Not sure how many boat fish for stripers off Cape May but they are starting a much needed project at a very bad time for fisherman who fish the Cape May Rips in the fall.
None of the equipment is here yet, but they were surveying on Tues.
From USCG Local Notices to Mariners:
Mariners are advised that beach replenishment and dredging operations will take place between Cape May Inlet and Brooklyn Avenue in Cape May, NJ between 09 October and 07 January, 2014. The Dredge R.S. WEEKS will be located approximately 4 miles offshore and will be transporting dredged material to the shoreline through a combination of floating and submerged pipeline. Dredge support equipment including several work tugs and anchor barges will be utilized around the R.S. WEEKS. Floating rubber pipeline extending 1,600 feet from the dredge and submerged pipeline leading to shore will be marked with lighted yellow buoys approximately every 40 feet. Additionally, a booster pump will be located between the shoreline and the dredge, approximately 2.5 miles from shore. A support barge will be located on the north side of Cape May Inlet and will be marked with yellow lights. The dredge and assisting vessels will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 10 and can be contacted at 985-237-5013. Mariners are advised to proceed with extreme caution and maintain minimum speed to reduce wake. Chart: 12316. LNM:41/13
This will make things a little dicey traveling in the fog or dark. This may change my fishing the rips altogether this fall and head up the bay a couple miles, sit on the hook and chunk. Its a lot cheaper using fresh bunker than spot or eels at 3 bucks a pop
Took a little run this morning and water temps are still in the 60's but this weeks cold front should help get things started.
Lots of marks but no takers. There are reports of schoolie size Stripers in the back bays and Weakfish up to 24 inches were being caught while drifting Mullet baits along the bottom. Glad to see the weakfish are getting a little bit bigger but nowhere near those cooler filling tide runners of the 70's and early 80's. Hopefully they are on a up cycle.