Captain Mike reports that the fishing has been steady.
Cape May Point has been producing kingfish and snapper blues, along with a few keeper fluke mixed in with both throwback and keeper weakfish. The bite has been better on the incoming tide, however, the ebb has also produced depending on the wind direction and intensity. Strong SE winds made fishing difficult, but Captain Mike still managed to take home a few tasty kingies. The calmer seas after the weekend have also changed the table fare a bit. Along with kingfish snapper blues, and weakfish, Captain Mike, Jim, Judy, and Gavin report a mix of small Porgies and Croakers. This mixed bag is a welcome sight over the sand sharks and sea robbins, though I still say those junk Sea Robbins are delicious- there is a reason it makes good bait (this is the opinion of Captain Jeff and does not reflect the feelings of the crew towards Sea Robbins or their status as a junk fish and not eligible as a pool fish). In any case here are some of our junior anglers with notable catches.
In other news, reports of a sea monster breaking off anglers at Cape May Point are not exaggerated. I thought this was bogus until I experienced one of the mysterious hookups firsthand. Something on the other end very much alive and very large. Something which would run every time you got it to the boat. One glimpse of the boat makes this large fish “take off.” Theories have ranged from large sharks to rays to the unexplained. Well, Captain Jim was able to land one of the beasts, but it turned out to be a cow-nosed ray and much easier than the true monster of the point. After the release of the monster ray, another hook-up occurred and was never captured and spooled the unlucky angler. Some mysterious need to remain unsolved. This beauty was released by shaking the hook out in the water.
On a lighter note, new to the team at the ticket booth this year, joining Brigid and Shanida, Whitney Poppert. She has been helping us out with both phone calls and ticket sales. You may have met Whitney at the ticket booth for the Silver Bullet. If you are a long-time customer of the Miss Chris Boats and fishing in Cape May, New Jersey, you may remember her husband, Captain John Poppert from fishing aboard the Fiesta out of South Jersey Marina. Whitney brings a great deal of knowledge to our booth along with some excellent stories and photos. She brought in this beauty of Captain Mike from his early days at the Miss Chris Docks.
Captain Mike circa 1987 at the Miss Chris Docks at 1210 Wilson Drive, Cape May, NJ 08204.
Thanks, Whitney, and Thanks Captain Mike for continuing to catch us fish and give us a great time on the water!