Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
"Oh, Shit!!!!" .... "Oh, Shit!!!!!"
Sunday, June 14, 2015: It’s “purdy as piture” out there. I don’t know if you could script a better beach day than this, providing you have some super-duper sunscreen. It’s a full-blown 10 on the burn scale.
Admittedly, it might be a tad over-warm on the mainland side of things, though far from scalding, like yesterday. Taking the UV brunt of the unblinking sun are the bay anglers, especially near the inlets. Looking out at BL, there are a ton of bay-top travelers, motoring around for the suddenly not-so-easy to find fluke.
The Island’s public boat launches are as busy as they’ve been for a non-holiday weekend.
I guess it’s not overly surprising that so many mariners are just now getting their vessels summer-ized and into their assigned stalls. This is actually one of the first flawless weekends to date, 2015.
The LBI oceanfront is somewhat people-packed, though far from a typical summer showing. The two-foot east swell, 67-degree water and light onshore winds is making for fine surfcasting. However, at midday, there weren't a slew of surfcasters to be seen. Even the Barnegat Inlet jetties weren’t overly manned, though the IBSP side is getting an increased showing of the camper crowd. Good for them.
There are some suds stripers to be had, including keepers going for bait or jigs. Still, the bass are very spread out and one-and-done is the hooking theme. I should note that a fine bass came from the just-replenished beaches of Ship Bottom. It went for clams.
Dogfish are making their aggravating presence known. Both smooth and spiny, the latter being quite edible. And, no, you don’t have to go over-crazyng “neutralizing the meat.” Just clean/steak them quickly after catching, then rinse with a splash of milk (or marinate for a SHORT time) and throw the steaks on the barbie.
In a different beachfront vein, some very fine sand dollar hunting is to be had in Ship Bottom. Large ones are less common but it should be remembered that the small ones, even the tiny one, are best for making displays and jewelry items. If anyone is interested in how to convert raw sand dollars into wearable “replenishment art: just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a primer. My techniques aren’t for unsupervised kids, though. Casting resin is involved.
The bluefish are still around and saving the day for those failing at fluking. I did hear some radio chatter like “stinkin’ bluefish” but more often I’m hearing, “At least I got a few blues for the smoker.” Drying and/or smoking blues has taken off this spring due to the hordes of fish being caught. By the by, I’ve tried drying and smoking fluke and have to admit it just didn’t come out so great. Maybe you have the magic method, but mine came out way to fishy tasting, even by my sashimi-lovin’ tastes. Best jerked fish of all time? Mako – not a close second. I learned how to jerk mako by a company that commercially sells it in Central Florida. Their product flies off the shelves … when they can even get it to the shelves. Final cost escalates the value of the mako to well over $50 a pound.
DYK: A mandate in the Magnuson Act is to “maximize” the value of fish. While we still see even top-shelf fish at under $10a pound, other areas of the world pay that for half a pound – or less. Asians don’t plop a slab of fish down like a big sirloin steak but, instead, appreciate it in small well-prepared portions. My beloved US is, admittedly, a bit decadent in its eating/feasting habits. “Feed me, Seymour.”
I’d like to give a shout-out to the borough of Beach Haven for its recently announced “Free beach day.: All summer, in the Queen City, you will not need a beach badge on any day beginning with “W” ending in “y.” Maybe we can work toward days beginning with “T” and ending in “y” and, ultimately, days beginning with “S” and ending in “y.” I’ll let you sort that out to get my weekend-ish point.
I love when people have fun on the beach, the same fun I’ve always had -- going back to those LBI days when many of us lifeguards couldn’t swim a lick – nor did we feel we had to when simply shouting out words of encouragement from our stands seemed plenty enough to assist gasping people back to shore.
To borrow from Arthur: “Isn't fun the best thing to have? … Don't you wish you were me? I know I do.”
I told ya, I frickin' hate "Fetch!"
Minnows from Polly's Dock
1st flounder of the season. Bunker didn't understand why he needed to be released back to the water.
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Free freshwater fishing days ...
CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES FREE FISHING DAYS TO BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AND ON OCT. 17
ANGLERS WILL NOT NEED LICENSES THESE DAYS TO ENJOY NEW JERSEY'S EXCELLENT FRESHWATER FISHING
(15/P57) TRENTON - As part of its efforts to introduce freshwater fishing to families and novices across the state, the Christie Administration is holding Free Fishing Days this Saturday, June 13 and Saturday, Oct. 17.
On these two special days, anglers can enjoy some of the finest freshwater fishing in the Northeast without having to buy a license or a trout stamp. Free Fishing Days are designed to get families hooked on a new, exciting activity, while also giving out-of-state visitors a chance to sample New Jersey's waters for fishing. Having a free fishing day in October will give anglers a chance to catch holdover spring trout and take advantage of fresh trout stocking for the fall.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for kids and families to learn about the pleasures of fishing and spend time together at some of the many great fishing spots we have across New Jersey, as well as our vast natural areas,'' said Richard Boornazian, the Department of Environmental Protection's Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources. "Free Fishing Days also gives us an opportunity to spread the word about the exceptional fishing here in New Jersey to the many out-of-state anglers that visit for the free fishing opportunity.''
Free fishing on June 13 complements National Fishing and Boating Week, which also occurs each June. Although no license or trout stamp is needed, other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, will remain in effect that day, and for the free fishing day in October.
"Free Fishing Days are a great way to sample New Jersey's freshwater fishing, which is among the best in the Northeast and has never been better," said New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Chanda. "This is an excellent way for first-timers and even entire families to kick back, relax, and take advantage of spending some quality time in the great outdoors."
New Jersey has hundreds of local ponds and thousands of miles of streams and rivers that offer excellent opportunities for a great day of family fishing. Nearly every local pond provides plenty of action for bass and sunfish. For an added bonus, channel catfish, reaching several pounds in size, are stocked in many small ponds throughout the state. Trout stocked this past spring are also still available in a number of waters statewide, and opportunities abound to catch wild trout.
In addition, the Division of Fish and Wildlife offers trophy angling experiences by stocking muskellunge, northern pike, walleye and striped bass hybrids in New Jersey's larger lakes.
The Division operates fish culture facilities at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery.
For more information on Free Fishing Days, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/ffd.htm
There you will also find three regional brochures to help you find lakes and ponds with public fishing access close to home. These "Great Fishing Close to Home" brochures contain information on each water body's acreage, the nearest town, site amenities, boat and shoreline fishing, the fish available and fishing tips for each species.
These brochures focus primarily on lakes and ponds with warm water and cool water fish. A comprehensive list of 'Where to' and 'How to' trout fishing information, including directions to more than 300 trout fishing access points, is also available on the Fish and Wildlife website atwww.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo.htm
For those with mobile devices, the free Pocket Ranger(r) New Jersey Fish and Wildlife app provides on-the-spot information on the state's fish species and how and where to fish for them.
The app also has powerful GPS capabilities, is a comprehensive information source for all the state's fish and wildlife species, and provides extensive mapping of public open spaces and access points for hunting, fishing, boating and wildlife watching. Both Apple and Android versions of the app can be downloaded at www.pocketrangerexchange.com/apps/nj-fw/apps.php
Anglers are urged to respect private landowners who allow fishing on their properties by obeying boundary signs and not littering. Fishing regulations can be found in the Freshwater Fishing Digest at www.njfishandwildlife.com/digfsh.htm
The winds have finally let up and the waters have begun to warm back up especially with the heat and sun this past week. The fluke in the back are much more active then the past couple of weeks, but you still have to pick through the fish to find the ones over 18 in. The bay/inlet are still offering limited shots at bluefish and smaller sized stripers. Recently, I had Mike Sicilia and his three sons (Brian, James, and Michael) out on their 3rd annual father & son charter. The group usually does the ocean, but opted for a 4hr Bay/Inlet charter due to the colder ocean temps. We worked 5 different areas and ended up 4 keeper fluke up to 4 1/2lbs (pics attached). The throwback to keeper ratio was probably around 7 to 1. James who swung & missed most of the trip finally connected with a grillin' sized bluefish on our last drift. The bigger fluke were caught on the Pearl White BigEye bucktail
tipped with Berkley Gulp. Nice job by the crew. One of our drifts took us by an Osprey nest with the parent perched close to the nest - pretty cool (pics attached)!
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Dispatch News] By Tegan Hanlon - June 12, 2015
Several of 15 Steller sea lions found dead last week on a remote Alaska beach were "deliberately killed," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday.
Julie Speegle, a NOAA spokeswoman in Juneau, wouldn't say how the sea lions were killed but said at least some of the deaths were “human-caused.”
"We have not seen an incident that involved this many animals at once, probably, for decades," Speegle said.
NOAA Fisheries received a report of the dead sea lions on June 1. Speegle said the endangered animals’ bodies were near Softuk Bar, about 45 miles southeast of Cordova.
On June 2, NOAA biologists and enforcement agents, with help from a Coast Guard helicopter crew, visited the site and found 15 dead Steller sea lions on the beach in various states of decomposition. NOAA officials took samples from all the animals and performed necropsies on some, Speegle said.
Three to five of the sea lions had wounds indicating they had been “deliberately killed," Speegle said. It appeared that nothing was harvested from the sea lions and no nets were found, she said.
The Steller sea lions that died near Cordova came from the western stock of the population. The sea lions are divided into two populations at a line just east of Prince William Sound. Between 1976 and 1990, the western stock declined by 75 percent and dropped another 40 percent by 2000, according to NOAA.
In 1997, the western stock was declared endangered. The killing of sea lions in that population is illegal under both the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with exceptions for Native subsistence hunts.
NOAA officials have asked anyone with details about the dead sea lions to call Special Agent Glenn Charles at 907-271-1824 "as soon as possible." NOAA is offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information that leads to a conviction in the killing of the sea lions.
NJ Health Officials Urge Residents to Avoid Dangers of Extreme Heat
With temperatures expected to reach into the high 80s to low 90s over the next few days, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) are encouraging residents to take steps to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
"Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition and heat exhaustion can also require hospital care," said Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd. "In extremely hot weather, it is vital to drink plenty of fluids, spend time in cool places and reduce or reschedule any physical activity. And please remember to check on elderly family members and neighbors to make sure they are safe."
Prolonged heat and humidity can present a serious health hazard, especially for young children, the elderly and persons taking certain medications.
To avoid health complications from excessive heat:
Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic beverages.
Make sure children and the elderly are drinking water, and ensure that persons with mobility problems have adequate fluids in easy reach.
Wear sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays
Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and both UVA and UVB protection
If you do not have air conditioning, spend time in air-conditioned places such as libraries, movies, malls or other public buildings during the hottest hours of the day. Check with your municipality to see if cooling centers are available.
Wear loose and light-colored clothing. Wear a hat when outdoors.
Avoid any outdoor activity during the hottest hours of the day. Reduce physical activity or reschedule it for cooler times of the day (early morning or evening).
Don't leave children, a frail elderly or disabled person, or pets in an enclosed car -- not even for a minute -- as temperatures can quickly climb to dangerous levels.
Talk to your health care provider about any medicine or drugs you are taking. Certain medications -- such as tranquilizers and drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease -- can increase the risk of heat-related illness.
People suffering heatstroke can go from appearing normal to extremely ill in a matter of minutes. Victims may have hot, dry skin, a high body temperature of 106 degrees or more, an absence of sweat, and a rapid and strong pulse. Victims may become delirious or unconscious. Persons suffering from heatstroke need immediate medical attention.
Heat exhaustion is a milder illness that may take several days of high temperatures to develop. Victims may have pale, clammy skin and sweat profusely. They may feel tired, weak or dizzy.