Monday, July 30, 2012

Cape May Fishing Report 7/28/2012

I took “Offshore Bites” out to the Cape May Reef for the first time this season. I was out of the slip by 7:45AM. Capt Dave took “Tiramisu” and Capt Randy and Jim took “Just One More” to the Cape May Reef too. So we had three boats out there. We decided to fish the CM Reef because there was the threat of thunderstorms on Saturday and the CM reef is only about 8 miles from the inlet. Here are some pictures of “Tiramisu” and “Just One More” out at the reef.
I must have caught at least 12 short flounder, they were all in about the 16 inch range. I also caught at least 6 skates and a few sea robins. I managed to catch 1 keeper flounder that was about 21 inches. I knew I had a keeper as soon as I set the hook.  I think the water temperature was about 74 degrees. I was fishing right next to Capt Dave when I caught the keeper. He caught a bunch of shorts but no keepers.
Capt Randy called me on the radio, he was just a little bit south of me; I could see his boat. I told him he might want to come up by me since I had caught a keeper and was catching some good sized shorts. He cruised up and they ended up catching a 19 inch keeper. Based on his report I don’t think they had much other action most of the day.

We all left the reef a little before 2:00 PM; there were reports of thunderstorms heading for Cape May Harbor. I was back at the fuel dock filling up the boat at 2:30 and it just started to rain. Most of that storm bypassed the harbor, but I’m glad we came in when we did. I burned 14.61 gallons on this trip to the Cape May Reef.

Later in the evening we all went to the Harbor View and another round of thunderstorms came in. It was quite a light show. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Cape May Fishing  Report 7/14/2012

Saturday was the Duke of Fluke Tournament; we did not enter this year. Since I wasn’t in the tournament I was able to leave the slip before the shot gun start. I was out of the slip by 5:45AM on my way to Reef Site 11. I figured it would get pretty crowded out there once the tournament boats showed up. The run to Reef Site 11 is about 16 miles South East of the Cape May Inlet.

When I was about 8 miles out I noticed a helicopter flying really low. Then they came right by me with a photographer hanging out the one side taking pictures. I was running at about 18 knots at the time. They looped around me a few times, and I was able to make out the name of there website on the helicopters pontoon. The name of the outfit is I looked them up later in the evening, but they don’t post the pictures, you have to pay them first then they send the pictures via mail. Pretty expensive to get the pictures, so I probably won’t do it. But I’m writing about in the blog in case I change my mind, I’ll know what date it was.

I arrived at Reef Site 11 at about 7:00AM there were only 2 other boats out there. Once the tournament boats started showing up there were over 50 boats out there. I hooked up immediately, sea bass. I probably caught at least 10 sea bass, 15 short flounder, and 2 keeper flounder. The keepers were 18 and 20 inches. The weather was perfect, it did rain for about 5 minutes but that was it. The water temperature was about 74 degrees.

At one point I was right next to the boat named Stalker, he’s been in the money in the last few Duke of Fluke tournaments. I heard they were in the money this year too, along with Duct Works and Adam Bomb, the usual suspects.

I fished until around 2:00 then headed back to the barn. The ride back was fantastic, very smooth with a South wind.

I got early and grabbed a coffee; this was the view I had while I drank my coffee. What were you looking at while you had breakfast this morning?  Sunrise over Cape May Harbor.