Rone, populations of weakfish are highly variable and I have no idea where or what happened to them this season. Being on the northern end of their range, they only come far enough north for our fishing when they are in great numbers. We all say they are "ciclical" but that is not quite accurate because a cycle would emply a certain purity in their numbers -- say seven years of decline, then seven years of growth. Not so. I haven't caught a squeateague in years and would love to take one on fly fishing. One time, back when you got green stamps with gas, I caught a gray weakfish on a live eel on the beach, which was weird. Most Cape Cod fishers have never seen a weakfish. In one of the books we mention bass eating juvinile weakfish in the Race Point surf.