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Summer weakfish Bite 2015

Ed Tiese holds up a summer tide-runner weakfish. for a picture . Ed's is among the top weakfish experts in the USA,

Ed Tiese holds up a 2015 summer tide-runner weakfish, for a picture . Ed is among the top weakfish experts in the USA,

There are a few ways to put yourself in great position to catch weakfish under 2015 conditions . However, the best way is to fish with someone who is catching” weakfish.  There are a lot of fishing guides today that have 90% of the information on fishing for weakfish, but in 2015 you need 100% of the information to catch.

One today's weakfish , caught during the daytime tide.

One of today’s weakfish , that I  caught during the daytime tide.

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Summer tide runner weakfish, interested ? Check out OnThe Water Magazine’s August addition

A 2015 tide-runner weakfish. The author caught this one during an evening tide.

A 2015 tide-runner weakfish. The author caught this one during an evening tide.

Cj and his  Fisherman magazine tournament contending weakfish.

Cj and his Fisherman magazine tournament contending weakfish.

Bill Collins and his tournament contending weakfish.

Bill Collins and his tournament contending weakfish.

Ed Teise  and his first 2015 tide-runner weakfish

Ed Teise and his first 2015 tide-runner weakfish

The author gets a picture, before he release this weakfish.

The author gets a picture, before the  release .

Ed and a beautiful summer weakfish

Ed and a beautiful summer weakfish

Wayne McDermott and a mid afternoon summer weakfish

Wayne McDermott and a mid afternoon summer weakfish

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A summer night weakfish before the release.

A summer night weakfish before the release.

New Jersey 2015 summer flounder by zone

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The ASMFC is considering a proposal to create 2 summer flounder rules sets for New Jersey. This is an excellent idea. The region/zone approach will make it possible to fine tune the summer flounder size and bag limits. The marine habitat of the Delaware Bay for example, attracts and holds a smaller average size summer flounder, than the waters found in North Jersey. This is due to the documented fact, that as summer flounder mature they migrate north. This creates a hopeless situation for New Jersey fishermen fishing the Delaware Bay and other Cape May County waters. Regardless of the increases in the summer flounder stock,the average size flounder has not increased in these areas, and never will. New Jersey’s summer flounder can not be managed effectively without area specific regulations (zones). If this proposal is approved the the minimum size summer flounder for the Delaware Bay will be between 16 and 17″, if not, it could jump from the current 18.5″ to 19″ this season. Summer flounder fishing is not about catch and release, it is about harvesting fish for the table.
However, the 18.5″ minimum size in this area, has pretty much turned the summer flounder season into a catch and release situation.

Here are a couple of options they are considering:

Regional Option 3-Split New Jersey Option 3A This alternative proposes the State of New Jersey be split in half, establishing north and south portions. The northern portion of New Jersey would be included with the current Northern Region of New York and Connecticut while the southern portion would be included with the Southern Region of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. The line of demarcation would occur around Little Egg Inlet with Great Bay included in the Southern Region keeping New Jersey counties intact.
Table 6. Regional Option 3A with example management measure
Example Size Limit
Example Possession Limit
NORTHERN NEW JERSEY*
19″
5
128
SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY*
17″
4
365

Regional Option 4-Delaware Bay included in the Southern Region Option 4A This alternative includes Delaware Bay in the southern region of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
Table 8. Regional Option 4A with example management measures
Example Size Limit
Example Possession Limit
Example Season (in number of days)

NEW JERSEY*
18.5″
5
145
DELAWARE BAY*#
16″
4
365

Striped bass on the marsh

A striped bass hunts on top of the marsh.

A striped bass hunts on top of the marsh.

The conditions for red drum and speckled trout have not lined up this season, yet.  However, the stripers are always fun to stalk. Today they were up on the marsh during the flood tide.  This is really a lot of fun, as the stripers will hold  in the grass.  The above striper held tight as we approached. I was able to get a couple of pictures without him even flinching. When he finally realized we could see him in the grass, he darted out of sight in a split second. Today we cherry picked stripers for hours.

Summer weakfish bite 2014

 

Finding the time to target summer weakfish, between the best flounder bite in years and striped bass fishing,  is the hard part for me. When I have targeted weakfish, I have been successful most of the time. The tip of the day is the summer weakfish are here for sure. The summer weakfish are smaller than the spring and fall run weakfish. However, there is always a couple of big weakies around in the summer.  Ed Teise actually hooked a tide runner weakfish last Friday.  Ed has zeroed in on the summer weakfish and is running up his catch numbers.  Traditionally the weakfish will begin to feed at night during mid to late summer, it is about that time.

 

 

 

Kensdock Report: Striper bite

 

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The striper bite remains slow at best.  Fishermen with extensive local knowledge, coupled with over the top effort, are catching a few stripers,  including a few 50 pounders.  The large migratory school  stripers should  show up at some point. The lure of choice here in Cape May County this fall,  is called  patience…  I have been able to find a few resident stripers in the back waters, how long they hold remains to be seen.

Kensdock Report: August Back Bay Summer Flounder 2013

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The August  back bay flounder bite continues to be slow but steady. Wayne and Jon put off their annual June flounder fishing vacation until August, due to the record rain fall in June (poor fishing conditions).  They fished five of their 7 day vacation in the back bay. We found keeper flounder on every trip coupled with weakfish.  The water temperature was 72 degrees on the top of the incoming today. Fishing pressure has been very light in the back bay during the week.

Kensdock Report: November fishing update,specs,stripers, RFA

                             2010 New Jersey speckled sea trout
NOnamementioned  is top hook in Cape may co.NJ  with eight speckled sea trout.This is a sad, considering Ed has caught  75 + NJ  specs many seasons in the past.  The spec fishing has been extremely tough, with only fisherman with extensive local knowledge, big game hunter patients and luck have caught.The specs have quickly gone the way of the weakfish.Why have specs declined to this point in NJ? Myself and a few other concerned fishermen attended a NJ marine fisheries council meeting, we spoke with head biologist Tom McCloy about the NJ speckled sea trout. His answer in a nut shell, Nj fish and game does not have the money to do the nessaccary studies to declare an interest in the speckled sea trout with the feds.This leaves the NJ speckled sea trout population exposed to unlimited commercial fishing. This is one of many reasons that many sportfishing groups including the 100,000 member NJ federation of sportsmen,  Cape May County Party boat ass., and many other true recreational fishing groups are pushing for a NJ saltwater license. However, the so called Recreational fishing alliance opposes a NJ saltwater license. I debated at length the NJ saltwater license issue with Jim Hutchinson jr managing director of the RFA on the Bass Barn site, a poll was taken after the debate on the 24,000 member site, they favored a NJ saltwater license 2-1!  Consider the following,the RFA` would not support a moratorium on commercial fishing for weakfish, to spite the fact the weakfish stock is in a dangerously depleted condition. The RFA~ would not support a cites listing for bluefin tuna! A cites listing would have cut off the cash of the Japanese bluefin tuna  buyers worldwide { they have paid 100,000 dollars for one bluefin tuna} putting unsustainable pressure on the bluefin tuna stock worldwide. A cites listing would have  left the domestic markets open for bluefin. I should mention a cites listing for bluefin tuna would not have changed the recreational bag limit one iota. The RFA`will not support a saltwater license knowing NJ  fish and wildlife does not have the funds to manage our fish stocks or enforce New Jerseys fishing regulations. New Jersey has  9 million residents and the forth largest commercial fishing take in the United States and NJ only has NINE” marine conservation officers.   Striper fishing has been excellent in the Delaware Bay with 50 pound class fish being caught every fishable tide. However the beach fishing has been the slowest in years. Keeper bass are being caught but the big schools of stripers have not shown up not on the beach or offshore. Resident short striped bass are being caught in the back bay with a few keepers being taken from the toll bridges at night.