I will be giving a summer Flounder seminar and information on fish tagging at Atlantic City Boat Show on Feb 4th at 1pm RFA booth
I will cover my inshore fluke techniques that I have used to tag and release over 8000 summer flounder
I will be primarily covering my home area of Cape May County but many of the ideas will work in most any area
I will cover baits and rigs used by the month from Apr-Nov for Summer Flounder

2015 recap

I hope all have had a good holiday and looking forward to 2016 Fishing season
Over the next few weeks prior to beginning to fish I will recap my 2015 which wasn’t very good but it is what it is… I will add a few tips that worked for me 
So here is Chapter ONE
Season started mid-April and I found flounder and bass right away
but dredging started off shore and the bite quickly dropped off for everything but Bluefish
2015 totals

STRIPED BASS 96 “””””””””””””””””””””””””” 93
BLUEFISH 101 “””””””””””””””””””””””””” 100
SEA BASS 15 “”””””””””””””””””””””””””””” 0
WEAKFISH 3 “””””””””””””””””””””””””‘””” 1

TOTAL 457 403

I will begin recapping species by month in next couple of days


Given the late run and warm water I would bet we could have a early start in March as usually with a late run there is an excellent hild over population

I will be recapping my 2015 year which I’m not all that proud of beginning in Jan
I will provide my yearly stats followed by recap by month and species
Along the way I will provide some tips that I use



I would like to wish all who followed this post a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A GREAT NEW YEAR
Here is hoping that the dredges will be gone and we will see a long fishing season next year

I will begin posting my results by the month early next year if anyone is interested

There will be a marine council meeting on Jan 7th and I suspect there will be a discussion on flounder. Following that meeting there will be a listening meeting held by Mid-Atlantic people on summer flounder .They want to hear from you

I hope to attend and will pass anything I learn on this site following the meeting


One Last fishing trip

I got an invite from Pat Martin to fish on his boat the” RETAINER” ( (
today and 3 of us (Chris was #3 on board) went looking for Bass… It was a beautiful Sept Morning with no wind when we pulled out of dock OH WAIT IT IS DEC 12th In any event we went fishing in one of Pat’s hot spots while most boats were heading offshore …..WELL it was a GREAT Day for DEC and we landed 11 bass from 24-33″ All fish caught on live eels and bucktails… I won’t mention who was high hook but it was the guy using bucktails !!!!!!
9 bass were tagged and released ,1 bass 0f 33″ kept and 1 released without a tag
I am very grateful to Pat for giving me one more chance in 2015 to catch a bass
Merry Christmas to all and may your lines be tight next year


BUCKTAIL WILLIE was pulled today and delivered to Dr Barnacle Bill for a check up and winterizing I had planned to stay in until Thanksgiving weekend but weather next 4-5 days does not look very good so decided rather than pulled in cold windy weather pull today
Good bye 2015 which clearly won’t go down as a very good year

I will recap my year over the next few weeks by species and over the winter offer some tips for 2016

To all of you who followed this website over the year I hope I helped you and kept you aware daily as to what was going on in my area
Have a great Thanksgiving and a Very Merry Christmas and hopefully I will be back in the water early April and back at it for another year which will be my 60th year fishing with my boat in the Strathmere -Corsons Inlet area
If you have specific questions that I may be able to answer don’t hesitate to ask
I strongly suspect there will be a Striped bass bite well into DEC as there still is a huge school of bass above LBI Late migration will mean there will be a potential for a larger than normal school of bass wintering over in our waters and they should be hungry in April
In my younger years I caught a lot of bass in Dec and there were 2 years back in early 90’s that I caught bass in Jan Water temperature will be the key if it stays over 44 fish will be hungry

fishing report 11/17

Got to dock this morning,wind blowing at 15-25 and I decide what the hell I’m going out..First stop I picked up one 22″ bass and than next 2 hours never saw a fish,,wind is a bitch now and tide getting ready to turn and against the strong East wind so I called it a morning…This wind is a bitch …. Hopefully I will get one more day before pulling out for the year


LEFT dock this morning around 8 with 2 hours of incoming ,beautiful morning little cool .First 3 stops nothing 4th spot I saw a few and caught 2 bass than nothing . top of tide I decided to try CHEESEMAN’S on start of outgoing and quickly got into 3 bass than nothing . Tried a couple spots but seeing nothing I called it a day with 5 bass 1-28 1/2 ,1-26 and 3 23″ bass
time is running out and I will probably pull boat this week


I went out this morning with an hour left on incoming Flood tide and it was a flood ,could not see banks …Work all my normal areas and went up into shallow bays and creeks and never saw a fish… Tide now going out so headed to my creek and found a lonely 23″ bass …. Worked that area but never saw another fish other than a few herring jumping Wind came up and rain was close by so called it a day
Given forecast next few days not sure when I will get out again
2015 is rapidly closing for me

FISHING REPORT 11/11 or lack of

Headed out on top of the tide but wasn’t all that optimistic given all the rain we got last night and I wasn’t disappointed
I fish tide out 2 hours in spots I’ve had a few fish past week but never saw a fish on my machine . Gave it a good 2 hours and with wind coming up I called it a day
maybe tomorrow if wind gives me a break but after tomorrow it doesn’t look very promising for a couple of days