I am quite a happy guy as I write this report on a beautiful Monday morning.
I took off on Fri to make use of the made-to-order weather and fished both Fri and Sat at my new favorite spot within 10 mi from Cape May. Had 2 other boats around me on Friday, fishing from 12:45 PM - 6:30 PM, and had a handful of boats around early Saturday, but nobody for the last two hours fishing from 2 PM - 8 PM.
Friday, I was solo. Ocean was glass. Water temps were in the high seventies to eighty. I deadsticked one rod with a top and bottom rig - 3" Nuclear Chicken on the teaser, 5" pink Mullet on the bottom. 3oz weight. I wanted to try out an M3 Fluke Spoon after seeing a whole lot of info on them, so I was jigging their 5.5" glow with a Gulp pink Mullet and a 4oz snagless sinker.
Caught 4 fluke on the deadstick, including one keeper at 19.5", 2.42 lbs. Also had a decent number of hits that I wasn't able to pick up the rod in time to get.
Caught 32 fluke on the M3 spoon, including one keeper at 19.75", 2.66 lbs.
It was an awesome day with fish constantly coming over the rail. I also saw a nice cobia which I estimate to be around 3.5' swimming just below the surface by the boat, but he didn't hang out like the one I had two weeks back.
Saturday, I had a buddy with me who hadn't really fished in the last 3 years but used to do 3-4 headboat trips per season. Helped him get the rust off, and we went back to the same spot. Ocean was getting a little choppy as the day went on, felt like 2 footers with some wind-driven chop as well from about 6 PM-on. Ocean temps were a little lower than they had been Fri. The drift was pretty quick, and we were having trouble holding with 6 and 8 oz on, but once we deployed a drift sock, it was like flipping a switch, and the hook-ups started.
Caught 37 fluke and an Atlantic Sharpnose Shark. 3 keepers: 19.5", 1.92 lbs, 19.75", 2.72 lbs, 21" 2.86 lbs. Shark was about 3.5'.
Once again, the M3 spoon out-fished the top and bottom rig by a 2:1 ratio. We switched setups halfway through the day, and the result held the same, the M3 outproduced.
This was the best fishing I've experienced in my 5-years of owning a boat and running our of the Cape May / Wildwood area.
Hoping to get back into the action next weekend!