Captain Fred Kalm

Captain Fred Kalm

 Bayman and Charter Boat Captain

Captain Fred Kalm from New Gretna, NJ is a bayman who has spent most of  his life making a living from the Tuckerton Bay. A former charter boat captain, Fred Kalm used to run fishing parties on the Sapphire Lady, a boat built for him by his father, Otto Kalm, a former tug boat captain. Over the year, Fred Kalm has tonged for clams and scallops, worked in the cranberry bogs and raised oysters and springer spaniels. He signed with the Detroit Tigers and played briefly in the minors before serving in Korean War on the Philippine Sea. Today Fred Kalm is a full time clammer for Parson’s Clam House and Captain for the Tuckerton Seaport. In 1991 Fred Kalm received Hurley Conklin Award presented to people who have lived in the Barnegat Bay Tradition. Capt. Fred Kalm demonstrates tonging and runs the Tuckerton Creek tours on the Seaport’s vintage charter boat.