Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, August 09, 2013: Weather was a spoiler today but might back off for tomorrow. The winds honking out of the south added more chill and coffee coloring to the ocean. Surfcasting was no bargain – and it was the only deal in town, as winds and storms had boat fishing on a short leash.
Again, the winds will switch to the west for part of tomorrow and might offer a fishing window of opportunity first thing in the day on Saturday, before going north, east. then south -- in short order. By day’s end the winds will get back to cranking southerlies. Very unlikely the upwelled oceanfront will be able to recovery from the bad look and feel it now has.
I was chatting with Fish and Wildlife enforcement over that overblown matter of Surf City lifeguards carting off an out-of-sorts shark. The officers are trying to get positive proof on the ID of the shark. They are responding to a flurry of complaints about the actions of the guards. The ire of these complainers is borderline nonsensical by my thinking. One so-called qualified witness said the shark was just foraging in the shallows. WTF!? Can you even envision someone thinking you can walk up on a healthy shark and nonchalantly grab it by tail?! Sharks are shaped for speed. They’re some of the fastest swimmers in the ocean. I even snicker at the notion you can walk up on an everyday and grad it by the ass-end.
While citations could be issued, there is no shark body, just photos of the shark.
I did get one disturbing comment by the officer I was talking with. When I told him how many sharks are being caught from the beach, he said, “I hope the fishermen aren’t targeting sharks.” My jerk-mouth reaction was, “No, they’re just surf fishing for panfish.” But then I got to thinking: Why can’t you legally fish for certain types of, let’s say, allowable sharks? I find it hard to believe you can’t even rig for sharks. I guess I better look into this before I encourage folks to fish with sharks even in mind.
Got word of keeper fluke taken in the surf on a kingfish rig baited with Fish Bites. Yet another confirmation those fake-o bit really work.
THINK CLASSIC: We’re already counting down September and the new group running the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic really wants to launch the change of management. The event is now driven by anglers and shops. It could go places like never before. If anglers show they want the famed event to carry on for years/decades to come, there is a high likelihood for expanding prize amounts – though this year is already shaping up to have very nice donated prizes to go with a real sweet cash showing.
In coming weeks, I’ll be writing more on the Classic’s look and feel for 2013. I’d also like to rally surfcasters to show support in this very off year. It’s one of those things where we prove the Classic is stronger than the storm. Good point to prove – and fun to boot. See: http://lbift.com/
Below is info on an event associated with the Classic:
LBI SURF CLASSIC BENEFIT CONCERT IN BEACH HAVEN, NJ
DEAN WEEN & BILLY WALTON TO APPEAR ON OCTOBER 6TH
On Sunday, October 6th from 5-9 p.m., acclaimed guitarist Mickey “Dean Ween” Melchiondo (Ween, Moistboyz) will perform a special benefit concert in support of the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic. Mr Melchiondo will perform his own songs, as well as sets with legendary singer songwriter Chris Harford and the Moistboyz.
The backing band will feature Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) as well as many more of the area's top musicians and also some surprise guests! Also featured is local favorite and Southside Johnny lead guitarist, Billy Walton and his Billy Walton Band. The benefit show will be held at the Sea Shell Club and Resort on the Beach at Centre Street and Atlantic Avenue in Beach Haven, NJ.
Billed as Dean Ween & Friends, the concert will not only boast four hours of world class rock, but will feature unique auction items from the music, sports and fishing industries, including a Fender Stratocaster guitar, rod and reel outfits from Shimano, a custom rod by CTS Rods ,signed Gordie Howe merchandise, as well as several fishing charters from LBI and local area fishing guides.
"The island is a very special place to me and winning the derby was a dream of mine for many years. The devastation that Sandy had on the Island was heartbreaking to me and this is my chance to give something back to a place that is very dear to my heart. The Island is a magical place in the fall, it was the setting for some of the best work that Ween ever recorded as well as my fondest childhood memories. Fall on LBI without the Derby is unthinkable to me and I hope that anyone else that has ever been touched by LBI in a similar way would come out to this concert and show their support."
– Mickey Melchiondo
A charter boat Captain and fishing guide himself, Mickey Melchiondo has been fishing the LBI beaches since childhood, and returns every season to enjoy the outstanding action with bluefish and striped bass. His band, Ween famously recorded their album The Mollusk while staying at a rented beach house in Holgate back in 1995. Melchiondo also recently filmed a pilot episode of a television reality show with Les Claypool of the band Primus that features a combination of fishing and rock and roll. The show is currently being shopped to major cable networks.
Since 1955, the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), with generous support from the local business community, the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Tournament has been helping extend the beachfront tourism season while bringing in anglers from all over the region to compete in this fall tradition.
Regrettably, the 58th annual event in 2012 was cut short by Superstorm Sandy, which in turn has forced the Chamber to step back on its responsibilities with the tournament. The Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic committee has undergone revamping and overhaul in recent months, as local business owners and anglers have united to salvage the longstanding tradition.
Melchiondo says, "Sandy may have been very cruel to LBI, but it also brought out the best in a lot of people as well. The Island is still showing some scars but the Derby is a very important part of the healing process and it is essential that it continues uninterrupted this year and forever. My fishing schedule has me on the water 4 or 5 days a week and yet I still sign up every year and take time to come down and still hope to win it! The best I've managed in the past were some daily prizes for biggest fish but I'm not done yet!"
The 59th consecutive LBI Surf Fishing Classic is set to kick off for eight consecutive weeks beginning on Monday, October 7th, which makes the October 6th event with Dean Ween & Friends a unique celebration of sorts for anglers and music fans alike. It also takes place soon after the commencement of the 2013 Chowderfest Classic, giving locals and visitors alike a place to hang while the weekend traffic thins out!
The event is a 21 and over event, being held at the Sea Shell Club, which is on the beach in Beach Haven. Tickets are just $25 apiece and in short supply at Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Surf City Bait and Tackle, and Panzone’s Pizza in Surf City.
Tickets are also available online at www.mickeysfishing.com.