For those of you who do not know me,my family has been fishing and hunting the Cape May county area for 5 generations. I live on the former Jenkins Salt Hay Farm that existed circa 1830. Most of my fishing and hunting trips begin here with private access.
published outdoor writer
USCG licensed Captain
avid fishermen and hunter
full time professional saltwater fishing guide
Saltwater tournament consultant
Successful tournament angler
TOURNAMENT WINS: 1st Place Rodia’s Bait and Tackle Fall Striper Tournament, 1st place Jim ‘s Bait and Tackle Spring Weakfish Tournament, Jim’s Bait and Tackle Mako Tournament, Cape May County Fishing Tournament Weakfish (15.7 ) , Smugglers Cove Flounder, Biggest Mako day one during the South Jersey Shark Tournament, Avis Sporting Goods 3 time winner weakfish, Large Mouth Bass Cape May County Tournament, Good Old Boy Flounder Competition-
2006-1st place-202 keepers, 2007-1st place-157 keepers, 2008-1st place-68 keepers. Good Old Boy Speckled Trout Competition-High Hook 2008 , First place speckled trout 2008 Cape May County tournament, , Wildwood beach and boat tournament 2nd place flounder,2014 State wide Beach and Boat tournament Weakfish 3RD place by size,2014 Grassy Sound Marina flounder tournament 2nd place flounder, 1st place weakfish, 2015, first place weakfish in the beach n boat tournament. First place weakfish Grassy sound marina tournament . Currently hold first place weakfish in the 2016 Beach -n- boat State wide tournament .
A white marlin boat side of the Clam Dealer during the Mid Atlantic 500,000 white marlin tournament. Big game tournament fishing takes saltwater fishing to another level!
Ken, nice web site. I hope you have survived winter with some degree of sanity and know you are as anxious for Spring as I am.
You know my other addiction – Fluke, and probably are not surprised of my position on Fluke season. They can make it 20″ and 2 fish or Split Season or any other size and bag limits they want, if they just let me start in mid April.
Great Weakfish pictures. Are they last years? In exchange for sharing knowledge about Spec’s over the last 5 years I hope you view it as only fair that you share a couple of your early Spring Weakfish spots with me. You know I don’t like crowds so spots stay secrets with me.
In any case, I look forward to seeing you and your son again this Spring. I will also be curious to see the results of your survey.
George, I am definitely ready for spring. Last year all the weakies were caught in late April into mid May. The problem is it takes time to find them. At one time they would return to the same spots every year. Now you have to find them. Then stay on them. The bite may only last a couple of weeks. When I catch my first or see my first weakie I will drop you a line. I will start fishing when the water hits 55 degrees. I will fish every fishable day for weakfish until flounder season opens. Keep a few days to the side to be used on short notice. The weakfish season is now shorter than the spec season. They show up first north of where we usually fish. If you come down before any have been caught you can help scout . I can tell you where they may show first. Ken
Thanks Sherri, You should put some time to the side for a sunny warm spring day fishing trip/ Elise’s special cocktails. Hope all is well, Ken
Nice fishing with you the other day. I lost two more fish after you left. I had to replace the hooks the next day. Thanks for the photo.
Chuck, If you catch a weakfish in that area please let me know. AS of 6-4-09 no weakfish have been caught in that spot. Thank you, Ken
I will let you know. I plan on hitting it hard Sat. through Monday.
interested in the live bait you talked about on the bass barn
Keith, The live bait is 2-6 pound eels. Let me know if you want some and I will set a few pots.
How do we get in contact with you about this shark bait you posted on bass barn thanks alex firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken, I fished last Sat. through Monday. Alot of high water in the back. NO weakfish caught. Picked a few bass in Cape May. Talked to guys fishing the jetties with bloodworms without success.
You are making Jonny a local STAR! Thanks for the great pictures and thanks to ALL who make this the best time of his Summer. I think I will I have to come sometime because you guys are having all the FUN!
All My Love From Kentucky
Tell Jonny I LOVE HIM AND HAVE FUN!!!!!
Dawn, between fishing and the board walk Jon has been out like a light about 10:00. I am not sure who likes the board walk more Elise or Jon. Dawn you are welcome anytime, although the area is best in the summer.
Hope all is well, Ken PS Jon loves you back!
Enjoy your website.I fished the back bays and the Del Bay for years and to me they are the best! Moved to S Carolina and sorely miss fishing your area. Nothing like it. My best to you!
Thank you Jim. Jim, How is the fishing in South Carolina ? I am interested in the speckled trout. The weakfish here have really dropped off to the point you make the AC press if you catch one. We do get a short shot at the speckled trout but all the conditions have to be right. Some years they do not show. Best, Ken
Ken, Can you send me your email. I haven’t been able to find it and I was going to send you those wreck numbers we talked about in the spring. Let me know which ones you need. Dan
Kmcder465@comcast.net Dan, The closer to the inlet the better.
I hope all is well,
Did you get the numbers I sent?
Yes I did. Thank you Dan.
I will be fishing N.Wildwood the last week in Oct. I will probably have my white avalanche. I will spend some time looking for trout but will likely target stripers. If you see me stop and chat. Will be working the sod banks.
You picked a good week to join the hunt. Not much going on right now. I am going in the morning to look for the first trout.
I will be in the area the 6th through 10th. Send me an e-mail if possible. Look for me in the back if you come by in the evenings.
Chuck, I will stop by the sod bank for a few cast.
I like your blog, it’s updated and informative, I hope you don’t mind that I added it to Shoppe’s RSS feed. I thought some reader’s might enjoy it.
Dawn, thank you,I post more frequently during the fishing season.
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Hi, I have a home on Bennys Landing and your photos from the storm are incredible. If you have more I would love to see them