Summer Doldrums? Book a charter!
If you’re a surfcaster than you know that fishing is slowwwwww right now. Beaches are crowded, its hot, there’s just not a lot going on. Besides the occasional kingfish it’s either gonna be skates or sharks. So to mix it up a bit we took a charter out for some inshore action, chasing big Flounder and sea bass. We linked up with Joe from Papa Joe’s Sport fishing. Joe is a very nice guy who knows his stuff. He is located in Long Neck and heads out of the Indian river inlet. His boat was big enough to be comfortable even though we had five foot seas all day. Also, there’s a bathroom which is nice. He supplies all the gear and bait you will need and keeps everything very organized. His set ups are very nice and I felt right at home, because like me he’s a Penn guy!
So we headed out about 10 miles off shore and dropped down. I catch a fifteen inch flounder right away, obviously not a keeper but it’s a good start. Then things slow down, it’s a tough bite just my luck. I did catch another short Flounder quickly, followed up by my first dusky shark. That was pretty cool. My buddy Gage hooks into a nice fourteen inch Sea Bass to go into the box. But we just couldn’t get any traction going with keeper fish. I continued to catch fish but just no big flounder were around. I landed a snapper bluefish that we stripped up for bait, followed by a big sea robin. I even hooked into a decent squid that I got into the boat. I caught four more short flounder.
Joe had us trying everything in the book to get us some bigger fish but it was just tough. We worked our way back in around site 10 and Gage finally hooks into a good fish. A big flounder appears from the depths as he reels him closer to the boat. I could see the fish wasn’t hooked well and sure enough right before Joe could get the net on him the big flattie shakes his head and unbuttons. Heartbreaking, he would of been the only keeper for the day. I then hooked into something heavy and it ended up being a big skate that fooled us into thinking it was a doormat. It was a tough day, but it beat being at work by a long shot! I definitely plan on going out again with Joe, and this time filling the cooler! If you want to have a change of pace from fishing the beaches I highly recommend booking with Papa Joe Sport Fishing. You can contact him on his Facebook page at Papa Joe Sport fishing LLC or call him at 484-431-5530. He also offers a discount to DSF members.