Tag: Delaware Bay

7-31-09 Kensdock report RFA/ASMFC weakfish meeting August 19

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Open letter to Hutch Jr (RFA),

I can assure you if the RFA policy was to put the natural resoures first on their agenda, the weakfish stock would not be so dangerously low today. The RFA should have led a campaign to rebuild the weakfish stock five years ago!

At this point, I ask you, the RFA to join us in urging the ASMFC to implement a closure of commercial and recreation fishing of weakfish for two years. If you choose not to help with this campaign, I politely ask you sir, to step to the side!

Nichola at the ASMFC office has been working at a record pace answering comments and phone calls concerning the August 19 ASMFC meeting… Most of us are angry with the condition of the weakfish. WE are also hopeful that the August19 ASMFC meeting in Virginia becomes historic and the weakfish in time join the striped bass and sea scallops on the list of success stories.

nmeserve@asmfc.org Send your comment time is short

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 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

 

 

 

7-10-09 Kensdock fishing report

Today the flounder bite continued to be red hot in the Delaware Bay! I just spoke with a vacationer that spent all day on a local party boat. He said, the party boat had about 50 people fishing and they only caught two   keeper flounder combined all day! Very few party boat captains are good fishermen. Very few charter boat captains catch fish! Do yourself a favor take the time to seek out the boats that consistently catch fish. The guys that are dialed in are limiting out on flounder and calling in sick to work!  I can think of two charter captains that produce keeper flounder. Stalker charters and Adam bomb. I have seen the fish that they have recently caught.. There is a big difference from seeing fish and fish stories. I am preparing my gear for grassy sound flounder tournament tomorrow. It should be competitive as long as everyone plays fair. Sterling harbors’ duke of fluke tournament is tomorrow also. It looks like the weather is going to be good. I am sure there will be a record number of flounder weighed in at the duke of fluke this year. If your fishing the Delaware Bay head north.

7-8-09 Kensdock fishing report 8:30pm

Today the water temperature was 79.4 degrees at my dock. I have not been out fishing this week due to family obligations. I will be scouting the next few day in preparation for grassy sound flounder tournament. The Delaware bay has been producing many limit catches of flounder, mostly from the Fortescue area. The ocean reefs and the old grounds are holding some big fluke. I have noticed the guys using the bucktail rigs are consistently catching their  limit of flounder. The crew of  bayhoud returned with 60 keeper flounder from the Delaware bay yesterday. A nice 9.5 pound 32″ flounder was caught by Med in the cold spring inlet AKA Cape May. I am anxiously waiting for the bluefin to set up on the local lumps.flounder 072