Tag: Charter fishing

Good summer flounder bite continues

Today's flounder like all that I catch,  were caught in the sounds of Cape May co..

Today’s flounder, like all that I catch, were caught in the sounds of Cape May co..

One of the advantages of living in close proximity  to the areas you fish,  is it allows you more time to fish.   I had not planned on fishing today, but . As I pulled back on the throttle,  I found clear blue water, one of the conditions I was seeking.  However, the water  temperature was a little chilly.  I checked  seven spots before I found good conditions . The spots that were holding fish were two degrees warmer than the others. The water temperature was 63-68 degrees. Fishing pressure ranged from heavy to non existent depending on the spot. Total time spent 2 hours 35 minutes.

Good morning summer flounder fishing


The extra-large full moon tide,  filled the sound with crystal clear ocean water. The view of all the marine life on and around the flats was spectacular. What I thought was a giant striped bass chasing bait, turned out to be a large shark aggressively feeding on striped bass!  No time for a picture.

It was a beautiful day for flounder fishing. I ended the back bay safari with three keeper flounder. The largest was 23.5″, 4.9 pounds. I fished for two hours and ten minutes. The water temperature was 66 degrees at the top of the tide. Fishing pressure ? It looked like everybody was on the water today, including very busy fish and game officers and State Troopers.

Grassy Sound Marina Flounder tournament 2014

Kenny,Ken,Chip and Charlie

Kenny,Ken,Chip and Charlie

Saturday was a beautiful June day for fishing .  Every crew I spoke with caught fish. Mater of fact, a  record amount of flounder  were checked in.  The tournament  has a friendly family atmosphere. However, the competition and the excitement that accompanies it  are in the mix.  We had  6 keeper flounder and one weakfish. Our heaviest  flounder was 5.3 lbs. It held for a second place tie with friend   Chip Gruff’s 5.3 lbs flounder.  Our weakfish held for first place.   I was fishing the tournament with sons Kenny and Justin, it was a great day on the water.

 5.3 lbs

5.3 lbs


You can see a complete list of the winners on the Grassy Sound Marina’s Facebook page.

Kensdock Report: NJ Delaware Bay artificial reef

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The  NJ DEP, NJ F&G,  NJ Federation of Sportsmen’s clubs, NJ Outdoor Alliance and the JCAA  have  been  closing in on approval for New Jersey’s first artificial reef site in the Delaware Bay. While the exact site has not been chosen, conditions needed for approval favor the lower bay. This Delaware Bay reef site has the potential to be the most productive fishing location on the east coast.

Kensdock Report: NJ Speckled sea-trout (Specs)


One day in November 2008 I was on my way home in my skiff . The sky was blue with big, cumulus clouds and the water looked tropical. The air was cool with the smell of fall. I had left my dock at 2:00 AM to hunt Speckled sea trout. Armed with over four generations of local fishing knowledge and a passion for fishing that has cost me, well a few friends. I know it was a tall order to catch a speck for Elise’s special recipe. To catch a speckled trout in Cape May County, NJ a multitude of conditions most converge. Water temperature, wind direction, wind speed , water clarity , salinity level and noise level, i.e., wave runners, cigarette boats, and other fisherman. This morning I felt good . All conditions were falling in line. I just need one thing, luck! When I had finished tying the boat up. I was staring at two speckled trout . I had a great fishing trip and Elise had her fresh speckled trout. I also returned with something more! I had a realization, If I had choice to live any where on this planet , I would pick my home right here in Cape May county NJ. I love it here Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall!

Kensdock Report: Red Hot

The flounder fishing has improved in the back bays over the past few days, with a few fishermen catching  their limit . However, without question the best flounder fishing this year can be found at the reef sites, with site 11 and the old grounds being the best. Cape May County charter boats returned this last week with impressive  limit catches (40 keepers to 10 pounds).   Grassy Sound Marina flounder tournament is Saturday 14, 2012, this is Cape May County’s number one back bay fishing tournament… The offshore tuna bite here in Cape May County, NJ  is the best in years. The last couple of days yellowfin, bluefin and white Marlin have been caught in great numbers from the inshore lumps and the cannons . Now is the time to burn the fuel or call a Cape May County Charter fishing captain, the fishing is red hot…


Kensdock report: August Back Bay Flounder

Jonathon and Wayne traveled in from Louisville Ky., arriving last week. Back bay fishing for founder was on the top of the to do list. Usually they schedule a June Cape May County vacation, to catch the best of the Back  Bay flounder bite. However, this year Jon was  in Hollywood CA., busy with his part in the upcoming movie {Me Again} during June. He has a significant part in the movie, it is going to be a blockbuster, look for the trailers around the New Year. If you are Back Bay Flounder fishing in August, keeper flounder are much tougher to catch apposed to June fishing. The total amount of keeper flounder Jonathon and Wayne boated during their August vacation was 14 keepers to 23”, in addition, they had numerous short flounder. We fished an average of two hours, centered on the top of the tide, five trips. The water temperature fluctuated during the week between 63 degrees to a high of 76 degrees. The water clarity was excellent {tropical} I could see my lure on the bottom, from the boat at 19’.  I will be keeping a snorkel onboard for the rest of the summer to take advantage of the super clear water.  I should mention that every flounder trip this week included keeper flounder, not bad for August back bay fishing. 

Kensdock Report: Flounder fishing update red hot bite

Yesterday was a good day to be flounder fishing in the back bay areas of Cape May County, NJ. I fished for less than 2 hours and I caught my limit of keeper flounder. I stayed for a few minutes after reaching my limit and caught 3 additional keepers that I released. The area that I was fishing is a remote hole with a sand bottom. This area receives almost no fishing pressure other than the pressure that I apply. I fished along side of Chip Gruff for a minute before moving off, he had three keepers in the box. Ed T. had his best flounder fishing day of the season with him and Harold pulling 7 keepers from  the back bay waters. Jeff P. had 2 keepers to 23″. Wally B. had 89 throw backs and 1 keeper on his last trip. Dr.Gary had 2 keepers on his last trip. The water Temperature was 64 degrees. The water clarity was an 8. The effort to find the fish was a 5.

Kensdock report: Back Bay Flounder 6-7-10

Wayne and Jon traveled  13 hours from Louisville, Kentucky for a few days of flounder fishing in the back waters of Cape May County,NJ. The fishing was slow today  but we managed to boat two nice keeper flounder. We fished for 3 hours including the ride in and out. The water temperature was 71 degrees, water clarity was good. Fishing pressure was light. The amount of effort to find and catch the flounder was a 7 on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 representing the least amount of effort.

Kensdock report 2-8-10 {Feb.2 ASMFC weakfish board meeting}

———–More indecision by the Asmfc weakfish board——–
The weakfish are in the most depleted condition in history with the real possibility of extinction!  98% of the letters received were pleading for a moratorium for weakfish. The data clearly indicated a moratorium would offer the best chance for recovery. Yet, the weakfish board made one more bad decision,in allowing 100 pound by catch per trip” for ever commercial net on the east coast and to allow recreational fishermen to kill the last of the breeders. obviously, this decision was made in complete disregard to the majority and the science. It is time for some new council members!
Tom Fote quote—–
How do you keep an industry going?
You know, we also talk about we’re supposed to
build a sustainable fishery for a sustainable industry.
If you start closing down both those industries, it
takes a long time for that industry to recover. end——-


I think this stock is in such a state that you need to
tell the public that it’s in real trouble. It’s near
Even with a moratorium, it won’t recover in 20 years.

Your goal should be to maintain as much SSB as

possible in order to allow a quicker recovery

whenever the conditions allow it to recover. The

good news is this is not a red snapper or a goliath

grouper. It doesn’t have a 40-year recovery time. It

can recover in two or three or four years, so we’re not

looking at a long moratorium. I think that this is a

time when this commission needs to stand up and say

this fishery is real trouble and we need to stop fishing

for them. It’s pretty much that simple. Thank you.  

Quote——-                   MR. MARK GIBSON     ——————quote:

 Even if that’s all I got, it’s better to

have twice as much than zero and put the stock

precariously close to extinction as far as I can see

from this. I think the peer review panel said much

the same thing, that F is still a limiting – is

exacerbating the problem and it’s unsustainable.

That’s what you have to manage. A lot of managers

don’t like to accept the fact that what you have to

manage is F and that sometimes sustainable Fs

declines with externalities that happen to fish stocks.

It’s a lot like the serenity prayer if you’re familiar

with it. You know, you have the wisdom to know the

difference between the things you can change and

those that you can’t and have the courage to change

the ones you do. I think that’s what we’re faced with