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.
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.
The first weakfish to show, we call scouts. They push ahead of the main body of fish. They offer excellent clues, to where the best spring weakfish bite will occur.
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.
Finding big weakfish in the fall can cause insomnia for me. Big weakfish will not hold in one spot for long this time of the year. I will usually fish every tide until they move on. Sure enough, this pod of fish only held for a few days. Now I can catch up on sleep and a few responsibilities, before the hunt begins again.
If you are interested in how to catch weakfish, check out the 2014 May addition of On The Water magazine NY/NJ addition. http://www.onthewater.com/magazine/