temperature charts closely and find the breaks. The lumps all along the 30 line have been producing Bluefin Tuna up to 100 pounds. The tuna are being caught both trolling and jigging with the larger fish coming on the troll. ILLANDER/BALLYHOO combos down deep seem to be getting most of the action.


Sunday, July 3, 2011 6:02:22 PM

Flounder fishing keeps improving each day both in the back bays and ocean front. Reports of fish in the Delaware Bay are starting to pop up. More and more Fluke are moving into the area. It's still a matter of picking through the shorts to get a few keepers to take home. Brian Payne of Sicklerville, NJ weighed in a 7 pound 4 ounce Flounder caught at Reef Site 11. Scott Durning of Springfield, PA checked in with a whopper 4 pound 15 ounce Sea Bass caught while fishing on the Starlight. Sterling Harbor's 18th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for July 16th with the Captain's Meeting on Friday, July 15th. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week. Offshore, the Tuna bite turned on again. The Yellowfin bite was red hot from the Poorman's Canyon south. Tim McGregor and crew of the "Reel Maniacs" out of Wildwood, NJ came home deck loaded with Yellowfin Tuna and gaffer size Dolphin. Eric Adams and crew of Eric's boat "Fish On" out of Wildwood, NJ had an 89 pound Yellowfin on a Green Machine spreader bar.


Sunday, June 26, 2011 9:29:39 PM

Fishing report by Casey Roohan (Sterling Harbor staff): Offshore fishing has been HOT. The canyons have been producing yellowfin tuna from just barely legal size up to 100 pounds. The more southern canyons (Wilmington, Baltimore) have been producing more of the smaller fish where as some of the northern canyons have had yellowfins pulled out over 100 pounds. The White Marlin have also showed up and have been popping up in the spreads of many boats fishing for yellowfin. The fish are being caught on almost anything put in the water but it seems like the ILLANDER/BALLYHOO combo has been producing bigger fish in the 40-50 pound range. The fish are being caught throughout the day, but on some occasions the bite has shut down fairly early. On Sunday Bill Roohan and crew aboard the TEAM PLAYER had 9 yellowfin tuna before 5:30 and caught another 3-4 before the bite turned off around 9:30. On the inshore grounds there has been a pick of bluefin tuna on the 20 line but they are scattered. Reports have been coming in of boats that are catching their over and their under for the day on bluefins (one fish in between 27-47 inches and one fish between 47-59 inches). There has also been dolphin mixed in with the bluefins and the canyon fish. The sharking we’ve seen has slowed up tremendously since the water has gotten so warm, however there are still some thresher sharks around on some of the inshore lumps.


Sunday, June 26, 2011 5:05:08 PM

Flounder fishing seems to be getting better every day with more reports of keepers coming form the Back Bay this week and also offshore, from the Old Grounds, Reef Site 11 and the Cape May Reef. It seems that things are heating up just in time for the 18th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament to be held on July 16th at Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle. The YellowfinTuna bite remains strong offshore with plenty of fish being caught between the Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons with some Dolphin and White Marlin being caught as well. Bluefin Tuna have been caught at the Hambone and also at Massey's Canyon while trolling, jigging and chunking with Butterfish and Sardines. Some Kingfish are showing up in the surf along the Wildwoods. Some small Stripers are being caught in the Back Bays at dawn and dusk while using surface poppers such as Smack-it Lures or Storm Chug Bugs and the like. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week.


Sunday, June 19, 2011 5:36:24 PM

Flounder fishing in the Back Bays is good with plenty of fish, but it's getting tougher to find keepers, as the bigger fish are getting ready to make their move out the inlets with the warm water temps. Mike Prettyman of North Cape May, NJ weighed in a 4 pound 3 ounce Flounder caught in the Wildwood ICW on a minnow/squid combo. Joe Brennan broke in his new Hobie Mirage Pro Angler Kayak with a 2 pound 5 ounce Flounder caught in the Wildwood Back Bays on a Gulp! Shrimp. Charles Breon of Wildwood, NJ and Mike Brier of Villas, NJ had reported some keeper Flounder from their Wilderness Systems Kayaks from the North Wildwood back bays. Good news on the Ocean side is that plenty of Flounder are being caught at Reef site 11 and the Old Grounds and when the drift is right, there are plenty of nice fish to be caught. Some keeper Sea Bass and a few Flounder, mostly throwbacks are being caught at the Cape May Reef, and should be heating up just in time for the 18th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament, which will be held on July 16th this year. George Louis, age 86, of Westville, NJ weighed in a 9 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught while fishing on the Starlight at the Cape May Reef with his wife of 63 years, Anna. Offshore, sharking still remains good. Capt. Rob Ferrante checked in with a 162 pound Mako Shark for angler Curtis O'Briant of Villas, NJ. The fish was caught caught on the 20 Fathom line. Further Offshore, some boats reported hot Tuna bites while trolling at Massey's Canyon and the Wilmington Canyons. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week.


Sunday, June 12, 2011 4:36:30 PM

Flounder fishing kicked in this past week at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11, with some nice Fluke being caught. Nice Sea Bass have also been mixed in with the Fluke while fishing the Artificial Reefs and rough bottom at the Old Grounds. Back Bay Fluke fishing remains good with a few more keepers being caught this week and plenty of undersized throwbacks. Tom Lerro of Shawcrest weighed in a 5 pound 6 ounce Flounder measuring 24 inches caught on a live minnow while fishing near West Wildwood on his boat " My Lil Shadow". Striper fishing quieted down this week as water temperatures rose to mid summer levels. On the shark scene, it sure seemed dependent on who you spoke with on whether the shark fishing was good or not. Many boats reported multiple hook ups and catches although he average size of the sharks were on the smaller side. The Offshore Tuna trolling bite was hot this week with many 20 to 50 pound Yellowfin Tuna being caught. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says there were plenty of crabs and they were a much nicer size.


Sunday, June 5, 2011 4:28:42 PM

Surf fishing has slowed, but there is still an occasional nice Striper being caught from the North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Cape May beaches. John Baker of Del Haven, NJ caught a 38 pound Striped Bass at Poverty Beach in Cape May. Mike Hanson a.k.a. Aqua Clear Mike weighed in a 22 pound Black Drum that took a fresh Clam from the North Wildwood surf. Thomas Baker of Cape May Court House, NJ weighed in a 33 pound Striped Bass taken from the Cape May surf. In the Back Bays, Flounder continue to be caught, however there seems to be fewer keeper size this past week. Nine year old Thomas D'Alfonso checked in with a 4 pound 5 ounce Flounder measuring 25 inches. Thomas caught the fish on a minnow/Gulp! combo while fishing on Dad's boat "Still Reel'N". On the offshore scene, Sea Bass are being caught on the wrecks along with some Cod fish. Throwback Flounder are starting to show up at the Reef and Old Ground areas. Shark fishing is as good as it's been in years, with many boats reporting several shots at Mako's. Bill Roohan and crew of the "Team Player" out of Stone Harbor, NJ went 4 for 6 on Mako's up to 162 pounds. Bob and Kim McCormick and family of the "Happy Our" out of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 257 pound Thresher Shark reeled in by angler John Jancuska. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week. He says there are plenty of crabs, you just need to pick through for the keepers. So come on down and go crabbing!


Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:49:44 PM

Good catches of Drumfish up to 70 pounds were caught in the Delaware Bay over the weekend using Clams for bait. Bobby Gentile weighed in a 62 pound Black Drum while fishing on Todd Spence's new "Slick Willy". Call to reserve your Clam baits as soon as possible for the upcoming weekend. Striped Bass are being caught in the Delaware Bay while chunking with Bunker. Nick "P-MAN" Pusloski weighed in a 39 pound Striper caught while chunking bunker on Frank Gregorio's "Frankie Fish". Surf fishing was excellent this past week with numerous 30 to 40 pound Striped Bass caught while using Clam for bait. Plenty of Black Drum in the 10 to 30 pound range are also being caught off the beach while fishing for Stripers. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House weighed in a 41.5 pound Striped Bass measuring 48 inches caught on Clam off the North Wildwood beach. Ryan McCloskey of Cape May Court House, NJ checked in with a 11 pound Black Drum and a 16 pound Striper form the Cape May surf. John Baker of Cape May Court House weighed in a 17 pound Black Drum caught in the surf near Cape May Point. Thomas Baker of Cape May Court House checked in with a 14.5 pound Striper caught from the Cape May surf. Back Bay Flounder fishing was the best of the season so far. Rich Walters weighed in a 7 pound 2 ounce Flounder measuring 26 inches caught in the back bay behind Wildwood. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ weighed in a 5 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught while fishing on his Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak in the back bays behind Wildwood. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2.5 Claws this week.


Sunday, May 15, 2011 4:54:43 PM

The Drumfish are starting to bite in the Delaware Bay on both the New Jersey and Delaware sides of the Bay. Mark Holtzapfel and Mike Popdan of Cape May, NJ weighed in a 70 pound Black Drum caught on fresh Clam on the Jersey side of the Bay. Drumfish and Stripers are being caught from the North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and Cape May Beaches on Clam Bait. Flounder are being caught in the Back Bays behind the Wildwoods, Stone Harbor and Avalon. Chrissy Donato of Ridley, PA weighed in a 4 pound 6 ounce Flounder caught on a live minnow along the ICW behind Wildwood. Schoolie Stripers with an occasional keeper are being caught in the Back Bays using Clam Bellies or whole Clam for bait. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2.5 Claws again this week and says, the crabs are around but they are on the smaller side right now.


Monday, May 9, 2011 7:48:02 AM

The Wildwood and Cape May beaches had good action with Striped Bass and Black Drum on Clam Bait over the weekend. The Delaware Bay beaches continue to produce Striped Bass while plugging and also with Clam bait. Flounder season is underway and some nice fish were caught on opening day. Maurice Howell of Whitesboro, NJ was the winner of Sterling Harbor's opening day Flounder Contest with a 5.75 pound Flounder caught on a Gulp! Jerk Shad. Scott Pierce of Drexel Hill, PA weighed in a 5.26 pound Flounder caught on spearing. Mike Bascome of Delaware County, PA had a 5.1 pound Flounder. Ed Jenski of DelHaven, NJ weighed in a 3.47 pound Flounder. Ed Tait of Rio Grande, NJ weighed in a 2.57 pound Flounder caught on Gulp!. Donna Stewart of Logan Township, NJ weighed in a 2.18 pound Flounder caught on a live Minnow. In the Delaware Bay, larger Stripers are moving back down from their river spawning and are being caught while chunking bunker up on the flats. Back Bay Striper action remains good with mainly shorts around bridges and piers while using swim baits or clam bait. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2.5 claws this week, and says he caught a lot of crabs, but they were on the smaller side.


Sunday, May 1, 2011 4:29:47 PM

Striper action in the surf is as good as it gets from Cape May to Reeds beach along the shores of the Delaware Bay and Stripers are also being caught along the Wildwood beaches. The fish are being caught on Bombers, Sebile Magic Swimmers, Shimano Waxwings and the like. Black Drum up to 40 pounds have also been caught along the Delaware Bay beaches and Wildwood beaches for those using Clam for bait. Frank D'Accampo had a 26 pound Black Drum measuring 35 inches from the Wildwood Crest beach while using Clam for bait. Tautog fishing was excellent right up to the close of the season on Saturday. Stripers, Bluefish and Fluke are being caught in the Back Bays. Preparations for Opening Day Flounder Season are underway for this coming Saturday. Sterling Harbor will hold its Annual Opening Day Flounder Contest. Stop by to weigh in your heaviest Flounder for a chance to win a $100 Gift Certificate. There is no entry fee. Weigh in your single heaviest Flounder anytime between 8AM and 6 PM. Crabby Jack says the crabs have come out of the mud from their winter hibernation, and each day has shown more and more healthy crabs. Sterling Harbor is now an official NJ State Licensing Station for fishing hunting and shellfish licenses.


Sunday, April 24, 2011 5:18:03 PM

Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle has re-opened for the 2011 season. Our Annual Penny-per Yard line Sale is in full swing through April 30th. For the few boats that ventured out over Easter weekend, they were rewarded with nice catches of Tautog and keeper Striped Bass right in the back bays. Stripers are being caught all along the shores of the Delaware Bay and all the way up to Philadelphia. There were a few reports of Black Drum being caught in the Delaware Bay and from the beach. Clam is the bait of choice. Don't forget Fluke season opens May 7th this year so it's time to get ready, and reports are that the Flounder are already here.


Sunday, November 28, 2010 4:06:50 PM

Striper fishing at the Cape May Rips and the Delaware Bay remains excellent. Suzanne and Ken Smith of Philadelphia weighed in 43 pound Striper caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay on their boat "Remember When". Togging is excellent around the jetties and the Sea Bass are at the offshore wrecks. Sterling Harbor has now closed for the season. We'd like to thank our customers for a great year, and we wish everyone a Happy Holiday season. We'll see you in the spring! If you need gift certificates or gifts for the holiday season, call us at 609-729-1425 or e-mail us at sterlingharbor@comcast.net and we'll get back to you.


Sunday, November 21, 2010 2:18:40 PM

Chunking for Striped Bass in the Delaware Bay remains good. Sal Sirace landed a 35 pound Striper while chunking bunker on his boat "Trophy Hunter". Suzanne and Ken Smith boated their first ever Stripers while chunking in the Delaware Bay on their boat "Remember When". Suzanne's fish weighed in at 25 pounds and Ken's fish weighed 21 pounds. Striper action in the Cape May Rips remains very good with Live Spot being the bait of choice. Sea Bass action is good from the Reef all the way out to the 20 mile wrecks. Togging is excellent around the jetties and inshore wrecks while using crab for bait. Schoolie Stripers are still being caught around the sod banks in the back bays on Clam or Swimbaits. Surf fishing in North Wildwood was good this week with Striped Bass and large Bluefish pulled from the suds.


Sunday, November 14, 2010 4:53:37 PM

Striper fishing in the Cape May Rips turned on mid week. Numerous fish were caught in the 20 to 40 pound range while drifting with Live Spot or Eels. Eight year old Marcella McCormick of Pottstown, PA weighed in her first ever Striped Bass that tipped the scales at 14 pounds! Marcella's Mom, Kim McCormick boated a 16 pounder. The girls were fishing with live spot in the Rips on their boat "Happy Our" out of Wildwood, NJ. Bruce Fish of Wildwood, NJ boated his personal best Striped Bass weighing in at 30 pounds, caught on a live spot in the Rips. Scott Wheeler checked in and reported 5 Striped Bass boated up to 25 pounds. Chunking for Stripers in the Delaware Bay was sporadic, but some boats did have good catches. Joseph J. Kelly of Croydon, PA boated his first ever Striper while chunking fresh Bunker near the C & B in the Delaware Bay. The fish weighed in at 34 pounds and measured 47 inches. Bobby Gentile weighed in a 43 pound Bass caught on frozen Bunker near the 60 Foot Slough. Togging remains excellent around the jetties and inshore wrecks, and don't forget the Sea Bass are here! In the Back Bays, schoolie size Stripers remain, with good catches using Clam Bellies or rubber swim shads around the sod banks.


Sunday, November 7, 2010 2:27:54 PM

Chunking for Striped Bass in the Delaware Bay remains very good. Ron Eaton of Winslow, NJ weighed in a 23 pound Bass measuring 41 inches caught while chunking near the C & B on Alan Brown's boat "Reel Deal". Andy Beccari of North Wildwood weighed in a 30 pound Bass measuring 45 inches boated while chunking in the lower Bay. Capt. Bob McCormick chunked the lower Delaware Bay on his boat "Happy Our" and crew member Paul Anderson from Plymouth Meeting landed a 38 inch Striped Bass and Earl Albone of Blue Bell, PA weighed in a 34 Pounder measuring 42 inches. A few Stripers, not many, were boated at the Cape May Rips during the week and no reports of fish being caught at the Rips came in over the weekend. A few Bass were caught in the North Wildwood surf over the weekend. Drew Applebaum of Cherry Hill, NJ had a 38 inch Striper caught on Clam in North Wildwood and reported a few others caught around him. In the back bays, schoolie Stripers with an occasional keeper are being caught on Clam or while plugging around bridges and sod banks. Togging remains good at the jetties and inshore wrecks.


Sunday, October 31, 2010 5:36:42 PM

Big Striped Bass moved into the Delaware Bay late in the week, with numerous reports of 30 to 50 pound fish being caught. Capt. Bud Lyon and crew of the Miss Bee Haven weighed in four nice Stripers from 23 to 36 pounds. Alan Ritter of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 41 pound Striped Bass caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay on his boat Little Devil II. Ernie Divincenzo of Sewell, NJ had two Striped Bass at 35 pounds. Clay Smith of Cape May Court House weighed in a 42 pound Striped Bass measuring 47 inches. The Cape May Rips were quiet over the weekend. Some Stripers are being caught while trolling under birdplays off the beaches. Rob Ferrante of Pittsgrove, NJ had four nice Bass up to 22 pounds while trolling Mann Stretch 25's under the birdplay's off of Ocean City on his boat "Shming" out of Wildwood, NJ. In the back bays schoolie Stripers are hitting on Clam around bridges and sod banks. Togging remains good around the jetties, bridges and inshore wrecks and is getting better every day. Crabby Jack says the crabbing is "petering off" and gives the crabbing two claws this week.


Sunday, October 24, 2010 2:17:12 PM

Anglers began to catch some of the seasons first Striped Bass in the Delaware Bay at places like 60 foot Slough, 20 foot Slough and Tussey Slough. Joe Markowski and crew chunked fresh bunker on his boat Miss Renzi II and Joe boated a 44 pound Striped Bass measuring 48 inches. Joe Bertolini boated a 30 pound Striped Bass, and crew member Gary Thompson boated 3 Skates. No reports of Stripers caught in the Rips yet, probably due to the churned up water from Thursday and Friday's winds. Ten year old Frankie Mascherino of West Chester, PA weighed in a 23 pound Striped Bass measuring 41 inches. Frankie caught the fish on a live spot near Cold Spring Inlet while fishing on Uncle Frank's "Avalanche" out of Wildwood, NJ. Schoolie Stripers are being caught in the Back Bays on Clam and surface poppers around bridges and sod banks. On the kayak fishing scene, John Baker reported a nice bag of Triggerfish and Tautog near Grassy Sound using Green Crab for bait. Togging remains excellent around the jetty's and inshore wrecks. Joe Gillen and crew of the Y-Knot of Wildwood, NJ ran their last trip offshore and angler Lyndsey Riegner of Pottstown, PA boated a 158 pound Mako Shark from near the Cigar. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week, and says there are not as many crabs around, but the ones caught are nice size.


Sunday, October 17, 2010 1:52:27 PM

In the surf, anglers are catching small Bluefish and an occasional Striper. Saturday showed the first bird-plays off the beach, so the Striped Bass are not far behind. Striper fishing in the Back Bays turned on this weekend with many double digit catches of mainly shorts using Clam for bait. Togging is excellent around the jetty's, bridges, and inshore wrecks. There are Tuna and plenty of Dolphin at the Canyons, however this weekends weather did not allow anglers to venture offshore. On the kayak fishing scene, Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House, NJ landed a 14 pound Black Drum while fishing on his Hobie Mirage Pro Angler near Grassy Sound Bridge. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week and says the ones caught were nice size crabs.


Sunday, October 10, 2010 2:21:15 PM

Sea Bass fishing was excellent over the weekend at the Reefs, however the season closes on October 11, 2010, and remains closed until November 1, 2010. Tog fishing has been excellent off the jetties, bridges, and inshore wrecks. Green Crab is the bait of choice. In the Delaware Bay, Weakfish up to 20 inches are being caught near the No. 1 Buoy. In the back bays, small Stripers are being caught on Clam, small soft plastics and top water plugs and the action should improve as the water temperature cools. Surf fishing off the Wildwood beaches slowed over the weekend, but there were some reports of small Bluefish, and occasional small Bass using small plugs or soft plastics. Offshore, there is Tuna and Mahi-mahi at the Canyons making their way south. Crabby Jack says the crabs are still around, and gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week. The 2011 Hobie Kayaks have arrived. Stop by to take a test ride or call 609-729-1425 for more information.


Monday, September 13, 2010 7:09:30 PM

Fishing Report from September 5, 2010: Prior to Hurricane Earl, there was a good Flounder bite at the Cape May Reef and the Wildwood Reef. For those that ventured out over the weekend, some nice Flounder were caught again, at the Cape May and Wildwood Reefs. Kathleen Anderson of Limerick, PA weighed in a 5 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught on Bill Anderson's boat "Sandy Cheeks" at the Wildwood Reef. Thirteen year old Mike Tarasiewicz of Levittown, PA weighed in a 7 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught on Mike Tarasiewicz's "Miss Elaine" at the Cape May Reef. Joe Longo of Blackwood, NJ weighed in a 5 pound 2 ounce Flounder measuring 25 inches. The fish was caught at the Old Grounds on his boat "Jody Joe". We are still waiting on the offshore reports since Hurricaine Earl, but prior to the event, the White Marlin bite was spectacular at the Canyons. Ernie DiSandro, of Philadelphia and crew John Rongiono and Peter Sherba, reported a White Marlin and a 60 pound Wahoo while troling the Baltimore Canyon on his boat "Baccala" out of Wildwood, NJ. In the back bays, there are still Flounder being caught; mainly shorts, with an occaisional keeper in the mix. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 29, 2010 5:47:20 PM

In the Wildwood surf, some Kingfish and small Bluefish are being caught. In the Backbays, there are still plenty of short Flounder and an occaisional keeper. Baby Sea Bass have invaded the back waters, and if you want to keep the kids busy set them up with sabiki rigs and "Fishbites Bag 'O Worms" for non stop catch and release action. A few Schoolie Stripers are patrolling the back waters and can be caught on Top water plugs or Clam mainly in the early mornings and evenings. The Delaware Bay is producing some Croakers and small Flounder. Flounder fishing was decent at the Cape May Reef and the Old Grounds when the conditions were right, but that was tough to come by towards the end of the week. Gerard Vessels of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 7 pound 12 ounce Flounder measuring 26.6 inches. Gerard caught the fish at the Old Grounds while fishing on his boat "Ms McKNA II" out of Wildwood. Paul Brosman and Bill Powell of Maple Shade, NJ checked in with a 5 pound 12 ounce Flounder and a 4 pound 5 ounce Flounder and had 9 others while fishing on Paul's "Miss Tammy" at the Old Grounds. There is still a good White Marlin bite at the Canyons and the Tuna are scattered from the 30 Fathom line out. Tom D'Alfonso of Monroeville, NJ reported non stop Dolphin action while trolling on his "Keep Reelin" near the Misty Blue area with son Tom, Jr., Kevin Lee and Kevin, Jr. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 22, 2010 12:21:45 PM

Flounder action improved this week, with some anglers catching their limits at the Cape May Reef, the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. Frank Gregorio of Medford, NJ and crew limited out on Flounder to seven pounds at the Cape May Reef. Bill Laxton of Audubon, NJ weighed in a 4 pound, 1 ounce Sea Bass caught at Reef Site 11 and reported a nice catch of Flounder as well. Flounder are being caught in the Delaware Bay from Bayshore Channel to the Point with lots of throwbacks and some Croakers in the mix. In the back bays there are still plenty of short Flounder and Schoolie Stripers are being caught on topwater plugs, mainly in the mornings or evenings. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws this week and says the Crabs are large and plentiful, so get in on the action! Inshore trolling around 4 FB and inside of the East Lump is producing Mahi-mahi with an occasional Wahoo while trolling small feathers, cedar plugs and the like. Some nice Yellowfin Tuna are being caught from the 30 Fathom Line out to the Canyons. Dr. Michael Lobianco and crew, Dr. Richard Berger, Anthony "240" Lister, and Louis Lister had three Yellowfin Tuna to 65 pounds, a 44 pound Wahoo, 2 Mahi-mahi and 2 Skippies, while trolling near the 35-40 Line on Doc Mike's "Carlyssa" out of Wildwood Crest. In the Canyon's there remains a good White Marlin bite. Yellowfin Tuna and mahi-mahi can also be found at the Canyons.


Sunday, August 15, 2010 5:06:52 PM

In the surf, a few Kingfish are being caught on Bloodworms or Fishbites off the North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest beaches and Flounder are being caught mainly around the Inlets. In the Backbays, Flounder fishing is still good with mainly shorts and an occasional keeper in the mix. The schoolie Striper action in the backbays was somewhat slower this week. There is good Fluking in the Delaware Bay from Bayshore Channel to Cape May Point, again with alot of shorts in the mix. The Cape May Reef provided good Flounder fishing towards the end of the week. Frank Gregorio of Medford, NJ limited out with Flounder up to 8 pounds at the Cape May Reef. Art Friedlander and crew of Deptford, NJ reported two 5 pound Flounder and a 7 pound Flounder while fishing on the "Tara Ann" at the Cape May Reef. The crew also released a Nurse Shark from the Cape May Reef, estimated at 50 pounds. There are reports of some Weakfish being caught in the Back Bays and the Delaware Bay. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week. Offshore, there are scattered Tuna at the Canyons and the White Marlin fishing has been good. Dolphin are being caught everywhere and the bite was especially good near the 30 Fathom Line. Lance Hitzelberger weighed in a 34 1/2 pound Dolphin caught in the Wilmington Canyon while fishing on Bob Barbaro's boat "Badger".


Sunday, August 8, 2010 4:52:51 PM

Flounder are still being caught in the Back Bays and around the Inlets with lots of throwbacks in the mix. Bob Harbaugh of Newark, DE caught his personal best Summer Flounder which tipped the scales at 7 pounds 6 ounces. Bob caught the fish near Grassy Sound on Randy Harbaugh's boat "Randy's Toy" out of Wildwood, NJ. There are still plenty of Flounder being caught at the Reefs, the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. Most of the fish are throwbacks, but there is plenty of action. Some nice Sea Bass are also being caught while Fluke fishing. Eryn Quinn of Gloucester, NJ weighed in a 3 pound 7 ounce Sea Bass caught while drifting the Reef on Ted Savage's "Tides of March". From 4 FB out to the East Lump and beyond Dolphin are being caught, even on occasion, by those drifting for Flounder. To get in on this action try trolling small feathers, small cedar plugs, spoons, and Ballyhoo. Kevin Ebner of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 29 pound Wahoo. Kevin caught the fish near 4FB while trolling Ballyhoo on Charles Ebner's "Millie Lee" out of Wildwood, NJ It was Ladies Day on Butch Moss' boat "Split Second" out of Wildwood, NJ with Maureen Shields weighing in an 18 pound Dolphin measuring 42.5 inches and Carla Moss weighing in a 12 pound Dolphin. The ladies caught the fish while trolling near 4 FB. Tom D'Alfonso and Kevin Lee of Elk, NJ checked in with a pair of 15 pound Dolphin caught while trolling on Tom's "Keep Reel'n" near the East Lump. At the Canyons, Tuna action slowed this week, however there are plenty of White Marlin, Blue Marlin and Dolphin being caught. There has been some great top water Schoolie Striper action in the back bays while they are feeding at daybreak and dusk with Smack-It Lures, Zara Spooks and the like. On the Kayak Fishing scene, Mike Ryan of Cliffside Park, NJ checked in to report a 4 pound Flounder and a 7 pound Flounder caught near Cold Spring Inlet on his Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says they are big and plentiful.


Sunday, August 1, 2010 4:49:17 PM

Flounder are being caught at the Cape May Reef, Wildwood Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Flounder are also being caught near the Inlets, the mouth of the Delaware Bay and the Rips. Some Croakers are showing near the mouth of the Delaware Bay. Alan Ritter of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 10 pound Flounder measuring 30 inches. Alan caught the fish while drifting Spearing on his boat "Little Devil" at the Wildwood Reef. Helen Oeffler fished with husband Ken on their boat "Lucky Dog" and nailed a 3 pound 15 ounce Flounder at the Cape May Reef. The fish measured 23 1/2 inches. Joe Ortlip of Villas, NJ had a 27 inch Flounder weighing 8 pounds 1 ounce from near Hereford Inlet while on his boat "Bathin' Beauty". There are still a few Flounder being caught in the Back Bays, closer to the Inlets. Schoolie Stripers can be caught in the Back Bays near bridges, docks and sod banks with surface poppers, soft plastics or Clam bait, mainly in the early mornings or evenings. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week. Kevin Ebner of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 17 pound Mahi-Mahi measuring 43 inches and George Sliwinski of Philadelphia weighed in a 8 pound Barracuda. Both fish were caught while trolling on Charles Ebner's "Millie Lee" near 4FB. Tuna fish are scattered from the Spencer Canyon south and and there was a solid Tuna bite north of the Spencer all the way to the Hudson Canyon. Both Blue and White Marlin are being caught on a regular basis at the Canyons. Capt. Bob McCormick released an estimated 400 pound Blue Marlin from the Spencer Canyon and also released an est. 200 pound Bull Shark while trolling on his boat "Happy Our" out of Wildwood, NJ.


Sunday, July 25, 2010 4:40:38 PM

Flounder fishing has improved at the Cape May Reef and the Old Grounds this week. Mike Reed of Rockledge, PA weighed in an eight pound 4 ounce Flounder measuring 29 inches. Mike caught the fish at the Cape May Reef while fishing on his boat "Kensington Princess" out of Wildwood, NJ. Jim Gregg, of Milmont Park, PA weighed in a 4 pound 10 ounce Flounder and a 3 pound 2 ounce Flounder caught at the Old Grounds on John Merrick's "Sea Weed" out of Wildwood, NJ. Flounder are also being caught near Cape May Point. Bob Kubicky of Philadelphia weighed in a 2 pound 15 ounce Flounder caught on Gulp! while drifting on his boat Rosewood One near Cape May Point. There are scattered Fluke being caught in the Delaware Bay near 9 and 10 Buoys. The Wildwood Back bays continue to have non-stop flounder action, most of the fish are short, but there are a few keepers in the mix. Schoolie Stripers are hitting plugs and soft plastics in the Back Bays, mainly in the evenings or at night along sod banks, docks and bridges. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says the crabbing is just about as good as it gets. At the Canyons there are Yellowfin Tuna, White Marlin and Blue Marlin being caught while trolling. Dave Brown of Franklinville, NJ weighed in a beautiful 37 pound Dolphin caught at the Baltimore Canyon while fishing on Captain Pat Mastronardo's "100 Proof" out of Wildwood, NJ. In the surf, there are numerous Kingfish being caught on Bloodworms or Fishbites Bag O Worms.


Sunday, July 25, 2010 2:25:24 PM

Fishing Report from Sunday, July 18, 2010: Flounder action in the Back Bays was non stop this week with mainly shorts, but a few keepers in the mix. The Back Bay Flounder are beginning to migrate to the Ocean as the Back Bay water warms. Joe Walters, age 14, of Philadelphia weighed in a 7 pound 14 ounce Flounder measuring 27 inches from the Grassy Sound area of the back bay. Joe caught the fish on a live Minnow while fishing on Bob Gingher's "Wish It Was Bigger". Michael James Hooker, age 5, of Ridley Park, PA weighed in a 4 pound 2 ounce Flounder caught near Grassy Sound on a live Minnow while fishing on John Hooker's "Macy Sea O". James Pierce, age 18, of Wilmington, DE had over 60 Flounder with two keepers while jigging Berkley Gulp! Swimming Minnows from his Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak. There is some Flounder action at the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Flounder are showing up at the Cape May Rips and Cape May Point areas. Flounder are also being caught near 9 and 10 Buoys in the Delaware Bay. Also in the back bays, small Stripers are hitting plugs and soft plastics mainly near sod banks, docks and bridges mainly in the evenings and at night. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws and says crabbing is excellent! Croakers have started to show in the Delaware Bay. In the surf there are plenty of Kingfish hitting on Fishbites or Bloodworms. An occasional small Striper can also be caught in the surf, mainly near the inlets. Offshore, Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin, White Marlin are being caught and the Wilmington Canyon to Spencer Canyon has been best.


Monday, July 12, 2010 7:45:16 PM

There were 115 boats and 22 Kayaks that fished the 17th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament. Thank you to everyone who entered the tournament and congratulations to the winners. Tournament standings are: Single Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Adam Bomb III - Captain Adam Crouthamel - 5.48 pounds 2nd Place - The Other Woman - Captain Jim Duccilli - 4.81 pounds 3rd Place - Miss Tammy - Captain Paul Brosman - 4.68 pounds Five Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Duct Work - Captain Scott Pierce - 21.24 pounds 2nd Place - VetCraft - Captain Harv Yenkinson - 18.77 pounds 3rd Place - Gone Fishin - 18.09 pounds Heaviest Seabass: Accipiter - Captain Dan Zolna - 3.30 pounds Heaviest Bluefish: Hot Line - Captain Andrew Bakely - 1.25 pounds Duchess Award: Tracy Crouthamel - Adam Bomb III - 4.53 pounds Kayak Division Single Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Frank Scirrotto - Hobie Outback - 2.99 pounds 2nd Place - Chris Shoplock - Hobie Revolution - 2.88 pounds


Sunday, July 4, 2010 5:21:57 PM

Kingfish are being caught in the surf along the Wildwood beaches. Wildwood Crest down to the Inlet has been best. An occasional Striper is still being caught in the surf. In the Back bays there are still plenty of Flounder, lots of shorts, but still some nice keepers being caught. Steve Dyl of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 5 pound 15 ounce Flounder caught while drifting a Tsunami Squid near Grassy Sound on his boat "On the Roc's". Seven year old Adrienne Miskiewicz of Logan Township, NJ weighed in her first ever Flounder that tipped the scales at 3 pounds 6 ounces. Adrienne caught the fish on a live Minnow while drifting on Mom's "Anger Management" in the Wildwood Back Bay. There is good Flounder fishing in the Delaware Bay along the shipping lanes near Miah Maull. Flounder reports from the Reefs were sketchy this week, as boats are busy searching for their Duke of Fluke Hotspots, but fish were caught at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. There are still quite a few throwbacks, but there are reports of fish up to 7 pounds being caught. Mark Tallarida of Aldon, PA weighed in a 5 pound 2 ounce Sea Bass caught at the Cape May Reef. Turk Mihalek of Pennsauken, NJ weighed in a 6 pound 6 ounce Flounder caught at Reef Site 11 on an Aqua Clear Rig while fishing on the "Mad Money" out of Wildwood. Canyon fishing has kicked into gear. Nice water has moved into the Spencer Canyon area and is moving south. Catches of Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin, White and Blue Marlin are being reported. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week with nice catches of keeper crabs. Sterling Harbor's 17th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is Saturday, July 10th with a Captain's Meeting scheduled for Friday, July 9th at 7:30 PM. The tournament also has a Kayak Division for Kayak Anglers looking to get in on the action. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 for details or visit www.sterlingharbor.com.


Sunday, June 27, 2010 5:07:33 PM

In the Back Bays there are plenty of short Flounder with some keepers in the mix. It seems like the keeper to throwback ratio has improved somewhat this week. Diane Curran of Warrington, PA weighed in a 3 pound 14 ounce Flounder caught on a Gulp! Ghost Shrimp from her dock in Wildwood Crest. Stephen Hanscom, age 9, of Voorhees, NJ weighed in a 3 pound 13 ounce Flounder caught while drifting a live Minnow on an Aqua Clear Rig in the Back Bay on Dave Hummel's "Gail Winds" out of Wildwood, NJ. Eight year old Maxwell Snow caught his first ever Flounder which tipped the scales at 4 pounds! Maxwell caught the fish while drifting a live Minnow on an Aqua Clear Rig on Pop-Pop's "Fish-n-Chips" in the Wildwood Back Bay. Flounder are being caught along the edge of the shipping lanes in the Delaware Bay from 14 Foot Light to above Miah Maul. The Cape May Reef was still on the slow side for Flounder. Flounder are being caught at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds, and anglers are working hard to get their limits. Offshore, Yellowfin Tuna, mahi-mahi and several White Marlin are being caught while trolling at the Canyons. Before the weekend, there was an excellent Yellowfin bite at the Baltimore Canyon. There are still some Bluefin Tuna from the 30 Fathom line and out and anglers still continue to catch Mako Sharks. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week and says the crabbing has been good to excellent. Sterling Harbor's 17th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for July 10, 2010. The Captain's Meeting is Friday, July 9, 2010 @ 7:30 PM. Entry forms are available at the shop or online @ www.sterlingharbor.com. Call 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 20, 2010 5:14:34 PM

Flounder fishing was good at the Old Grounds, Reef Site 11 and the Cape May Reef, and should improve each week as the season progresses. Flounder are also being caught along the edge of the shipping lanes from 14 Foot Light to above Miah Maul in the Delaware Bay. In the Backbays, there are plentiful short Flounder, and the keepers seem to be coming from deeper water. Sharking is still good with plenty of Mako's and Threshers around. Chris Hoffman of West Deptford, NJ weighed in an 83 pound Mako caught at the Misty Blue aboard Sean Gallagher's "Beagle" out of Wildwood, NJ. Schools of Bluefin Tuna are everywhere from the 20 Fathom line out to the Canyons, and a few where caught on the troll, but generally have been tough to catch. The "Captain Chaos" out of Wildwood, NJ trolled the Baltimore Canyon and released a 5 foot Mako. Bernadette Daiber caught her first Golden Tilefish on the trip, and the crew reported 15 more were caught up to 25 pounds. Chaz Gallagher of Williamstown, NJ reported 5 Yellowfin Tuna in the 40-60 pound range while trolling the Poorman's Canyon on his "Reel Classic" out of Wildwood, NJ. In the surf, Kingfish have showed up from Avalon to Cape May. An occasional Striper was caught, but the Striper bite in the surf has slowed. Schoolie Stripers are still hanging around the backbays, and can be caught on Clam or Surface lures. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5 Claws again this week, and says the crabs are large and plentiful.


Sunday, June 6, 2010 4:38:38 PM

Drum fishing remains good near Tussey Slough and the Pintop areas. Patty Lamplugh caught her first ever Drumfish while fishing near Tussey Slough on her boat "Pattycakes 2" out of Wildwood. Captain George Clark weighed in an 82 pound Drumfish while fishing near Tussey Slough on his "Reel Work" out of Wildwood, NJ. The North Wildwood surf is still producing nice Striped Bass mainly on fresh Clam bait. The Cape May Reef remains good for Sea Bass and the Flounder are starting to show. Phil Tarasiewicz of Levittown, PA weighed in a 7.56 pound Flounder that inhaled a Mackerel/Minnow combo at the Cape May Reef while fishing on his boat "Miss Lane". Frank Gregorio of Medford, NJ reported a good catch of Flounder on his "Frankie Fish" while drifting at the Old Grounds. Offshore, shark fishing has started. Rocco Pace weighed in a 120 pound Mako caught on Mackerel while fishing near 19 Fathom Lump on his "Set the Pace". Sterling Harbor is fully stocked for shark season and will be open early and late during the upcoming shark tournament days. Reserve your tournament winning baits now. Back Bay Fluking remains good using Minnows, Gulp!, Mackerel and Squid strips. Schoolie Stripers are still patrolling the Back bays and can be caught using Clam bait. On the Kayak fishing scene, Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ had two keeper Flounder while jigging Gulp! from his Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. Stop by Sterling Harbor to set up a test ride on the Hobie or Ocean Kayaks, and let us help you get out on the water! We specialize in rigging your kayak for fishing, with a full line of parts and accessories. Crabby Jack reports that the Back Bays are loaded with large Clue Claw crabs and gives the crabbing 5 Claws this week!


Monday, May 31, 2010 10:08:08 AM

Opening Day of Flounder season was great with some nice fish weighed in from the Wildwood back bays. Bill Reid of Wildwood, NJ took first place in Sterling Harbor's opening day Flounder Contest with a 9.75 pound Flounder caught on his "Hogemall" out of Wildwood, NJ. Joe Vasaturo came in 2nd Place with a 9.41 pound Flounder caught while fishing on the Saint Sandy out of Wildwood, NJ. Ed Jenski came in 3rd place with a 6 pound Flounder caught while fishing on his Ski-vo. Flounder are being caught on Gulp! and Mackerel Strips with minnows. Robert Preston of Drexel Hill, PA weighed in a 4.34 pound Flounder. Suzanne Smith of Philadelphia had a 4 pound and a 3 pound Flounder caught on Gulp! while jigging on her Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ had 4 keeper Flounder up to 3 1/2 pounds caught while jigging Gulp! on his Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak. Randy Harbaugh of Middletown, DE weighed in a 3 1/2 pound Flounder and Bob Harbaugh of Newark, DE weighed in a 2.87 pound Flounder. Jerry Hughes of Medford, NJ weighed in a 2.92 pound Flounder. Rich and Bernadette Walters had 3 keeper Flounder caught on bucktails or jigheads tipped with Gulp!. Drum fishing was good on both the Jersey and the Delaware sides of the bay this week. Bob Falck of Cape May, NJ weighed in a 88 pound Black Drum caught on fresh clam near Tussey Slough. Mark Holtzapfel reported "hot & heavy" Drumfish action near Tussey Slough on his Fish Nailer out of Cape May, NJ with 10 Drumfish weighing up to 80 pounds. Seabass action at the Reefs and wrecks out to 20 miles was very good with several Cod mixed in. Surf fishing remained spectacular this week with many surf anglers catching their limit. The best surf fishing has been in North Wildwood and Poverty Beach in Cape May. Rob Cruz of Cherry Hill, NJ reported a 44 pound Bass caught on fresh clam in the North Wildwood surf. Schoolie Striped Bass with some keepers in the mix are plentyful in the Wildwood Back Bays. The bait of choice is Clam, and fishing is best when boat traffic is at a minimum. Crabby Jack says the crabbing was "just mediocre" this week and gives the crabbing only two claws. He says crabbing should improve now that we are past the full moon.


Sunday, May 23, 2010 5:09:20 PM

Drumfish are being caught mainly in the Slaughter Beach area on the Delaware side of the Delaware Bay. A few fish were caught on the Jersey side near Tussey Slough and the Pintop area, but the Delaware side is best right now. Doug DeBlieu of Mt. Laurel, NJ weighed in a 66 pound Drumfish caught on fresh Clam while fishing on his "Never Say Never" at Slaughter Beach. Marianne Lewis of Cinnaminson, NJ weighed in a 77 pound Drumfish caught on fresh clam while fishing on her "Mared" at Slaughter Beach. In the back bays, a few Stripers are being caught on clam bait. Edward Douthett of Bridgeville, NJ weighed in a 12 pound Striper measuring 32 inches from the Wildwood Crest back bay. Anglers are reporting that Flounder are all over in the back bays just in time for this Saturdays opening day. Stop by Sterling Harbor on Saturday, May 29th between 7 AM and 6 PM to weigh in your Flounder at the 2nd Annual Opening Day Flounder Contest. No entry fee or registration necessary. The Heaviest Flounder weighed in will receive a $100 store gift certificate. 2nd Place wins a $50 gift certificate and 3rd Place will receive a $25 gift certificate. Surf fishing in North Wildwood and at Poverty Beach has been spectacular with Stripers up to 50 pounds being caught. Mike Ludlam of Villas, NJ reported a 48.5 pound Striped Bass from the North Wildwood surf. Mike Sorgentoni of Cherry Hill, NJ weighed in a 36 pound Striped Bass from the North Wildwood surf. Nickolai Ruck of Woodbridge, NJ weighed in a 23 pound Striper from the North Wildwood surf. Jason Kotyk of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 35.5 pound Striped Bass from the North Wildwood surf. Joe Mammarella of Berlin, NJ weighed in a 25 pound Bass from the North Wildwood surf. On Sunday, May 30, Sterling Harbor is having a free Kayak Demo from 10 AM till 12 Noon. Stop by to take a test ride in a Hobie or Ocean Kayak. Call or e-mail the store for more information or directions.


Sunday, May 16, 2010 2:48:09 PM

The Drumfish bite turned on over at Slaughter Beach just in time for the weekend. Scott Wheeler reported four Drum in the 40 pound range on the Big Bone out of Wildwood. Striped Bass were reported near Bayshore Channel in the Delaware Bay using fresh Clam for Bait. In the surf, Stripers are being caught on Clam in North Wildwood. Stripers and Drumfish are being caught on clam at Poverty Beach. Mike Sorgentoni, Jr. of Cherry Hill, NJ had a 37 inch and a 43 inch Striper from the North Wildwood surf. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House released a 33 inch Striper from the North Wildwood surf. In the Back bays snapper Blues are being caught on Mackerel and schoolie Stripers are being caught on Clam. There are plenty of Summer Flounder in the Back bays and the anticipation is building for opening day of Flounder season on May 29th. The first crabs of the year showed up and crabbing should improve each week, as the water warms up. Be sure to stop by Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle to weigh in your Flounder on Saturday, May 29th during the 2nd Annual Opening Day Fluke Contest. There is no registration and no entry fee. Flounder will be weighed between 7AM and 6PM. The angler weighing in the heaviest Flounder will win a $100 store gift certificate. 2nd Place wins a $50 store gift certificate and 3rd Place wins a $25 store gift certificate.


Sunday, May 9, 2010 1:45:09 PM

Stripers up to 40 inches, Black Drum and Bluefish are being caught in the surf off the North Wildwood beach and near Poverty Beach in Cape May. Clam is the bait of choice. John Kotyk of Wildwood weighed in a 33 inch Striper caught on Clam off the North Wildwood beach. The first reports of Tiderunner Weakfish came in right before the weekend from the Cape May Point Jetties using Bucktails tipped with twister tails. In the Delaware Bay some Drumfish are being caught in the Brandywine Light area and Tussey Slough areas. Drumfish action should improve as the water warms. Mike Galioto, age 10, of Turnersville, NJ caught his first ever Black Drum weighing 18 pounds. Mike caught the fish on fresh clam while fishing on Dad's "Reel Hooker" near Brandywine Light. Make sure to call the shop to reserve your fresh clams during the spring Drumfish run. Schoolie Stripers and snapper Bluefish are being caught all over the Back Bays and anglers are reporting that plenty of Summer Flounder are around which is building the anticipation for the upcoming opening day of Flounder season.


Sunday, April 25, 2010 4:07:17 PM

George and Cathy from Sterling Harbor Bait & Tackle are back and open for business. Our 17th Annual Penny per Yard line sale will run through May 9, 2010. Call the store for details @ 609-729-1425. Togging is excellent at the inshore wrecks, jetty's and bridges. The Striper bite is red hot up the Bay in the Ship John area. On the kayak fishing scene, Charlie Labar of Philadelphia, checked in with two nice keeper Tog caught while fishing on his Hobie Pro Angler around the Cape May Inlet. Sterling Harbor will be displaying their Hobie Kayaks at the Strictly Jersey Boat Show @ S. Jersey Marina April 30th through May 2nd and also at Stone Harbor's Sail into Summer Boat Show and Seafood Festival on May 1st and 2nd. Stop by the booths for super show specials or call the store for details.


Sunday, November 8, 2009 2:09:20 PM

Stripers, Stripers, Stripers! Striped Bass are coming from the Delaware Bay, The Cape May Rips, the Wildwood Surf and the Back Bays. Paul and Joey Costick weighed in a 25 pound and a 31 pound Striped Bass caught while chunking bunker on Pop-Pop's Dream in the Delaware Bay. Paulie Polchenko and Big Pat Kreschollek of Philadelphia limited out on Bass to 36 inches while drifting live spot and eels in the Cape May Rips. Vince Arlotta of Turnersville, NJ weighed in a 32 pound Striper caught while chunking bunker on his boat "Seize the Day". Thirteen year old Quinn Overcash of Cape May Court House, NJ brought over a 42.5 pound Striped Bass measuring 48 inches. Quinn caught the fish on bunker in the Delaware Bay and took 3rd Place in the High Tides tournament with it! Eight year old William Long of Wildwood Crest, NJ caught his first ever keeper Bass which measured 43 inches and tipped the scales at 26.5 pounds! William caught the fish on a live spot in the Cape May Rips while fishing on Dad's "Afishionado" out of Wildwood Crest, NJ. Kurt Rice of Ellicott City, MD brought over a 31 inch Striped Bass caught on Clam in the North Wildwood suds. Chopper Bluefish are being caught while trolling Mann's Stretch 25's and the like near the 5 Fathom Bank area. Togging remains excellent around the jetties and inshore wrecks. On November 16th the daily possession limit will increase to six Tog.


Sunday, October 25, 2009 2:53:31 PM

Striped Bass fishing has turned on after the Northeast blow! Fish are being caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay and while drifting live bait or bucktails in the Cape May Rips. Frank Hennigan of Coatesville, PA caught a 40 pound Striper while drifting a live eel in the Cape May rips. Scott Wheeler had his limit of keeper Stripers on his boat "Big Bone" out of Wildwood, NJ while drifting the Rips using white Bucktails tipped with chartreuse twister tails. Scott Pierce of the Duct Work out of Cape May reported a 44 pound Striper caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay. Tog fishing remains excellent around the bridges and jetties. In the surf, the first blitzes of chopper bluefish in the 10-15 pound range have started and some Stripers were mixed in under the Bluefish. The 2010 Hobie Kayaks are in stock and ready for you to take a test ride!


Sunday, October 4, 2009 5:02:19 PM

Not to many boats got out this week due to the consistent wind, however those that did venture out found schools of Bluefish just off the beach under bird-plays, and anglers that ventured out to the reefs found good catches of keeper Sea Bass and nice Triggerfish. Dan Zolna and Ryan Kometa limited out on Sea Bass and had a nice catch of Triggerfish at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Dan's "Accipiter" out of Wildwood, NJ. Be advised that NMFS announced a Sea Bass fishery closure in federal waters effective October 5, 2009, for the next 180 days. More information can be found at www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2009/blkseabass_closure.htm. Inshore trolling has schools of Bonita and Albacore with an occasional Dolphin still mixed in. Offshore at the Canyons, from the Lindenkol north, Yellowfin Tuna are being caught while chunking or trolling. Mako Sharks and Swordfish have been caught in the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. South of the Poorman's, is White Marlin territory as of our last report. In the back bays, schoolie Stripers are being caught along the sod banks, docks and bridges on surface plugs and Clam bait. In the surf, mullet are starting to show. Surf anglers are catching small bluefish along with an occasional schoolie Striper. The 2010 Hobie Kayaks are now in stock. Stop by the shop for a test ride! The Sterling Harbor Kayak Fishing Team fished the TKAA Kayak Tournament in Norfolk VA last weekend, and the windy weather made for difficult fishing. Although the team did not catch anything worthy of the scales, a good time was had by all while fishing the beautiful area's on the Chesapeake's Eastern Shore. A record 215 Kayak Anglers entered into the event and the Sterling Harbor team will try again next year!


Sunday, September 20, 2009 2:11:54 PM

Some keeper Sea Bass are starting to show at the Reefs and some Weakfish, Yes-Weakfish, are starting to show up in the Bay near #1 Buoy and also around the inlets. In the Back Bays schoolie Stripers are everywhere and are being caught mainly on the outgoing tide on Clam or top water plugs. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing three claws this week. Along the beachfront, in the surf, small bluefish seem to be all over and a few schoolie Stripers have been caught during the past week. Offshore, when the weather permits, there have been good catches of small Yellowfin, Dolphin, and some Wahoo.Young Joey Finn, age 13, of Hudson, NY boated a 161 pound Bluefin Tuna while fishing with his Dad on Capt. John Sowerby's Hooked UP out of Cape May. Before the last NE blow, the canyons were alive with White Marlin and many boats had double digit shots.


Sunday, September 6, 2009 4:56:09 PM

The wind played havoc with the last week of Fluke season which came to an abrupt end on Friday just before the holiday weekend. There were some reports of Sea Bass along the inshore reefs with scattered Croakers and small Bluefish. The Back bay schoolie Striper action continues to be good along sod banks, docks and bridges with Clam, Bunker, Fin S type lures or top water lures like Smack-It Jr.s. The best has been @ night. When the boats could get out, offshore action was excellent with White Marlin from the 40 Fathom line and out. Donald Sowers and crew trolled up 11 White Marlin on the "Reely Hours" out of Wildwood, NJ. Dolphin action is good along the 30 Fathom line at the Elephant Trunk all the way in to Five Fathom Bank with an occasional Wahoo in the mix. Jack Gallagher and crew of "Pelican" reported 14 Dolphin while trolling Ballyhoo at the Elephant Trunk. The surf action remains slow along the Wildwood and Cape May beaches. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 30, 2009 4:58:03 PM

Late addition to today's report: Ed Mainero caught us just as the shop was closing to weigh in his "personal best", a 27 1/4 inch, 9 pound Summer Flounder caught at the Reef on the FUJIMO out of Wildwood, NJ. Congrats, Ed!


Sunday, August 30, 2009 12:38:30 PM

Flounder fishing went right back to excellent following tropical storm Bill. The Cape May Reef, Wildwood Reef, the Old Grounds, Reef Site 11 and along the shipping lanes in the Delaware Bay have all been producing nice fish. Some nice Flounder are being caught again in the back bays. Croakers are starting to show around Cape May Point. There is an excellent White Marlin bite out at the Canyons with some scattered Dolphin. Angler Steve Roach weighed in a 70 pound Swordfish caught on Tim McGregor's "Reel Maniacs" from Toms Canyon. In the surf, snapper blues and and occasional Kingfish are being caught in North Wildwood. Schoolie Stripers are being caught in the back bays along docks, bridges and sod banks with top water plugs like Smack-Its or on Clam bait. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing three claws this week.


Sunday, August 23, 2009 3:46:13 PM

Flounder fishing is as good as it gets at the Cape May Reef, the Wildwood Reef, Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds, and in the Delaware Bay along the shipping lanes. Ray Morison of Marlton, NJ weighed in a 6 pound 1 ounce Flounder caught at the Old Grounds. Marie Bowers of West Wildwood weighed in a 5 pound 7 ounce Flounder caught at the Wildwood Reef on the Gianna Marie. Robert Ferrante of Pittsgrove, NJ weighed a 29 1/2 inch Flounder weighing 9 pounds 2 ounces while fishing the Cape May Reef on the Duct Work out of Cape May. Croakers are starting to show off Cape May Point and the beach front. Snapper blues are everywhere off Cape May Point and around the inlets. We'll see what this week brings, as Hurricane Bill may have changed everything by the time you are reading this report. The Dolphin bite remains good from the 20 Fathom line and out. Ernie Divincenzo and crew of the Next Generation out of Wildwood had seven Mahi-mahi with the largest weighing in at 23 pounds. White Marlin and Blue Marlin continue to bite at the Canyons with the best reports coming from the Wilmington Canyon. In the Back bays mainly small Stripers are being caught along sod banks, docks and bridges with top water plugs or clam bait. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing three claws this week.


Sunday, August 16, 2009 12:18:36 PM

Flounder fishing is excellent at the Cape May Reef, Wildwood Reef, the Old Grounds, Reef Site 11, Brown Shoal, 9 & 10 Buoys, and off Cape May Point. There are lots of throwbacks around. If all you are catching are throwbacks, move to another area to find the keepers, and keep working that area because the keepers all seem to be hanging together. Ken Hornback of Atco, NJ weighed in a beautiful 10 pound 8 ounce Flounder caught while fishing Reef Site 11 on Capt. Bob Williams "Polarized". Jeff DePalma of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 7 pound 8 ounce Flounder caught on his "Bubba J" at Reef Site 11 using an Aqua Clear rig tipped with Squid. Bob Kubicky of Philadelphia was fishing Cape May Point on his "Rosewood One" and nailed a nice 3 pound 10 ounce Flounder on a live minnow. Bob also reported lots of snapper blues and a Spanish Mackerel off the Point. Offshore, the Dolphin bite remains good with plenty of 15 to 25 pounders between the 20 and 40 Fathom areas with some Yellowfin showing up also. Ron K. of Cape May Court House, NJ reported 4 Yellowfin Tuna, 4 Dolphin and a 34 pound Wahoo while trolling near the Elephant Trunk on the "Anejo" out of Wildwood, NJ. The White Marlin bite seems to have turned on in the Canyons with best reports coming from the Wilmington Canyon. The Bluefin Tuna bite has slowed down at the Lobster Claw, but there are still a few being caught while chunking and jigging. Surf fishing remains on the slow side, but some snapper blues up to 2 pounds are being taken on metals, like Hopkins Lures or Crippled Herrings near Hereford Inlet in North Wildwood. The Back Bays are producing mostly small Stripers on top water plugs like Smack-It, Jr. or Chug Bugs or while using clam bait. Joe Gusek of Wildwood, NJ reported a 38 inch Striped Bass caught on Clam while fishing the dock lights near Shawcrest. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week.


Sunday, August 9, 2009 1:51:35 PM

Flounder fishing is excellent at the Cape May Reef, the Wildwood Reef, the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. The key is to find a patch of Flounder holding the keepers. Michael Sullivan of Philadelphia weighed in a beautiful 9 pound, 15 ounce Flounder caught while drifting the Old Grounds. Bill Selfridge of Gloucester, NJ weighed in a nice 5 pound 15 ounce Flounder from Reef Site 11. Snapper Bluefish are everywhere off Cape May Point and the Rips. The Lobster Claw area is still producing large Bluefin Tuna in the 130 to 160 pound range. Capt. Scott Pierce reported a 160 pound Bluefin Tuna, a 17 pound Dolphin and a small Yellowfin Tuna on the Duct Work out of Cape May, NJ. There is a good Mahi-mahi bite around the Elephant Trunk with an occasional small Yellowfin while trolling small lures or feathers. The Wilmington Canyon and the Poorman's Canyon have been producing Mahi-mahi, White Marlin, Blue Marlin and some Yellowfin Tuna. The back bay bonanza has begun with small Sea Bass, Spot and Croakers. There are still small Flounder in the back bays with an occasional keeper. Top water plugging for schoolie Striped Bass is in gear now along the back bay sod banks and near bridges and dock lights. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing three claws this week.


Sunday, August 2, 2009 2:07:35 PM

Flounder fishing is good at the Cape May Reef, the Wildwood Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Gracie Ferrante, age 4, of Pittsgrove, NJ weighed in her first ever Flounder that tipped the scales @ 5 pounds 7 ounces! Gabe Ferrante, age 5, had two Flounder with the largest weighing in at 2 pounds 11 ounces. Gracie and Gabe caught the fish at the Cape May Reef while fishing on Dad's "Shming" out of Wildwood. Todd Spence and crew of the Rajun Cajun had their limit of Fluke to 7.5 pounds from Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Some Fluke are being caught off Cape May Point, with alot of throwbacks to pick through. The Lobster Claw area produced the best this week on the Bluefin Tuna, although the wind hampered alot of offshore efforts. On the Kayak fishing scene, the Sterling Harbor Kayak Fishing Team participated in last weekends Pt. Pleasant Elks Tournament. Chris Parson, of Cape May, took 1st Place with a 29 inch Flounder. Charlie Labar, of Philadelphia took 3rd Place with a 22 inch Flounder. Justin Fesler of Cape May Court House won the "Other fish" Division with a 48 inch Smooth Dogfish. There was a hot Croaker bite in the Wildwood back bays over the weekend, mainly near the Sunset Lake area. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4.5 Claws this week!


Sunday, July 26, 2009 10:58:11 AM

Flounder are still plentiful at all the usual locations, such as the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Some Flounder are starting to show up at 9 & 10 Buoys in the Delaware Bay. Bluefin Tuna are being caught while trolling, chunking and jigging. The 19 Fathom Lump, the Lobster Claw and the Hambone areas have been producing best. Be ready for some gaffer size Dolphin while your trolling or chunking. Some Yellowfin Tuna are showing along the 40 Fathom line just inside the canyons. In the Back Bays, small Stripers are being caught around the docks, bridges and sod banks on clam or swimming plugs. There are still some Flounder around, but they seem to be making the move toward the inlets. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week.


Sunday, July 19, 2009 8:31:30 PM

Flounder fishing continues to be excellent at the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds and in the Delaware Bay above Miah Maul. Mike Reed of Rockledge, PA weighed in a beautiful 11 pound 2 ounce Flounder pulled from the Cape May Reef while fishing on his boat "Kensington Princess" out of Wildwood, NJ. William Meyer of East Greenville, PA stopped to weigh in his 3 pound 10 ounce Porgy caught while fishing in the Starlight out of Wildwood. Bluefin Tuna are being caught at the 19 Fathom Lump, Masseys Canyon while chunking, trolling, and Butterfly Jigging. Mike Gillen, age 14, of Wildwood Crest, NJ weighed in an 85 pound Bluefin Tuna caught while fishing on his Uncle Joe's "Y Knot" out of Wildwood, NJ. The Y-Knot crew had 2 Bluefin Tuna while chunking Butterfish, one Bluefin Tuna on a Butterfly Jig, and landed a nice Mahi-Mahi to round out the day! Offshore, Yellowfin Tuna are being trolled up along the 40 Fathom line with some Dolphin in the mix.


Sunday, July 5, 2009 5:06:14 PM

Flounder fishing has turned on out at the Cape May Reef, the Wildwood, Reef, Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds, and at the mouth of Cold Spring Inlet. There are quite a few throwbacks, but there have been numerous fish between five and seven pounds weighed in. Fluke are still being caught in the Back Bays, however they seem to be moving towards the inlets, or hanging in the deeper holes in the back bays. This is just in time for Sterling Harbors upcoming 16th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament. There are plenty of fish around for possible record weigh-ins at this years tournament! Tony Capri, of Oreland, PA weighed in a 7 pound 5 ounce Flounder caught on a bucktail at the Cape May Reef. Joe Wilczynski, of Philadelphia weighed in a 5 pound 4 ounce Flounder caught on Gulp! from the Wildwood Back Bay. The Offshore reports were on the slower side this week, probably due to the high winds and rough seas we experienced over the weekend. Those that did venture out found some small Tuna at the Canyons, with some sharks as well. Surf fishing has slowed down, however the Back Bays are producing plenty of short Stripers on top-water plugs or clams. Crabby jack gives the crabbing 3 claws this week. Preparations are underway for the 16th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament scheduled for Saturday, July 11th. Call 609-729-1425, stop by the shop, or visit www.sterlingharbor.com for more info.


Sunday, June 28, 2009 1:23:54 PM

Flounder fishing has turned on and is red hot. Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds are all producing fish. David Rago of Fairless Hills, PA weighed in an awesome 11 pound 4 ounce Summer Flounder caught while fishing on Capt. Skip Jastremski's "Stalker II" out of Cape May, NJ. Flounder are being caught in the Delaware Bay along the edges of the shipping lanes. Flounder are still being caught in the Back Bays with alot of throwbacks in the mix. Shannon Keuper of Bordentown, Nj weighed in a 2 pound 12 ounce Flounder she caught while fishing on Alan Ritter's Little Devil II out of Wildwood. Rich Walters and Bill Copperthwaite had four keepers to 3 pounds from the Wildwood back bays. Ryan Mulvey of Philadelphia, PA had a 25 inch Flounder caught near Grassy Sound on his Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. Shark fishing remains excellent between the 20 and 30 fathom lines. Tuna fishing has just started and some Yellowfin were taken on the troll from the Poormans Canyon. There have been some reports of Bluefin Tuna inshore of the canyons. Get your gear ready, as this should get better within the next week or two. Along the beach, some Stripers are still being caught on Clam in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. Crabby Jack says that crabbing was on the slow side this week, and give the crabbing 2 claws. Sterling Harbor's 16th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is fast approaching and will be held on July 11, 2009. Registration forms are available at the shop. For more information call 609-729-1425 or visit www.sterlingharbor.com.


Sunday, June 21, 2009 3:19:38 PM

Flounder have been hit hard in the Back Bays and the keeper to throwback ration has increased, but there's still plenty of fish to be caught. Fluking in the Delaware Bay remains good and the hot report this week is that the ocean fluke fishing at Reef Site 11, the Old Grounds and the Cape May Reef has turned on with the best catches coming from Reef Site 11. Bob Murray, Jr., 15, of Wildwood Crest, weighed in a nice 5 pound Fluke measuring 24 inches caught while fishing on the "Little Job" out of Wildwood. Dan Schafer of Del Haven, NJ weighed in a 5 pound 7 ounce Sheepshead caught on clam behind North Wildwood. Sterling Harbors 16th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament will be held July 11, 2009. Captains meeting Friday evening July 10th. Entry forms are now available in the tackle shop and will be posted online @ www.sterlingharbor.com. This years tournament will again have a Kayak Division for the kayak anglers to compete in. Shark fishing remains very good with plenty of Blue Sharks, Thresher Sharks and Mako Sharks in the 100-125 pound range being caught when the weather cooperates. CJ Neidig had a 455 pound Thresher Shark caught while fishing on Capt. Bill Greenling's "Blue Runner" out of Wildwood. The Tuna bite has started offshore and Sterling Harbor is now stocked with butterfish, sardines, and ballyhoo for your offshore fishing needs. A few Stripers are still being caught in the North Wildwood and Cape May surf, along with an occasional bluefish. Alan Chong of Elkins Park, PA weighed in a 9 1/2 pound Striped Bass measuring 32.5 inches he took on clam from the North Wildwood surf. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3.5 Claws this week and tells us the crabbing should improve as we head for the full moon now. On the kayak fishing scene, Charlie Labar and Chris Parson of Cape May County, NJ headed up to Long Island, NY to fish the Great South Bay Kayak Fishing Tournament. They reported that the fishing was tough, with only one legal size Striper entered, but Charlie took 3rd Place with a 19 inch Bluefish and Chris took 4th Place with an 18 inch Bluefish. Way to go guys!


Sunday, June 7, 2009 5:18:35 PM

Flounder fishing remains excellent in the Wildwood Back Bays. Sue and Ken Smith of Philadelphia, PA reported 30 Flounder with 12 keepers from 19-22 inches caught while fishing on their Hobie Mirage Outback Kayaks. Fluke fishing turned on in the Delaware Bay with good catches being reported from the Banana Peel Slough and Miah Maul areas. There are lots of throwbacks in the mix right now. Sea Bassing at the Cape May Artificial Reef was excellent this weekend. Spencer Brooks, age 10, of Deptford, NJ weighed in a 3 pound 1 ounce Sea Bass he caught while fishing on the Tara Ann out of Wildwood, NJ. Drum fishing reports were good from the Delaware Bay this week with numerous fish in the 60-70 pound range. Sharking looks like it's going to be right on time. Michael Bulifant weighed in a 243 pound Thresher Shark caught on the Big Bully out of Wildwood, NJ. Mike Gillen caught his first ever Mako shark which weighed in at 98 pounds caught on Uncle Joe's Y-Knot out of Wildwood, NJ. Sterling Harbor is fully stocked with chum, shark baits, and equipment for the upcoming shark season and tournaments. Sterling Harbor will be holding a Hobie and Ocean Kayak demo on Sunday, June 14th from 12 noon until 2 PM, weather permitting.


Sunday, May 31, 2009 5:55:46 PM

Drum fishing in the Delaware Bay was excellent during the week, but slowed down over the weekend. Black Drum catches should improve each day as we get close to the full moon this coming weekend. Look for fish in the Pin Top and Tussey Slough areas of the Delaware Bay. Back Bay Flounder fishing is as good as it gets this week, with many double digit catches being reported. Many of these fish are throwbacks with a throwback to keeper ratio of about 5:1. Frank Marinelli of Sebastian, Florida weighed in a beautiful 8 1/2 pound Summer Flounder. Jake Anderson, age 11, of Limerick, PA weighed in a 4 1/2 pound Flounder. Deptford Mike Mulholland reported a 6 1/2 pound Fluke measuring 26 inches. George Kehnast, of Wildwood, NJ limited out on back bay Flounder with the heaviest weighing 5 1/2 pounds, and another weighing 5 pounds. In the surf, the Stripers have slowed down somewhat but nice fish are still being caught from the North Wildwood and Cape May beaches. Mostly short Stripers are being caught in the Back Bays, but there's plenty of action around the bridges and lights at night. Charlie Labar of Philadelphia, PA splashed his new Hobie Pro Angler Kayak this weekend, custom rigged by Sterling Harbor, and christened the boat with five Flounder caught on Minnow and Squid combo. Stop by Sterling Harbor to test ride the new Pro Angler or any of the Hobie and Ocean Kayaks!


Sunday, May 24, 2009 5:24:00 PM

Drum fishing remains good in the Delaware Bay from the Pin Top up to 14 Foot Light. The heaviest weighed in this week was caught by Maryann Severance of Haddon Heights, NJ which tipped the scales at 79 pounds! First ever Black Drum catches were weighed in for Ralph Durrant, age 72 of Wildwood, NJ at 60 pounds, Edward Kotyk, of Wildwood, NJ at 48 pounds and Frankie Brown, age 15, of Madison, NJ at 49 pounds. There is good Sea Bass fishing at the Cape May Reef and inshore wrecks. Flounder season opened on Saturday, May 23rd with alot of Flounder caught in the back bays. The winner of Sterling Harbor's Opening Day Flounder contest is Mike Hansen of Aqua Clear with a 6.6 pound Flounder caught on an Aqua Clear white feather rig tipped with a chartreuse Gulp! swimming mullet. Congratulations, Mike! Ten year old Bradley Ferraro of Chalfont, PA wins the Junior Angler prize in Sterling Harbor's Opening Day Flounder Contest with a 4.2 pound Flounder! Congratulations, Bradley! Paul Vandergrift of Tabernacle, NJ weighed in a 6.4 pound Flounder. Tony Dempsey of Philadelphia weighed in a 6.4 pound Flounder. Bill Bascome of Rosemont, PA weighed in a 4.0 pound Flounder. Bob Kenig of Cape May, NJ weighed in a 4.0 pound Flounder. Shawn Bulifant of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 3.6 pound Flounder. Jeanne Jacobs of Mechanicburg, PA weighed in a 3.2 pound Flounder. Rich Walters of Dennisville, NJ weighed in a 3.0 pound Flounder. Chuck Lind of Dennisville, NJ weighed in a 2.6 pound Flounder. Dan Guss of Erma, NJ weighed in a 2.6 pound Flounder. Mike Weiss of W. Deptford, NJ weighed in a 2.2 pound Flounder. Marina Zolna, age 7, and DJ Zolna, age 5, of Rio Grande NJ caught their first ever keeper Flounder while fishing on Dad's "Accipiter" out of Wildwood, NJ. Nice job kids! Suzanne Smith of Philadelphia, PA had a 22 inch Flounder caught while fishing on her Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak. Surf fishing remains excellent with Stripers up to 46 inches being caught along the North Wildwood and Cape May beaches. Small Stripers are being caught around bridges and docks while casting with Chug Bugs or on Clam bait.


Sunday, May 17, 2009 3:35:10 PM

The hot news comes from the surf this week, with morning and evening catches of Striped Bass up to 42 inches from the North Wildwood and Cape May beaches. This is probably some of the best spring surf fishing we've seen in years. Puppy Drum are also in the mix. Aaron Hoffman of Cape May, NJ had a 42 1/2 inch Striper caught on clam from the North Wildwood beach. Sea Bassing remains good at the Reef and inshore wrecks. Drum fishing slowed down right after the full moon, but is back on track with good catches coming from the Pin Top area. This Saturday, May 23rd, marks the opening of Summer Flounder season! Sterling Harbor will be open early and stocked with you favorite Fluke rigs, baits and Gulp! Sterling Harbor will be giving away a $100. gift certificate the the angler who weighs in the largest Summer Flounder on Saturday, May 23rd. No registration is necessary. Just weigh in your heaviest Flounder at Sterling Harbor no later than 6 PM on opening day!


Sunday, May 10, 2009 12:21:16 PM

Drum fishing in the Delaware Bay is excellent mostly on the Jersey side from Tussey Slough to the Pin Top. Jim Baker of Wildwood, NJ weighed in an 81 pound Drumfish caught while fishing on the Accipiter out of Wildwood. Sea Bass are still being caught at the Reef and inshore wrecks. In the Back Bays nice fluke are being caught and released. There only two more weekends until the season opens. Surf fishing is excellent and getting better every day. The hot spots are North Wildwood beaches and Poverty Beach in Cape May. Charlie Labar of Philadelphia reported keeper Stripers and a 20 pound Black Drum from the North Wildwood beach using Clam bait. Justin Fesler of Wildwood, NJ had two Black Drum from the North Wildwood surf to 25 pounds. Rob Cruz of Cherry Hill, NJ weighed in a 38 inch Striped Bass caught off the North Wildwood beach on Clam. Sterling Harbor will be holding a Hobie Kayak demo on Sunday, May 17, 2009 from 1 PM till 4 PM weather permitting. Stop by for a test ride.


Sunday, April 26, 2009 5:28:44 PM

Sterling Harbor is now open for the season 7 days a week. Our annual penny per yard line sale will run through May 3rd. Fishing reports were good with folks catching Stripers from the North Wildwood beaches on clam, and also in the back bays near bridges and dock lights. There are mostly shorts, but a few keepers in the mix. Tautog fishing is excellent. Anglers are limiting out on Tog and 6 to 7 pound fish is not uncommon. There were nice catches of Sea Bass from the Cape May Reef and inshore wrecks out to about 20 miles. A few reports of Drumfish being caught in the Delaware Bay are filtering in. We will have fresh clam available for the upcoming weekend. Call to reserve yours this week. We are taking delivery of the new Hobie Pro Angler kayak this week, so stop in to check it out or take a test ride. Stop by and see us at the Stone Harbor Boat Show May 2nd and 3rd, at the Hobie Kayak booth!


Sunday, November 9, 2008 8:10:55 PM

Bunker chunking for Stripers in the Delaware Bay is red hot with fish averaging 20-40 pounds. Capt. Pete Hondros, Collin Hondros and Joe Fedele of Richboro, PA weighed in a 32 pound, a 23 pound and a 19 pound Striped Bass caught while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay on their boat "Shore Beats Workin" out of Wildwood, NJ. Dave Ross of Middle Township weighed in a 25 pound and a 26 pound Striped Bass he caught while chunking in the Delaware Bay. Drifting with live eels or spot is producing nice Stripers in the Cape May Rips when you can find clean water. Stripers are also being caught under birdplays near Hereford Inlet on live Spot or while trolling Stretch 25's. The surf has been on the "spotty" side, but a few Stripers are being caught on Clam or while plugging. Dave Faust of Royersford, PA weighed in a 10 pound Striped Bass caught on clam in the surf near Hereford Inlet. Ray Pashuk of Wildwood Crest had a 35 inch and a 36 inch Striped Bass while plugging off the Wildwood Crest beaches. Bill Myer of North Wildwood released a 27 inch Striper caught on a Creek Chub popper off the North Wildwood beach. Chopper Bluefish are being caught around Five Fathom Bank while jigging or trolling under birdplays.


Sunday, November 2, 2008 10:53:38 AM

Stripers, Stripers, Stripers! It's finally happening folks! Striped Bass are being caught in the Delaware Bay near Tussey Slough, 60 foot Slough, and 20 foot Slough while chunking with bunker, in the Cape May Rips with eels and spot, and in the back bays while using plugs, bunker, or clam. Tim McGregor of Wildwood, NJ had a 40 inch Striper on a live eel from the Cape May Rips. Frankie Mascherino, age 7, of Downingtown, PA had 4 Stripers up to 31 pounds while chunking bunker in the Delaware Bay on his Uncle Frank's Avalanche out of Wildwood, NJ. Craig Connor of Croydon, PA weighed in a 38 pound Striped Bass caught on bunker in the Delaware Bay while fishing on his boat Unck's Toy out of Wildwood, NJ. Very few reports were received about Sea Bass this week, maybe due to the windy weather we had. Nice size Tog are being caught around the jetty's and inshore wrecks with Green Crab, but there is a one fish per person limit until November 16th when the bag limit increases to 6 fish per person.


Sunday, October 5, 2008 10:45:11 AM

Sea Bass are starting to show at the Cape May Reef. Alan Ritter had a dozen keepers on a half day trip while fishing on his Little Devil II out of Wildwood, NJ. Croakers and snapper Bluefish are being caught along the Wildwood beachfront. Look for birdplays. In the surf, there are some Kingfish and a few small Stripers, but snapper Bluefish is the main bite right now. Justin Fesler, of Cape May, NJ had a 29" and a 30" Striped Bass from the North Wildwood beach while livelining Spot. Offshore, we're still looking for the Yellowfin Tuna. The Mahi-Mahi are plentiful and some Wahoo and White Marlin are being caught. In the Back Bays there's plenty of short Stripers being caught along the Sod Banks and around bridge pilings at night, on Clam or Top Water lures. On the Kayak Fishing scene, Suzanne Smith of Philadelphia, reported a 26 inch Striper caught near a bridge piling that took her for a nice ride on her Hobie Outback Kayak. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing two Claws this week.


Sunday, September 21, 2008 1:31:04 PM

Croakers are still everywhere along the beachfront from Wildwood to Cape May. Sea Bass are starting to show at the Reef. The bait is starting to move out of the back bays and the surf fishing should improve steadily. The first day of the Northeast blow, bluefish blitzed the North Wildwood beach for quite a few hours keeping the surf fishermen busy. Before the Northeast wind, there was an excellent White Marlin bite from the Poormans Canyon up to the Wilmington Canyon. In the back bays a few small Stripers are patrolling the Sod Banks, mainly in the early mornings and evenings. Bill Myers of North Wildwood had two nice Stripers caught on a Mirro Lure while trolling the sod banks on his Hobie Mirage Revolution kayak. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing two claws this week.


Sunday, September 14, 2008 3:51:12 PM

Croakers are still being caught along the Wildwood and Cape May beachfront. Small bluefish are also being caught along the beachfront and in the surf. a few Sea Bass are being caught out at the reef. Martin Pastuszek of Ocean City, NJ weighed in a 3 pound 8 ounce Sea Bass caught at Reef Site 11 while fishing on the Ol-Jo IV. Offshore, the Tuna bite is still slow. The White Marlin bite is red hot in the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons, along with scattered dolphin, and an occaisional Wahoo. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 2 claws this week.


Sunday, August 31, 2008 1:21:08 PM

At Cape May Point, Croaker fishing remains good with some Kingfish and Weakfish in the mix. A few Flounder are still being caught around the Inlets. Bob Falck, of Cape May, NJ weighed in an 8 pound 4 ounce Flounder caught on a minnow near Hereford Inlet. Some keeper Flounder showed up at the tire units at the Cape May Reef this week. Fluking at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 is the best that it's been in a few weeks. Spot have invaded the beach and are being caught all along the Wildwood beachfront on Fishbites or bloodworms. Small Stripers are being caught along the back bay sod banks on Top water plugs, mainly on the early morning or evening high tides. A few Bluefin Tuna are being caught near the Lobster Claw while chunking, jigging and trolling, but the bite is slower than it was last week. Bluefin Tuna are being caught while trolling near the Elephant Trunk. Scott Nave of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 91 pound Bluefin Tuna caught near the Elephant Trunk while trolling a Blue & White Ilander lure and Ballyhoo on the Big Bully II out of Wildwood. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing three claws this week.


Sunday, August 24, 2008 1:11:52 PM

Flounder are still being caught in the Back Bays near the Inlets. At Cape May Point there are some keeper Flounder, Croakers, Kingfish, small Weakfish and Bluefish. Brendan Kelly, age 11, of Philadelphia, PA weighed in a 4 pound 4 ounce Flounder and Brendan's Uncle Joe Kelly weighed in a 3 pound 14 ounce Flounder caught near Cape May Point on their boat Time Out. Flounder are being caught at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. Flounder are starting to show at the Cape May Reef with mostly throwbacks being caught. Small Stripers are being caught along the back bay sod banks near docks and bridges mainly at night using Clam for bait. The Lobster Claw area remains the best bet for Bluefin Tuna this week while chunking, trolling and jigging. Bob McCormick and crew weighed in a 41 pound Wahoo caught while trolling near the Lobster Claw. In the Canyons Yellowfin Tuna are starting to show along with Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Mahi-Mahi while trolling and jigging.


Sunday, August 24, 2008 1:01:32 PM

Report from Sunday, August 17, 2008: In the Back Bays Flounder are still hanging near the inlets. Ed Rust, a.k.a. "Captain Flatty" had three keeper Flounder weighing up to 5 pounds 13 ounces from near Cold Spring Inlet. Jim Force of Marysville, PA weighed in an 8 pound 8 ounce Flounder taken on a Gulp Shrimp from the ICW behind Wildwood. Stripers are biting at night along the Back Bay sod banks, and near bridges and dock lights. At Cape May Point there are some keeper Flounder mixed with Croakers, Kingfish, small Weakfish and Bluefish. Flounder up to 8 pounds are being caught at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. In the Delaware Bay, Weakfish are being caught near Bug Light. Offshore the Blue Fin Tuna bite has moved north to the Lobster Claw area. Fish over 100 pounds are being caught while trolling, chunking and jigging. The Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons are producing Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Blue and White Marlin.


Sunday, August 10, 2008 2:38:15 PM

Well, the water temperature along the beachfront has finally warmed up to more normal temperatures. Fluke, Weakfish, Kingfish, Croakers and Snapper Blues are being caught all along the beachfront from Cold Spring Inlet around to the Cape May Canal entrance. Squid and Minnows is the bait of choice. We expect that within the week the Cape May Reef should start to turn on. Sam Nappi of Key West, FL weighed in a 5 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught near Cape May Point. Six year old, Martin Vradinski of Newtown, PA weighed in his first ever Flounder at 1 pound 13 ounces. He caught the fish on squid and minnow near Cape May Point. Fluke are being caught at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 and some days are better than others. Offshore the Bluefin Tuna bite is still on, but it is not as red hot as it was a few weeks ago. The canyons are producing Blue and White Marlin, a nice spread of Yellowfin Tuna and Mahi-mahi. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 ½ claws this week.


Sunday, August 3, 2008 1:03:15 PM

Flounder are still around the Inlets and in the Delaware Bay just outside the canal and over to the rips. Alot of shorts remain in the mix. Kingfish and small Weakfish are also being caught in the Delaware Bay, just outside the canal on Fishbites or Bloodworms. Andrew Keirsey of Cape May, NJ weighed in an 8 pound 5 ounce Flounder caught on squid and minnow near Hereford Inlet. Flounder are being caught at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 and it’s getting better every day. The Cape May Reef remains slow. Bluefin Tuna are still being caught at Massey’s Canyon and the 19 Fathom Lump while chunking Butterfish and Sardine’s and while Butterfly jigging. The bite has been better when boat traffic is light, and finding the baitfish is key. There have been reports of Bluefin Tuna at the East Lump this week. Good reports are coming from the Spencer and Wilmington Canyons of Yellowfin Tuna, White Marlin and several Blue Marlin while trolling with green machines, cedar plugs, and Ilander Lures with Ballyhoo. There is a good White Marlin bite at the Poorman’s Canyon. In the back bays there are plenty of small Stripers patrolling the Sod Banks and around dock lights and the start of the outgoing tide has been the best. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 ½ claws this week.


Sunday, July 27, 2008 1:54:26 PM

Flounder are still being caught in the Back Bays and around the Inlets. The outgoing tide seems to be the best. In the Delaware Bay, Flounder are being caught near Cape May Point. James Pierce of Wilmington, DE had two keeper Flounder from the ICW behind Wildwood. Renee Lerro of Wildwood weighed in a 3 pound 5 ounce Flounder caught near Hereford Inlet on her boat My Lil Shadow. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ weighed in a 6 pound 4 ounce Flounder caught near Cold Spring Inlet from his Hobie Mirage Outback kayak. The Cape May Reef action was still slow this week. There is a decent Flounder bite at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. There is an excellent Bluefin Tuna bite at Massey’s Canyon, the 19 Fathom Lump, the Hambone, and nearby lumps and bumps while chunking and jigging. Find the bait and you will find the fish. Capt. Chris Gatley and friends fished with Scott Pierce and Skip Jastremski of Stalker Sportfishing and they went 4 for 10 on Bluefin Tuna to 150 pounds while Butterfly Jigging and chunking Sardines. They also boated 15 Dolphin to 10 pounds. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 claws this week.


Sunday, July 20, 2008 3:39:19 PM

Flounder are starting to move out of the Back Bays and fish are being caught around the inlets. Stephen Hanscom, age 7, of Voorhees, NJ weighed in a 4 pound 3 ounce Flounder he caught near Cold Spring Inlet on an Aqua Clear Rig. Reef action was still slow this week, however Flounder are being caught at the Old Grounds and Site 11. There is an excellent Bluefin Tuna bite at the 19 Fathom Lump, and nearby lumps and humps. Fish are being caught while chunking and while Butterfly Jigging. Crabbing was good this week with some nice crabs caught on the Full Moon.


Sunday, July 6, 2008 2:09:44 PM

Flounder fishing is still good in the Back Bays. Candice Dunn, age 13 of Shawcrest, NJ weighed in a 3 pound 6 ounce Flounder caught in the Back Bays of Wildwood. Bruce Fish of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 5 pound Flounder caught on a minnow near Richardson Channel and the ICW. Bill Anderson of Limerick, PA pulled in a 5 pound 9 ounce Flounder from the back waters. Frank and Colleen Scirotto of Cherry Hill, NJ weighed in a 6 pound Flounder from the Back Bay. On the Kayak Fishing Scene, Tony Stefano of Drexel Hill, PA had two keeper Flounder caught from his Hobie Kayak. Frank Scirrotto of Cherry Hill, NJ had three Flounder to 4 pounds caught from his Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak. Flounder are starting to show at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. Flounder action in the Delaware Bay has picked up with nice catches coming from the Punk Grounds area over near the shipping lanes. Andy Beccari of North Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 4 pound 5 ounce Flounder caught in the Delaware Bay near 9 and 10 Buoy. The Bluefin Tuna bite has turned on at 19 Fathom Lump and Massey’s Canyon, especially while chunking. Some fish were caught while trolling, but the chunking bite was red hot. Gaffer Dolphin are mixed in with the Tuna. Robert Christopher of Hammonton, NJ weighed in an 88 pound Bluefin Tuna caught at 19 Fathom Lump while chunking on his boat Cara Mia. Alan Ritter of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 81 pound Bluefin caught while trolling on the Big Bully out of Wildwood, NJ. At Five Fathom Bank between FFB and 4 FB are all the Bluefish you want while trolling Clark Spoons. Mike Lobianco and Billy McFetridge reported 9 Yellowfin tuna, 8 Dolphin and 8 Tilefish from the Wilmington Canyon on their Carlyssa out of Wildwood, NJ. Crabby jack gives the crabbing 3 Claws this week. Sterling Harbor’s 15th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 12th. We have added a Kayak Division to the Tournament this year. Call 609-729-1425 or e-mail sterlingharbor@comcast.net for more info.


Sunday, June 29, 2008 2:10:41 PM

In the Back Bays there are plenty of Flounder being caught with a lot of shorts in the mix. Flounder are being caught at the Cape May Reef and the Old Grounds when conditions are right. Believe it or not, the Drum bite is still going on in the Delaware Bay. Along the beachfront in there are some Stripers being caught and small Stripers are moving into the back bays. Most are being caught in the evening or at night when the boat traffic slows down. Offshore, Yellowfin Tuna are being caught from the Wilmington down to the Baltimore Canyon. There has been a good White Marlin bite NE of the Wilmington on the 100 Fathom line. The Big Bully II out of Wildwood, NJ went 3 for 4 on Bluefin Tuna an Massey’s while trolling Blue Ilanders and Ballyhoo. Kim Bulifant of Wildwood, NJ weighed in her first ever Bluefin Tuna which tipped the scales at 45 pounds. She caught the fish at Massey’s Canyon on the Big Bully II. Sterling Harbor’s 15th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for July 12, 2008. This year’s tournament will also have a Kayak Fishing Division. Call the shop @ 609-729-1425 or e-mail sterlingharbor@comcast.net for more information.


Sunday, June 22, 2008 1:23:12 PM

Flounder Fishing remains excellent in the Back Bays with a lot of shorts in the mix. Flounder have started to show at the Old Grounds and the Cape May Reef; again, there are lots of shorts but some nice keepers in the mix. Ernie Divincenzo, of Sewell New Jersey had a nice catch of keeper Flounder up to 3 pounds from the Cape May Reef while fishing on his boat Next Generation. Angler, Michael Brabazon of Philadelphia. PA weighed in a 21 pound Monkfish he caught at the Cape May Reef while fishing with Ernie on the Next Generation. Some small Sea Bass are starting to show at the Cape May Reef. At the Canyons, there are reports of Yellowfin Tuna, Blue Marlin, White Marlin and Dolphin. Frank Hennigan of Downingtown, PA had 12 Yellowfin to 60 pounds at the Wilmington Canyon. Dennis Joiner of Cape May Court House, NJ weighed in a 40 pound Tilefish caught on the Blue Hoagie at the Wilmington Canyon. Boats are reporting Bluefin Tuna while trolling at the 19 Fathom Lump and the Hambone. In the surf, nice fish are being caught along the beaches in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest. Ray Pashuk of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 21 pound Striped Bass from the North Wildwood suds. On the Kayak Fishing scene, Chris Parson, a.k.a. the Fish Whisperer, of Green Creek, NJ reported small Weakfish and Stripers in the early mornings outside of Cold Spring Inlet. Big Frank Scirrotto, of Cherry Hill, NJ had a nice catch of Flounder fishing dock lights at night from his Hobie Outback. Billy Bittman, of So. Dennis, NJ has been catching small Stripers along the Sod Banks, mainly in the evenings. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 4 Claws this week. Sterling Harbor’s 15th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 12, 2008. Great news! Sterling Harbor has added a Kayak Fishing Division to the Duke of Fluke Tournament! This will be a separate tournament, and all proceeds will benefit the SSFFF. Call the shop for more information @ 609-729-1425 or e-mail sterlingharbor@comcast.net.


Sunday, June 15, 2008 12:38:54 PM

The Drumfish bite is still happening but will probably be done with the Full Moon on the 18th. Frank Ryan of Erma, NJ weighed in his first ever Drumfish at 41 pounds. Frank caught the fish at Tussey Slough on Fresh Clam. Flounder fishing remains excellent in the Back Bays, with reports of the best bite being on the Berkley Gulp 4” White Swimming Mullet fished on a Bucktail or Leadhead. Chris Parson of Green Creek, NJ weighed in a 5.23 pound Flounder taking 4th Place in the Cape May Port Division of the JCAA Flounder Tournament. Chris caught the fish on his Hobie Mirage Outback Kayak and fished against 45 boats from the Cape May Port. Fluke have started to show up at the Old Grounds. There are alot of Mako Sharks being caught but they are on the small side. Chaz on the Reel Classic out of Wildwood boated a 180 pound Mako. Angler Terry Leddy of Marlton, NJ weighed in a 195 pound Thresher Shark caught on Chris Day’s “Maw Up” out of Wildwood. There has been great surf fishing along the North Wildwood beach with numerous reports of Stripers. There are more shorts being caught right now, but still some keepers in the mix. Andrew Applebaum of Cherry Hill, NJ had a 33 inch Striper off the N.Wildwood beach yesterday. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing four (4) Claws this week!


Wednesday, June 11, 2008 9:24:08 AM

Report from Sunday 6/8/08: The Drumfish bite has been excellent near Tussey Slough and the Pin Top area. Antonio Berry, age 8, of Deptford, NJ weighed in his first ever Drumfish which tipped the scales at 62 pounds! Antonio was fishing with his Grandfather aboard the Tara Ann out of Wildwood and they had 10 fish total. Cindy Pilgrim of Franklinville, NJ weighed in a 50 pound Drum caught on her boat Painters Choice. Dave Brown of Franklinville, NJ had 3 Drumfish up to 70 pounds near Tussey Slough on his boat Night Stalker. Flounder fishing is best in the Back Bays with more shorts, but still some keepers mixed in. There are reports of Flounder up the Delaware Bay between 14 foot and Miah Maul. There are some small Stripers being caught along the Back Bay sod banks and near docks or bridges towards the top of the tide on clam or lures. On the Kayak fishing scene, Justin Fesler of Wildwood had 7 Stripers up to 26 inches using a Bomber lure on his Hobie Outback Kayak. Billy Bittman of South Dennis, NJ was night time kayak fishing around dock lights and reported Bluefish averaging 2 pounds with a few short Stripers in the mix. On the North Wildwood beach, Charlie Labar of Philadelphia had four Striped Bass to 48 inches using clam for bait. Andrew Applebaum of Cherry Hill, NJ had ten Striped Bass up to 38 inches. Tom McMullen reported a 28 inch and a 44 inch Striped Bass also on Clam bait. Shark fishing is turning on just in time for the tournament season. Alan Ritter released a small Mako from the East Lump. We had reports of other Mako’s and Blue Sharks as well as Bluefish offshore. Sterling Harbor will be holding another Boaters Safety Course on Saturday June 14th at 9:00 AM. Call 609-729-1425 or e-mail sterlingharbor@comcast.net for more info.


Sunday, May 25, 2008 11:21:47 AM

Flounder season is open and the Back Bay Fluking is excellent! Mike Hanson of Sewell, NJ weighed in an 8 pound 10 ounce Flounder caught on an Aqua Clear Rig tipped with Mackerel. Tom Klevecka of Philadelphia weigh in a 8 pound 12 ounce Flounder caught while floating a Gulp Bloodworm under a bobber. There are scattered Weakfish and Bluefish cruising in the Back Bays. Trish Bulifant of Cape May Court House, NJ weighed in a 9 pound Weakfish caught on a live minnow. Drum fishing is excellent in the Delaware Bay at Tussey Slough and the Pin Top area. Denny Brown age 10 of Newfield, NJ weighed in his first ever Drumfish that tipped the scale at 55 pounds. Jerry Salvatore of Erma, NJ had Drumfish up to seventy pounds. Butch Moss, John Shields and Stevie Lerario had two Drumfish up to 44 pounds on the Split Second out of Wildwood. Stevie reported that the gnats were biting too, so take along some bug spray! Sea Bass action is picking up at the Cape May Reef and should improve by next week. On the beach, Stripers are hitting in North Wildwood. There was a Friday evening Striper Blitz to start off the Memorial Day Weekend for the Surf fishermen! Stripers up to 39 inches were reported! Crabbing is picking up in the Back Bays and Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 3 claws this week. We will be hosting a Boaters Safety Course on Saturday, May 31st at 9:00 AM. Price $60. Call 609-729-1425 for more information or e-mail sterlingharbor@comcast.net.


Sunday, October 21, 2007 6:33:53 PM

Tuna fishing is good while chunking at the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons. Out along the Wildwood beach front there are loads of Croakers and Bluefish. There are also Croakers, Bluefish and mostly small Sea Bass at the Cape May Reef. North Wildwood surf fishing action was red hot this week with Bluefish blitzes along the beach from 5th to 15th Sts. In the Back Bays, small Stripers are being caught along the Sod Banks with Top Water Plugs or Clam. The shop is fully stocked with live eels and live Spot in anticipation of the Fall Striper run. The 2008 Hobie Mirage Kayaks have arrived, and are ready for you to test ride! The Back Bay Stripers are a blast when fished from the Hobie Mirage Kayaks!


Sunday, October 14, 2007 11:04:50 PM

Croakers, Bluefish and small Weakfish are being caught along the beachfront. Conditions did not allow for Offshore fishing late in the week, however early in the week Yellowfin Tuna were caught while chunking overnight in the Canyons. Dave Bowman and crew of the Blue Hoagie had three Tilefish from the Wilmington Canyon, and two Wahoo. Small Bluefish and an occasional Striper are being caught in the Surf in North Wildwood. Small Stripers are being caught along the Backbay Sodbanks on Top water Plugs or using Clam for bait, mainly on the high tides.


Sunday, September 23, 2007 3:34:14 PM

The fall fishing Smorgasbord is underway! Many anglers are reporting good catches of Yellowfin Tuna while chunking at the Canyons. There have also been reports of Swordfish. There are plenty of Mahi Mahi at the canyons. Fish the weed lines or edges of drop-offs. Plenty of Croakers are being caught off the Ferris Wheel out front of Wildwood, and some Weakfish were reported as well. There are also Bluefish in the mix. A few small Stripers are being caught off the Sod Banks in the Back Bays, and a few have also been caught off the beach. There is lots of Bluefish action off the beach near Hereford Inlet. The Bluefish are feasting on the Mullet as they make their run down the beach.


Sunday, September 09, 2007 3:21:45 PM

Flounder season is ending with a bang. There was great fishing at the Cape May Reef, the Old Grounds, and Reef Site 11 with lots of fish in the five to eight pound range. 10 year old Brendan Kelly of Drexel Hill, PA weighed in a 3 pound 9 ounce Flounder he caught at Reef Site 11. Jim Sullivan of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a pair of 5 pound 8 ounce Flounders he caught while fishing at the Cape May Reef. Billy “Uncle Fester” Talamini of Clifton Heights, PA weighed in a 7 pound 4 ounce Flounder he caught at the Cape May Reef. Ernie Divincenzo and crew of the Next Generation, of Sewell, NJ had 12 keepers to 6.5 pounds. The inshore Tuna bite slowed this past week, however the Offshore overnight bite has turned on with numerous Yellowfin Tuna caught while chunking at the canyons. Trolling at the Canyons was on the slow side last week. Some Wahoo were taken on the troll near the 19 Fathom Lump and the Cigar areas. Freddy Vesper of Moorestown, NJ weighed in a 47 pound Wahoo he caught while trolling on his “Diamond Girl” at 19 Fathom Lump. Larry McGill of Gibbstown, NJ weighed in a 28 pound Wahoo while trolling the Cigar area on Dave Stetser’s “Mojito”. In the surf, Bluefish action has been great while casting metal. A few Stripers were caught in the surf as well, on plugs. Ray Pashick of Wildwood, NJ reported a 36 inch Striper he took off the beach near Hereford Inlet on a Mirrolure.


Sunday, August 26, 2007 9:04:07 AM

Flounder fishing is excellent at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Flounder are also being caught on the rubble at the Cape May Reef. Bob McCormick and crew had 22 Flounder to 7 pounds while fishing on their boat Happy Our at Reef Site 11. Some Croakers are showing up at Cape May Point and at the Anchorage. There is still a trolling bite for Bluefin Tuna at the Cigar and Lori Dawn. The Canyons have turned on for Tuna, Wahoo, Dolphin, Blue and White Marlin. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing four claws this week.


Sunday, August 12, 2007 6:52:36 PM

Fluke seemed to have moved out of the Delaware Bay into deeper, cooler water and are being caught at the Cape May Reef, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. Eight year old Matthew Bell visiting from Cozumel, Mexico weighed in a 6 1/2 pound Flounder he caught at the Cape May Reef while fishing with his Dad Mark on the Treemendous out of Cape May. Bluefish, Bonito, False Albacore and some small Mahi-Mahi are being caught while trolling small feathers and spoons at South Shoal/4FB. Bluefin Tuna action remains good while trolling, chunking and jigging at Massey's Canyon and 19 Fathom Lump. Scott Pierce of Desilu Charters and Mike Sorgentoni, Jr. of Cherry Hill, NJ had four Bluefin while chunking at Massey's Canyon. Smaller Bluefin are being caught at the East Lump and along the 20 Fathom Line. Small Bluefish are being caught along the surf in North Wildwood.


Sunday, August 05, 2007 9:55:00 AM

Flounder action slowed in the Delaware Bay, and Croakers are starting to show. Flounder fishing remains good at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11 when conditions allow. Jim Sullivan of Wildwood weighed in a 4 1/2 pound Flounder he caught at Reef Site 11 while fishing on his boat "Mad Money". Look for Flounder action to pick up at places like the Cape May Reef, 20 minute Slough, and McCries Shoal as the Flounder start their move out of the Bay. Schools of small Bluefish are up and down the beach - look for the Bird Plays. Kenny Walker, age 13 of North Cape May, NJ weighed in a 10 1/4 pound Bluefish he caught at the mouth of the Bay. Bluefin Tuna action remains hot while chunking at Massey's Canyon and the 19 Fathom Lump, and some smaller Bluefin are being caught at the East Lump and along the 20 Fathom line. Ernie Divincenzo and crew of The Next Generation were three for four on Bluefin Tuna to 85 pounds while chunking at the 19 Fathom Lump. Trolling at the Canyons is producing White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Wahoo.


Sunday, July 29, 2007 5:12:27 PM

Fluke fishing is excellent off Cape May Point, 9 & 10 Buoy, Reef Site 11, and the Old Grounds. In the Back Bays small Stripers are being caught off the Sod Banks on Top Water Plugs near Sunrise and Sunset. Donald Sowers boated a 30 pound Tilefish in the Baltimore Canyon while fishing on the Blue Hoagie with Capt. Dave Bowman of Wildwood. There is an excellent Bluefin Tuna Bite from the Elephants Trunk, 19 Fathom Lump, Massey's Canyon down to the Hambone while trolling, chunking, and Jigging. Capt. Scott Pierce of Desilu Charters in Cape May, and crew (Mike Frank, Jim Hutchinson of The Fisherman, Capt. Chris Gatley of Ardent Angler Guide Service, George Algard of Sterling Harbor, Patrick Latham, and Brian Nolte from Shimano) went two for three on 50-60 pound Bluefin Tuna, boated a nice Dolphin, and King Mackerel while jigging with the Shimano Butterfly System at Massey's Canyon. According to Chris, the captains and crew witnessed first hand how the Shimano Stella and Shimano Torsa combined with the proper Trevala Rod is capable of handling respectable Tuna in very short order.


Sunday, July 08, 2007 12:23:30 PM

Back Bay Fluking remains good. Fluke and Sea Bass are being caught at the Cape May Reef. Good Fluke reports came from Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds on Saturday, with fish up to 5 pounds reported. Fluke action in the Lower part of the Delaware Bay was slow over the weekend. Some fish were reported between 14 Foot Light and Miah Maul along the edge of the shipping lanes. Fluke reports in the shop were vague this weekend in anticipation of the 14th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament which is next Saturday, July 14th. Bluefin Tuna action is good with reports coming from Massey's, the Hambone, and the Cigar. The best reports are from jigging deeper water with Shimano Butterfly Jigs, or diamond jigs. Chunking with Butterfish is also working. Sharking is still good with Mako's and Dusky Sharks being the main catch. Bill Stull of Ridley, PA reported a 6 Foot Hammerhead Shark while fishing the Misty Blue area on the Nauti Buoy. Pete Sokolowshi weighed in a nice Mako he caught while fishing on Capt. Bill Athas' My Little Buddy. Next Saturday, July 14th is Sterling Harbor's 14th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament! We have a big party planned with live music, a Pig Roast BBQ and lots of prizes. The only question is... Who will be this year's Duke of Fluke???


Sunday, July 01, 2007 10:28:32 AM

Flounder fishing is still good in the Back Bays from Grassy Sound to 2 mile Bridge. Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds have been productive for Flounder and Sea Bass when the conditions are right. In the Delaware Bay, Flounder are being caught from 14 Foot Light to Miah Maul at the edge of the shipping lanes. A few Flounder are being caught around the Concrete Ship in the Delaware Bay. Sam Accardi of North Wildwood weighed in a 21 1/2 pound Cobia measuring 40 inches. He caught the fish on a Bucktail while Flounder fishing outside of Cold Spring Inlet. Sharking is still good. Tuna are being caught inshore around the Cigar and 19 Fathom Lump on Cedar Plugs, Jet Heads and small Feathers. Greg Bulifant and crew on the Big Bully out of Wildwood went 5 for 7 on Bluefin Tuna while trolling the inshore lumps. Sterling Harbor's 14th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is July 14, 2007. Enter by July 4th, for Free entry drawing for next years tournament! Call the shop at 609-729-1425 for more information.


Sunday, June 24, 2007 7:55:12 AM

There are still nice Flounder being caught in the Back Bays, and some smaller Fluke have moved in, but there is plenty of action. Joann Derrick of Shawcrest, NJ weighed in a 4 1/2 pound Flounder she caught behind Wildwood.Fluke action has turned on at the Old Grounds when conditions allow. Flounder were reported in the Delaware Bay between 14 Foot light and Miah Maul. Some Fluke were reported at the Anchorage. Joe Lyons of the Tara Ann reported good Sea Bassing at the Cape May Reef with some Fluke mixed in. Sharking remains good.Jim Gardler of Wildwood, NJ boated a 138 pound Mako while fishing with Capt. George Clark on the Reel Work. Frank Hennigan of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 223 pound Mako Shark while fishing on the Avalanche. The offshore season kicked into full swing this week with excellent Tuna, Dolphin and Marlin reports from the Baltimore to the Poorman Canyons. Bluefin Tuna were reported around the Cigar on Cedar Plugs, Feathers, and small Jet Heads. Sterling Harbor will be hosting a Shimano Butterfly Jigging seminar on Sat. June 30th at 6:00 PM. There will be lots of door prizes, and refreshments will be provided. The 14th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament will be held July 14th, and registration forms are now available in the tackle shop. Call 609-729-1425 for more info.


Saturday, June 16, 2007 10:04:44 PM

Back Bay Flounder fishing continues to be excellent, but more throwbacks are making a showing. Welcome back, Todd Spence of Sewell, NJ. Todd reported 13 Flounder from the Wildwood Backbays with 4 keepers to 22 inches. The Old Grounds has turned on for Flounder. Good catches were reported on Spro Bucktails. In the Delaware Bay, the area from 14 Foot Light to Miah Maul is producing good catches of Flounder along the edges of the shipping lanes. Shark Fishing was good again this week. The crew of the Big Bully out of Wildwood, NJ reported three Blue Sharks, a Mako Shark, and a brief encounter with a Great White Shark. Captain Rick Herishen from the Captain Carlson out of Wildwood, NJ and angler Etienne Jehl of Nottingham, PA weighed in a 455 pound Thresher Shark on Friday. Small Stripers are being caught all over the Back Bays along the sod banks and off docks using Clam for bait. Crabby Jack gives the crabbing 5+ claws this week!! Sterling Harbor will offer a Full Boaters Safety course on Saturday, June 25th at 8:30 AM. Call 609-729-1425 for more info.


Sunday, June 03, 2007 2:33:37 PM

Drum fishing this past week was good on both sides of the Delaware Bay at Slaughter Beach, Tussey Slough, and the Pin Top area. Sea Bassing continues to be good at the Cape May Reef. Alan Ritter and crew of the Little Devil reported a good catch of nice size Sea Bass on clam bait. Flounder fishing is excellent in the Back Bays. Rich Walters and Bill Cowperthwait had nine keepers from the back bays of Wildwood, mostly caught on Jigheads with Gulp Shrimp. Alan Ritter of Bucks County, PA had 6 Flounder caught off his Hobie Outback Kayak. Flounder have shown up in the Anchorage area and Miah Maul of the Delaware Bay. Ed Rust, a.k.a., Captain Flatty had 14 keepers up to 5 pounds from Miah Maul area of the Delaware Bay. Several Threshers sharks were reported being caught this week, however the offshore sharking was slow over the weekend. Anglers reported alot of big bluefish while sharking. Stripers are still being caught along the beach and in the Back Bays using Clam for bait. Crabby Jack of Sterling Harbor gives the crabbing three stars this week.


Monday, May 28, 2007 8:44:23 AM

Fluke season started strong on Saturday with numerous reports of nice size fish being caught all along the ICW behind the Wildwoods. Rich, Bernadette and Ashley Walters had seven keepers and they reported that all were caught on 3/8 oz. Jigheads tipped with Gulp Shrimp. Jim Baker of Cape May Court House, NJ had his limit of Flounder, also on Berkley Gulp. Flounder were also caught in the Delaware Bay near 19 Buoy. The Cape May Reef is producing nice size Sea Bass and Tog. Ernie Divincenzo and crew of Sewell, NJ got their limit of Sea Bass, using Clam for bait. Drumfish were caught in the Delaware Bay near Tussey Slough, but action slowed down with all the boat traffic on Saturday, and lots of sharks were reported. Butch Moss and John Shields of Philadelphia weighed in a 74 pound black Drum they caught in the Delaware Bay on the Split Second. Larry Glowacki of Philadelphia caught his first ever Drumfish weighing in at 60 pounds. Arthur Brown and Ed Zendel caught two Drumfish on the Glory Bound. Big Stripers were caught off Poverty Beach with Clam for Bait. Small Stripers are still being caught along the Sodbanks behind Wildwood. Crabby Jack from Sterling Harbor gives the crabbing three stars this week.


Sunday, May 20, 2007 2:57:40 PM

There is a Red Hot Drumfish bite in the Delaware Bay at Tussey Slough. The drum are being caught on fresh clam. Sea Bassing is good out at the Cape May Reef. Bluefish remain consistant in the Back Bays, Inlets and along the Wildwood and Cape May beaches. Striped Bass are being caught in the surf along Wildwood and Cape May. Clam is the bait of choice. Folks have been catching and releasing good size Summer Flounder in the Back Bays while Striper and Bluefishing. The Summer Flounder season officially starts Saturday, May 26th and we are stocked with Flounder rigs, Squid, and Minnows for opening day. A few Tiderunner Weakfish have been caught in the usual springtime spots.


Sunday, May 13, 2007 9:35:21 AM

The Bluefish showed up in numbers this week in the Back Bays, Inlets, and along the beachfront. Tog fishing has been excellent on the Inshore wrecks and around the Jetties using Green Crabs for bait. Several Weakfish have been caught in the Back Bays. Drumfish and Striper fishing in the Delaware Bay was on the slow side this past week. The Blue Claws have come out of the mud, and crabbing is picking up as the water warms. Boater Safety classes and Test-Outs will be offered at Sterling Harbor Marina on Saturday, May 19th for those who have not yet taken the required test. Those born before 1979 may take the test out option btw. 9AM and 12 Noon, and the Full course will be offered at 12 Noon. Sterling Harbor will be having a Sidewalk Sale May 19th and 20th, with great deals on Rods, Reels, Clothing and more to make room for new inventory that is arriving daily. Call the shop at 609-729-1425 for more info.


Monday, April 23, 2007 11:04:12 AM

Happy New Year! The shop is now open for business, and we are kicking off the season with our Annual Penny per Yard Line sale. The sale will run through the month of April, so stop by and get spooled up for the upcoming season! As soon as the weather cleared the Stripers turned on red hot in the Delaware Bay. The Horseshoe and Punk Ground areas were very productive. A few Drumfish were mixed in with the Stripers, and the Drum fishing should improve as the water temperatures rise. Clam is the bait of choice. A few small Stripers are being caught in the Back Bays behind the Wildwoods. Some Stripers were also caught in the North Wildwood surf. The 2007 Hobie fishing kayaks are in stock and ready for you to take a test ride. We have a lot of new products for the 2007 season, with more arriving every day. The Shimano Butterfly system and Lamiglas Kayak rods to name a few. To make room for our new inventory, we are planning a Spring Sidewalk sale for the middle of May. Stay tuned for dates and more info. The 14th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is scheduled for July 14th, 2007.


Sunday, December 10, 2006 9:41:29 AM

Sterling Harbor is now closed for the season. We wish everyone a Happy New Year! See you in the spring! We will re-open April 15, 2007. Our 14th Annual Penny per Yard line sale will run from April 15th through April 30, 2007.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006 10:51:51 PM

There was a decent Striper bite in the Cape May Rips this past week, with lots of smaller fish showing up. The weather, the boat traffic, and stirred up water played a factor, but those that stuck it out and weeded throught the smaller fish brought dinner back to the dock. Frank Hennigan reported 14 Stripers from the Cape May Rips fishing with live Spot. Other reports coming into the shop were that live eels were catching the larger fish. The Delaware Bay is still producing larger Stripers at the usual chunking spots like 60 foot Slough, the Horseshoe area, Brandywine Shoal to name a few. Art Wegner and crew on the Wave Dancer had 9 Stripers up to 42 inches while chunking in the Delaware Bay. In the Back Bays Stripers are being caught while chumming with Clam. Most of these are small, but there are a few keepers in the mix. Jarret Strickon, age 7 of Sewell, NJ caught his first ever Striper which tipped the scales at 14 pounds. He caught the fish on Clam while fishing the Wildwood Back Bays on the Playpen 2.


Sunday, November 05, 2006 1:13:06 PM

As of Sunday morning reports coming into the tackle shop are that the Cape May Rips are on fire with Stripers!! There are loads of bird plays about two miles out up and down the Wildwood and Cape May beaches with Bluefish up to 10 pounds, and Stripers underneath the Blues. Big Stripers are being caught in the Delaware Bay at the usual chunking spots like 60 Foot Slough, the Horseshoe area, Tussey's Slough and the C & B. Bob Brittin of Cape May, NJ weighed in a 38 pound Striped Bass he caught while chunking in the Delaware Bay. Michael Lobianco and Billy McFetridge on the Carlyssa had 4 Stripers from the Delaware Bay, with the heaviest weighing in at 35 pounds. Larry Paolella of Media, PA had a 32 pounder while chunking at the C & B on the Pat-Sea, and they had four more nice Stripers in the box as well.


Sunday, October 22, 200612:53:53 PM

Sea Bassing at the Cape May Reef is still good and there are bigger Sea Bass on the wrecks a little further offshore. There are Stripers in the Cape May Rips, and lots of Bluefish. As the water temperature cools, the Bluefish will move out and Striper fishing will improve. There are also lots of 2-3 pound Bluefish being caught near the Inlets. A few Stripers were caught off the Wildwoods under schools of Bunker. Just look for the birds working, and drop down a Bucktail or snag a Bunker and liveline it. Stripers were caught in the Delaware Bay while chunking with Bunker. Frankie Fish of Medford, NJ had 6 Stripers near the Horseshoe area of the Delaware Bay, with the largest weighing in at 43 pounds. In the Backbays, small Stripers are being caught on Clam and Top water lures, and the action is better near the High Tides. We received our line of 2007 Hobie Fishing Kayaks, and they are rigged and ready to go fishing! Stop by the shop to check them out, or call 609-729-1425 to set up a test ride.


Sunday, September 24, 2006 4:38:58 PM

There is not too much to report except for WIND and lots of it. When boats can get offshore they are catching Tuna and Dolphin at the Canyons while trolling and chunking. Inshore, Croakers and small Weakfish are being caught off the Wildwood Ferris Wheel, McCries Shoal, and the Reefs. In the Surf, the Mullet have started their run down the beach, and there are plenty of small Bluefish being caught on fresh Mullet or Metal. In the back bays, Schoolie Stripers are being caught on plugs and poppers off the Sod Banks mainly at the high tides.


Sunday, August 20, 200612:12:02 PM

Flounder are being caught at the Cape May and Wildwood Reefs, Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. The Ladies on the Big Bully II out of Wildwood, had 17 Fluke up to 5 pounds and two Sea Bass from Reef Site 11. Dan Dewechter of Gloucester, NJ weighed in a 6.5 pound Flounder he caught at the Old Grounds. Croakers and small weakfish are being caught off Cape May Point. Flounder are still being caught in the Back Bays, however small Sea Bass have invaded the back bays making for difficult Flounder fishing in the back. Joanne Chew of Cape May, NJ weighed in a 6.72 pound Flounder she caught near Cape May Harbor. There are good catches of Yellowfin Tuna and White Marlin from the Wilmington Canyon, and the Tuna chunking bite has picked up at the Hambone and Hot Dog area.


Sunday, August 13, 2006 5:54:57 PM

Flounder fishing has improved somewhat at the Old Grounds and the Cape May Reef, but you have to pick through the throwbacks. Brian Homm from Martinsville, NJ and Wildwood Crest nailed an 8.9 pound Flounder while fishing on his boat Summer School. He was drifting just outside of Cold Spring Inlet. Fishermen are still picking up Flounder in the Back Bays. Captain Dan Guss weighed in an 8.5 pound Flounder he caught while drifting the Wildwood Back Bays on the Huntress, Jr. Patricia Beck of Phila. on weekdays and Sterling Harbor on weekends caught her first ever Flounder while drifting a minnow behind North Wildwood. Her Flounder measured 18 inches. Way to go Patty!! Croakers and small Flounder are being caught off of Cape May Point. Small Flounder and small Weakfish are being caught in the Delaware Bay. Evening and night time fishing off the Sod Banks behind Wildwood is producing Schoolie Stripers on Top Water Plugs. The Tuna bite has seemed to slow down this past week, at the Hambone, however there is a great White Marlin bite in the Wilmington and Baltimore Canyons. Larry Konvyes and crew on the Shore Nuts had three White Marlin. Scott Wheeler and crew phoned in a report from the Reel Classic. They went 2 for 4 on White Marlin, and boated two Big Eye Tuna. Michael Bulifant, age 16, of Wildwood, NJ hooked a 23 pound Wahoo while trolling near the Misty Blue on the Big Bully II. Crabbing behind Wildwwod is excellent.The Rossi party of Washington Township, NJ crabbed for 1/2 a day on a Sterling Harbor rental boat and caught over 3 dozen nice size crabs.


Sunday, July 30, 200612:34:19 PM

Flounder fishing is good at the Cape May Reef, with the Rubble area of the Reef producing the best. Flounder are also being caught at Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds. In the Back Bays, Flounder are still biting, but it was not hot and heavy. Tony Delong of Philly had two keepers he caught near Turtle Creek. George Dollack of Bensalem, PA had four keeper Flounder. Stripers are still being caught off the Sod Banks, mainly on Surface Poppers. The early morning and late evening high tides, have been best. Crabbing has been good, however a lot of small crabs have showed up this past week. Trolling Clark Spoons, small Feathers, and Gotcha Plugs near 4FB has been excellent for Bonita, Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and some King Mackerel. Tuna fishing is great at the Hambone, Masseys and the Hot Dog. Chunking has been producing the bigger fish, and Bluefin are being caught near the bottom on Diamond Jigs.


Sunday, July 23, 200612:10:28 PM

Tropical Storm Beryl made it tough for anglers fishing the Ocean and Delaware Bay this week, but despite the weather, we did have a few decent reports. Flounder action has picked up at the Cape May Reef on days when the wind and tide allowed for a proper drift. Flounder were also caught in the Delaware Bay between 14 Foot Light and Miah Maul on the edge of the deep. Croakers are being caught in the Delaware Bay just outside the Canal over to the Rips. In the Back Bays, the Flounder bite is still good, especially when the boat traffic is at a minimum. George Dollack and Granddaughter Veronica Kolsher had two keeper Flounder while drifting minnows behind Wildwood. Renee and Tom Lerro, of Philadelphia had 11 keepers drifting the Back Bays while on vacation this past week, and Renee weighed in a 4 pound 12 ounce fish she caught on her boat "My Lil Shadow". Schoolie Stripers and a few keepers are being caught along the Sod Banks with Clam and with Surface Poppers. Early morning and evening high tides, or night time high tides have been the most productive. Crabbing remains excellent in the Back Bays. Offshore at the Wilmington Canyon, Russell Juelg went one for two, and caught his first ever White Marlin. Way to go Russell! Bonita, Bluefish, False Albacore and an occasional Spanish Mackerel are being trolled on Gotcha Plugs and Clark Spoons from 4 FB out to the East Lump. Yellowfin and Bluefin Tuna are being caught at Massey's and the Hot Dog while trolling and on the chunk.


Thursday, July 20, 2006 9:03:24 AM

Flounder fishing has picked up in the Back Bays this past week. Keith Kelly weighed a 10.0 pound Flounder winning the Single Heaviest Division of the 13th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament. He caught the fish behind Stone Harbor. Charles Morgan of Claymont, DE weighed in a 4.85 pound Fluke. Stephen Tiberi of Bristol, PA had a 17 inch Flounder he caught in the Wildwood Back Bays. Justin Marco age 12 from Sewell, NJ had two 18 inch and a 19" Flounder caught on Gulp Shrimp in Richardson's Channel. Flounder are also being caught at the Cape May Reef, the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. Offshore, there is a Tuna Bite at the Hot Dog while trolling, and Tuna are starting to be caught on the chunk. Yellowfin and Bluefin are being caught in the 30 - 60 pound range. Bonita and Bluefish are being caught while trolling at the East Lump, with some Spanish Mackerel being caught as well.


Sunday, June 25, 2006 9:59:35 AM

Flounder fishing at the Old Grounds has been excellent. The Cape May Reef has been good for Flounder, with more Flounder taken from the rubble vs. the tires. In the Back Bays of Wildwood, the ladies outfished their husbands this week. Joanne Chew of Cape May, NJ weighed in a 4.31 pound Flounder, and Bernadette Walters of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 4.3 pound and a 3.5 pound Flounder. Way to go ladies!! Berkley Gulp Shrimp on a Jig Head have been the hot bait for the Flounder. Congratulations to Craig and Carole Goss of Cold Spring, NJ on winning the Ladies Bluefish Tournament out of Seaview Harbor Marina in Longport! Shark fishing remains good with plenty of Blue Sharks, some keeper Mako's and Threshers. Stripers are still being caught off the Sod Banks behind Wildwood with Surface Poppers or Clam Bait. Snapper Blues are scattered around the inlets. Crabbing in the Back Bays has been excellent. Sterling Harbors 13th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament is fast approaching, and will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2006. Registration forms are now in the shop. Call 609-729-1425 or visit www.sterlingharbor.com for more information.


Sunday, June 18, 200611:50:57 AM

Depending on who you ask, Flounder fishing at the Old Grounds has turned on and is Red Hot, with Fluke up to 8 pounds being caught, and some nice Sea Bass as well. The Cape May Reef has slowed down a little bit for Sea Bass, but some Fluke are starting to show up. Capt. Jack Jaskel of the Morgan LeFey had Flounder up to 3 pounds, at the Reef, and a few Sea Bass @ 16 inches. Shark fishing has been good at the 19 Fathom Lump and the Cigar, with plenty of Blue Sharks and some keeper Mako's. In the Back Bays stripers are still being caught on Clam bait, and with Surface Poppers along the Sod Banks. Skip Holtzapfel and Paul Hoffman, Sr. of Wildwood, reported a 7 1/2 pound Flounder from the Back Bays of Wildwood. Crabbing has been excellent in the Wildwood back bays.


Sunday, June 11, 2006 9:14:07 AM

Backbay Flounder fishing is good, and some Stripers are still being caught in the Backbays as well. Crabbing behind Wildwood has been excellent. The Drumfish bite in the Delaware Bay is still on as of this report but should start to taper off after the full moon. Sea Bass are being caught at the Cape May Reef and Fluke are starting to show at the Reef as well. Threshers and Mako sharks are being caught from the 20 Fathom Line and out.


Sunday, June 04, 200611:10:47 AM

Drum Fishing is still good in the Delaware Bay near The Pintop. Little Rocco Cristinzio of Gloucester, NJ weighed in his first ever Drumfish @ 65 pounds. Jack O'Rourke of Villas, NJ weighed in a 66 pound Drum he caught near Brandywine Light in the Delaware Bay. Sea Bass are being caught at the Cape May Artificial Reef, and Summer Flounder are starting to show as well. Stripers are being caught around the Inlets, Bridges and in the Backbays using Clam Bait. Flounder catches are still good in the Back Bays of Wildwood, and the crabbing has been excellent. There are Tuna fish are being trolled up at the Canyons with feathers, cedar plugs, and green machines. Butch Moss, his son Jason, and Dominic Garfolo of Oaklyn, NJ weighed in a 167 pound Thresher Shark caught on a Bluefish from the Triple Wreck area.


Tuesday, May 30, 2006 5:31:48 AM

Drum fishing on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay is excellent at the Pintop. Andrew Fedkiw, age 8 of Yardley, PA caught his first ever Drum which weighed in at 34 1/2 pounds. He caught the fish on his Uncle Ernie's Baccala. Danielle Aydelotte, age 10 of Wildwood Crest weighed in her 63 pound Drum caught on Bernard Goldinger's, The Love Boat. Mike Sorgentoni age 14, of Cherry Hill, NJ weighed in a 52 pound Drumfish he caught while fishing with his Dad and Grandpop. On the same trip Billy Pinto of Cape May, NJ caught a 60.5 pound Drumfish. Sea Bassing has been good to excellent at the Cape May Reef. A few Tog are being caught as well. Juan Santiago of Morristown, NJ weighed in a 7.7 pound Tog he caught while fishing on the Adventurer out of Wildwood. In the Backbays, Flounder fishing has been good. Bruce Fish of Wildwood weighed in a 4.5 pound Fluke he caught while drifting minnows near Richarson's Channnel. Crabbing has been excellent. Offshore, there is a hot Tuna bite in the warm water just north of Poormans Canyon. The Tuna are being caught on the troll with Cedar Plugs, Feathers and Green Machines. Reports are that there are "acres of Tuna". The same area yielded a 135 pound Mako for Scott Wheeler and crew.


Sunday, May 21, 2006 8:24:09 PM

Drumfishing is excellent on the New Jersey and Delaware sides of the Delaware Bay. Cindy and Charlie Pilgrim of Franklinville, NJ fished near Tussey Slough and boated 4 Drumfish in the 50 pound range. Sea Bassing is improving @ the Cape May Reef and Inshore Wrecks. In the Backbays, Flounder fishing has been good on Minnows, with an occasional Striper or Weakie being caught as well. Ralph Shaw of North Cape May weighed in an 11 1/2 pound Weakfish caught on a Minnow, while drifting for Flounder in the Backbay behind Wildwood. Crabbing is excellent in the Wildwood Backbays.


Sunday, May 14, 2006 5:30:05 PM

Flounder fishing in the Backbays has been good, with some larger fish seen this past week. Michael Hightower of Charleston, SC nailed a 24 inch and a 19 inch Flounder on a Bucktail tipped with Mackerel. Sea Bassing on the Inshore wrecks is just getting started, and Anthony Mallory weighed in a 4.82 pound Sea Bass he caught while fishing on the Adventurer out of Wildwood. Frank Hennigan of West Chester, PA had excellent Bluefishing while chumming at the Cape May Reef, with most fish over 10 pounds. Drum fishing remains excellent with many double digits catches reported on both the Delaware and New Jersey sides of the Delaware Bay. Ron Czyzewski of Erma, NJ weighed in his first ever Drumfish which tipped the scales at 63.5 pounds. He caught the fish at Tussey Slough in the Delaware Bay. A few Striped Bass are also being caught in the Delaware Bay. Jim Reichert weighed in a 26.5 pound Striper he caught while chunking with Clam and Bunker near Bug Light in the Delaware Bay. Crabbing remains excellent in the Backbays behind Wildwood.


Sunday, May 07, 2006 10:07:17 AM

Backbay Flounder fishing is good but there are a lot of under size fish right now, and occasional keepers. Drum fishing on the New Jersey side of the Delaware Bay has slowed down, with lots of sharks and skates reported, but Drum are being caught at Slaughter Beach on the Delaware side of the Bay. There are Stripers in the mix. We had reports of Stripers in the Cape May Rips this past week, and they are being caught on Bucktails tipped with twister tails. Bluefish are reported out front, moving up the beach. Weakfish are being caught at Cape May Point and a few from the Backbays. Crabbing continues to be excellent. Save on gas... check out our selection of Hobie Fishing Kayaks, and our Ocean Kayaks! We are offering huge discounts on some of our Blowout and Demo Kayaks.


Sunday, April 30, 2006 6:03:02 AM

There is a red hot Drumfish bite in the Delaware Bay. Drum from 15 to 45 pounds with Stripers in the mix, are being caught near Tussey Slough and the Horseshoe. There are scattered schools of Bluefish out front off the Wildwood beaches. If this is a sign of things to come, get ready for what could be an early Shark season! Dave Bowman of Bowman's Cooling & Heating in Wildwood weighed in the first Weakfish of the year caught on a Finesse Fish behind Wildwood. Crabbing behind Wildwood has been excellent this past week.


Sunday, April 09, 200611:29:42 AM

Sterling Harbor will be open 7 days a week starting Saturday April 15th! We will run our Annual Penny per yard line sale through the end of April. If your reel needs service drop it off by the end of the month and get it spooled up with fresh mono for the upcoming season! Offshore Sea Bassing has been excellent! Mackerel are still to our south, but could be here by the time you read this report. Bucktailing for Spring Stripers has been good when the weather cooperates, and should get even better over the next few weeks. Hobie and Ocean Fishing Kayaks are in stock, so stop by for a test ride!


Monday, November 21, 2005 5:57:18 AM

Striper fishing while drifting in the Cape May Rips has been excellent. Anglers are drifting live Spot, eels, and bucktails tipped with twister tails. The Delaware Bay has been red hot for Stripers while chunking fresh bunker. Bryan Fitzpatrick of Ridley Park, PA nailed a 47 1/2 pound Striper while chunking in the Bay. The fish measured 51 inches! A few of the Bass Barn Ladies fished the Desilu on Saturday, and boated ten Stripers from the Cape May Rips while drifting live Spot! Togging has been good at the inshore wrecks and around the jetties. Green Crab is the bait of choice.


Sunday, October 30, 2005 5:25:54 AM

Stripers are being caught while chunking in the Delaware Bay from 20 ft. Slough all the way up to Miah Maul. The Cape May Rips turned on for Stripers this week, and they are being caught while drifting with eels, live Spot or Bucktails tipped with a twister tail. Scott Wheeler of the Big Bone out of Wildwood, NJ had eleven Stripers up to 22 pounds while drifting the Rips. There are still plenty of Croakers around off of Cape May Point.


Sunday, October 02, 2005 3:53:39 PM

The best Fluke bite this week has been at Reef Site 11, with plenty of large fish still being caught along with some Sea Bass. The Fluking slowed at the Cape May Reef, toward the end of the week. Out front, there are Flounder, Croakers, Bluefish and Kingfish, most are small fish. There are loads of small Stripers being caught in the Backbays, around the Sod Banks, mainly in the early mornings and evenings, and under the lights at night.There are scattered Tuna out at the Canyons, and loads of Dolphin. Swordfish have been caught at the Baltimore and Spencer Canyons, on Squid with Cylume Sticks.


Sunday, September 25, 2005 8:47:42 AM

The Fall Smorgasbord is right out front with Flounder, Croakers, Bluefish, Weakfish and Kingfish being caught from Hereford Inlet down to Cold Spring Inlet.There are a lot of small fish, but plenty of action. Some nice Sea Bass and Flounder are being taken at the Cape May Reef. Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds are still producing nice Flounder and Sea Bass. Small Stripers are being caught in the early mornings and in the evenings near Bridges and Sod Banks in the Backbays, on small lures or plugs, or if you have your castnet, while livelining Peanut Bunker. Yellowfin Tuna are being caught while trolling and chunking at the 19 Fathom Lump, and Dolphin are everywhere out there as well. Tuna are still being caught while trolling or chunking at the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons, and some nice size Swordfish were caught this past week at the Baltimore Canyon.


Sunday, September 18, 2005 6:31:42 AM

The Mullet are making their run down the beaches, and there are loads of Peanut Bunker in the back bays. There is plenty of bait fish around, and the bigger fish are feeding on it. With Hurricane Ophelia heading up the coast, fishing was slow, not due to the lack of fish, but due to the lack of Fishermen. Off of Cape May Point, there are Flounder, Weakies, Croaker, and Bluefish. Kingfish and Bluefish are being caught off the Beaches from Hereford Inlet to Cold Spring Inlet. Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds were red hot for big Flounder early in the week. Some nice Sea Bass were reported from the Cape May Reef. Small Stripers are being caught in the early mornings and evenings around bridges and sod banks in the back bays. Crabbing continue to be good in the Back Bays behind Wildwood.


Sunday, September 11, 2005 8:53:19 AM

The Fall Fishing Bonanza is starting, and there's Bluefish, Flounder, Croakers, Weakfish, Sea Bass, Kingfish all being caught. There are alot of small fish, but plenty of action. Reef Site 11 and the Old Grounds are still producing big Flounder. Fluking at the Cape May Reef slowed down a little this past week. Jim McClintock of Wildwood, weighed in a 26 pound Cobia, caught off of Wildwood. We also weighed in a few 8-12 pound Bluefish, that were caught outside of Cold Spring Inlet, under bird plays along the Wildwood beaches. Yellowfin Tuna and Albacore are still being caught at the Canyons. False Albacore and Bonita are being caught on the troll at the East Lump with an occasional Wahoo and Mahi-Mahi being caught as well.


Sunday, September 04, 2005 5:47:57 AM

Flounder fishing has been good at the Cape May Reef, and has been excellent at the Old Grounds and Reef Site 11. Good catches of Croakers are coming from up and down the beach from Hereford Inlet to Cape May Point. Doug Jeffries, age 8, of Franklinville, NJ weighed in his first ever Flounder which tipped the scales at 5.4 pounds. He was fishing the Cape May Reef, on the Impulse out of Wildwood with Capt. Nick Pinardo. The crew also had a nice catch of Croakers caught outside of Cold Spring Inlet. Ernie DiVincenzo of Sewell, NJ weighed in a 2.2 pound Croaker caught off of Cape May Beach. Some Wahoo have been caught on the troll at the East Lump, along with some Dolphin and an occasional Bluefin Tuna. Offshore, overnight Tuna chunking has been good at the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons, and Longfin Albacore and some Yellowfin Tuna are being caught while trolling.


Sunday, August 21, 2005 6:28:41 AM

Flounder fishing is good at the Cape May Reef, and fish are still being caught at the Old Grounds and Reef Site #11. Anthony Capri of Oreland, PA weighed in a 11.8 pound Fluke, caught at the CM Reef on a Spro Bucktail. Croakers and some Flounder are being caught off Cape May Point. There is a good Tuna bite in the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons, while trolling, with some White Marlin, Blue Marlin and Dolphin being caught as well. There are still some Dolphin being caught on the troll at the East Lump, and an occasional Bluefin Tuna. Crabbing in the Backbays behind Wildwood has been excellent. Fishing in the Backbays is slow, although there are small Stripers being caught off the Sod Banks in the evenings , mainly on Poppers.


Monday, August 15, 2005 4:21:38 PM

Flounder fishing was excellent at the Cape May Reef. The action seemed to slow at the Old Grounds and Reef Site #11. Croakers are being caught off of Cape May Point. Crabbing in the Back bays behind Wildwood has been excellent. There are still a few small Bluefin Tuna being caught around the East Lump, with an occasional Dolphin or Wahoo mixed in. The best Tuna action seems to be coming from trolling the Baltimore and Wilmington Canyons with Longfin and Yellowfin Tuna, Blue and White Marlin, Dolphin, and some Wahoo. The overnight Tuna chunking bite has turned on in the Canyons as well. Paul Daiber of the Capt. Chaos called in a Monday Morning report. He trolled the Wilmington Canyon, over the weekend and reported a Blue Marlin estimated at 400 pounds, a 60 pound White Marlin, and two Longfin Tuna, averaging 40 pounds!


Sunday, August 07, 2005 9:40:12 AM

Flounder are still being caught at the Cape May Reef, along with some Sea Bass. The Old Grounds and Reef Site # 11 are still producing flounder as well. George Kehnast of Pennsville, NJ weighed in a 7.0 pound Flounder he caught at the Old Grounds. Veronica Colsher, age 9, of Levittown, Pa caught her first ever keeper Flounder while fishing with her Pop-pop in the Back Bays behind Wildwood. Croakers are still being caught off Cape May Point and in the Delaware Bay. Small Weakfish are also being caught in the Delaware Bay. Crabbing in the Back Bays behind Wildwood has been excellent. Some Bluefin Tuna are still being caught on the troll inshore, but most of the action has moved Offshore with the best bite inside the Wilmington Canyon. More Yellowfin Tuna are showing up Offshore and there are White Marlin being caught while trolling for Tuna.


Sunday, July 31, 2005 4:37:46 AM

Flounder fishing is good @ the Cape May Reef, with some nice Sea Bass being caught as well. Nice Fluke are still being taken at the Old Grounds and Reef Site #11. Cape May Point is producing Flounder, Croakers and some Weakfish. Yellow and Bluefin Tuna are being caught on the troll from the East Lump out to the 40 Fathom line, with occasional White and Blue Marlin being caught as well. Crabbing has been excellent in the Back Bays behind Wildwood.


Sunday, July 17, 2005 7:54:54 AM

Flounder fishing has picked up at the Cape May Reef. Greg Bulifant and crew of the Big Bully of Wildwood, NJ boated 12 keepers, and four nice Sea Bass. Fluking at Reef Site #11 is hot, and the South Old Grounds is still producing many nice fish. Jonathan Githens (aka Rut-Row) of Medford, NJ boated 16 Flounder up to 6 pounds at the Old Grounds. Back Bay Fluking is producing many fish, but most of these are throwbacks. Crabbing has been excellent in the Back bays behind Wildwood. Croakers are being caught from Cape May Point to the Canal and out to the Ferry lanes. Bluefin tuna action has been red hot from the East Lump to the Cigar and out to the Elephants Trunk while trolling with cedar plugs, feathers, and jet heads. There are also some King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel, and Dolphin being caught at the East Lump.


Sunday, July 10, 2005 9:20:17 AM

12th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament results 110 Boats Registered for the Tournament Professional Division Single Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Anne Baby, Capt. Vince Viozzi (7.6 pound Fluke) 2nd Place - Happy Our, Capt. Bob McCormick (4.6 pound Fluke) 3rd Place - Sea Fox, Capt. Gary Fox (4.4 pound Fluke) Five Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Anne Baby, Capt. Vince Viozzi (24.2 pounds) 2nd Place - Chief, Capt. Nick Cianci (17.4 pounds) 3rd Place - Sea Fox, Capt. Gary Fox (17.2 pounds) Recreational Division Single Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Frank Wise, Sadie (9.2 pound Fluke) 2nd Place - Frank Gregorio,Jr.,Frankie Fish(6.8 pound Fluke) 3rd Place - Keith Fisler, Her Ring (6.6 pound Fluke) Jerry Southern, Southern Miss (6.6 pound Fluke) Five Heaviest Fluke: 1st Place - Soup Bones, Capt. Mike Messina (29.6 pounds) 2nd Place - Well Done, Capt. Henry Robbins (25.4 pounds) 3rd Place - Good as Gold, Capt.Howard Steinberg(24.2 pounds) Junior Angler: Frank Gregorio,Jr., Frankie Fish (6.8 pound Fluke) Duchess: Debi Williams, Raise the Flag (5.0 pound Fluke) Laura Fleming, Round 3 (5.0 pound Fluke)


Sunday, July 03, 2005 11:00:47 AM

Flounder fishing has been excellent at the Old Grounds and Reef Site # 11. Fluking @ the Cape May Reef has slowed a little, but there are still some nice fish being caught. Kyle Marco, age 8 of Sewell, NJ weighed in his first ever Flounder, weighing 3.45 pounds. There were numerous reports of Thresher Sharks at the Cape May Reef, as well. Back Bay Fluking is good, but there are alot of throwbacks in the mix. Crabbing has been excellent in small creeks behind Wildwood. Croakers have moved into the Delaware Bay, and are being caught from Cape May Point to the Canal entrance. There is good Bluefin Tuna action while trolling @ the East Lump with small feathers and cedar plugs. Sharking is still good at the 20-30 Fathom Line.


Sunday, June 26, 2005 10:41:49 AM

Flounder fishing has turned on at the Cape May Reef and at the Old Grounds. Bob Ward, of Wildwood, NJ weighed in a 3.75 pound Fluke, caught at the Cape May Reef. Ann Marie Mascherino of Audobon, NJ held the "hot stick" on the Wired Up with Capt. Kurt Bonawitz. She weighed in a 5.5 pound Sea Bass, and a 4.6 pound Fluke taken at the Reef. Jim Flori of Whitestone, NY had a 6.75 pound Fluke, caught @ the Cape May Reef. Frankie Fish and crew of Medford, NJ limited out at the Old Grounds on Saturday, with 9 of the fish weighing over 5 pounds, and a 10.69 pounder caught by Glenn Whalen. Ed Sabo of Fairfield, Conn. fished the Back bays on a Sterling Harbor rental boat, and had 1/2 a dozen Fluke up to 5 pounds. Flounder fishing in the Delaware Bay has slowed to a halt after the Full Moon, last week. Crabbing in the Back Bays remains excellent, with some nice size crabs being taken. There is good Bluefin Tuna action @ the Cigar area, while trolling with small feathers, cedar plugs, and Zukers. Mako sharks have also showed up at the Cigar area. There are lots of big Bluefish, offshore between the 20 - 30 Fathom Line. Sterling Harbor's 12th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament will be held Saturday, July 9th. Don't miss out on the fun, and some great prizes!


Sunday, June 19, 2005 9:46:46 AM

Flounder are being caught in the Delaware Bay from 14 Foot Light to Miah Maul. Flounder were also being caught @ FA Buoy. We had reports of Fluke at the Cape May Reef early in the week, but by the end of the week, the Reef seems to have shut down for the Fluke. Backbay Fluking is producing many throwbacks, with a few keepers in the mix. Bob Ward, of Wildwood weighed in a 2 pound 8 ounce Flounder he caught off his dock along Richardson's Channel. Stripers are still being caught in the backbays along sod banks, and near creek mouths. Crabbing has turned on this week! Some nice size Blue Claws are being caught in the small creeks and channels behind Wildwood. Shark Fisherman have been having a tough time finding the Sharks, and there are loads of Bluefish. Tom D' Alfonso caught a nice Mako while fishing on his boat the Keep Reel'n. He was fishing the Misty Blue area. He also reported loads of Bluefish. Bluefin Tuna have moved in and are being caught on the troll, on humps between the 20 and 30 Fathom Line. They are being taken on Feathers, Cedar Plugs, and Zukers. John Perillo fished for his 21st birthday, on his boat the Melanie Ann, and boated 3 Bluefin Tuna, averaging 40 pounds. He also reported that a Billfish came up into his spread, checking out the baits. John also reported loads of Bluefish. Just a reminder that Sterling Harbor's 12th Annual Duke of Fluke Tournament will be held on Saturday, July 9th. Entry forms are now available in the tackle shop. Call 609-729-1425 for more information.


Friday, June 17, 2005 8:22:58 AM

Friday, June 17, 2005 There was a good Flounder bite in the Delaware Bay yesterday, near 14 Foot Light. Most of the fish were caught early in the day.


Sunday, June 12, 2005 12:52:46 PM

Flounder are being caught in the Delaware Bay from 14 Foot Light, up to Miah Maul. At the Cape May Reef Sea Bass are being caught, and the Flounder have started to show. Michael Devine of Somerdale, NJ weighed in a 7.66 pound Flounder he caught at the Cape May Reef. The Back Bay Flounder fishing has been on the slow side, however a few keepers are being taken, along with Bluefish and some Striped Bass. D.J. Tyburczy, age 9, of Sparta, NJ weighed in a 5 pound 6 ounce Flounder, caught on squid behind Wildwood. The Fred Stadtler party fished the Backbays on a Sterling Harbor Rental boat, and caught a 24 inch Striper, and a 25 inch Flounder. Drumfish are being caught at Tussy's Slough, and the bigger ones are being caught at Slaughter Beach.


Sunday, June 05, 2005 1:36:12 PM

Flounder fishing is fair in the Backbays with a lot of throwbacks in the mix. Flounder are being caught in the Delaware Bay near Miah Maul and a few have showed up at Bug Light. Todd Spence weighed in a 6.75 pound Fluke caught while fishing in the Delaware Bay. Sea Bass fishing has been good at the Offshore wrecks and at the Reefs, with fish in the 2-3 pound range being caught. Striper fishing continues to be good in the backbays near bridges and sod banks. Ernie DiVincenzo, Jr., age 9 and his buddy Justin Marco, age 10, both of Sewell, NJ were catching all the shortie Stripers they wanted in Richardson's Channel on Friday evening. The boys fished near Cold Spring Inlet on Saturday evening and were bailing the Bluefish! John Stetser of Paulsboro, NJ weighed in a 20 pound Striper he caught on a Bucktail near the Rockpile. Weakfishing was excellent this weekend near Cape May Point.

Jonathan Githans, of Medford, NJ and Bob Harbaugh of Newark, DE boated 8 Tiderunners up to 12 pounds, while fishing on the Rut-Row. Yours truly even got to go fishing this weekend with Big Ernie DiVincenzo, and we caught 7 Weakfish on Bloodworms up to 11.5 pounds, and a shortie Striper.

Drumfish up to 70 pounds are being caught at Slaughter Beach in the Delaware Bay. Bluefish remain in the Backbays, and the Bluefishing near Cold Spring Inlet has been excellent.