Beautiful, glass calm gin clear waters. Very quite , zero fishing pressure, no wave runners, absultly nobody around. This makes for a good time to stalk striped bass up on the flats. It is very much like fishing for bonefish on the tropical sand flats. The difference being, striped bass are bigger and strong game fish. Striped bass are caught in a number of ways,trolling,chumming with clams, drifting live eels, all fun. However, catching these world class game fish in the shallow waters of our sand and mud flats, on light tackle or fly rod, is truly sport fishing at its best.
There are a few ways to put yourself in great position to catch weakfish under 2015 conditions . However, the best way is to fish with someone who is catching” weakfish. There are a lot of fishing guides today that have 90% of the information on fishing for weakfish, but in 2015 you need 100% of the information to catch.
The hunt for quality summer weakfish (4lb-10lb+) can challenge the skill-set of the best saltwater fishermen on the planet, at times. It’s comparable to catching 30lb-50lb stripers in the summer,in Cape May county,NJ. Yes, there are guys that do catch big bass in the summer. Harry Allemio of Cape May, is one of them elite striper fishermen. Ed Teise is one of the elite when it comes to catching weakfish. Ed takes a second for the above picture, before he released this July 2015 tide-runner weakfish. Ed is a full-time Law enforcement officer and runs a summer business. Obviously, fishing time is limited. He plans his fishing trips precisely around high percentage moon phase tides,to optimise his time.
Sure enough, the weather calmed down and the fishing is picking up. Chip Gruff caught 26 summer flounder, with 4 keepers. He Just missed a limit trip, a nice one was lost at boat side. I was out just for a short trip and picked up 3 keeper summer flounder to 23″. The fishing should be good this week for, summer flounder, Black Drum, weakfish , Mako shark and maybe tuna. Excellent time to use some vacation or sick days.
Today some nice weakfish were caught. Mark moved into first place in Moran’s spring weakfish tournament. CJ took over second place. Mark is also high hook , so far. This is the first day of summer flounder season. However,the weakfish still have the full attention of many local fishermen. I may update this post later today, with flounder information.
Ed Teise was targeting weakfish (understatement) when he caught this tide-runner. Ed scheduled this week for vacation, to hunt for weakfish. He put it all together, water temperature,tide, spot, ect.. The last piece of the puzzle was the lure. Most of the time, he only needs 2% of the lures in his tackle bag. Not tonight.. Ed could see that the weakfish were not interested in his lure. He reached around his tackle bag, for a lure he seldom uses, and sure enough. There is a locale weakfish tournament running, so the lure ? The weakie hasn’t been weighed in yet. My guess is 8 pounds plus.
Bluefish up to 18 LBS have been caught in the surf and back bays. It does not happen very often (understatement) that bluefish of this caliber, set up in the back bays . This is an excellent opportunity for light tackle and fly fishermen, to test the limits of their gear and skill.
Weakfish, none yet. The wind has been SW, this direction makes it difficult for the water temperature to heat up, regardless of the air temperature. I had 56 degrees at my dock at low tide today. We need 3 days of 59 degree water temperature or better, to get the weakfish bite started. There has been some big stripers caught up in the Delaware bay. It is about time they begin to drop down into Cape May County waters.
Invest little, gain a lot”, this gambler’s mantra rings true with the Beach and Boat fishing tournament. It runs for just about the entire NJ fishing season. Giving everyone more than enough time to fish. Thousands of dollars in cash and prizes for the top 10 heaviest inshore Jersey fish. The tournament had 750 fishermen involved in 2013,this year (2014) there was over 8000. This tournament will continue to increase in both participants and value. There was talk of adding a Calcutta next year, this would make the tournament pay out the largest of any inshore tournament in New Jersey,I am sure. The awards banquet was held at the River Rock restaurant and marina. The food was excellent, the staff was fantastic and the place was beautiful. If you fish in New Jersey at all, do yourself a favor sign up. I forgot to mention, it is free at the moment!
I fished numerous areas for them, and applied a ridiculous amount of effort. I found clean water, baitfish and the correct water temperature, not a hit. Not even a rumor of a New Jersey red drum or speckled trout being caught, to spite prime conditions this past week. The only way I avoid getting skunked, is by cherry picking striped bass on the way home. Worst October for Jersey reds and speckled trout in a lifetime, so far.