Fishing Amelia Pollti

Amelia Pollti of East Hanover hooked a triggerfish on the Royal Flush out of Wildwood.

The marinas are quiet, the waterways are peaceful, and the beach is a great spot to relax and cast a line during the off-season. The crowds have receded, the kids are back to school, and soon enough beach vehicle permits will be made available to purchase in many beach towns.

Fishing from the beach and jetties is most popular in the shoulder seasons. Pick any beach, and you are sure to have it to yourself during the week. And on the weekends, more people will be angling  will find more fellow surf anglers on the weekends.

September and October are a known here in southern New Jersey for the surf fishing tournaments, several of which will be held in the coming weeks.

Fishing Tournaments

The 71st annual World Series of Surf Fishing Tournament is being held Saturday, Sept. 23 up the road in Harvey Cedars. Hosted by the Long Beach Island Fishing Club, it is open to individuals and teams. Call Frank D’Ambrosio at 856-904-3062 for more information or to register.

Next up is the 33rd annual Women’s Surf Fishing Club Tournament, to be held Saturday, Sept. 30 in Brigantine. Sanctioned by the Association of Surf Angling Clubs Inc., the tournament is open to women, men and youths; teams and individuals. For more information call Andrea Tamburino at 609-703-7650.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, the Pennsauken Surf Fishing Club will host its 63rd annual tournament in North Wildwood. Medals will be awarded for first, second and third place, and for the largest fish and most fish caught in the tournament. For more information call Dr. Dan Fuzer at 609-760-2964.

The 39th annual Great Fall Classic Surf Fishing Tournament will take place Saturday, Oct. 14, also in North Wildwood. It is open to teams and individuals. There will be awards, lunch and raffles after the tournament at the Anglesea Fire House. For more information call Doug Taylor at 856-981-3787.

If fishing from a boat is what you prefer, anglers are still picking up some fish from the back bays and out front. John Wilkinson of Babu Charters out of Brigantine said that while things have slowed down since the closing of the fluke and sea bass seasons, they did a couple of trips, catching small sea bass and fluke that were released. He has hooked up to some small striper that were in the 24- to 28-inch range.

Dave Migliore of Atlantic City Light Tackle Fishing said he is seeing some striped bass that are starting to fatten up in his area as they migrate south. He said bass up to 25 pounds are showing up in the bay to eat mullet and other baitfish that have spent the season growing. The mullet soon will run south, and the striped bass will follow them out into the ocean.

Migliore has landed bass up to 30 inches on recent charters targeting shallow water in the back bay. He also reported that some drumfish are making a comeback for the last part of the summer, redfish have been holding on bridges near inlets, and weakfish have been providing stellar night fishing action for those who wish to trade sleep for bending fishing rods — not to mention the great fishing for kingfish, croakers and spot that will eagerly gobble down bait on the bottom.

Angler Ted Duffy, of Sea Isle City, caught two stripers in the Inland Waterway behind Strathmere and Sea Isle that were 33 and 24 inches, along with two weakfish last Friday morning.

The Royal Flush out of Wildwood is sailing one ocean trip daily until the end of its season. Some notable catches include Laurie Roskop of Lodi with a triggerfish, Amelia Pollti of East Hanover with a trigger, Maria Mondale of Philadelphia with a weakfish, Ed Miles of Philadelphia with snapper blues, and Janice Brown of Easton, Pa., with a kingfish.

Mike Scanlan of the Miss Chris in Cape May said his anglers went out with a bang catching fluke. They caught the last two keeper fluke of the season on a party boat in Cape May County, one at 3:30 p.m. and one at 3:37 p.m. Sept. 5 before the last drift ended.

Recently the Miss Chris has been seeing good catches of snapper blues. They have also reported weakfish, croakers, kingfish and other mixed species throughout the week. The fall plan consists of targeting those and others along with the occasional tautog.

Before casting a line this fall, all anglers must inquire about the free saltwater fishing registration. See countmyfish.noaa.gov or call 888-674-7411 to find out if a license is needed to fish a desired species. Print out the certificate and keep in on your person while fishing. Stop in any bait and tackle shop for more details.

Fishing reports and photos can be emailed to Heather Holtzapfel James at heatherholtzapfel@yahoo.com. Reports need to be in by Sunday evening of each week.

Tide Chart

Week of Sept. 15

Wildwood

AM Low AM High PM Low PM High

Friday 9:46 3:48 10:47 4:17

Saturday 10:50 4:54 11:44 5:18

Sunday 11:49 5:52 none 6:13

Monday 12:35 6:44 12:43 7:02

Tuesday 1:22 7:31 1:34 7:48

Wednesday 2:06 8:15 2:21 8:31

Thursday 2:48 8:57 3:07 9:13

Ocean City

AM Low AM High PM Low PM High

Friday 10:15 4:11 11:16 4:40

Saturday 11:19 5:17 none 5:41

Sunday 12:13 6:15 12:18 6:36

Monday 1:04 7:07 1:12 7:25

Tuesday 1:51 7:54 2:03 8:11

Wednesday 2:35 8:38 2:50 8:54

Thursday 3:17 9:20 3:36 9:36

Ventnor

AM Low AM High PM Low PM High

Friday 9:41 3:43 10:42 4:12

Saturday 10:45 4:49 11:39 5:13

Sunday 11:44 5:47 none 6:08

Monday 12:30 6:39 12:38 6:57

Tuesday 1:17 7:26 1:29 7:43

Wednesday 2:01 8:10 2:16 8:26

Thursday 2:43 8:52 3:02 9:08

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