Monday, June 27, 2011

Cape May Fishing Report June 24th and 25th, 2011

I took Friday off and headed down to Cape May. I probably didn’t leave the slip until about 10:00 AM. Since there was a chance of thunderstorms in the forecast I decided not to run too far. I headed out towards the 9 and 10 buoys in the Delaware Bay. The water temperature was in the 71-73 degree range. Jim from Jim’s Bait and Tackle said they were still getting good reports from further up the bay. I should have listened to that advice because all I caught were skates and sharks. I moved over to Founder Alley and didn’t do any better. I was back in the slip by 2:00.

I met Capt Randy at the dock. I cleaned the boat up, and then we headed over to the Harbor View. After the Harbor View we headed over to the Beach Creek Oyster Bar in Wildwood. It’s right on the water. We had some beers and oysters out on the deck. I liked the place.

On Saturday Capt Randy took us out for the first fishing expedition of the year for “Just One More”. We left the slip around 8:30 and headed out towards the Wildwood reef. The seas were pretty calm just some swells. We weren’t doing much at the reef; Dave caught a couple skates that was it. I wasn’t feeling well, but I took a Dramamine while we were out there and it finally started to kick in, preventing the dreaded chumming incident. We decided to make the run back to the Delaware Bay. Capt. Randy decided to head towards the number 10 buoy. The results were about the same as I had on the previous day. We didn’t have any action. We did see a big sea turtle popping his head out of the water every couple of minutes. We also saw quite a few pods of rays. I can tell one thing we didn’t see…. a flounder. Then we moved to just north of the Brandy Wine light, where we didn’t catch a thing.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cape May Fishing Report June 18, 2011.

I picked some Bills (Sr. and Jr.) up from the Cape May airport a little before 8:00 AM and headed back to the Bree Zee Lee Marina. We left the slip at about 8:45 AM and headed up the bay towards Buoy 19. The same spot I went two weeks ago. The ride up the bay was fantastic, the seas were very calm and we were able to make good time getting there.

We had an incoming tide until about 11:30 with a W/SW breeze which made for a good drift. We started catching fish fairly earlier, Bill caught the first flounder but it was a short. Bill’s Dad caught the next flounder which was a 19 inch keeper. That was the only keeper of the day which was caught with a white skirt, piece of squid, and a minnow. I didn’t catch any flounder but I did catch some small blues and a weak fish. The Bill’s caught a few more shorts, some sharks, and some skates.

The ride back in, was even smoother then the ride out. We were back in the slip by 2:00. Bill cleaned the fish, and we washed up the boat. Then I drove them back to the airport and they flew home.

I spent the night in Cape May. Sunday morning I got up and pulled the wire for my XM weather antenna. I tested a few things, but I haven’t put it back together yet. I want to make sure its working before I snake the wire through the radar arch.

Capt. Randy and I took the Just One More for a little ride up behind Wildwood. It was pretty much a shake down run, all went well.
After that we all went and had lunch at the Harbor View.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Cape May Fishing Report 06/04/2011

I finally caught a keeper sized Fluke on Saturday. All I caught were shorts last year. I caught this one east of Buoy 19 in the vast Delaware Bay. The water temperature was about 67.4 degrees. It was a beautiful day on the water. The keeper was almost 22 inches long, they need to be 18 inches to be legal this year. Besides the keeper I also caught 4 shorts, 2 skates and small shark. Capt. Dave from the Tiramisu went out early on Sunday morning and I thnk he got a keeper too, at least he sent me a text message with a pic of a nice flounder.

It's hard to believe but this is the 7th season that I've been fishing on Offshore Bites. I had the boat in the slip on May 7th this year. I went fishing for Stripers and Drum on May 21st but didn't have any luck that day. When I was fishing for stripers I was trolling with one of my new umbrella rigs I bought at the boat show back in February.

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