The fishing had been on fire for two weeks prior to the tourney, but last week it comparitively shut down. I fished Thursday and Friday afternoons, and that was it . . . .live about a half hour away so no reason for me to camp there.
In terms of the weakfish, they have disappeared from our area again. . . . I target them extensively during the summer and they did not show in any of my usual areas last year in spring or summer last year, after the spawners acting suicidal the year before during the spring in 2009. The fishery was declining after strong runs in 2006, 2007, and 2008. The spring run in '09 at JBAY was epic, and I caught a bunch during the summer run in the Great South Bay too in '09 . . . . but last year and this year . . . . gone. I don't think they will be back for a few years. The gill netters aren't even getting them and hothing is coming back to spawn - spoke to a bunker netter who caught one in JBAY last week in a net with the bunker - small 16". Problem that the weaks face is that they migrate out around the first week of October and there are blues and stripers waiting for them at the inlet and just decimate them. Slot limits for the bigger fish would go a long way to re-establishing the fishery.