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Weakfish hearing

back bayI attended the ASMFC weakfish hearing in Toms River last night. The asmfc offered 4 options.You can view them all at the asmfc site. The only option that offers a real chance for the weakfish to recover is option 4 Harvest moratorium. The commercial fishermen’s rep was fine with  option 4 moratorium. Mostly all the recreational fishermen that voiced their own opinion demanded option 4. I do not know how many members the RFA has I do know they lost at lest eight members last night. They did not support a moratorium! If you would like give the weakfish a real chance of recovery  support option 4 harvest moratorium. You have until October 31 to make a comment.  Send your comments nmeserve@asmfc.org    
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8-4-09 Kensdock fishing report

greek salad 012Tim this is a very tough time of the season to catch keeper flounder in the back bay after about July 15 in our area the bite slows. The only area that has produced keeper flounder  in the last couple of days is in and around Hereferds  and Townsends Inlet. I would try fishing between Wildwood Blv. bridge and the toll bridge on nummy island or between the Yacht club and the toll bridge over Townsends inlet. The number one thing to have aboard is patients this time of the year. The rig I would use is a 1oz bucktail white with a trail hook st back about 18″. I would use white Gulp swimming minnow on both the bucktail and the trail hook.Check out the picture. As for crabbing invest in a  commercial crab pot. Set the commercial pot before you start crabbing with the traps or hand lines. I would pick a spot off of what is called the foot ball field away from the main channel and current. Near the top of the tide move back to the stakes off the foot ball field. The football field is the stretch of channel markers   that border the Great sound. I was out yesterday and caught and released one keeper flounder. The water temperature was 66.6 degrees. The water visibility was 6ft. the water had a green tint apposed to the blue tint that has been present all season. Dr. Gary and ED fished yesterday in the back bay and caugnht 5 keeper flounder to 22″. This is an excellent catch for back bay flounder fishing in August.greek salad 011greek salad 010

Kensdock fishing report 8-2-09 Help the weakfish

speckled-trout-013I have been called over the top, crazy, and more by many people that do not share the passion for salt water fishing that I possess for it and other activates in life. Here are a few examples: I was called crazy last December for taking my skiff for a 5 mile ride at 2:00 am in a 30 kt. NW wind,10 degree wind chill  and no  compass. Crazy was replaced with wow when I returned to my dock with a cooler full of speckled trout. I was called nuts for talking a friend into flying me to Florida in his jet for fresh ballyhoo hours before the mid Atlantic. When Governor Florio tried to dismantle the fish and game council I use the same over the top, crazy whatever attitude to start a grass roots letter writing campaign that started in Cape May County and spread through the State of New Jersey all the way to High point in Sussex County, NJ. The thousands of individually written letters helped I am sure to change the Governors mind. I used the same crazy. Nuts, attitude to personally call over a thousand people to urge them to attend the federal fish and wildlife meeting in Cape May county co… So many of our people showed they over flowed into the parking lot. The meeting went our way to say the lest. I also started a grass roots letter writing campaign to keep the land open to hunting and salt water fishing. When the manager made the decision  to keep the land open to hunting he reported that 98% of the letters he received were in favor of keeping the land open to hunting, this was reported in the Atlantic City press. When the Cape May county park purchased hundreds of acres of traditional hunting land and decided to post no trespassing signs on the land. I used the same attitude to start up the grass roots machine to urge all cape may co. hunters to attend the Cape May co. Freeholders meeting. When Ruth fisher took the podium she asked if there was a sale on flannel shirts! The meeting turned out a record crowd that I think still stands today. The freeholders reopened the traditional land to hunting.

         Being over the top, crazy, nuts about a cause or activity   is synonymous with being passionate. Being passionate about what you are involved in brings success.

 The kind of push that it is required to bring the weakfish back has not been applied!  The kind of campaign were every salt water angler on the east coast makes a phone call,writes a letter,  sends a comment via email  to  a Congressman, Senator, Assemblymen, Governor and the ASMFC. We need letters in every News paper on the entire east coast to let all the people know about the poor condition of the weakfish. Only with this kind effort will the weakfish return to your favorite spot .                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                      Make it happen,

        I received an email from Nichola Meserve fisheries management plan coordinator for ASMFC. She will continue to accept comments for the August 19 weakfish meeting. The comments will be printed and hand delivered from this time forward.
Send your comment today. Remember there will be people at the meeting urging the ASMFC to continue to allow commercial and recreational fishing regardless of the fact that the weakfish are inches away from the endangered species list.
Send your comment to :
nmeserve@asmfc.org>

  Today was filled with rain,thunder storms and downed trees. The water temperature was 67 degrees. I spoke with Bruce today, he said  he has limited out on flounder in all but one trip. Bruce is an oldgrounds, Reef, ocean flounder sharp. He has made five trips so far this year. He likes to fish tight to the structure and expects to loose 8 to 10 rigs a trip. If you are planning a flounder trip in the back bay plan on not catching any  fish to bring home.

7-31-09 Kensdock fishing report

window boxes 008Today I hit a couple of spots in the back bay that can produce some big flounder this time of the year. Unfortunately I caught the skunk for the first time this season. The water visibility was good about 6ft.. The water temperature was 67.3. Today pretty much raps up my flounder season. I may take a trip to the cape may reef before the end of flounder season. This is the time of the year I start anticipating some great off shore big game trips. I know of at lest one crew from Stone Harbor that hooked into some real big blue fin. They did not have the gear to get the job done. The sure had some fish stories. They did not want their names put out on the internet. Do yourself a big favor do not go offshore without a Roffers report. The guy is the best on the planet. Check out the list of tournament winners that have used his expertise.

7-28-09 Kensdock Weakfish meeting/ answers RFA and Charter ass. President Tony Bogan

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                                I have been bashed by JHutchinson of the RFA and Tony Bogon of the Charter boat ass. for urging people and their members to speak for them self’s by sending comments to the ASMFC asking for a closure  of  commercial fishing for weakfish and a closure of recreational fishing during the spawn.  Here is  my response:
 

JHutchinson,

The reason I urge fishermen to make comments directly to the ASMFC on the weakfish population and not to depend on the RFA to speak for them is right in “your mission statement”. The weakfish population would be last on the RFA mission list to be considered before you take a position on the regulations. Not only did I read your mission statement, I have witness it with fishing regulations and other issues” over the years. I am an avid reader of the NJ angler , NJ Fishermen and other national fishing magazines I have not seen your plan for saving the weakfish. There is two days left to comment if you would like your comment heard at the August 19, ASMFC meeting. I follow Capt. Tony and your mind set: We can not have Charter boats or tackle manufactures loose money” by pushing a closure to save the weakfish! ASMFC said they are all going to die anyway!! I will not stand behind that mind set!! To reiterate for the umpteen time. The first step is a complete closure of commercial fishing and recreational fishing in the spawning areas. The ASMFC is quick to respond to comments. Unfortunlitly the condition of the weakfish seems to be worse than they expected.

No hard feellings Tony and Hutchinson that is the way it is,

Best,
Ken

nmeserve@asmfc.org Send your comment time is short.

Capt.TB
If you took the time to read ASMFC site on weakfish you would find they only have “theories” on the decline of the weakfish.You can bet the farm that if the ASMFC allowed the entire commercial fishing fleet loose without a limit on the amount of fish to be killed on any species of fish you would find them in the same state of devastation. Maybe you are not familiar with the proficiency of modern commercial fishing operations. Here is an example: A good friend and a big player in the commercial fishing industry told me he caught in one set 1,000,000 individual weakfish. The estimate was made by an onboard observer. Most of the fish were released. Capt. TB, do you seriously buy into the ASMFC theory that a mysterious natural killer slaughtered the weakfish off? Capt. TB, do you still represent the Charter Boat Association? Does your family member represent the RFA? Do you have family or friends on the ASMFC council? I am wondering why you are so upset that I am encouraging people to make comments directly to the ASMFC ?

I said, The “obvious first step” would be a complete closure to all commercial fishing for two years and a closure to recreational fishing during the spawn. If the ASMFC would do at least this, we will see a spike increase in the weakfish population. I will bet the farm on it!

The flounder bite has been slow the ast couple of days in the back bay. The offshore flounder bite has been slow due to ocean conditions. I will poke around tomorrow in the back bay for flounder and the inlet and right outside the inlet. The flounder should be hiding in that area some where. I just spoke with a commercial fishermen that was fishing off of Cape May NJ the last seven days at a place called the elegant trunk.They did not see a tuna the entire time. The water was blue with 50ft. of visibility. Usually this time of the year they have a school oftuna behind the boat all day. If you are thinking of making a tuna run you may want to wait a few weeks.
 
                             
 
 

7-17-09 Kensdock fishing report 7-18-09 6:30 pm update

MID ATLANTIC TUNA TOURNAMENT  WEIGH IN RESULTS : back bay 024The over the top crew finishes a great day on the water. They are in the hunt with a 159 blue fin they caught today.back bay 023 The crew of the Liquidity is all smiles after weighing in a 163 pound blue fin.back bay 026The crew from the South Jersey Marina does an world class job of running the weigh in. They have a nationally renowned marine scientist that is present through out the weigh in process. 

OVERALL TOURNAMENT PRIZE $10,000
BIG FISH CALCUTTA ($300) $10,260
DAILY CALCUTTA ($600) $18,810
SUPER STRINGER ($1000) $31,350
YELLOWFIN KAHUNA TUNA ($2000) $43,700
BLUEFIN KAHUNA TUNA ($2000) $47,500
TOTAL PURSE $161,620

  Miss Edna Jane Bubba Remster Gary Bechtel Yellowfin 49 lbs
6:57 Trust Me Jim Foulke Bob Ogden Yellowfin 68 lbs
6:53 Slabjack Brian Dwyer Michael Dwyer Yellowfin 16 lbs & 45 lbs
6:47 Sea Splendour Ron Levy Eric McDougal Yellowfin 49 lbs
6:44 Runaway Mike Tyson Steve Scorzo Yellowfin 42 lbs
6:41 Top Gun Carl Kephart Scott Chambers, Brad Pavlik Yellowfin 46 lbs & 45 lbs
6:26 Reel Estate Reno Cosenza Fred Howard, Matt Cruz Yellowfin 48 lbs & 49 lbs
6:23 Josh Ruskey Ed Kramer Burt Geiges Bluefin 142 lbs
6:20 Sea Mistress John Raimondo John Raimondo Bluefin 137 lbs
6:11 Sailmaker Richard Hendrickson Burt Geiges Bluefin 143 lbs
6:08 Operating Room Tom Mackell Brian Priest Bluefin 47 lbs
6:07 Operating Room Tom Mackell Alan Abramokitz Bluefin 147 lbs
6:03 Exile Frank Pettisani Sean Histed Bluefin 118 lbs
       
5:55 Singularis Jerry Lanzerotti Kevin Pento Bluefin 127 lbs
5:51 Over the Top Dan Scotti John Kubrak Bluefin 142 lbs
5:48 Alison Rose     Yellowfin 16 lbs
5:38 Moore Bills Rob Skillman Shane Moore Bluefin 169 lbs
5:28 Pretty Work Joe Trainor John Oughton, Robert Krug Yellowfin 50 lbs & 53 lbs
5:09 A-Lure Bob Konz Scott Forfar Bluefin 137 lbs
5:00 Liquid Plumber Mark Jankowski Rui Dantas Bluefin 134 lbs

                       DAY ONE RESULTS:

Heaviest Tuna (Tie)
153 lb Bluefin
Let It Ride
Art Kontos
Heaviest Tuna (Tie)
153 lb Bluefin
A-Lure
Bob Konz
Heaviest Yellowfin
17 lbs
Singularis
Jerry Lanzerotti
Heaviest Bluefin (Tie)
153 lb Bluefin
Let It Ride
Art Kontos
Heaviest Bluefin (Tie)
153 lb Bluefin
A-Lure
Bob Konz
Heaviest Stringer
215 lbs
Singularis
Jerry Lanzerotti
2nd Heaviest Stringer
177 lbs
A-Lure
Bob Konz
3rd Heaviest Stringer
153 lbs
Let It Ride
Art Kontos
Final Tournament Standings

CATEGORY

BOAT NAME

REGISTRANT

WEIGHT

PRIZE

Heaviest Tuna Moore Bills Rob Skillman 169 lbs $2,000
2nd Heaviest Tuna Liquidity Ed Katsianer 163 lbs $1,200
Heaviest Yellowfin Trust Me Jim Foulke 68 lbs $1,600
2nd Heaviest Yellowfin (Tie) Pretty Work John Oughton 53 lbs $400
2nd Heaviest Yellowfin (Tie) Soulmate Rich Pell 53 lbs $400
Heaviest Bluefin Moore Bills Rob Skillman 169 lbs $1,600
2nd Heaviest Bluefin Liquidity Ed Katzianer 163 lbs $800
Heaviest Stringer Sea Mistress John Raimondo 336 lbs $1,000
2nd Heaviest Stringer (Tie) Moore Bills Rob Skillman 325 lbs $500
3rd Heaviest Stringer (Tie) Singularis Jerry Lanzerotti 325 lbs $500

TOTAL

$10,000

Big Fish Calcutta – $300

CATEGORY

BOAT NAME

REGISTRANT

WEIGHT

PRIZE

Heaviest Tuna – 50% Moore Bills Rob Skillman 169 lbs $5,130
2nd Heaviest Tuna – 30% Liquidity Ed Katzianer 163 lbs $3,078
3rd Heaviest Tuna – 20% Over the Top Matthew Lonuzzi 159 lbs $2,052

TOTAL

$10,260

Daily Calcutta, 33 Boats Entered – $300

CATEGORY

BOAT NAME

REGISTRANT

WEIGHT

PRIZE

Heaviest Tuna Thursday
Boats Fished: 19 (Tie)
Let It Ride Art Konton 153 lbs $2,707.50
Heaviest Tuna Thursday
Boats Fished: 19 (Tie)
A-Lure Bob Konz 153 lbs $2,707.50
Heaviest Tuna Friday
Boats Fished: 29
Moore Bills Rob Skillman 169 lbs $8,265
Heaviest Tuna Saturday
Boats Fished: 18
Liquidity Ed Katzianer 163 lbs $5,130

TOTAL

$18,810

Super Stringer – $1000

CATEGORY

BOAT NAME

REGISTRANT

WEIGHT

PRIZE

Heaviest Stringer – 45% Sea Mistress John Raimondo 336 lbs $14,107.50
2nd Heaviest Stringer – 25% (Tie) Moore Bills Rob Skillman 325 lbs $6,270
3rd Heaviest Stringer – 15% (Tie) Singularis Jerry Lanzerotti 325 lbs $6,720
4th Heaviest Stringer – 10% A-Lure Bob Konz 314 lbs $3,135
5th Heaviest Stringer – 5% (Tie) Exile Frank Pettisani 308 lbs $783.75
5th Heaviest Stringer – 5% (Tie) Liquidity Ed Katzianer 308 lbs $783.75

TOTAL

Daily

Super Stringer – $1000

CATEGORY

BOAT NAME

REGISTRANT

WEIGHT

PRIZE

Heaviest Stringer – 45% Sea Mistress John Raimondo 336 lbs $14,107.50
2nd Heaviest Stringer – 25% (Tie) Moore Bills Rob Skillman 325 lbs $6,270
3rd Heaviest Stringer – 15% (Tie) Singularis Jerry Lanzerotti 325 lbs $6,720
4th Heaviest Stringer – 10% A-Lure Bob Konz 314 lbs $3,135
5th Heaviest Stringer – 5% (Tie) Exile Frank Pettisani 308 lbs $783.75
5th Heaviest Stringer – 5% (Tie) Liquidity Ed Katzianer 308 lbs $783.75

TOTAL

$31,350

Yellowfin Kahuna Tuna – $2000

CATEGORY

BOAT NAME

REGISTRANT

WEIGHT

PRIZE

Heaviest Yellowfin – 60% Trust Me Jim Foulke 68 lbs $26,220
2nd Heaviest Yellowfin – 40% (Tie) Pretty Work John Oughton 53 lbs $8,740
2nd Heaviest Yellowfin – 40% (Tie) Soulmate Rich Pell 53 lbs $8,740

TOTAL

$43,700

Bluefin Kahuna Tuna – $2000

CATEGORY

In the back Bay today Dr. Gary caught a 6.2 pound flounder behind Stone Harbor a real nice fish for the back bay this time of the year.

7-17-09 Kensdock report {weakfish meeting} 2:00 pm

 
 

 

 

I urge everyone to demand that the management board give the weakfish population a chance to rebuild .The only way this can be achieved is by closing the harvest to commercial fishing totally for two years and closing the recreational harvest during the spawning season. If there is anyway possibly please attend this meeting.  Best,Ken
Good Morning, Ken,
The Weakfish Management Board will be meeting on August 19, from 8-10:30 am, in Alexandria, VA at the Crown Plaza Old Town Hotel, 901 N. Fairfax Street.

Within a week or two of the meeting, an agenda and meeting materials (including, I hope, a summary of the new stock assessment) will be made available on our website through the link for the meeting at: http://www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm

 

 

Regards,
Nichola

 

 

 

Nichola Meserve
Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
ph: (202) 289-6400  f: (202) 289-6051

 


Within a week or two of the meeting, an agenda and meeting materials (including, I hope, a summary of the new stock assessment) will be made available on our website through the link for the meeting at: http://www.asmfc.org/meetings.htm
Regards,
Nichola
 

 

 

 

 

Nichola Meserve
Fisheries Management Plan Coordinator
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
ph: (202) 289-6400  f: (202) 289-6051

 

 

 

6-25-09 Kensdock fishing report

 
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The yellowfin tuna bite turned on yesterday the 51′ pez machine sportfisher  boated over 40 yellowfin and dolphin to ten pounds. They were fishing the lindinkohl. They were the only boat in the area. This is the kind of situation tuna fishermen wait for!
When I woke up this morning I was tripping over myself as I was in a rush to hit my flounder spots. The spots I had time to fish did not hold any flounder at all! The water in the area I was fishing was way to fresh, due to all the rain. I ran to a spot in the inlet that I was sure would at lest hold a few keepers. The wind and surf made it impossible to fish this spot. Tomorrow I will try the incoming tide closer to the inlet.The water tempreature was 70 degrees.

Spring Weakfish Cape May County,NJ

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Weakfish have  always been one of the pleasures of spring in Cape May County NJ. True spring arrives here with the news of the first  weakfish and Black Drum being caught. Today with the weakfish population at a low  point it is imperative  you have intimate knowledge of the areas you fish. You also need the ability to read the water or fish with someone that does. No special lure or chum will catch fish without that information or ability.