Sunday, May 5, 2019

Late April - Two Trips - South Jersey

I figured if I put some time in on some South Jersey waters with a pink fin-esse and a jig head I'm bound to get a weakfish, however small.  I'm sure my odds would be greater if I fished the super early hours of the morning, but that hasn't been an option for me yet.  Also, I've been hitting spots that I haven't been to much; going on exploratory missions. 

Unfortunately I haven't yet hit my target species, however I did have some action with schoolie striped bass.

The report:

The first of the two trip was to Skunk Ditch, in Cape May, where Steve and I had fished only once before.  I wasn't getting any action in the creeks, and the tide was low, so I ventured into Cape May Harbor to try and find some deeper holes. 

Cape May Fish Plant

It was in uncharted territory for me with no fish finder, just using common  sense to find the fish, and I did get some hits and a fish at some points and along some walls.

Cape May Schoolie

Otherwise, this was an all-around slow fishing trip.  I wasn't really feeling like I was going to have any more success and I didn't get any fish after that, even though the conditions felt really good as I was casting along the sod banks at high tide and sunset.  

My next trip planned was to Launch at Great Bay Blvd and fish into Newmans Thoroughfare.   The weather forecast that day had changed for the better, from chance of thunderstorms to overcast, and so I had a chance to stay a little longer than planned.

Abandoned Fish Factory, Great Bay

Again, I didn't have any hits in the creeks, but when I  got into the main channel and fished really tight to the banks I found more small bass.

One of at least ten
I found a couple of random fish along the banks, but really found a nice school of feeding bass as I was heading back, super tight along a bank, and they weren't giving up.  Usually they will be spooked after two or three fish get pulled from the same area, but these fish were staying there.  After a bit of fun catching fish after fish, I headed back, again, with no weakfish.  

Again, I know that if I were truly serious about my weakfish hunting I would have to go out and hit some holes, and current, in the middle of the night, and I may still have a chance yet in the first half of May.

The end

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

NJ April Fishing, Top and Bottom of the State, By Alexi


I have been eager to put a bend in one of my heavier rods.  It's been a while, and between the wind and my own schedule my chances have been slim to none.  On a side note - I have , however, been trying to get into Trout fishing on the Fly rod as there is a stocked stream behind my house.

Back yard stocked trout

Monday April 22, 2019:

Keyport, NJ

I arrive at the port of Keyport around 6 AM.  The top of New Jersey's coastal waters.   Raritan Bay is calm.

I have two rods, both have Mojo's rigged up, one for deeper water (over 20') the other shallower water.  I get my first fish as soon as I hit about ten feet of water.  I'm just guessing depths based on past years.  (None of my fancy electronics are working anymore.)  Salt air and water kills everything.

30-35" Striper

My second fish was after almost two hours and a lot of pedaling.  Conditions were getting worse.  The wind picked up and it was coming straight from the opposite side of the bay giving plenty of time and distance for the waves to build.
30-35" Striper
I had a third fish that came unbuttoned next to my boat, and since I wasn't planning on keeping any of these fish, as more than likely they all had eggs in them, and because it was really choppy....I was fine with that.

Tuesday April 23:

The Bottom of New Jersey (almost)

I launched at Sunrise at Shell Bay Rd.

My plan was to target Weakfish in Turtle Gut.  I forgot how low low tide is at the Shell Bay Launch.   I couldn't find the entrance to Turtle Gut, there was no water anywhere.  I dragged my boat in the mud until I reached about two inches of water.  I made my way out towards Hereford Inlet.  I made a million casts with a pink finesse.

I caught two stripers.

Striper Finesse

Someday I'll figure out the elusive Weakfish bite.  I feel like I'm getting closer and closer.  In the meantime, stripers will have to do.