Tag: Wildwood fishing

Kensdock Report: North Jersey beaches hold Stripers

The beach fishing is obviously not happening in Cape May County at this point. However, that did not stop  Jeff and crew from catching stripers from the beach this week, the key, they headed  north to ******  ***** State Park .  They  found many nice stripers there,  including the one Jeff is holding  above. Check out, Nick and Betty’s website for updated  surf fishing reports from North Jersey.

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.

Kensdock Report: NJ Red Drum


CJ Polhamus with a beautiful  Red Drum. CJ has been targeting Red Drum this fall from the beaches of Cape May County,NJ and obviously doing well. Many have been catching red drum this fall with bait, however CJ  has been catching them exclusively  with lures.


Fred with a Red drum that he caught this fall  in the back waters of Cape May County,NJ.  He caught the red drum with a mirro-lure.

Kensdock Report: NJ Speckled sea-trout (Specs)


One day in November 2008 I was on my way home in my skiff . The sky was blue with big, cumulus clouds and the water looked tropical. The air was cool with the smell of fall. I had left my dock at 2:00 AM to hunt Speckled sea trout. Armed with over four generations of local fishing knowledge and a passion for fishing that has cost me, well a few friends. I know it was a tall order to catch a speck for Elise’s special recipe. To catch a speckled trout in Cape May County, NJ a multitude of conditions most converge. Water temperature, wind direction, wind speed , water clarity , salinity level and noise level, i.e., wave runners, cigarette boats, and other fisherman. This morning I felt good . All conditions were falling in line. I just need one thing, luck! When I had finished tying the boat up. I was staring at two speckled trout . I had a great fishing trip and Elise had her fresh speckled trout. I also returned with something more! I had a realization, If I had choice to live any where on this planet , I would pick my home right here in Cape May county NJ. I love it here Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall!

2013 Grassy Sound Flounder Tournament

                  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.


Kensdock Report: Red Hot

The flounder fishing has improved in the back bays over the past few days, with a few fishermen catching  their limit . However, without question the best flounder fishing this year can be found at the reef sites, with site 11 and the old grounds being the best. Cape May County charter boats returned this last week with impressive  limit catches (40 keepers to 10 pounds).   Grassy Sound Marina flounder tournament is Saturday 14, 2012, this is Cape May County’s number one back bay fishing tournament… The offshore tuna bite here in Cape May County, NJ  is the best in years. The last couple of days yellowfin, bluefin and white Marlin have been caught in great numbers from the inshore lumps and the cannons . Now is the time to burn the fuel or call a Cape May County Charter fishing captain, the fishing is red hot…


Kensdock flounder fishing report: Stay home

Here is June 2012 flounder fishing report, worst June  flounder fishing in my lifetime….  My Son and I did have one limit day, on Memorial weekend. At this point, most fishermen are catching zero keeper flounder and maybe two shorts after an entire day of flounder fishing.

Kensdock report: stripers and specs


 Beautiful fall day, toped off with 17 stripers and one spec..  However, it looks like the speckled trout are not going to show in any numbers again this year. Only about 10 specs total have been caught to date, this season.George S.Cape MayCounty’s top spec fisherman has not caught a spec yet this year. He is concerned with the spec population. George has averaged between 50-100Cape May County speckled sea trout per season, over the years. A few years back specs were caught into January, due to unusual warm weather. This may have been the kiss of death for the New Jersey population, as the weather turned extremely cold fast that January. The cold could have killed a large percentage of the spec population, due to the fact they did not have enough time to migrate to warmer waters. Spec fishing in Cape  May County has not been the same since that year. There is something special about catching a New Jersey spec. I can catch a boat load of Florida specs, but it is not the same as catching just one, New Jersey spec.