If you say you’re going fishing, most people imagine watching the sunrise from a canoe in a quiet lake with your best bud and a couple of beers. Around the Jersey Shore, fishing is a way of life and the commercial fishing industry is a far different animal and, not to mention, far more dangerous. With not many industries or year-round employment opportunities at the Jersey shore, you have to make it or break it when the season hits.
Commercial fishing was first established in the area as far back as the 1600’s when whalers settled in Lower Township along the Delaware Bay and has grown ever since. The Wildwood and Cape May ports combined are the largest fishing ports on the east coast. The Southern Cape’s industry is worth about $90 million. Our areas industry cashes in on scallops, squid, mackerel and butterfish. At the height of the season, you can hit your quota in eight days at sea. But remember, in order to do this, you have to pull this off working long hours with little sleep balancing on an unstable surface working with weights, cables, pulleys, tackles and winches in unpredictable weather. Plus, if something goes wrong, you’re out in the middle of the ocean, there is no immediate help.
One local fisherman who is close to our heart is Captain Doug Wilson. Captain Doug is the grandfather of our landlubbing MudHen brewmaster, Tony Cunha. Captain Doug owned and operated the Barbara Pauline docked in Cape May. His robust work ethic, smooth sense of humor & deep family loyalty inspires our smooth, robust, deep dark ale with flavorful, roasty undertones & subtle chocolate character. Every batch is a toast to pop pop as he watches over his kin from the great wheelhouse in the sky. #historyineverysip
Stop by MudHen and enjoy a Capt. Doug’s Porter with a serving of our Fish & Chips - 12oz of citrus, herb dusted, flash fried & beer battered cod served with coleslaw & your choice of hen chips, waffle fries or onion rings. You can also check out what people are saying about the brew on untappd. https://untappd.com/b/mudhen-brewing-company-captain-doug-s-porter/3841746