I had one of the top fisherman in Cape May County, NJ
aboard my boat today. ED Teise has won more weakfish tournaments than anybody alive in Cape May County, NJ. We unleashed the dock lines at 6:30 PM. Today we were looking for flounder. We ended up with seven keepers to 23.5“. It was a little chilly for June, the up side no bugs.Water temperature was 63 degrees. The water was not as clear as I like it. I like to flounder fish hard while the flounder are available in the back bay. This is a very good week to hunt for weakfish. I know the numbers are down, but if you want to catch weakfish this week traditionally is a top producer. A few weakfish were checked in at Jims’ B&T this morning one was 34”. They had seven weakfish all together.
A few basics to pay attention to when fishing for Mako sharks:
1) do not leave the dock without a Roffer’s’ report. I get one even though I have up to date reports from commercial fishermen. If you are fishing with a captain that does not know what a Roffer’s report is chances are you are only going for a boat ride!
2) If you are going to compete in the tournaments invest in a Mako magnet they work! I have seen sharks, tuna and blues come right up and put their nose on the thing.
3) Makos return to the same wreaks and edges ever year, seek out information as to what areas hold makos when the conditions are right.
4) a crew with a plan. Every crew member should know how to leader a mako, gaff, shoot and run the boat.
5) the first boat on the structure has a significant advantage. Leave early and run hard!
6) stay on the structure! not almost on it !
7) make sure your bait is alive and your chum is fresh.
With the threat of a thunderstorm lurking over me, I headed to a favorite weakfish spot today. After only a few cast I could see that the conditions were not good for weakfishing at this spot, due to the speed and drift of my lure.The sky was darkening with thunderstorm clouds, at that point I know I only had a short time left on the water. Even with the threat of thunder, I had to stop at the spot I caught the flounder at yesterday.Sure enough I caught three keepers in only a couple of minutes. I found myself for the second day in a row racing a thunderstorm to my dock. The water temperature on the in coming tide was 63 degrees.The wind was out of the north east.
Stripers big stripers 47″ and a 42″ were caught today from the beach. I told the guy that caught the stripers I would not give his spot up. With the distance he had to drag the stripers, I doubt he will keep any more of them.
I headed out flounder fishing today at 6:15 pm. The fishing was slow at first, we picked just two keepers in an hour of fishing.We started to run home due to a thunderstorm.I stopped at a spot for just a second on the way in. The second turned into twenty minutes but we left with eight keepers in the boat. We also beat the thunderstorm home.Wally Bachman is in the lead in the good old boy flounder tournament with 35 keepers and 359 throw backs. Wally was the winner of the 2008 Avalon manor opening day flounder tournament. He placed second in that tournament this year. The good old boy flounder tournament runs for the entire flounder season. The fishermen with the greatest amount of keepers at the end of the season is the winner.
I headed out today about an hour before high tide flounder fishing. Unfortunately I got caught in a thunder storm after only minutes of fishing. A couple of 40″ stripers were dragged off the beach today in Cape May. The big bass are not venturing very far into the back bays. I know of only a couple that have been taken inside of the ocean drive bridges.