First weakfish of the morning
The early rise was tough but quickly forgotten. The sun peeked from the crystal blue atlantic. The outgoing tide formed an eddy in front of me. Moments later I felt the distinct thump of a weakfish hit. Great way to start the day! Flounder fishing on tap this afternoon. Update to follow.
Captain Gary with his 6.5 pound summer flounder
Captain Gary remains zeroed in on the back bay flounder, his heaviest this morning was 6.5 pounds. A six pound flounder usually takes first place in the Grassy sound marina’s back bay flounder tournament.
I caught two 20″ keeper back bay flounder today. I fished for 40 minutes. The water temperature at the top of the tide was 63 degrees, 5 -10 SW wind and the water clarity was excellent.
The weakfish bite has slowed due to the spawn. The weakfish could be seen swimming around the structure but they were not interested in any lures. The stripers picked up the slack. Wayne caught a quality short striper on a smoke colored zoom. His first fish of his annual Jersey fishing vacation.
Wayne with a striper he caught while targeting weakfish.
The key today was the right bait (artificial) , and the presentation. I found the flounder in very shallow water. I reached the bag limit in less than one hour. Captain Gary on the double touch also limited out today fishing in deeper back bay water. Today was an excellent day for flounder fishing for sure. The water temperature was 61 degrees on the top of the tide. The wind was SSW. The fishing pressure was very light .
Weakfish, during yesterday evening’s weakfish trip I targeted a new spot with friend CJ . CJ caught and released a nice weakfish. I had one spit the hook. We fished for about 45 minutes.
CJ as he released his weakfish.
I made my first flounder trip today. The water was 55 – 59 degrees with a 5-10 NNE wind. Two hours of fishing produced 4 keeper flounder and 7 shorts. Planning on fishing for weakfish during both sides of the low tide later today. I am on a quest to catch weakfish from different spots around the Cape and peninsula of Cape May County, NJ . Some spots are holding good numbers of quality weakfish, due to baitfish and water clarity, other historically good areas are missing the conditions . Knowing the indicators of productive saltwater can save time and bypass frustration.
There was at least one nice tide runner weakfish caught today in a back bay area of Cape May County. A few nice summer flounder were caught and released in grassy sound today also. There was also some weakfish caught by perch fishermen in their fyke nets in Atlantic County today. There was one confirmed 24″ striper caught from the beach yesterday.
Spring weakfish On The Water TV show:
Short stripers have gathered in good numbers at select locations on the Delaware Bay side of Cape May County. There has been at least one keeper striper caught from the ocean beach side of the county. Blood worms are the only bait to use at this point. There has been 3 summer flounder caught and one confirmed 8 # weakfish. This cold snap will slow the bite until the temperature bounces back up.
Cape May County, NJ weakfish late June 2013.
The weakfish has carved a special place within many saltwater fishermen. If you are one of them, do not miss this week’s episode of On The Water fishing show. Sunday at 10AM on Comcast SportsNet New England. The show is all about the fish that are found in the New Jersey region. The weakfish are making a come back, due to the efforts of many saltwater fishermen. They took the time to write a letter, attend a hearing or make a phone call, asking for a moratorium. It is such a beautiful thing to see the purple hue of the weakfish return to our waters. The management system works best when the participants get involved.
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Our Dayna and Governor Chris Christie.
The beach fishing is obviously not happening in Cape May County at this point. However, that did not stop Jeff and crew from catching stripers from the beach this week, the key, they headed north to ****** ***** State Park . They found many nice stripers there, including the one Jeff is holding above. Check out, Nick and Betty’s website for updated surf fishing reports from North Jersey.
The striper bite remains slow at best. Fishermen with extensive local knowledge, coupled with over the top effort, are catching a few stripers, including a few 50 pounders. The large migratory school stripers should show up at some point. The lure of choice here in Cape May County this fall, is called patience… I have been able to find a few resident stripers in the back waters, how long they hold remains to be seen.