The red drum bite pulled me out of the woods,into the boat and onto the beach. Sure enough , found the red drum bite excellent and mixed with keeper size stripers. (Much effort applied).The reds have been caught along the beach, from Avalon to Cape May point. Back to the oak grove..
Along with information on how to catch , and were to find them.
Every step I made was with extreme caution. Knowing, a miss step could fill my wadders with saltwater. Pretty much guarantying a story about a drowned fisherman in the Press of Atlantic City. Why risk it? Why not wait for daylight ? Why not fish from the boat ? Well,in a nut shell,it is a mindset. Yes, many would consider it a little crazy. However, without this mindset, it is close to impossible, to catch tide runner weakfish. Actually, without it , you limit yourself to mediocre, regardless of your endeavor. Ed Teise was high hook this night. Matter of fact, I would bet he has caught more keeper size weakfish than anyone on the entire East coast. At this point in the 2016 season. Hold for the largest weakfish.
Excellence,fun ,competition, friends and family, this pretty much describes the Grassy Sound Marina’s Flounder Tournament. The annually tournament is next Saturday June 25. It is a really good time. Do yourself a favor, if your into fishing, don’t miss it. The summer flounder bite has been red hot this week. Last time I was out we had 7 keepers. Gary on the double touch, limited out yesterday. The fishing conditions are in place !
I hope to see you next Saturday.
Cape May County Fishermen have been putting up some nice fish, on the leaderboards of both the Beach n Boat, and the Fishermen Magazine’s tournament. Mater of fact, Ed Teise is still the overall leader, as of today, in the Fishermen Magazine . Check out the tournaments if you get a chance. I have a link below.
Ed Teise moved into first place for weakfish and number 1 overall points, in the Fishermen’s magazine’s tournament. Ed’s 10 pound weakfish pushed him into the lead, will it hold?
Epic falls short in describing today’s fishing trip. We were targeting tide-runner weakfish. Bill Collins landed 12 weakfish topping it off, with a 10 pound plus tide-runner. Ed Teise kept his reputation going, finishing the trip with a 10 pound weakfish. I ended this memoirable trip, with an 11.70 pound spring tide-runner weakfish. So wonderful, to see the weakfish return to Cape May Point, NJ and other historic locations. 99% of all the weakfish I have caught have been released.
The weakfish population is at fishable numbers, however.
The stock is at a point, that with a few management adjustments, could be completely rebuilt. Bringing with it, a significant increase in economic benefits:
1) Management mind-set adjustment. Currently it is, natural predation is the cause. Anything we do makes no difference. To: mistakes have been made in the past. Lets fix it, not cover it up, by claiming natural predation is the cause.
2) Close the market for the sale of weakfish for both commercial and recreation fisherman, until the population is restored.
3) make adjustments to the commercial seasons. To avoid large amounts of commercial by-catch.
Every rock has a story. A few of them ran through my mind, as I walked the jetty at 2:00 am. Larry Martino’s rock, that produced a 42″ world record class weakfish , that he didn’t weigh in. The striped bass rock, that held them at a time , that you were famous if you caught one. The don’t try it rock, this one has sent many fishermen and surfers to the ER, including me. My focus returned, to the task at hand, at that point.
Tonight , the rock of interest , was CJ’s rock.
The moon filled night, held a steady cadence of the surf, mixed with a salt breeze, so refreshing! The conditions were almost perfect for weakfish. The water temperature was in the zone , but just, at 58 degrees . All the other conditions were right on . Cj’s rock, gained a little more fame tonight. It produced my first 2016 spring weakfish. The spring striped bass and black drum bite has been excellent, in Cape May County waters this spring. However, nothing holds bragging rights among local sport fishermen , like a tide runner spring weakfish. Now is the time.
The 2016 Summer Flounder Opener, was a bust. The weather condition were so poor, I didn’t go. Looking forward to the upcoming week.
South Jersey commercial fishermen are hard working, salt of the earth, people. They are neighbors, friends and family to many of us. They have been total disregarded, by the save the horse crab at all cost mind-set. New Jersey fishermen were completely hoodwinked out of their federal allocation for house shore crab. Delaware and other States base their harvest decisions on science. The crab seasons continues in those States. Meanwhile, New Jersey used numbers gathered by people with an agenda. New Jersey commercial fishermen are forced to buy the horse shoe crabs, from out of state. Horse shoe crab is used for baiting eel pots.
These people involved in saving the horse shoe crabs are good passionate people. I have personally met many of them. They put their heart and soul into their endeavors. They have many achievements that benefit wildlife in New Jersey,and across the nation. I just disagree, with how they bullied the small commercial fishermen on this issue.
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