Kensdock report: Cape May co. fishing update

Yesterday was windy and cool, far from perfect May  fishing conditions.However, a test run of the new prop I installed on my outboard had me on the  water. I stopped for a few cast at a spot that I had caught blues last week. I was fishing with a rubber bait {Zoom}. The second cast I landed a 24″ flounder and returned to the water. The next cast a 22″ flounder. I was pleased to see the flounder action, considering fishing condition were poor, the water temperature was 53 degrees and the fact that I was not fishing for flounder. I do not like to harass the flounder before the season so I headed back to the barn. The flounder migration into the back bays of Cape May county this year is later than normal. This is good news for flounder fishermen as the season does not open until May 29. The surf striper fishing is really heating up, world class striped bass surf fishing is happening right now in Cape May County, NJ. Stripers in the 30 pound range are being caught every fishable tide. The best spring striper fishing on the beach should continue for a couple more weeks, weather permitting. The big bass are being caught on top water lures and bait depending on the tide and the spot you are fishing. Out of respect for the striper fishermen I can not give out the exact location of the beach, you will have to seek out the best striper beaches. It will be well worth the effort!

  3 comments for “Kensdock report: Cape May co. fishing update

  1. Brian
    May 12, 2010 at 2:58 am

    A week ago Saturday, while my wife was enjoying the sun at Sunset Beach, something kept cleaning my clams on a fish finder rig out for a striper or drum. Switching to smaller hooks I pulled in 4 large white perch. I didn’t expect them so close to the ocean but they were just as delicious for dinner the next night. How is your weakfish project going, Ken?

  2. kensdock
    May 13, 2010 at 12:29 am

    Brian, Great catch on the perch. I have logged many hours in that area fishing and I have never caught or seen a perch caught on that beach. The weakfish foundation is moving along great as far as members. The website should be up shortly. There are a lot of people with good ideas on how to proactively rebuild the weakfish. The ideas range from planting eel grass to hatcheries.

  3. Brian
    May 13, 2010 at 1:06 am

    A couple of years ago I caught a couple of white perch next to the little rock pile but that was November. I was surprised then but I had taken many in the Fall in the mouth of the Mullica from my boat. These Spring perch were a reaL surprise. The tide was outgoing. Earlier in the week I was at Parvin Lake and caught a big white perch there but you expect that. As for the weakfish, the problem is in what is happening on their winter grounds. Hatcheries won’t work. I believe Alabama has been hatching out southern flounder in the Gulf. It would be nice if our fluke would be amenable to that.

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