Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, June 20, 2014: if you’re not geared up for LBI this weekend you’re in the wrong gear. It’s going to be fine for just about any Island activity, though sailing might be a stretch during slack …

Friday, June 20, 2014: if you’re not geared up for LBI this weekend you’re in the wrong gear. It’s going to be fine for just about any Island activity, though sailing might be a stretch during slack wind periods.

There should be very good nearshore angling conditions.

Fluke and sharks will dominate the hooking, though there are still occasional seasonal stripers and some cocktail blues buzzing about.

Crabbing has turned on, at least enough to demand an entire section on BBQ grills. I was spotlighting the bay a couple nights back and saw a goodly showing of shedders tucked in corners of pilings. Crabs get highly inactive during sheds.

I'm trying to get a read on some of the nearshore whale activity just off LBI. If you get a photo or video of whale(s) please shoot it my way.

Local PDs are making a big effort to alert motorists to pedestrians on LBI. In case you haven’t noticed, there are a ton of walkers out there. Yes, you're quite aware of the fact you must, by law, stop for road-crossers. But, more importantly, you also have to hit the frickin’ brakes when faced with entire zones of foot traffic. It doesn't matter if the speed limit is 35 mph, if there are folks near the road up ahead, you have to decelerate.  

You know as well as me the massive number of motorists who just keep plowing ahead regardless of an obvious pedestrian showing up ahead. “They can just get out of my way,” is written all over the faces of way too many numbnut drivers. Well, I can assure it will virtually always be your fault if you hit someone. Offering the line “Hey, I was driving along at the legal speed limit” won't cut it. All speed limits are predicated on existing road conditions. The Boulevard on a crowded pedestrian-crossing day can instantly – and legally -- go from a posted 35 mph to a slow crawl.

The thing that gets me is the drivers who aggressively forge through pedestrian areas to quickly reach their destinations then head to the beach and get furious when cars blow by them as they try to cross the road.

Do like I do: Take an attitude chill-pill whenever driving LBI.

NORTH END MOTORIST ALERT: Eeks. Don’t accidently blow through the now fully cycling traffic signals in Barnegat Light. I won’t do it again. I promise. 


Historic boat reassigned to Tuckerton Seaport. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-5y_Ca3ho0


Obama says US has ended overfishing; sets task force to fight seafood fraud and IUU imports


President Obama today announced an executive order combatting seafood fraud and IUU fishing.  In his statement, he said that the US has eliminated overfishing, but that the economic gains of the seafood industry were in jeapordy due to IUU fishing in other countries, mislabeling and seafood fraud.

The executive order directs government agencies to take appropriate action within their budgets to combat seafood fraud and mislabeling, and sets up a subcommittee to specifically develop a plan to fight seafood fraud and mislabeling.

The text of the order is below:

The United States is a global leader in sustainable seafood.  Over the course of the last 6 years, the United States has largely ended overfishing in federally managed waters and successfully rebuilt a record number of stocks depleted by the excesses of the past.  At the same time, effective domestic management and enforcement of fishing regulations have supported near record highs in both landings and revenue for our domestic fishing industry.  As a result, the U.S. management scheme is recognized internationally as a model for other countries as they work to end overfishing.
Nevertheless, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing continues to undermine the economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries and fish stocks, both in the United States and around the world.  Global losses attributable to the black market from IUU fishing are estimated to be $10-23 billion annually, weakening profitability for legally caught seafood, fueling illegal trafficking operations, and undermining economic opportunity for legitimate fishermen in the United States and around the world.
It is in the national interest of the United States to promote a framework that supports sustainable fishing practices and combats seafood fraud and the sale of IUU fishing products.  

To achieve these objectives, the United States will need to enhance the tools it has available to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud, including by implementing the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing; strengthening coordination and implementation of existing authorities to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud; working with the Congress to strengthen and harmonize the enforcement provisions of U.S. statutes for implementing international fisheries agreements; and working with industry and foreign partners to develop and implement new and existing measures, such as voluntary, or other, traceability programs, that can combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud, and ensure accurate labeling for consumers.
Therefore, by the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, and to ensure that seafood sold in the United States is legally and sustainably caught and to combat the negative impacts of seafood fraud on the United States, I hereby direct the following:
Section 1.  Policy.  (a)  It shall be the policy of the United States for all executive departments and agencies (agencies) to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud by strengthening coordination and implementation of relevant existing authorities and, where appropriate, by improving the transparency and traceability of the seafood supply chain.  All agencies and offices charged with overseeing the seafood supply chain and verifying the authenticity of its products shall implement and enforce relevant policies, regulations, and laws to ensure that seafood sold in the United States is legally caught and accurately labeled.
(b)  It shall also be the policy of the United States to promote legally and sustainably caught and accurately labeled seafood and to take appropriate actions within existing authorities and budgets to assist foreign nations in building capacity to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud.  In addition, agencies shall identify opportunities to enhance domestic and international efforts to combat global IUU fishing and seafood fraud.
Sec. 2.  Establishment.  There is established, as a subcommittee reporting to the National Ocean Council established by Executive Order 13547 of July 19, 2010 (Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes), a Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Task Force), to be co-chaired by the Secretaries of State and Commerce, or their designees.  The Task Force shall meet not later than 60 days from the date of this memorandum and at least quarterly thereafter.

Photo Credit: Seaweb


Obama's vast Pacific marine protected area gets blowback from American Samoa tuna industry


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [PACNEWS] - June 20, 2014 - 

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa's congressional delegate has voiced concerns over the U.S. President's new executive orders to preserve and protect oceans and marine ecosystems in the Pacific.

Barack Obama moved this week to create the world's largest ocean preserve by expanding the Pacific Remote islands Marine National Monument, an ocean preserve that lies between Hawai'i and American Samoa.

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says he supports President Obama's commitment to protecting the Pacific oceans but the measures may impact some Pacific Island economies, including American Samoa.

Faleomavega says the Territory is a single-industry economy and is almost entirely dependent on the U.S. tuna fishing and processing industry.

He says he has told the White House that stakeholders including territorial delegates, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. tuna fishermen and processors, should be consulted.

The Obama administration says the President will seek input and comments from stakeholders, including fishermen, scientists, conservation experts, elected officials, and others in the region, to share their views before moving forward with these initiatives.



(14/P64) TRENTON – As part of the Christie Administration’s continuing effort to protect and restore ecologically important Barnegat Bay, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), with assistance from local law enforcement, is resuming intensive education and compliance sweeps this summer to promote greener and safer boating practices on the bay, DEP Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

DEP first launched the sweeps in the summer of 2012 to educate the boating public and seasonal visitors to Barnegat Bay on low-impact boating measures that can make a positive impact on the bay’s health, especially during the peak boating season.

“The goal of these sweeps is to educate Barnegat Bay boaters on how they can better protect this precious natural resource,’’ DEP Commissioner Martin said. “Our enforcement staff will employ these sweeps to remind boaters and watercraft enthusiasts of important guidelines they should follow that will help protect the environmental integrity of the bay, while not interfering with their enjoyment of the bay’’

DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife Conservation Officers and State Park Police will be joined by officers from the Seaside Park, Barnegat, Beach Haven, Harvey Cedars, Surf City, Stafford, Toms River and Lavallette police departments in the effort. They will patrol the bay throughout the summer and distribute green boating literature during informal stops on Barnegat Bay. Boaters also will get maps showing the 16 most ecologically sensitive areas of the 660-square-mile watershed – areas deserving of special care.

The sweeps may also result in citations for violation of boater laws and egregious natural resource violations.

“It’s important that people who enjoy Barnegat Bay are aware of how they can minimize water craft impacts to benefit the bay in the short-term and in the long-term,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Bureau of Law Enforcement Chief Mark Chicketano. “Offenders of existing navigational and maritime law, including speed in no-wake zones or driving while intoxicated, will be penalized.”

Studies done by the DEP in coordination with academic researchers have identified the 16 ecologically sensitive areas in Barnegat Bay that can be negatively impacted by water craft. High speed boats and watercraft, and the wakes they create, can damage submerged aquatic vegetation, such as eel grass. They can also disrupt aquatic habitats and nesting shorebirds, particularly in shallower tidal waters where recreational activities are common.

Reducing water craft impacts is one of the key goals in Governor Christie’s Barnegat Bay Restoration Plan, which was launched in December 2010. Other key points include an early shutdown of Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant by the end of 2019, a reduction of nutrient pollution from fertilizer, the funding of stormwater runoff mitigation projects, as well as public education and scientific research on the bay.

The DEP has established a series of tips for clean and green boating in Barnegat Bay and that information will be provided to boaters who are stopped during the education sweeps. As part of its campaign to keep the bay cleaner and greener, the DEP recommends boaters and personal watercraft users:

  • Stay out of restricted areas set aside for wildlife. Do not harass nesting birds and other animals.
  • Buoy mooring chains and lines to prevent them from scraping on the bay bottom and harming submerged aquatic vegetation and animals.
  • Use pump-out boats and facilities. Do not discharge wastewater holding tanks into open water.
  • Maintain 100-foot distance (about the length of six cars) from natural shorelines, bay islands, sensitive ecological areas, and use marked navigational channels for travel.
  • Minimize wakes in all shallow areas to help reduce erosion and harm to aquatic plants and animals.
  • Appreciate wildlife from a distance.
  • Help reduce air pollution by cutting the engine and not idling in open water.
  • Keep trash, recyclables, hooks and lures in secure containers and dispose of them properly on land. Recycle used monofilament fishing lines instead of throwing them away.
  • Avoid giving invasive aquatic plants and animals a ride. Thoroughly clean boats, personal watercraft and equipment when transferring them from one water body to another.

To learn more of Governor Christie’s Action Plan for Barnegat Bay, visit: 

To learn how to reduce water craft impacts of Barnegat Bay, visit: 

For a map of Barnegat Bay’s 16 Ecologically Sensitive Areas, visit:


Mako fever in the a.m.

Mako fever in the a.m.


Jill Svelling Belloff's photo.
I had Ian Habich and his wife Tracey Habich of Little Egg, NJ on a afternoon bay fluke charter. We had to contend with the relentless south wind with some gusts approaching 15knots-20knots based on the USGS Barnegat Light weather station - but the duo jigged some prime locations and they landed close to 30 fluke with 3 keepers to 5.5lbs (18, 18.5, 24inches) and a lone 20in bluefish on S&S Big Eye bucktails tipped with Gulp. This was Ian and Tracey's first time sticking to bucktailiing and they were both impressed by the ferocity of the strikes, especially Ian's 5lb fluke. We ended the trip attempting to find blowfish and fight daylight. It may be a few more weeks until the blowfish become thick enough to target.
Brett Taylor's photo.
Brett Taylor's photo.
Brett Taylor added 2 new photos.

I had Ian Habich and his wife Tracey Habich of Little Egg, NJ on a afternoon bay fluke charter. We had to contend with the relentless south wind with some gust...

All rigged up on the F250! Bad ass work!! Thanks again Ed Shimer Jr
All rigged up on the F250! Bad ass work!! Thanks again Ed Shimer Jr
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One of Jersey's Best!! One of My First Decoy's !! From The Parker Family. Lloyd Parker (Goose Decoy) Parkertown NJ 1859-1921

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A true hero to many of us

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