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Fishing, edition of July 18

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Tuesday, July 15, 2014 10:46 am


Emily and John Heisler of Cape May Court House show off a 5-pound, 12-ounce fluke caught near the North Wildwood bridge. It was 26 inches long.
Emily and John Heisler of Cape May Court House show off a 5-pound, 12-ounce fluke caught near the North Wildwood bridge. It was 26 inches long.  

As flounder continue to find their way out front, tautog season reopened Thursday with a one-fish minimum. Many anglers have been catching the spiny fish as well as sea bass, weakfish, porgies and bluefish.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that fishing last week was good again as inshore and offshore remained active.

Midweek, George Erskine fished Ships Channel and bagged a 6.14-pound flattie. He was using Gulps. He and his companion Tom Shepp had a couple of other keepers but ended up with 36 throwbacks. Bob Heins and a group on his boat K’s Krew fished the area behind Somers Point and had five nice fluke, the largest of which was 5.25 pounds. He too, was using Gulps.

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Thousands awarded in Duke of Fluke Tournament

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Monday, July 14, 2014 10:58 am

Jim Dickinson takes first place in the Sterling Harbor Duke of Fluke kayak division with a 4.45-pound flounder caught on his Hobie Pro Angler 14. Jim Dickinson takes first place in the Sterling Harbor Duke of Fluke kayak division with a 4.45-pound flounder caught on his Hobie Pro Angler 14.  Cathy Algard of Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Shawcrest and her husband, George, have hosted the Duke of Fluke Tournament for the past 21 years. There were 116 boats and 39 kayaks registered this year. Thousands of dollars were awarded for top weighing fish.

 Duke of Fluke Tournament winners

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MidAtlantic offers big bucks for big fish

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:00 am

The 23rd annual MidAtlantic $500,000 Fishing Tournament will take place Aug. 17-22, and organizers have made some changes in response to feedback from previous years.

The tournament, held out of Canyon Club Resort Marina in Cape May and Sunset Marina in Ocean City, Md., offers new opportunities for winning a share of a cash purse that is expected to exceed $2 million, according to organizers.

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How to survive a rip current (Video)

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Written by Joan Kostiuk Tuesday, July 01, 2014 11:35 am

Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Aerial view of several rip currents provided by National Weather Service, courtesy of Dr. Wendy Carey, Delaware Sea Grant. Heading to the beach? Here are some safety tips to help you avoid being caught in a rip current, and advice on what to do if you are

Each summer seems to bring with it a number of drowning deaths along the shores of New Jersey and the East Coast. Many of those deaths are the result of bathers getting caught in
rip currents.

Nearly everyone who has put their feet in the ocean has felt the pull of the tide. But what, exactly, is a rip current, and why are they so dangerous?

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Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 26, 2014 06:11 pm

Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside Nature Camp gets kids to ‘put down the i-Thing’ and head outside

School has been dismissed, and the fun has already begun at the Nature Center of Cape May.

From bats to bees and bugs to birds, with a few sharks thrown in, the Nature Center has something for everyone from kids to teens.

The programs are age appropriate and include the Discovery Kids camp for children from prekindergarten to those entering sixth grade, Explore the Shore for children 6 and up, and Adventure Camps for ages 12-16, which gives older kids a chance to try kayaking, fishing offshore or exploring the natural world in and around Cape May.

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Keeper flounder dwindling as water warms; anglers cleaning up on tuna

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 26, 2014 01:30 pm

Ben MarQuis and his father, Dennis, from Pennsylvania caught and released a striper in the back bay aboard Tide Runner out of Cape May. 
Ben MarQuis and his father, Dennis, from Pennsylvania caught and released a striper in the back bay aboard Tide Runner out of Cape May.

As Fourth of July weekend approaches, the typical fishing pattern for this time of the season is beginning to settle in. Tons of short flounder are hitting the lines, with the keeper ratio quickly dwindling. It’s a fun day out on the water, but those looking for a fresh fish dinner have to work hard and be patient.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point received reports from anglers that fishing was good overall both inshore and offshore.

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Tournaments give anglers of all ages a shot at cash, prizes and fun

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 19, 2014 02:29 pm

 Nick Verducci and his son, Nicholas, of Ocean City fished with Stalker II out of Cape May.  Nick Verducci and his son, Nicholas, of Ocean City fished with Stalker II out of Cape May. It’s tournament season. On just about every weekend throughout the summer, a fishing contest will be held in one shore town or another. Some have higher stakes than others, but each and every one produces some nice-sized fish as well as a good time for all ages. Some contests raise money for charities, and in others anglers compete for cash prizes.

The Wildwoods held an inaugural fishing tournament of the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge last weekend. The free three-day tournament was held off the beaches, bays and ocean of the Wildwoods. There were also several fishing-related activities for the entire family held throughout the weekend. Winners shared $8,000 in cash prizes. For results see www.beachNboat.com.

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Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge results

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Written by Staff Reports Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:00 am

– Joe Muravsky of Westmont took home $1,000 for his 3.9-pound fluke while fishing the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge in the Wildwoods last weekend.   – Joe Muravsky of Westmont took home $1,000 for his 3.9-pound fluke while fishing the Jersey Shore Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge in the Wildwoods last weekend. The Wildwoods Beach N Boat Fishing Challenge last weekend provided three days of fun and excitement for participants. More than 200 anglers joined in the competition, and as with all tournaments, some fared better than others.

Money winners included a first-place fluke that was 3.9 pounds, caught from a kayak by Joe Muravsky of Westmont. Bill Collins of Glendora weighed in a 5.7 pound weakfish.  Each took home $1,000.

Collins’ weakfish was only two-tenths of a pound heavier than that of Jason Bailey of Conshohocken, Pa., whose 5.5-pound weakfish was closely followed by George Danley from West Wildwood with a 5.2-pound.

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Anglers up to the challenge of fishing in the wind

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, June 05, 2014 01:00 am

 Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton hoists 4- and 5-pound flounder caught while fishing a bucktail with Gulp on his Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayak. The fish were weighed in at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Shawcrest.  Jim Rossiter of Bridgeton hoists 4- and 5-pound flounder caught while fishing a bucktail with Gulp on his Wilderness Systems Tarpon kayak. The fish were weighed in at Sterling Harbor Bait and Tackle in Shawcrest.  Every year around this time, the wind becomes a factor when fishing. Late May and early June bring breezy conditions that can hamper a few days out of the week for fishing. For one thing, the chop makes fishing from a boat unpleasant for anglers, and casting from shore becomes a challenge. Nonetheless, last weekend’s windy Saturday brought fish – and why not; it’s the best time of flounder season.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that flounder and sea bass were caught in numbers; however, stripers and bluefish were also taken.

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Small but plentiful striper a good sign for fishing

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Thursday, May 08, 2014 01:55 pm

 Clermont resident Paul Black Sr. of First Fish Adventures in Sea Isle City shows off a weakfish that was caught on his first trip of the year along with a striper, a few other weakies and some flounder that he threw back.  Clermont resident Paul Black Sr. of First Fish Adventures in Sea Isle City shows off a weakfish that was caught on his first trip of the year along with a striper, a few other weakies and some flounder that he threw back. Since our last fishing report which came out Easter weekend, the striper action has really picked up, and the flounder are showing a strong presence, although the season for them doesn’t open until May 23.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that anglers are hitting the inshore reefs and wrecks because of the warmer water temperatures. He said he has had reports of smallish stripers being caught around the bridges on clams and bloodworms. Anglers have told him that they have had luck casting plugs to the sod banks and slowly retrieving them. Most of this kind of fishing has been done at night with very good results.

Perch can still be had up the rivers using bloodworms, and apparently nice catches can still be had, Christ said.

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