The pier has a new view, well actually the same view just less of an obstruction. The bushes were removed to the left of the entrance over a month or so ago and now you can see the Harbor of refuge much better. I just noticed this the other day. I used to stand on the benches to take a picture of that area. The other new view is the off season. The pier is a lonesome place on a Monday morning, which makes for peaceful fishing, easy pickings for a nice spot, and no competition for fish. Instead of the proverbial buffet of bait, there are only a couple of lines in the water, and the fish seem to fight over your offering. Short striped bass, nice bluefish and some spot are still coming over the rail this morning, on mullet chunks with top and bottom rigs, from Diamond State Tackle. We are also chucking spoons, mirro lures, deadly dicks, and having some luck as well with bluefish. After a rough weekend of running around I love to get up and go hit some of the public hot spots, it is peace and quiet, except for the loud birds and occasional horn from the Cape May-Lewes ferry when it leaves port. I met Steve there this morning, he is still out there, with one other guy, and that is about it for the crowd. There is nothing like fishing in the off season. The park looks like a ghost town and so do the beaches. Mondays are always the least crowded in the mornings. That will change this afternoon and evening, but the weather will play a role as well. It is raining right now, fish don’t mind, but some anglers prefer not to get wet. I can’t stand wind, they will pick up the middle of the week, and that will govern the catching. When you live here you can pick your days, times, and conditions, but that does not guarantee you can pick your catch.