Went Fishing, Caught 4 Deer. The Best Day Of Fishing Ever! Some fishing stories are a little hard to believe, but this guy has pictures to prove his story...I'v
e heard of salmon jumping into boats, but never anything quite like this... Tom Satre told the Sitka Gazette that he was out with a charter group on his 62-foot fishing vessel when four juvenile black-tailed deer swam directly toward his boat. "Once the deer reached the boat, the four began to circle the boat, looking directly at us. We could tell right away that the young bucks were distressed. I opened up my back gate and we helped the typically skittish and absolutely wild animals onto the boat. In all my years fishing, I've never seen anything quite like it! Once onboard, they collapsed with exhaustion, shivering." "This is a picture I took of the rescued bucks on the back of my boat, the Alaska Quest. We headed for Taku Harbour . Once we reached the dock, the first buck that we had been pulled from the water hopped onto the dock, looked back as if to say 'thank you' and disappeared into the forest. After a bit of prodding and assistance, two more followed, but the smallest deer needed a little more help. This is me carrying the little guy. My daughter, Anna, and son, Tim, helped the last buck to its feet. We didn't know how long they had been in the icy waters or if there had been others who did not survive. My daughter later told me that the experience was something that she would never forget, and I suspect the deer felt the same way as well!"
Now Is The Time To Bunker Down Against Reduction Fishing
On Friday December 14 the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is holding a special one-day meeting to make final decisions on Draft Amendment 2 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan. The meeting will be held at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center, Chesapeake Room, 5625 O'Donnell Street, Baltimore, Maryland; phone number is 410-633-9500. Public comment period is scheduled to begin at 8:40am.
According to a review of the over 1,200-page meeting materials document (which can be found at www.asmfc.org), over 114,000 public comments were submitted and the overwhelming majority are calling for significant reforms in menhaden fishing.
Amongst the critical questions RFA has been asking for years that will be answered at this meeting are:
1. Will ASMFC end what RFA has claimed for many years; massive reduction fishing has resulted in overfishing of menhaden? Will ASMFC finally bring an end to this overfishing of what is known as "The Most Important Fish In The Sea?" RFA is calling for immediate cuts in reduction fishing and demands overfishing end within three years.
2. Will ASMFC finally bring Menhaden management into modern times and set an overall coastwide quota or Total Allowable Catch (TAC) on menhaden fishing?
3. Will ASMFC PROTECT OUR BAIT SUPPLY by setting a fair and reasonable allocation of this needed forage/bait fish? Currently the management approach has allowed the industrial reduction fishing industry to dominate landings by accounting for 80% of total fishing mortality. What ASMFC refers to as the Bait Harvesters is more accurately described as what has been left for the rest of the east coast's commerical & recreational stakeholders not to mention the natural predator fish we love to catch. RFA is calling for a fair andreasonable allocation of the total coastal catch that gives preference to the importance of the bait fishery as well as the predatory fish that are critical to the recreational sector.
WE NEED RFA MEMBERS TO ATTEND!!! The corporate managers of Omega Protein have notified ASMFC Staff that they are sending two busses of their employees to the meeting. Recreational organizations of all perspectives are rallying the troops from New England to Florida and its time to remind the ASMFC that RFA has been in this fight for over a decade. The political fisheries management lines have been drawn and it is time to "BUNKER DOWN."
Please consider taking one day to attend this meeting.
RFA has been working with many groups like our long time friends at Maryland Saltwater Sportsmen's Association under the banner of Save Menhaden. Wearing your RFA LOGO will gain you entrance to a complimentary Save Menhaden "Bunker Bunker" where coffee and refreshments will be available all day for Save Menhaden affiliated members.
For more information, call the RFA headquarters at 888-JOIN RFA (564-6732).
Update on next week's storm potential.... this is as monstrous of a storm you can get just about, as modeled on today's 12z European model run. This would be,
if correct, a "KU" storm... or one for the history books. Verbatim to this run, this would cripple interior PA, more specifically Central PA and NE PA with heavy snow in the 1-2 FEET+ range, heavy rain to heavy snow in areas NW of the I-95 corridor (including the Lehigh Valley and NW NJ), mostly a wind driven rain to tail end snow for SE PA and the rest of NJ and coastal areas. This will likely change several times before next Tuesday/Wednesday when the impact is expected, so devil's in the details at this point. In other words... big storm increasingly likely, but rain vs. snow areas and where that sets up exactly are impossible to predict right now. But wow what a monster of a storm on the European model...
Model image reproduced with permission granted to EPAWA via WeatherBELL Analytics...