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11/1/2014: Well, the NWS nailed this storm – and hopefully they’re correct on its rapid pull-out later today

 Yesterday: Here, take all the frickin' candy you want, lady!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

11/1/2014: Well, the NWS nailed this storm – and hopefully they’re correct on its rapid pull-out later today. More rain than I expected. Warnings about the Boulevard being posted by most LBI towns. I actually took advantage of the rain-based freshwater puddles this a.m. – the ones away from the bay. Driving through them truly cleanses the undercarriage of stubborn sand deposits, even those piles inside the skid plate and such. Now to go back on the beach and sand-up again. 

I’m banking on the howling northwest winds tomorrow to allow us surfcasters to get back at the bass just that quickly. The shortness of this blow has not over muddied the water of the ocean, though the bay could suffer serious runoff turbidity and the aforementioned impulsive drop in water temps. While we want cooler waters, that kinda drop bugs fish, even causes deadly thermal shock in some cases. I’m told there are backbay lagoons with peanut bunker still packed within. Those little buggers will not like the rapid chill. 

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It's good havin' buddies.

GAS TERRORS; Speaking of driving LBI, I ran into what I had been warned about regarding trying to find gas after hours on the off-season Island. I had been out at the tip of Holgate, fishing a bit after dark. I had already gotten “low fuel” warnings a ways back -- but that always leaves a hunk of time. I confidently fish on – and drive on. Hell, I only have to make it off the beach and to the gas station in Beach Haven. No biggy Wanna bet?

I was nearing critical lowness when I got off the beach an zipped toward the BH station. That always begs the proverbial question: Is it better to haul ass toward fuel, to rush there before you run out, or do you inch along, conserving fuel? You can shove your stinkin’ inch-along crap. Floor it!

I reach the station in damn good time, swing in – and it’s closed tighter than a just-dug clam.

Damn, that means my next fuel chance is the mile-away BH Terrace station.

Startin’ to majorly sweat, I make it to there to find the station’s darkness is all but snickering at me. I pondered pounding on the big windows to the office. Maybe somebody was hunkered down inside -- to beg to.

S***! Now I gotta make Ship Bottom.

The low fuel light on my dashboard actually seemed to be dimming from overuse.

Reduced to even turning off the radio to cut fuel usage, I headed north. At one point, I offered a longingly looked over at the old site of the tiny gas station near Kubels 2. Now a hyper-cool shop, what if the tanks are still on-site. Hell, I could dig down to them with my clam rake and see if there’s a touch of gas left inside. The mind gets desperate when down to the last eye-drop worth of fuel.

On a wing and prayer, I made it to Ship Bottom, crossing myself when passing St. Francis Church – recalling (Sunday School alert) the tale of the loaves and the fishes.

Reaching Ship Bottom, I knew I’d have my choice of two gas stations. The hell I say! Both stinkin’ stations are dead closed, one having left the outside price lights on just to give me hopeless hope.

I pondered leaving my truck at one of the station and walking the 10 blocks back to my house; coming back for fuel in the a.m. It’s likely a mann thing but I can’t stand not having my truck with me. It’s terrifying being without it – even if it is out of gas. That’s when it hit me: my lawnmower!

I clearly recalled that only days before I had emptied the contents of my red, plastic, gas tank into the mower for the last cut of the season.

“Now stop and think, Jay. How deep was the grass?!”

 Huh!?

"I said, how … deep … was … the … grass? Try to recall.”

Uh, not deep at all.

“Yes!”

I literally whispered my truck back home, parking it and went running for the mower. Sure enough, it had some gas left. Using tricks learned as a punk kid (syphoning gas at every turn), I sacrificed an old green garden hose and sucked a solid three mason jars worth of fuel from the mower and poured it into my truck’s tank through a kitchen funnel.

Varoom! I start the truck. And the needle, well, it went nowhere. Didn’t matter. My truck was home and it would surely reach the nearby gas station come morning. All was right in the world.

I then went into my room and all but collapsed from the strain of an out-of-gas near-miss.

That’s my typically insanely long route to a warning to all ya’all about the after-hours gas-getting woes we’ll have here all winter. You’ll thank me later.  

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If you want to catch stripers........you have to react...Now! Epic fishing with 12 to 30 pound fish up off of Ortley Beach today. Sea condition was sporty in a stiff N/NE wind, so we stayed on the troll. Anywhere from 60 feet of water into 25 feet of water. Bunker spoons, bucktails, and a jumbo shad worked really good for us. Color didn't seem to matter, they were hitting everything. Third day in a row of this kind of fishing. These fish are spread out from Monmouth Beach all the way down to Seaside. Snagging bunker is working, too. The party boats are catching pretty good on jigs so we might start putting more effort into that technique. However you guys want to catch them. It's the size of the fish that is making this such an opportunity. All solid fish.
 
Sunday's forecast is looking better now, a cranking NW wind, so we will be sailing another Open Boat this Sunday and Monday, November 2 and 3. Leaving the dock at 7AM and returning at 1 PM. $160 per person. Three people max, all fish are shared. NW makes everything good. Flattens out the ocean and activates the fish. The harder it blows, the flatter it gets, up to about a mile and a half off, then it gets sloppy. But all the action has been inside that mile and a half, so we are good to go.
 
Calling or texting is better than email if you would like a spot.
 
Capt. Dave DeGennaro 

Hi Flier Sportfishing 
732.330.5674 
www.hiflier.com

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Recognize anyone? The guy in the baseball cap??? 

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Drop In Female Striped Bass Prompts 25 Percent Catch Cutback


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BALTIMORE (WJZ)—They may be plentiful here, but fewer striped bass along the Atlantic Coast is bringing orders to reduce the catch everywhere.

Alex DeMetrick reports that means more of Maryland’s official state fish is off limits.

The Chesapeake Bay is the major East Coast breeding ground for striped bass.

Latest surveys show their reproductive numbers are doing well in bay, but more would be better.

“There’s a strong stakeholder preference to manage the resource at a much higher level of abundance,” said Thomas O’Connell, DNR Fisheries.

That preference started surfacing last May at the Atlantic Marine Fisheries Commission, which sets fishing limits.

“Up in New England they see fewer and fewer fish. So we’ve had a decline in the stock for the last 10 years now,” said Bill Goldsborough, Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

And to boost it back, the commission is reducing the number of striped bass that can be caught.

“For the coastal fisheries you’re looking at a 25 percent reduction and a 20.5 percent for Chesapeake Bay fisheries,” O’Connell said.

But even though the catch reduction isn’t as severe in the bay, it still has an impact.

For recreational and sport fishermen, it will mean the legal size to keep a fish will increase, leaving more small fish to grow and make their way out of the bay into ocean populations.

But the biggest dollar loss will be felt by commercial watermen.

“It’s going to be a pretty significant hit for the commercial guys. Twenty percent, you’re talking about several hundred thousand pounds,” O’Connell said.

That’s fish that will go unharvested and unsold.

There is no set time limit on the catch reductions, although it’s expected to last at least three years.

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Today we had a pair of nice fish weighed in. This morning John Breitling of Medford weighed in a 44" 33.25-lb bass he caught live lining 
‪#‎eels‬
 in Little Egg Inlet. This afternoon Paul Galasso weighed in a 36-lb 11-oz bass that he caught trolling off of 
‪#‎IBSP‬


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Faced with a decline in the population of spawning-age striped bass, an interstate fishery commission that regulates fishing along the East Coast has cut landings for next year by 25 percent from this year.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission oversees fish stocks, such as the striped bass that migrate north from Chesapeake Bay and are caught in state waters by fishermen in multiple states.

At its annual meeting in Mystic, Connecticut, to update fishing plans for a number of species, the commission voted Wednesday to make the cut in striped bass landings, except in Chesapeake Bay. The states along that shoreline will be required to reduce landings by 20.5 percent.

The daily take for recreational fishermen was reduced from two legal-size striped bass to one.

The new regulations for Massachusetts are expected to be in place Jan. 1 for recreational fishermen. The commercial season doesn't start until June or July.

In the most recent population study, scientists found that, since 2006, the number of female spawning striped bass has been steadily declining and could be approaching the level where there would be not be enough fish born to replace those caught by fishermen. That could be one reason landings have declined by 19 percent since 2008.

Ray Kane, an outreach coordinator at the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance in Chatham, attended the weeklong meeting and said both the 25 percent commercial quota cut and the reduction for recreational fishermen enjoyed widespread support among fishermen at Wednesday's meeting. Kane, who also serves on the state Marine Fisheries Advisory Commission, said his board will address the best wayto achieve the quota reduction and other required measures at its meeting next week.

Although some states wanted quota cuts phased in over a period of years, Massachusetts pushed for the 25 percent reduction for next year to get the valuable stock back on track as quickly as possible. This year's quota was 1,159,750 pounds for Massachusetts. The 25 percent cut puts next year's quota at 859,813 pounds.

"Everyone expected the (commission) to pass the 25 percent," said commercial striped bass fisherman Darren Saletta of Chatham, who is also the executive director of the Massachusetts Commercial Striped Bass Association. He said his organization supported the reduction, but not in the first year.

He said he thinks conservation goals may have been reachable by tightening up the recreational fishery because those annual harvest levels are not as closely watched or accurately reported as the commercial landings.

Members of the national Recreational Fishing Alliance backed reducing the daily limit from two fish to one, said the organization's leader, Michael Pierdinock of Marshfield. But as a charter boat captain and president of the Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association, Pierdinock said he believes those boat owners would have a tough time attracting customers to pay to go out and catch just one striped bass. He would like to see an exemption for charter boats so their customers could land two fish.

The number of charter boats is small compared with the recreational and commercial fleet; the difference wouldn't mean much to the stock, he said, but would to charter boat captains.

The state can allow some recreational fishermen to land more than one fish per day as long as that's balanced with another measure guaranteeing they will reach their 25 percent reduction. Any such proposal would have to pass technical review in January and be approved by the Atlantic commission's management board in February.

Follow Doug Fraser on Twitter: @dougfrasercct.

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Now that's a hog. Wonder what kinda plug he used?? 

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Comment by Dave Nederostek on November 1, 2014 at 11:20pm

I see mid 50's water temps everywhere from Maryland to Montauk on the NOAA site. That's pretty cold.

Comment by jaymann on November 2, 2014 at 1:39pm

Just took it an hour ago, Dave. 61 degrees -- but dropping. 

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