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First light weakfish bite

 

First weakfish of the morning

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.

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Today’s back bay summer flounder

 

Captain Gary with his 6.5  pound summer flounder

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.

Wayne with a striper he caught while targeting weakfish.

 

 

Hot back bay summer flounder bite today

 

 

 

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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.

CJ as he released his weakfish.

Today’s back bay summer flounder trip

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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.

Kensdock Report: Watch Jimmy Fee and Chris Megan catch spring weakfish

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:

http://www.onthewater.com/tv/

 

Kensdock Report: Striped Bass, weakfish and summer flounder show

IMG_0783 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.

Kensdock Report: Jimmy Fee catching weakfish, On The Water TV Sunday Jan.19

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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.

Kensdock Report: Governor Chris Christie

Love him or hate him,  Chris Christie is New Jersey’s  most popular Governor in the history of New Jersey.  There are many reasons for his overwhelming popularity. However, the fact that he is a very likeable  person  is surely  part of it. 

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Our Dayna  and  Governor Chris Christie.

Kensdock Report: North Jersey beaches hold Stripers

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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.

Kensdock Report: Striper bite

 

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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.