Tag: Weakfish

August tide runner weakfish


One of today's tide runner weakfish

One of today’s tide runner weakfish

The more difficult the hunt,  the more value and satisfaction is found in the catch.  Targeting and catching big weakfish this time of the year takes some effort, but is beyond satisfying, it is a rush.

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.

Black drum bite is hot on the Jersey side, Summer flounder


Summer flounder season 2014 is underway.

Summer flounder season 2014 is underway.

Slaughter beach on the Delaware Side of the bay is still producing black drum. That spot is a 12 mile run from the Cape May canal. The good news for fishermen docked in NJ is the black drum have set up on our side of the bay. Bob Lasko and crew boated nine black drum on a recent trip, some  topped out at  over 60 pounds. Jason and crew won the middle twp. drum fish tournament with a 89 pounder. If you want to catch a black drum now is the time.

The summer flounder opener was good. However, here in Cape May County most of the flounder caught were under the  18″  size limit.  Gary had  three nice size keepers. Reeves and crew boated 7 keepers .  Debbie from the Grassy Sound marina reportedly weighed in a nine pounder. I have been busy catching spring  weakfish. I will make my first flounder trip this week and I will post the results. The water temperature in the back bay today was 62 degrees on the top of the tide.


Kensdock Report: Commercial fishermen lead the way to sustainable yield / Spring Weakfish

Commercial fishermen are not an enemy of sport fishermen. Bad regulations are the enemy. Sustainable yield fish stocks ensure the future of both commercial and sport fishing. Commercial fishermen supported a moratorium on weakfish, when some recreational fishing groups would not do so.

Today, Atlantic sea scallop vessel owners voluntarily contribute $10 million a year from their harvest to pay for ongoing scientific research on scallop populations.

They also earned a sustainable yield certification recently:

“This is an American fisheries success story,” said Attorney John Whiteside, who represents the ASA and led the certification effort for the industry group. “The certification is further validation for the efforts of an industry which worked together to progress from the brink of oblivion to prosperity.”

Dr. Kevin Stokesbury, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Fisheries Oceanography at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth School for Marine Science and Technology (SMAST) who served as the ASA’s lead consultant through the three and one-half year review process said “The industry deserves this. It’s a well-managed fishery. It has come back to sustainable levels. The sort of cooperation offered by the scallop industry doesn’t come along every day.”

Their road to recovery included closed seasons and financial sacrifice.  Sport fishermen should  bring the same tenacity to the fish management table. Here in New Jersey it is free to saltwater fish. However,  we do not have a reliable funding source for marine fisheries management.  As the scallop fishery has proven , NJ saltwater fishermen would be much  better served by funding marine fisheries management with their own dime.

 Spring Weakfish 2014

The first weakfish of the spring  has been caught in Cape May co. NJ. They have also been caught just south of Cape May in the Delaware canal. If you are interested in catching weakfish check out the May issue of On The Water magazine:   http://www.onthewater.com/issues/

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.

8-19-09 Kensdock todays ASMFC weakfish meeting,update 8:55 pm

Take  time to read the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries weakfish management board meeting minutes. http://www.asmfc.org       
 Here is quote from

 And, finally, I would just like to say, as I said before,

no matter what happens with the peer review in June

the board needs to remember that weakfish is in a

depleted condition, a depressed state. We can’t agree

with that particular panel on why it is there. One of

the main things that they said was that predation may

be maintaining the population at low levels without

having contributed to the original decline in the


We agree that overfishing was the problem in the

eighties. We have used management to get the stock

started back in an increasing mode during the early

nineties and mid-nineties, and then all of a sudden it

dropped back down. Now, we definitely agree that it

was overfishing early on. We’re saying the split

happened in the early thousands that predation is the

main focus of a problem out 

out there, and it is

continuing to maintain those levels and we can’t

seem to break through it to move forward. That’s it

for me. Like I said, I tried to do this real quick.


I was in contact with Nichola Meserve Fisheries Management plan coordinator today via email. She informed me that in light of the dramatic weakfish stock decline the ASMFC weakfish board initiated an addendum. The draft addendum will include  a range of options to severely  restrict the harvest of weakfish, including a moratorium on harvesting weakfish. The addendum is being fast tracked and could be approved in November.





MR. RUSS ALLENS’ report to the weakfish board:

7–24-09 Kensdock fishing report update 7-26-09

I am heading out flounder fishing in the back bay it is 11: 00 am when I return I will post a report.
The  flounder bite remains red hot on the reef and the old grounds any time the condtions are good. The back bay bite is best when we have the turn of the tide at first light. The rest of the day is pretty much a waste of time as far as keeper  flounder are concerned. The back bay water quality is excellent with visablity around 12ft..
As many of you know the weakfish population is at an all time low. The weakfish need a chance to rebuild! The best way and the fastest way is to close commercial fishing for weakfish for two years and close recreational fishing during the spawning season. For years commercial fishing was allowed without a limit on the amount of weakfish that could be killed. Commercial and recreational fishing is still allowed in the spawning area of the entire east coast. The winter yard of the weakfish is still open to commercial fishing, Can you believe the ASMFC has the audacity to claim it is not their fault that the weakfish is heading for the endangered list! The ASMFC will meet on August 19, 2009 to find a way to rebuild the weakfish. All comments must be received 3 weeks before the meeting or they will not be heard. Do not expect any fishing group like the RFA to make a case for you or me. This group was started by marine manufactures and that is were their allegiance lies. Please let them know the condition of the weakfish as you see it. Send your comment nmeserve@asmfc.org <nmeserve@asmfc.org>

7-22-09 Kensdock report

I fished a couple of Back Bay flounder spots at dusk today. The water temperature was 72.2 on the top of the tide. The water clarity was excellent with visibility about 12ft. Flounder fishing now requires a lot more effort and time. If you want to catch a few keepers in the back bays of Cape May co. NJ at this time  it is going to take  ten times the effort that it does in June. The ocean hot spots like the old grounds and reef 11off of  Cape May co. NJ are  holding large numbers of flounder and most likely will continue to do so through the reminder of flounder season. To fish the ocean locations it requires the better part of a day as far as time. You also must have the correct conditions or it is a waste of time as far as catching fish. I shake my head when I see a party boat or charter captain taking  people on a twenty mile rough ride knowing that the fishing is going to be terrible and someone on board is going to get sea sick. There is always someone that is fishing for the first time on these boats and when their first trip is on a rough day with no fish caught  they may never fish again. If someone goes fishing for the first time and the ocean is calm and the fish are biting he or she will go fishing  again and some will become avid fishermen. When I read Sheps column in the Atlantic City press recently he reported that limits of Weakfish are being caught. He has no names of the fishermen that are catching the weakfish and not one  picture of a limit catch  of weakfish. Sorry Shep, I do not believe that limit catches of weakfish are being caught. Here in Cape May co. NJ and all along the east coast the weakfish population is at an all time low. The few weakfish that are left need a chance to rebuild!  They do not need pressure from news papers trying to sell advertisements!! The ASMFC will meet on August 19, 2009 to discuses ways to rebuild the weakfish population. The best way and the fastest way to rebuild the weakfish stock is a complete closer of commercial fishing for two years and a recreational closer during the spawning season. Please  take the time to make a comment on  the ASMFC web site on the best way to save the weakfish.       Best,Ken

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