Tag: NJ Saltwater fishing

Summer striped bass bite

 

One of today's stripers takes a close look at my lure.

One of today’s stripers takes a close look at my lure.

Today felt so much like fall, I decided to forgo flounder fishing  to hunt summer stripers.  It was refreshing to find them with very little effort. I was sloppy in my approach to the spots , but I still hooked up at most locations. In one  area they were feeding on peanut bunker and they had no interest in my favorite paddle tail. What is exciting is the amount of bait fish I continue to see in the area this year.  If the numbers of bait fish hold, this fall striper fishing will be much better than last year.

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Good summer flounder bite continues

Today's flounder like all that I catch,  were caught in the sounds of Cape May co..

Today’s flounder, like all that I catch, were caught in the sounds of Cape May co..

One of the advantages of living in close proximity  to the areas you fish,  is it allows you more time to fish.   I had not planned on fishing today, but . As I pulled back on the throttle,  I found clear blue water, one of the conditions I was seeking.  However, the water  temperature was a little chilly.  I checked  seven spots before I found good conditions . The spots that were holding fish were two degrees warmer than the others. The water temperature was 63-68 degrees. Fishing pressure ranged from heavy to non existent depending on the spot. Total time spent 2 hours 35 minutes.

July flounder fishing in the Cape May sounds

John and his 5  back bay keeper  flounder

John and his 5 back bay keeper flounder

We were jumped by a gang of mad strawberry flies at my dock this morning.Keep in mind, that if you run into strawberry flies ,  hold your ground and swat, you can clear them out in a short time. After rumbling with the strawberry natives we  loaded the skiff and were on our way.With the weekend fishing pressure coupled with the conditions,  it took some effort to zero in on the fish.  We fished 3.5 hours, the water temperature was 65 degrees, the bite window was narrow. It is was a good morning fishing with John.

 

 

 

 

Good morning summer flounder fishing

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The extra-large full moon tide,  filled the sound with crystal clear ocean water. The view of all the marine life on and around the flats was spectacular. What I thought was a giant striped bass chasing bait, turned out to be a large shark aggressively feeding on striped bass!  No time for a picture.

It was a beautiful day for flounder fishing. I ended the back bay safari with three keeper flounder. The largest was 23.5″, 4.9 pounds. I fished for two hours and ten minutes. The water temperature was 66 degrees at the top of the tide. Fishing pressure ? It looked like everybody was on the water today, including very busy fish and game officers and State Troopers.

Baitfish

Grass shrimp found inside  a 20" summer flounder

Grass shrimp found inside a 20″ summer flounder

It started in  May  with millions of spearing. I noticed them  being pushed around the sound by stripers , bluefish and weakfish. This June I seen the best run of grass shrimp  in a decade , along with a good amount of minnows.  Thus far in the back bays of Cape May County, NJ we have had a good fishing season. The success is linked directly to the presents of the bait. Hopefully the bait will hold into  the fall.  In this area red drum and speckled trout usually show up in the fall of the year. However, Kayak Bruce caught the first Jersey red drum  this season in June. The first Jersey speckled trout has been caught also,  by an Avalon sharp. Maybe this is a good indicator for the upcoming fall season?

 

Grassy Sound Marina Flounder tournament 2014

Kenny,Ken,Chip and Charlie

Kenny,Ken,Chip and Charlie

Saturday was a beautiful June day for fishing .  Every crew I spoke with caught fish. Mater of fact, a  record amount of flounder  were checked in.  The tournament  has a friendly family atmosphere. However, the competition and the excitement that accompanies it  are in the mix.  We had  6 keeper flounder and one weakfish. Our heaviest  flounder was 5.3 lbs. It held for a second place tie with friend   Chip Gruff’s 5.3 lbs flounder.  Our weakfish held for first place.   I was fishing the tournament with sons Kenny and Justin, it was a great day on the water.

 5.3 lbs

5.3 lbs

 

You can see a complete list of the winners on the Grassy Sound Marina’s Facebook page.

Saltwater fly fishing for Summer flounder

 Jack with a 26" summer flounder. He caught it with his  flounder fly.

Jack with a big summer flounder. He caught it with his flounder fly.

Jack was fishing in the back bay waters when this hard fighting summer flounder rose for his fly.  Jack holds the Cape May County saltwater fly fishing record for  speckled trout 8.5 pounds.  Looks like he is also  in the hunt for the summer flounder fly fishing record.

Bill with a nice size weakfish

Bill with a nice size spring 2014 weakfish

 

 

 

Today’s Back bay summer flounder trip

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The best area based on wind direction and resent reports was far from the spots I fished today. I did not have the time to fish the hot/correct location. However, after spending an hour and a half on the water, three keepers were flopping  in the cooler. The fishing pressure was none existent . The water temperature was 65 degrees. Water clarity was good – fair. The special ingredient during this fishing trip was patience‎.

 

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.