There’s that tricked out, beach beach van again !

Cj Polhamus  with a fat, Cape May County Striped Bass . December, 5  2016

Cj Polhamus with a fat, Cape May County Striped Bass . December, 5 2016

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November 2016 Striped Bass

Jeff Polhamus  shows a beautiful  44" striper bass. He caught this one on a popper from the surf.

Jeff Polhamus shows a beautiful 44″ striped bass. He caught this one on a popper from the surf.

Missy Alcorn shows a nice striped bass. She caught this striper just south of Cape May.

Missy Alcorn shows a nice striped bass. She caught this striper just south of Cape May.She was fishing with accomplished Captain Doug Ortlip.

 

 

 

Jersey Reds 2016

Jersey Red Drum 2016

Jersey Red Drum 2016

The red drum bite pulled me out of the woods,into the boat and onto the beach. Sure enough , found the red drum bite excellent and mixed with keeper size stripers. (Much effort applied).The reds have been caught along the beach, from Avalon to Cape May point. Back to the oak grove..

Cj Polhamus  caught this petty  red,  from the sand. 2016

Cj Polhamus caught this pretty red, from the sand. 2016

Ed Teise shows his first 2016 Jersey Red . Check out all the spots.

Ed Teise shows his first 2016 Jersey Red . Check out all the spots.

Ken found an hour of time, for  the Jersey Red Drum bite.

Ken found an hour of time, for the Jersey Red Drum bite.

Some bigger Jersey reds pictured in this story

Along with information on  how to catch ,  and were to find them.

 

Summer night weakfish

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The sounds and sights are spectacular . They are totally unique to the Cape May co. sounds, during a summer night high tide. 

Every step I made was with extreme caution. Knowing, a miss step could fill my wadders with saltwater. Pretty much guarantying a story about a drowned fisherman in the Press of Atlantic City. Why risk it? Why not wait for daylight ? Why not fish from the boat ? Well,in a nut shell,it is a mindset. Yes, many would consider it a little crazy. However, without this mindset, it is close to impossible, to catch tide runner weakfish. Actually, without it , you limit yourself to mediocre, regardless of your endeavor.  Ed Teise was high hook this night. Matter of fact, I would bet he has caught more keeper size weakfish than anyone on the entire East coast. At this point in the 2016 season. Hold for the largest weakfish.

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Ed Teise lands a beautiful summer night weakfish

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The author’ caught this 8.8 pound July weakfish during high tide . 2016

 

Grassy Sound Marina’s back bay Summer flounder tournament

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Excellence,fun ,competition, friends and family, this pretty much describes the Grassy Sound Marina’s Flounder Tournament. The annually tournament is next Saturday June 25. It is a really good time. Do yourself a favor, if your into fishing, don’t miss it. The summer flounder bite has been red hot this week. Last time I was out we had 7 keepers. Gary on the double touch, limited out yesterday. The fishing conditions are in place !

I hope to see you next Saturday.

Spring Tide runner weakfish

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CJ Polhamus and his 2016 spring tide runner weakfish. He makes the Fishermen Magazine’s Tournament leader board again, this year with this 8.9 pounder.

Cape May County Fishermen have been putting up some nice fish, on the leaderboards of both the Beach n Boat, and the Fishermen Magazine’s tournament. Mater of fact, Ed Teise is still the overall leader, as of today, in the Fishermen Magazine .   Check out the tournaments if you get a chance. I have a link below.

Tide Runner Weakfish

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Ed Teise shows  his 10 pound weakfish.  It is currently ranked 1# on the leaderboard at the fishermen magazine

Ed Teise moved into first place for weakfish and number 1 overall points, in the Fishermen’s magazine’s tournament. Ed’s 10 pound weakfish pushed him into the lead, will it hold?

Spring tide runner weakfish 2016

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Beautiful spring 2016 Cape May tide -runner weakfish

 

Epic falls short in describing today’s fishing trip. We were targeting tide-runner weakfish. Bill Collins landed 12 weakfish topping it off, with a 10 pound plus tide-runner. Ed Teise kept his reputation going, finishing the trip with a 10 pound weakfish. I ended this memoirable trip, with an 11.70 pound spring tide-runner weakfish. So wonderful, to see the weakfish return to Cape May Point, NJ and other historic locations. 99% of all the weakfish I have caught have been released.

The weakfish population is at fishable numbers, however.
The stock is at a point, that with a few management adjustments, could be completely rebuilt. Bringing with it, a significant increase in economic benefits:

1) Management mind-set adjustment. Currently it is, natural predation is the cause. Anything we do makes no difference. To: mistakes have been made in the past. Lets fix it, not cover it up, by claiming natural predation is the cause.
2) Close the market for the sale of weakfish for both commercial and recreation fisherman, until the population is restored.
3) make adjustments to the commercial seasons. To avoid large amounts of commercial by-catch.

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Ed Teise and a 10 pound  2016 spring tide runner weakfish

Spring Weakfish arrive in Cape May , NJ

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2016 Weakfish season

Every rock has a story. A few of them ran through my mind, as I walked the jetty at 2:00 am.   Larry Martino’s rock, that produced a 42″ world record class weakfish , that he didn’t weigh in.  The striped bass rock, that held them at a time , that you were famous if you caught one. The don’t  try it rock, this one has sent many fishermen and surfers to the ER, including me. My focus returned, to the task at hand, at that point.

Tonight , the rock of interest , was CJ’s rock.
The moon filled night, held a steady cadence of the surf, mixed with a salt breeze, so refreshing!   The conditions were almost  perfect  for weakfish. The water temperature was in the zone , but just, at 58 degrees . All the other conditions were right on . Cj’s rock, gained a little more fame tonight. It produced my first 2016 spring weakfish. The spring striped bass and black drum bite has been excellent, in Cape May County waters this spring. However, nothing  holds bragging rights  among  local  sport fishermen , like a tide runner spring weakfish. Now is the time.

The 2016 Summer Flounder Opener, was  a bust. The weather condition were so poor, I didn’t  go. Looking forward to the upcoming week.

 

 

National Geographic airs “The other Jersey shore, Friday, May 20th

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South Jersey commercial fishermen are hard working, salt of the earth, people. They are neighbors, friends and family to many of us. They have been total disregarded, by the save the horse crab at all cost mind-set. New Jersey fishermen were completely hoodwinked out of their federal allocation for house shore crab. Delaware and other States base their harvest decisions on science. The crab seasons continues in those States. Meanwhile, New Jersey used numbers gathered by people with an agenda. New Jersey commercial fishermen are forced to buy the horse shoe crabs, from out of state. Horse shoe crab is used for baiting eel pots.
These people involved in saving the horse shoe crabs are good passionate people. I have personally met many of them. They put their heart and soul into their endeavors. They have many achievements that benefit wildlife in New Jersey,and across the nation. I just disagree, with how they bullied the small commercial fishermen on this issue.

Check out the trail to the upcoming show here:

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/wild/united-states-of-animals/episodes/the-other-jersey-shore/