Still not time to call it a fish­ing sea­son just yet

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Jim Loe For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

of mid-week you would think it was a great time to at least give the reefs a shot. How­ever, Irma and Jose have com­bined to make for a very large ground swell in the in­lets and for what is out there it is not worth tak­ing a few of those waves over your roof.

The water has started to cool just a bit and that should help bring in the catch­able sized striped bass in the next few weeks.

Some of the big par­ty­boats hav­ing been brav­ing the ocean and they have been catch­ing croak­ers, trig­ger­fish, ling and por­gies. They also are catch­ing seabass but those go back into the water. I know of no boat that even at­tempted a canyon trip.

There con­tin­ues to be good news on the crab­bing front where the blue claws have shown no sign to bur­row­ing into the mud for the com­ing win­ter.

Please keep a good thought for those af­fected by Irma and Jose. Those of us along the shore know what those folks have to con­tend with for prob­a­bly months to come. ACROSS THE BAY » In Delaware and coastal Mary­land the ac­tion also is con­fined to the in­lets and back chan­nels. Con­quest Road has be­gun to pro­duce a de­cent striper catch but the vast ma­jor­ity are too small to keep. A few larger stripers up to about 30-inches have been com­ing out of the In­dian River In­let. Check with your fa­vorite tackle shop for sug­ges­tions on where to fish in the in­let. It ap­pears that cut mul­let is the bait of choice and that also is en­tic­ing hoards of very small blue­fish, some an­glers re­port­ing half a hun­dred or more in a sin­gle af­ter­noon. Blues also are re­ported mass­ing around the Cape Hen­lopen State Park Pier. There also should be some sum­mer floun­der around and be­ing in Delaware you can keep them.

And, like New Jersey, the crab­bing re­mains hot.

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