Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday Nov. 12, 13: Winds have dropped, late. Boats have gone out to check on the nearshore bite. I was watching them come back in through BH Inlet toward/at dark. Also saw an emergency vessel (flashing lights) also there, not sure why.
Below are some Classic weigh-ins, of late. I'm getting bits and pieces of some semi-decent beach action, seemingly better on the north part of the Island, i.e. oncoming folks turning left at the circle.
I remain skunked. Admittedly, I've had a lot of the starch taken out of me after weeks of nothingness so I'm just throwing at select time, naming late-day. I hate to say it but the action is so bad it’s not worth missing work over -- even though I have already set aside some extra time away from my desk this time of year. I doubly hate to say this but I now have to hope for schoolie action in December. That's like awaiting dessert -- when I haven't even eaten a decent meal yet.
I'll repeat again that the weather is going to really be a pisser, likely beginning Saturday and possibly kicking up to the point a possible nor'easter will explode midweek, Thanksgiving time. The odds of a Thanksgiving dinner striper are astoundingly iffy, unless you carry one over from tomorrow. That's almost a week before cooking it. No good. No, it won't go bad by then, if kept very cold, but it won’t be remotely as tasty as a nice, fat bass caught next Wednesday – or Thanksgiving morning. I pulled that off a few times.
Tog fishing remains hot but the windows of blackish opportunity will be closing fast due to winds and weather.
Here's a look at the most recent entries in the 2013 LBI Surf Fishing Classic ... Check tomorrow there are some late arrivers to be added. Things are picking up. http://www.visitlbiregion.com/fish/index.cfm?action=viewResults
MICHAEL CUCINOTTA MANAHAWKIN, NJ Striped Bass 15.81 Bunker Brant Beach 11/20/2013 12:00 PM
VINCENT ORZEL PHILADELPHIA, PA Striped Bass 21.19 Bunker Harvey Cedars 11/20/2013 12:00 PM
BRENDAN CRAIG WARETOWN, NJ Striped Bass 16.69 Plug Loveladies 11/20/2013 07:00 AM
JEFFERY NUEL BORDENTOWN, NJ Striped Bass 17.94 Bunker Harvey Cedars 11/20/2013 11:00 AM
DONALD DIMICHELE BARNEGAT, NJ Striped Bass 15.94 Bunker Beach Haven 11/21/2013 10:00 AM
TOM WATSON ORSIGSBURG, PA Striped Bass 21.69 Bunker Holgate 11/21/2013 10:30 AM
Eddie nabs one.
|Surviving Leyte fishermen turn refrigerators into makeshift boats|
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Reuters] - November 21, 2013 -
TANAUAN, LEYTE - A fishing community in Tanauan, a small coastal town 20 kilometers south of Tacloban city in the Philippines have been going out to sea in boats made out of refrigerators after their vessels were destroyed by a killer typhoon.
Fishermen have been picking out damaged fridges found amongst rubble, after Super Typhoon Haiyan hit their town 12 days ago.
Much of their community's infrastructure, buildings, fishing boats have been destroyed, and residents have been looking for a way to continue making a living.
Jimmy Obaldo, a 52-year-old fisherman, was the first to making his boat out of a fridge, and he said he got the idea from his children.
"We got the idea to use refrigerators as boats from my children, they just asked me if we could use it as a boat then we tried to do it and tested it," he said.
He said steering these makeshift boats is not an easy task. He has to make sure the sea is calm, and he has to paddle faster and use smaller, lighter nets of just 25 metres.
Using the fridge boat, Obaldo can only go as far as one kilometre from the shore, while the normal boats used by fishermen can go as far as five to ten kilometres from the coast.
Despite the difficulties, the fridge boat has been successful in helping Obaldo get his catch of the day.
"We started using this boat about one week ago. Most of my catch, fish, crabs, prawns, will be sold at the market," Obaldo says, adding that the rest of the catch will feed his family.
Obaldo's neighbour, 23-year-old fisherman Ryan Centro made his fridge boat three days ago after he was inspired by Obaldo's idea.
"I just copied the idea of the refrigerator boat so I can have my own transportation to the sea and catch some fish," said Centro.
While the fridge boat's catch is enough to feed fishermen's families, it is not enough to sustain the whole town.
Shopkeepers said they had to drive out of Tanauan to get more seafood.
"I just bought this fish from Ormoc (two hours drive south of Tacloban) because here in Tanauan there are not many fish to catch, but before (the Typhoon) I used to buy fish here and sell it on the market," said shop keeper, Charlie Abariento.
But for now, Tanauan's fishermen will continue using their fridge boats, as building a new lanscha takes about one to two months.
NEW JERSEY'S BLACK-OUT DATES FOR FERTILIZER USE ARE UPON US
As the weather turns colder, applying fertilizer makes little sense. The ground is hard and grass has stopped growing. It's also against the law.
Governor Christ Christie signed one of the nation's toughest fertilizer laws and it sets standards that are designed to protect New Jersey's waterways from nutrient pollution. One feature of the law is that it determines when fertilizer can and cannot be used. Referred to as "Black-out dates," fertilizer cannot be applied on the dates below:
* As of November 16, residents cannot apply fertilizers containing nitrogen or phosphorus to their lawns until next spring, beginning on February 28, 2014;
* Commercial fertilizer applicators must complete their customer service cycle of late fall nitrogen or phosphorus fertilization by December 2 and then fertilizer containing nitrogen or phosphorus cannot be applied onto lawns again until February 28, 2014; but
* All other materials, such as products containing potassium, lime and composts, are still legal to apply during these blackout dates of November/December through February 28th.
The reason for the black-out dates is a common-sense approach to water quality protection. When the ground is frozen, the possibility is greater for having runoff from fertilizer, as well as leachate into groundwater, impair the State's surface and groundwater quality.
New Jersey's fertilizer law also established a new content standard for fertilizer that is reducing excess nutrient runoff by decreasing the total amount of nitrogen in fertilizer and increasing the amount of slow release nitrogen. As of January 5 of this year, all fertilizer products for turf now contain at least 20 percent slow-release nitrogen, and zero phosphorus unless a soil test demonstrates a need for more.
The law also created a fertilizer application certification program for professional fertilizer applicators, through the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University and in consultation with the DEP. The certification program was launched by Rutgers University in late 2011. To learn more about ProFACT (Professional Fertilizer Applicator Certification and Training effort), go to: http://profact.rutgers.edu/Pages/default.aspx.
The DEP worked with members of the Healthy Lawns Healthy Waters Workgroup and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University to implement the fertilizer law. To learn more about the law's components and status, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/healthylawnshealthywater.
Implementation of this law is also part of Governor Christie's 10-point action plan to protect and restore Barnegat Bay. To learn about how this law is being carried out in the Barnegat Bay watershed, visit:
Please put your fertilizer spreader away for the winter and share this information about blackout dates with neighbors, friends and co-workers. Help spread the word - but NOT the fertilizer, and help protect and restore New Jersey's water resources.
The United States is losing wetlands in coastal watersheds at a significant rate, according to a new report released today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These wetlands are vital to the survival of diverse fish and wildlife species. Wetlands also help sustain the country’s multi-billion-dollar coastal fisheries and outdoor recreation industries, improve water quality and protect coastal communities from the effects of severe storms.
“Wetlands are essential to fish and shellfish, and are integral to the health of the nation’s multi-billion dollar commercial and recreational fishing industries,” said Mark Schaefer, NOAA Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management. “The three most valuable species that depend on habitats supported by our wetlands—crab, shrimp, and lobster—had a combined value of $1.6 billion in 2012. The disappearance of this habitat could be detrimental to our nation's seafood supply.”
Click here to read joint NOAA Fisheries and Fish and Wildlife Service press release.