Tag: Striped bass cape may

November cold snap kills mantis shrimp and peanut bunker

A couple of mantis shrimp  that were killed by sudden drop in water temperature.

A couple of mantis shrimp that were killed by the sudden drop in water temperature.

Today CJ polhamus was driving the Stone Harbor NJ beach hunting for striped bass when he noticed hundreds of mantis shrimp in the surf line. He got out of his beach buggy van for a close look and found half of the shrimp alive.They were very lethargic and more than likely not going to make it.
Hundreds of laughing gulls were seen feeding on peanut bunker in the same conditions, off of Matt’s landing road in the Delaware bay. Tomorrow’s low tide could give us a better look at the damage. Hopefully the kill is not to extensive.

How much effort does it take ?



This striper made some drag screaming runs , that included pulling the  skiff.

This striper made some drag screaming runs , that included pulling the skiff. 10-2014

There is a pretty good swing in the amount of effort it takes to catch fish. When you have  the right conditions and  knowledge  coupled with a large number of fish,  your chances of catching fish are best. As the fish numbers  decreases, the amount of effort, knowledge  and time it takes to catch them increases. The number of sport fishermen also decreases with each step of difficulty. Long before any fish management authority declares the Striped bass or any other game fish over-fished, the ability to catch fish is out of reach for most.

In the past, many  striped bass  fishermen caught ,100, 500 and a few hit 1000  28″ keepers in a season here in Cape May County, NJ. Most of these exact fishermen have not caught a striped bass this season, let alone a keeper.  Weakfish, at one point recreational fishermen  would line up at fish dealers like Jack king’s,  with hundreds of  weakfish to sell. I doubt, if any of these fishermen could catch a single weakfish using the same fishing techniques  today.

The good news is the Striped bass and weakfish population numbers  are good enough for the (skill sharp) angler to consistently catch. However,  an adjustment of expectations is  necessary for anyone striped bass fishing this season.

Here is the new norm:  25 striped bass for the season,  including shorts , is  obtainable for the weekend fisherman. A 100 striped bass season is within reach for those that are able to pick their days.

Many skill sharp anglers that dedicated their time targeting weakfish, during primetime,  caught 25 weakfish for the 2014 season.  An elite few hit 100 weakfish for the season. I would say a good 95% of these weakfish were released.

The jury is still out on New Jersey red drum and speckled trout for the 2014 season.

A beautiful late summer  weakfish.

A beautiful late summer weakfish.


Striped bass bite continues

Healthy 30" back water striper

A healthy 30″ Cape May sound striped bass

Today’s stripers were real drag screaming  gladiators, they put my light gear to the test for sure. We caught some nice fish during our 3 hour trip and earned everyone. The stripers we caught  today looked to be resident fish.   The weather forecast has the outlook for NJ  red drum and speckled trout fishing  looking  like a wast of time.  The upside is, we still  have time for the conditions to fall in place and striped bass to catch.



First light weakfish bite


First weakfish of the morning

First weakfish of the morning

The early rise was tough but quickly forgotten.  The sun peeked from the  crystal blue atlantic. The outgoing tide formed an eddy in front of me.  Moments later I felt the distinct thump of a weakfish hit. Great way to start the day! Flounder fishing on tap this afternoon. Update to follow.

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. 


Our Dayna  and  Governor Chris Christie.

Kensdock Report: Cape May Striper bite hot for a few


Missy Alcorn with a nice late season Striped Bass

The striper bite here in Cape May County  has been hot over the last week for those in the know.  For those that are not in the loop it has been slow  fishing.  The  lumps just off the beach about two miles have produced a good amount of keeper stripers for the fisherman that have stayed dialed in.  The Delaware Bay has  consistently produced some heavyweight stripers  for a few sharpies, they are not the information sharing type.

Kensdock Report: Stripers in the surf


Surf fishermen day dreams  are made out of  days like today.  A fall crisp north-west wind  blowing, clouds  of anchovies, sand eels and peanut bunker in the surf.   Big Mike pictured above, topped off the morning with his keeper striper.