Tag: nj speckled trout

Kensdock Report: Striper bite



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: Cape May co. stripers, red drum and specks


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.

11-23-09 Kensdock report

The weather  will not give us a break this fall. North East wind and rain! Just about the time the water clears the wind turns North east and it start to rain. When the condition have been at lest fair, keeper stripers have been caught from Avalon and Stone harbor beaches. Just a few caught on poppers the rest on live bunker or eels. Clam has also taken some nice stripers. The water temperature is 57 degrees. The speckled trout season was a bust as only three specs have been caught to date.What happened to the specs?? Remember the 2002 weakfish season when every sharp weakfish angler in Cape May co. NJ was asking the same question about the weakfish?  I believe the mystery of why the weakfish did not show up for the 2002 season has been solved:
The last example I’ll give you is the Valentine’s Day Fishery back in 2002, I believe, when a group of about four or five sink net boats went about 30 miles offshore in 360 feet of water, fishing a large-mesh, six-inch gill net for large bluefish, and they all rounded off their boats with tens of thousands of pounds of eight- to fifteen-pound gray trout; very unexpected, unavoidable.

Those fish were all dead …”


Kensdock report,Banned from The BassBarn 11-05-09

                                                             Ed Teise  with a Cape May County Speck.
I have been banned from the Bass Barn for not agreeing with Moderator CaptJoe and other backers of the law suit to be filed by the Recreational fishing alliance against the ASMFC. The law suit reeks of greed and indifference to the future generation of sportfishermen. They have the audacity to ask sportfishermen to fund their law suit! They have been using half truths and innuendos in an attempt to exploit the sea bass stock for SHORT TERM economic benefit.

11-5-09 Kensdock report ASMFC weakfish board adopts addendum IV


The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was formed by the 15 Atlantic coastal states in 1942 for the promotion and protectionNovember 5, 2009 (202) 289-6400

ASMFC Weakfish Board Adopts Addendum IV in Response to

Depleted Stock Status

Newport, Rhode Island – The Commission’s Weakfish Management Board approved measures to

reduce exploitation by over 50 percent in both the recreational and commercial sectors. Addendum IV

requires states to implement a one fish recreational creel limit, 100 pound commercial trip limit, 100

pound commercial bycatch limit during closed seasons, and 100 undersized fish per trip allowance for

the finfish trawl fishery. All other management measures previously adopted to conserve the stock and

reduce bycatch remain in effect.

The Board’s action comes in response to the stock status of weakfish. A recent peer-reviewed

assessment found the weakfish stock to be depleted, with spawning stock biomass estimated to be three

percent of an unfished stock, well below the 20 percent threshold and 30 percent target reference points

also approved by the Board as part of Addendum IV. The decline in biomass reflects a sustained rise in

natural mortality after 1995, rather than fishing mortality which has been modest and stable over the

same time period.

“The Board received a significant amount of public comment supporting a coastwide moratorium. In

recognition of this, it chose to implement measures that would discourage directed fishing, limit bycatch

mortality, and ensure that critical sampling programs remain on track,” stated Board Chair Roy Miller.

While the decline appears to have resulted from a change in the natural mortality of weakfish in recent

years, it is further exacerbated by continued removals by commercial and recreational fisheries.

However, given the high mortality levels, the stock is also unlikely to recover rapidly. The Addendum’s

measures are intended to reduce the level of harvest without creating a large amount of discards.

Addendum IV will be available via the Commission’s website at http://www.asmfc.org under Breaking News

by November 15. For more information, please contact Nichola Meserve, Fishery Management Plan

Coordinator, at (202) 289-6400 or nmeserve@asmfc.org.





of coastal fishery resources. The Commission serves as a deliberative body of the Atlantic coastal states, coordinating the conservation

and management of nearshore fishery resources, including marine, shell and anadromous species.

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10-21-09 Kensdock Fishing report {NJ speckled sea trout}

back bay 012I headed north today in search of speckled trout. The water temperature was 55 degrees. the wind was west at about 5. After four hours of casting I landed the first speckled trout of the season. I hope this is a sign fishing is going to pick up in the next week. The same guys continue to catch a few keeper stripers a tide from the beach. Hint stay far away from any dredging operation both on the beach and the back bay or at lest get well up tide.

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    

7-26-09 Kensdock fishing report 5:33 pm

I was out flounder fishing today in the backbay of Stone Harbor, NJ  I managed to catch two keeper flounder on the top of the tide. To get a way from the boat traffic I fished holes along the flats way in the back. The water quality was excellent with 10ft visibility. I have fished around the planet and I have not seen the amount of marine life that we have in our back bays anywhere else.
Mr. Plumer was flounder fishing out of Fortescue,NJ and limited out with flounder to 24″. Fortescue was know as the weakfish capital of the world at one time. This year they have an excellent run of big flounder. Nice fishing also with a relatively short run to the fish. The old grounds has been a wash due to a large swell that makes fishing that area a waste of time and fuel.
Due to economic reasons a lot of off shore fishermen are waiting for prime season before they start to seriously fish the cannons. The last two weeks in August and the first two weeks in September are usually prime time.  back bay

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







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





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




Spring Weakfish Cape May County,NJ


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.