Captain Jim Fowler has over 30 years of in-shore and off-shore experience.
Jim holds a U.S.C.G. Master Vessel 100 Gross Ton License (License # 741889).
- The Recreational Fishing Alliance (link)
- Cape May County Party & Charter Boat Association (link)
- International Game Fish Association (link)
- Billfish Foundation (link)
- The National Association of Charter Boat Operators (NACO) (link)
- Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament Charity Group (link)
He is also the present NJ State Record Holder (link) for Hybrid Striped Bass (13 Lb. 3 Oz.) and the World Record Holder for Hybrid Striped Bass on a 12 Lb. Tipet Fly Rod I.G.F.A.
Here is an excerpt of the link:
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has certified a new state record striped bass hybrid caught in saltwater.
James R. Fowler of Brigantine caught the 13 pound, 2 ounce striped bass hybrid off Brigantine on October 26, 2004. It weighed 11 ounces more than the previous record taken from the Cape May Rips in 1993. The fish measured 28½ inches in length with a 21¼-inch girth. Because the regulations are the same for saltwater hybrid stripers as they are for true strain striped bass, Fowler checked in the fish using a bonus card acquired earlier in the year.
Fowler, a charter boat captain in Cape May and only a novice fly fisherman, was casting from the pier in his backyard when he hooked the fish on 15-pound fly line. Jim reported that he actually saw the fish feeding near the pilings before it eventually took the fly after about five passes. He landed the fish in 15 minutes. Amazingly, this is only the third bass he has ever caught on a fly rod!
Fowler plans to get the fish mounted and in addition, will have a rendition carved in wood by local artist John Fish. The carving will then be donated as a raffle prize to the Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament of which Fowler’s wife Shirley is vice president. Proceeds will help fund a local mammography truck that offers free breast cancer screenings.
…and here’s the bass