Monday, March 31, 2008: Light winds and light seas have led to a fairish testing of the suds for bass. Boat anglers are still mainly in the process of readying their vessels for what will be one of the wildest striper seasons on record – fishing gods allowing. The beach has small fish and even couple keepers, per a half dozen “I heard …” reports I got. The tale of a 22-pounder in the surf has not been substantiated – just yet. If you caught it or know more about that fish please contact me at… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 31, 2008 at 3:19pm —
Friday, March 28, 2008: Small bass on the beach. I have three reports of short (to very short) stripers in the surf, though one tickle the tape at just under 27 inches. A couple shops are getting fresh clam in which should get the suds jumpin’ for this weekend. I’ve always felt that jigs with bright plastics (chewable plastics, now), jumped gingerly off the bottom, are very workable. Smaller jigheads are better.
I’ve had early-season luck with an old stand-by you don’t se as much… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 28, 2008 at 12:10pm —
Thursday, March 27, 2008:
(I have to apologize for being a lot off-and-on-ish with my website so far this year. Sufficed to say, it was a very tough winter in here. I lost more good folks than I care to think about. It was easily the deadliest winters I’ve ever known. It seemed that no sooner would I get through one depressing loss another good folk would fall. But spring springs eternal, and I’m looking forward to the fishing returning. I’m even going to get heavily back into… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 27, 2008 at 1:43pm —
LBT WANTS MINOR EARLY CLOSURE – ONLY; TOE OF DUE ISSUE STILL THERE, THOUGH: There was a stir created when Long Beach Township commissioners proposed a shortening of the beach buggy season. Word got out, through some inaccurate media info, that something like 6 weeks was to be pared off out buggying time – including the removal of time on the famed fall end of things. I, like many, leaped up in fear and protest that we could lose nearly a month of our prime autumnal angling period.
Added by jaymann on March 25, 2008 at 11:56am —
Monday, March 24, 2008:
Long Beach Township commissioners are considering a shortening of the beach buggy season by something like 6 weeks. That would put a huge glitch in mobile angling -- and Island surfcasting in general.
I might agree with a week loping off a week from either end of the current beach-driving season. Any longer and the number of beachgoers being served by the closure would not be commensurate with the removal of a historic usage, tapped into by a… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 24, 2008 at 3:11pm —
Friday, March 21, 2008: More wind. This batch may be the capper, at least in terms of longevity, blowing for an entire day-plus with 45 mph gusts. One of my writers recently had interviewed the folks at the US Weather Service in Mount Holly and they concurred the winter winds have been memorable in meteorological terms. This latest batch will add to the tally but will be… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 21, 2008 at 11:37pm —
Contorl burns on the mainland -- Any guesses on how long they stay controlled with 45 mph winds?
Thursday, March 20, 2008:
A few folks are going down to Graveling Point to try their hand at bassing with bait. Zero action, I’m told. Some guys are then making the drive further up river. The landings and Banks have loads of folks working the bridges. The most I heard was a few perch and some freshwater species. I’m… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 20, 2008 at 2:00pm —
Wednesday, March 19, 2008:
The horseshoe crab legislation overwhelmingly passed through the Legislature and is now in line, waiting to reach Governor Corzine. The best guess is he’ll quickly sign it into law, considering the insane eco-pressure placed on him by many segments of society.
However, I want to point out one significant consideration he’ll first be taking into account. (This is meant to keep you legio-savvy folks in the know). The governor could veto the bill… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 19, 2008 at 7:49pm —
FISH SMARTS: A study published March 7th, 2008 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition gave fish eating very high marks, academically speaking.
Per a report from a Norwegian study, about 2,030 people in their early 70s reported their fish consumption and took various mental skills tests.
People who reported eating on average at least a third of an ounce of fish per day -- 10 grams -- outscored those who skimped on fish, regardless of factors including age, education, and heart… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 18, 2008 at 10:30pm —
Sunday, March 16, 2008:
Tomorrow: The bill on the moratorium on harvesting horseshoe crab will be voted on by the State Senate on Monday.
There has been a veritable tidal wave of public response, mainly aimed at Trenton, after the very dubious vote by the NJMFC to remove the ban on the harvesting horseshoe crabs.
As I have written about at length, it was not the specifics of the NJMFC vote that… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 16, 2008 at 10:50pm —
Saturday, March 15, 2008: Reports continue to flow in about bunker on the beach, being fed upon by winter-famished gulls. These are healthy bunker by all reports; fat with clearish somewhat blue-tinted flesh, the look of just-dead fish. There is a new possible source. Apparently there could be a bunker boat or two are out in the EEZ. Gulls could surely be grabbing wounded fish near those boats and fly them beachward. That is still a stretch, due to the time of year and general laziness of even… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 15, 2008 at 8:29am —
Wed/ March 12, 08 -- Flea market and Virginia insights
(On March 15, a beachfront remembrance will be held for Ric O Brien. It will take place at 1 p.m. at the pavilion at the ocean end of 5th Street in Beach Haven. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club.)
NOTE: This is the club’s biggest fund raiser, please come go out and support them:
FISHERMAN'S FLEA MARKET
MARCH 15,… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 12, 2008 at 10:00am —
Saturday, March 08, 2008: Hale, Daylight Savings Time! Starts tonight – and all the way until next November, first week. This offers outdoor addicts, like me, that enticing chunk of late-day brightness to work beaches and the outback.
What’s with these frickin winds? No, I won’t even jokingly go Global Warming on every twist and gyration of the sky, but today my meteoro-instruments recorded the fourth system in just the past months that threw around winds over 50 mph – mainly with… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 9, 2008 at 11:26am —
Friday, March 07, 2008: Most of you have likely heard that the fluke regs are established for 2008 and once again the summerites win out over the fall fishermen. Sincere thanks to Paul. H. and Tom F. for their efforts to get the longer season – into autumn. I’ll insert here a comment from Paul:
Fluke season for NJ for 2008 will be as follows:
Option D was approved by the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council
Season begins 5/24 and ends on 9/7
8 fish bag limit
Added by jaymann on March 7, 2008 at 12:49pm —
LOOK, MA, NO HANDS: This week the golden age of one-handed -- and no-handed -- driving skidded to a halt. The statute outlawing handheld cell phones took the driver’s after months of being a secondary offense, punishable only when related to some other type of pullover by the long arm of the law.
Truth be told, I don’t like the law since my driving is a lot more fun to watch when I’m ranting into a cellphone while downing an energy drink and flipping Philadelphia Pretzel Company “Rivets”… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 6, 2008 at 12:01pm —
(NOTE: On March 15, a beachfront remembrance will be held for Ric O Brien. It will take place at 1 p.m. at the pavilion at the ocean end of 5th Street in Beach Haven. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club.)
Monday, March 03, 2008:
YOU SHOULDA BEEN HERE THEN: As we blame Global Warming for everything from a passing shower to the decline in reliable elasticity in men’s briefs, a recent scholarly report… Continue
Added by jaymann on March 3, 2008 at 1:00pm —