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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.

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Kensdock Report: Watch Jimmy Fee and Chris Megan catch spring weakfish

There was at least one nice tide runner weakfish caught today in a  back bay area of Cape May County. A few nice summer flounder were caught and released in grassy sound today also. There was also some weakfish caught by perch fishermen in their fyke nets in Atlantic County today. There was one confirmed 24″ striper caught from the beach yesterday.

Spring weakfish On The Water TV show:

http://www.onthewater.com/tv/

 

The amazing Weakfish come back, On The Water Magazine May issue

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What is unbelievably  refreshing is how resilient  the weakfish have proved to be. Considering in 2009 Dr. Jamie Geiger of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, suggested that the weakfish stock may have fallen to such lows that managers might wish to consider invoking the provisions of the Endangered Species Act as one of the management tools.  The listing seemed like  a sure bet. As  any fish stock  experiencing  decades of unlimited  commercial and recreational  harvest would surely end  up that way. A timely weakfish recovery was not expected by the ASMFC under any circumstances.

The good news is  they were wrong.  With only three years of historic weakfish regulations  (limited harvest) they are showing up in numbers not seen in decades along the entire east coast.

The return of the weakfish in  this month’s (May )issue of  On The Water magazine covers it well.

http://www.onthewater.com/issues/

Update: 2014 weakfish season was the best for me in a decade.

Beautiful spring weakfish I caught from the sand.

Beautiful spring weakfish I caught from the sand.


CJ Polhamus  with his 30" spring tide runner weakfish

CJ Polhamus with his 30″ spring 2014 tide runner weakfish


Wayne McDermott and a summer 2014 weakfish

Wayne McDermott and a summer 2014 weakfish


Bill with a nice size spring 2014 weakfish

Bill with a nice size spring 2014 weakfish

Kensdock Report: Last U.S. smelting plant closing will cost outdoor sportsmen

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The closing of the last United States  lead processing  plant will force all lead to  be shipped in from over seas, with the exception of recycled lead. The closing is a direct result  of  a 1000% increase in new  U.S. DEP requirements. Do not blame President Obama, the rules were  set in motion before he was elected.   The cost of processed lead in the United States will skyrocket.  Hunters, fishermen and the target shooter will feel a direct hit. Lead jig heads and ammunition  are expected to rise. The U.S. military stock piled ammunition  at a historic rate prior to the closing. This caused an ammo shortage and a record price increase  in itself.  However,  the military induced  price increase  will pale in comparison of what is to come.  Aviation fuel requires 2g lead per gallon. The extra cost will push jet fuel cost   and without doubt increase  airfare.  The smelting plant closing will reach far beyond increasing the cost of outdoor sports. It will create a redistribution of wealth, pushing more U.S. dollars to china and peru.  The smelting plant was in business for a 120 years. Now it becomes a victim of the American manufacturing blight,  joining the  U.S. steel plants in Pennsylvania and the auto manufacturing plants of Detroit .

 

 

Kensdock Report: Jimmy Fee catching weakfish, On The Water TV Sunday Jan.19

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Cape May County, NJ weakfish late June 2013.

The weakfish has carved a special place within  many saltwater fishermen. If you are one of them, do not miss this week’s  episode of On The Water fishing show.  Sunday at 10AM on Comcast SportsNet New England. The show is all about the fish that are found   in the New Jersey region. The weakfish are making a come back,  due to the efforts of  many saltwater fishermen. They took the time to write a letter, attend a hearing or make a phone call, asking for a moratorium.  It is such a beautiful thing to see the purple  hue  of the weakfish return to our waters. The management system works best when the  participants  get involved.

Kensdock Report: Governor Chris Christie

Love him or hate him,  Chris Christie is New Jersey’s  most popular Governor in the history of New Jersey.  There are many reasons for his overwhelming popularity. However, the fact that he is a very likeable  person  is surely  part of it. 

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Our Dayna  and  Governor Chris Christie.

Kensdock Report: Cape May co. stripers, red drum and specks

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Today I was sitting on my couch looking across the sound, wondering when the migratory fish are going to show up. I have been fishing hard and often,  so far I have not seen or caught  any migratory fish.  I made it out today in-between  wind gust and rain, once again I caught resident fish.  The pictures of  red drum, stripers and specks that I have posted over the last month are  resident fish. The fall migratory fish are not in Cape May County NJ waters yet.  The last year that the migratory fish were this late showing up  was 1998. That year turned out to be the best fall fishing in my lifetime, lets hope for a repeat of the banner fall fishing of 1998.

2013 Grassy Sound Flounder Tournament

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                  Ken McDermott, Chip Gruff and Steve Wonder
Jim and Debbie Moors have created a Cape May County, NJ tradition with their annual Back bay flounder tournament. If you are a sport fisherman you should make time for this annual event. This year, due to the record rainfall, coupled recently with SW wind, the challenge has been finding clean water in the correct temperature range for flounder. During the tournament,  areas containing the correct conditions were not only hard to find,  the conditions only held for a short period of the tide. The upside to this years  prevailing conditions, is large flounder remain in the back bay areas later in the summer. Chip Gruff caught a doormat flounder in the back bay on 7-25-13 , his second jumbo  of the season. However, Steve Wonder caught the heaviest flounder during the tournament. The Weakfish continue to bite when the conditions are good. Ed Teise  caught and released a beautiful weakfish along with a few summer stripped bass on 7-25-13.   I caught three  mid summer back bay keeper flounder during my last trip 7-22-13.  Gotta love summer at the seashore in  Cape May County, NJ.

Kensdock Report: NJ Senate majority press release on new gun bills

For Release: Immediate
Friday, April 12, 2013Contact: Richard McGrath, (609) 847-3700Multi-Bill Package To Reduce Threat of Gun Violence Will Be Introduced MondayTRENTON — Senate President Steve Sweeney, Senator Donald Norcross and Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg announced on Friday a comprehensive plan to protect against gun violence, including a new electronic system for instant background checks that will be a national model for gun safety. The multi-bill package will be introduced in the Senate on Monday.

“I worked with Majority Leader Weinberg and Law and Public Safety Chairman Norcross, as well as advocates on both sides of the discussion, to compile a package of bills that will serve as a national model on gun safety,” said Senate President Sweeney. “As we press ahead, I look forward to continuing this dialogue with all sides. At the end of the day we all want the same thing: to provide safety and protection for our friends and family. These bills will do just that, both through common-sense and new innovative measures.”

The centerpiece of the plan is legislation sponsored by Senate President Sweeney that will create an electronic system for instant background checks for the purchase of firearms including a photo ID for purchases. The bill also requires the immediate revocation of gun permits at criminal sentencing and for those ordered into involuntary commitment, prohibits the purchase or possession of ammunition by those with criminal convictions and requires safety training to obtain a firearms permit.

The new system combines the permits for handguns and hunting rifles into one, with the information encoded on the buyer’s driver’s license or state-issued identification card. The electronic process allows for instant background checks and real time reporting, immediately identifying those who aren’t allowed to purchase firearms.

Other bills in the package will ban the Barrett .50 caliber rifle, crack down on straw purchases, prohibit gun sales to those on the federal “no fly” list, upgrade penalties for illegal gun trafficking, address mental health issues and study ways to improve school safety.

“These bills will crack down on the illegal trafficking of guns that end up in the hands of criminals and contribute to the epidemic of street violence,” said Senator Donald Norcross, the sponsor of legislation that would set tougher penalties for gun trafficking and create a study commission on school security. “We have to do what we can to keep guns out of the hands of violent criminals, to make our streets safer and our schools more secure.”

The bills would also prevent convicted gun traffickers from being eligible for early release from prison, confiscate motor vehicles used to illegally transport guns and impose stricter penalties for the unlawful possession of a firearm on school grounds.

“We have witnessed too many tragic cases of gun violence that have taken too many lives,” said Senate Majority Leader Weinberg. “We won’t surrender to this senseless violence. This is a comprehensive plan that goes after many of the factors that contribute to a level of violence that can’t be ignored and shouldn’t be allowed.”

The centerpiece of the package would:

Establish an electronic system of instant background checks for gun retailers, combining the separate permits for handguns and hunting weapons into one. The system would use motor vehicle licenses or state-issued ID cards encoded with the buyer’s firearms ID information in the database operated by the State Police for permits for handguns and hunting rifles;

Require a photograph on the ID;

Require safety training to qualify for firearms permit;

Criminalize the purchase and possession of ammunition by those convicted of certain crimes;

Require a valid firearms ID for the purchase of ammunition; and,

Mandate the revocation of gun permits at sentencing for those convicted of a crime and for those ordered into involuntary commitment.

Among the bills in the package, is legislation that would:

Disqualify those on the federal “no fly” list from eligibility for gun permits;

Ban the sale of the .50 caliber Barrett assault weapon;

Upgrade penalties for the unlawful possession of a firearm on school grounds;

Upgrade penalties for gun dealers who knowingly sell to those who intend to transfer the weapon to an ineligible person, helping to combat straw sales that allow criminals to get weapons;

Allow for the seizure and forfeiture of motor vehicles used in the illegal trafficking of firearms, disqualify gun traffickers from early release from prison and require they serve at least 85 percent of terms before parole;

Establish a School Security Task Force to find ways to make schools safe and secure;

Declare violence a health crisis, which could qualify for federal funds; Create a commission to study violence and mental health;

Prohibit state investments in companies that manufacture, import or sell assault rifles for civilian use;

Exempts firearms records from the Open Public Records Act. Allows for reporting of aggregate information on gun permits approved or denied but not any personal identifying information; and,

Changes from second-degree to third-degree the crime of unlawful purpose when the weapon is a BB gun.

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