I went out this morning looking for a fish and decided to try Tuckahoe first.  BUT found nothing so took a ride to Mays landing and threw a line  in with bloodworms on. This was at bottom of the tide and it had about an hour left….To my surprise I landed a  big fat White perch full of Roe and  was headed up steam i suspect to drop them I suspect..  Few minutes later another perch but much smaller. Tide dead and to my surprise another bite and this was “huge”?” striped bass of 11″ …Once tide started in no more bites ,gave it 45 minutes and called it a day

STRIPED BASS are all over

Short Striped Bass   11-18″ are thick around inlets of Cape May County. I talked to one guy yesterday who said he caught over 50 with largest being only 19″.. I won’t mention the inlet but all inlets in Cape May County are holding bass that are moving around with the tides .They are HUNGRY because other than grass shrimp there is little bait….Small bucktails tipped with twister tails or blood worms seems to be the most productive method BUT you have to work  the bucktail slowly and if you feel a tap give it a second or 2 before setting hook. I would bet if you get behind the inlets in ICW you could find larger bass

Bluefish should show up any day IF they are going to arrive….DON”T FORGET that the genius’s  setting  regulations has dropped the bag limit from 15 to 3   no size limit

Summer flounder are arriving and will be found in our shallow bays  especially on outgoing tides and they will be the biggest of the year on average BUT REMEMBER once again thanks to the genius’s setting regulation you can’t keep any until Memorial Day weekend  … I did get 2 early this week 14″ and one just short of 20″ while fishing for bass



Midnight tonite  Mar 17th  is the last time you can comment on phase one of  potential new Fluke and Sea Bass regulations….ELECT NOT TO COMMENT ,DON’T BE BITCHING LATER ABOUT REGULATIONS    COMMENTS CAN  GO   jbeaty@mamfc .org    title flounder/seabass comments


IF you are interested in Summer flounder and flounder regulations you NEED to provide your input to    TITLED ” SCOPING MEETING COMMENTS”

IF you elect NOT to send in comments DON”T BITCH when regulations come out for 2021          Couple suggestions

#1   You need to comment on reducing size as under current regulations we are ONLY removing females and 40-50% of the shorts being thrown back DIE

#2 This suggestion is the best for improving the  Stock in my opinion.  Allow all fish to be kept up until the total inches like example of  60″  is met  .Example   1-18″ 3 -14″  =60 ” You now have a meal and very few go back dead and you can fish for another species    This would bring back the population quickly as under current regulations 95% over 18″ are females and in case you were not aware without the female population there will be no increase in population. !!!!!!!   Plus very high percentage being thrown back as shorts  will end up dead to feed the crabs.

This was suggested several years ago by a North Carolina fishermen and has been discussed but never seems to go anywhere,I have supported this for past 6 years. Interesting in this last meeting where both commercial and recreational was in attendance  this was brought up by a Commercial fisherman  when discussing the change in allocation  from 60% Comm.40% recreational to a 55% /45% split …. This is the only way to allow the stock to come back

    Comments need to be in BY MARCH 17TH   YOU CAN SEND COMMENTS TO                  with title SCOPING MEETING COMMENTS

IF you elect not to comment DON’T BITCH






















Under current organizations like ASMFC and Mid-Atlantic, fish stocks are not improving as witnessed by Summer Flounder and Striped Bass…Summer flounder stock grew every year after the 13″ size went in 1983  even as they increased the size UNTIL size was set 17 1/2″ when population held steady and since 18″ the stock has gone DOWN. WHY because ONLY females were being removed and a very high population being thrown back ended up dead and  feeding crab population which  grew .  Striped bass similar picture,prime spawning size is 28-38″ and that is the fish being removed . ALSO if you are lucky enough to catch  a  potential record striped bass which would be over 50″ you will have to throw it back  ,,Bluefish population is cyclical in 5-7 year cycles ,in addition the bluefish target set by Mid-Atlantic HAS NEVER BEEN MET OR EVEN COME CLOSE…WHEN in  the years  Bluefish are not in our areas  they are well offshore  or in the Mediterranean Sea and European waters and this has been going on for 100 years BUT Mid-Atlantic PHD’s dont want to recognize it..

   Fishermen NEED to be contacting Congressmen and tell them of your unhappiness with the current regulations and those organizations setting regulations. Tell them there NEEDS TO BE more fishermen on these councils and LESS PHD’s who are never on the water  and develop software programs to support their decisions rather than recognize the fish patterns

.UNLESS recreational fishermen start making their unhappiness known with what is going on in recreational  fishing  we will continue to see tighter regulations and less and less fish for the recreational fishing industry. This will result in not only less people fishing but an entire industry that supplies States with huge amount of tax dollars to disappear .Recreational Fishermen need to get off their A@# and make some noise….There was a huge turnout in NJ Marine Fishing Council meeting this past week BUT the Marine Council’s hands were tied as a result of the requirements set down by /ASMFC and Mid-Atlantic Council      


I  attended last nights meeting of the NJ Marine Council in Manahawkan  and it was a packed house,it actually may have been the largest crowd  I have seen in my 19 years attending

UNFORTUNATELY, on Striped Bass, it did not make much difference in outcome….,NJ had little to offer as the first 4 proposals NJ submitted  to ASMFC were all REJECTED…NJ came back with 2 additional proposals but as of last night ASMFC had not come back with answer to proposal and today is last day so NJ expects their newest proposal  past last night by Council  to be accepted. IF NOT NJ will have to accept the BASE PROPOSAL
BASE proposal is  1 BASS   28-35″
NJ new proposal is   1 BASS 28-38″      ALL OPTIONS COAST WIDE WERE FOR 1 BASS
Lots of conversation on this resulting in not being able to keep a large bass AND the possibility of not being able to record a World Record if caught but these conversations went nowhere as did most other comments from the audience
 ON THE GOOD NEWS SIDE   NJ bonus bass  program  ( which is result of no commercial bass fishing allowed for striped bass in the State) that has been run in the Sept-Dec time frame the past few years will NOW be May 15th thru Dec 31  BUT you will NEED TO APPLY  for a bonus tag which you can find on  NJ DEP website and NJ Marine Council website. BONUS SIZE is one fish 24-28″
BLUEFISH was the other fish discuss and once again NJ had very little input on outcome, Bluefish is controlled by Feds  coast wide….. They presented charts that reflected the yearly results against the Target and the trends.( I will point out that the target for Bluefish to be fully recovered HAS NEVER BEEN MET). But the trend lines over last 25-30 years has been fairly consistent which to me demonstrates the Target is ridiculous and will never be met
(  There were several comments about the migration patterns of Bluefish over the years . There were also reports of enormous schools of Bluefish the past 2 years  that were well  beyond the 25-35  mile range and in waters where  Tilefsh were being caught . Clearly there was a lot of frustration in the room but none of it had any impact on the end result as the Mid-Atlantic had set the target… The only other option that NJ may have been able to get approval on for  few more fish was a closure in  Sept/Oct  and of course this didn’t go over well with anybody
BLUEFISH for 2020
3 bluefish for recreational fishermen\
5 bluefish  per fisherman for the For Hire and Head Boat fleet
   This is all the bad news that came out of the meeting,There were numerous  well spoken comments from  fishermen in the huge audience which was a good sign. HOWEVER it was rightly pointed out that the NJ Marine Council has very little ability to change what comes down from Federal Agencies responsible for Saltwater fish….Fishermen and those making a living from recreational fishing  HAVE TO GET INVOLVED in the meetings of the Federal agencies in person or at least by writing letters with copies to elected State and Federal Representatives OTHERWISE ,you have to sit back and watched recreational fishing as we know it DIE
All meetings are POSTED on the Mid-Atlantic and ASMFC websites
  One final editorial comment that is primarily a Cape May County issue.  Beach Replenishment is and has been destroying inshore and surf fishing and given the amount going on will continue to impact fishing in negative ways. Destruction of off shore sand piles and refilling beaches with  sand and  nothing to hold sand in place is destroying life in the surf and on  beach front….This results in aninsufficient amount of food in surf line and  on out 2 miles for migrating fish . The Fish  are smart enough to know they don’t need to be inshore where there is no food and  they stay off shore as the migrate    THINK about  it and would love to hear comments  positive of negative on this subject
Good Fishing in 2020
Bill (bucktail willie) Shillingford

Fish regulation comment meeting

There will be an informational meeting by ASMFC /Mid-Atlantic organizations looking for public’s comments on regulations for Fluke,Bluefish,and Scup (porgies)      Here is where you can voice your comments on regulations….There is an attempt going on to move more of the recreational allotment to the Commercial side…… If you don’t attend DO NOT COMPLAIN when recreational regulations get reduced

South Jersey     FEB 25th    Galloway Library    6pm to 8pm

MARINE COUNCIL meeting 1/9/2020 and fishing comments

I attended the Marine Council meeting HOWEVER they did not have a qualm SO no decisions could be made . Next meeting is March 4th and too late for Striped bass so there was talk about a Special meeting in late Feb to cover Striped Bass,Fluke ,and Scup but no decision,once I hear of one I will post.

There was some discussion on a committee that was formed to review pros and cons of wind mills. It is well represented with representatives from all fishing areas and business people involved with saltwater fishing along with Coast Guard and is led by State People. Personally I have little confidence anything positive  will come out of this given the Governor’s strong push to get wind mills started with first site in South Jersey waters. However the State still does not have Federal Approval in spite of communications from State indicating everything is moving along smoothly… The absolute worse thing that could happen to South Jersey fishing is wind mills couple the  Wind Mills with ongoing beach replenishment and you have a disaster in South Jersey fishing inshore, surf AND offshore. . The wind mill people like to tell you there will be fishing allowed near the wind mils like oil wells BUT that is a flat out lie based on information from Europe where there are numerous wind mills…You are not allowed to get anywhere near the wind mills over there to fish AND unlike oil wells there will always be strong electrical currents anywhere there is a cable leading from the wind mill.. In my humble opinion Wind Mills will be the end of saltwater fishing in South Jersey  ,you can decide yourself if you do a little research yourself . They like to talk about wind mills off Rhode Island areas BUT they are 1/4 the size of the wind mills proposed for South Jersey AND they are   drilled into rock floors. 10-12 miles off South Jersey I do not believe you will find a rock base which in my mind means these things will fail in strong storms like nor’easters and hurricanes..                                 More bad news on saltwater fishing front is proposed 3 fish limit on bluefish for the recreational fishermen followed by the ongoing 18″ size on fluke which are all females,the stock will not grow back to past numbers by only removing females. Similar problem with Striped bass where the base line regulation is 1 fish 28-35″  all prime spawners. On a positive note there may be some relief in Sea Bass with few more days given the stock is 23o% above target ,no guarantee but a chance                                                                                                                SO if you are a saltwater fisherman you may want to look for another hobby as the current regulators are focused on eliminating salt water recreational fishing… Regulators fail to recognize that fish manage themselves and when the population of a species gets to large they reduce the spawning efforts which is why you see ups and downs in populations from year to year. In NJ this year it is the year of the White Perch and GUESS WHAT. White Perch in saltwater are not regulated YET by the Federal agencies    My fingers are sore fro typing so I will close for now     HAPPY NEW YEAR


NJ Marine Fish Council meeting

NJ Marine Fish council will meet in Gallaway twp library on Thurs JAN 9TH AT 5PM…I SUSPECT there will be an update on State’s proposal on Striped Bass for 2020….Feds set baseline of 1 bass 28-35″ but States could offer alternatives that fit inside the basic guidelines and we may hear what NJ ask for….Not much on Summer flounder but suspect regulations will be the same of 3 fish over 18″ .Would be nice if NJ would look at opening up at least one week before Memorial weekend…May be some discussion on the new Bluefish regulations of 3 fish for private boats and  5 for the for hire ….


After being off line for  6  months my genius son got me back on the air and I will be posting any news on fishing world as it surfaces in next few months…There could be a lot of changes in Striped bass, sea bass and maybe Summer Flounder over next couple of months

IF you get on this site I would love to hear from you so I get an idea as to who is out there and what subjects you may be interested in the East Coast Fishing world