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Wednesday, September 10, 2014: I’m waiting out the east winds – and enjoying the surprise sunniness. Although the winds are already going south (late afternoon), it’ll take until tomorrow night’s fro…

Wednesday, September 10, 2014: I’m waiting out the east winds – and enjoying the surprise sunniness. Although the winds are already going south (late afternoon), it’ll take until tomorrow night’s frontal passage to calm seas down and straighten up the waves. Could get a tad sweltry tomorrow. Maybe a thunderboomer late. With the new Facebook phenomena, folks are lovin' any storm they can focus in on for a photo. Works for me. I look at every one of them. Pics are my thing. 

Holgate will get active tomorrow -- about three p.m. That’s when Vinnie Turner, Forsythe scientist, will possibly be taking down the temporary barrier at the Rip. 

I’m anxious to get around back to fish blues (west point) and also to hike back to the clamming grounds.

Regarding that high-impact clamming, I refuse to forge through those razor grasslands to reach the clamming, even if it’s allowed. That putty-like mud can absolutely ruin a truck’s undercarriage. The frickin’ stuff doesn’t come off even under high-power hosing. If you're like me and have to put quarters in the spray wash machine, your pockets better be bustin’ at the seams with coins if you wanna get totally clean. Then, it's back on the flats the next day. I actually love hikin’ in. I can walk out with $30 worth of clams -- and save another $5 by bypassing that spray wash.


 I’m getting check-sees bout the humpback whales by folks just wanting to get a glimpse. I’m guessing Friday might be smooth enough to get a good look-see. Actually, it’s also a case of the bunker balling back up. The huge schools we saw last week tend to break apart in the NE winds. For survival sake, they know the bigger the school they're in the better the chance for survival. Or possibly, see http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/it-s-now-lbi-or-kilimanjaro-t... – and read my section on the real lives of extreme bunker.

I need to get all ya’all thinkin’ about the 2014 LBI Surf Fishing Classic. It’s truly gonna rock. Lots of folks are putting a lot of work into getting this event back to its former greatness. All we need is you – and friends. Nice clumps of money are being dangled. Also, some future concepts are being explored that  could elevate prizes to the insane level -- insane enough to drive off in. Again, we just have to see that fishing folks of ilks (ages, gender, you name it) want to climb aboard the Classic train. Stripers and bass ride free. Stop by participating shops to sign up. Go to http://lbift.com.

60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic Kicks Off October 6;

Striper ‘Flu’ Expected To Hit Jersey Shore on $500 Opening Day

 

Long Beach Island businesses should prepare for a busy day on Monday, October 6 – and a much smaller work staff!

The 60th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic is set to begin on Monday, October 6th, 2014 - the long-running surfcasters only event runs all the way through Sunday, November 30, with three special ‘daily prizes’ to be awarded this season totaling $2,000.   At the 6 p.m. weigh-in deadline on October 6th, the largest striped bass of the day is worth $500; there will also be a $500 daily cash award given to the largest striped bass weighed in on October 25th by the 6 p.m. deadline.  A special $1,000 prize will be awarded to the largest striped bass of the tournament day ending November 16th in honor of Frank Panzone. 

Be sure to check with the participating tackle shops and review complete rules regarding weigh-ins to cash in on these special prizes!

The eight-week tournament boasts thousands of dollars in other daily, weekly and grand prizes, with $1,000 cash to the angler who beaches the largest striped bass of the contest and $1,000 for the top bluefish.  Those winners will also get a CTS custom surf rod with matching Penn reel to boot.  In total, there are eight, weekly $125 cash prizes for each species, along with $400 prizes for each of three tournament segments, not to mention various daily prizes.

There are various juvenile prizes (14 and under), ladies’ prizes, seniors’ prizes, along with special daily door prizes just for entering the tournament. A $100 cash award will also be given to the first legal red drum of the tournament, and $500 will be awarded for the 60th striper weighed in (tie broken by time of catch) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Classic!

This year, the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic committee also voted to limit the number of striped bass entered by anglers in 2014, with only one striped bass allowed per day, per contestant, and at a minimum length of 34 inches.  The bluefish size limit in 2014 has also been dropped to 30 inches to encourage ‘chopper’ entries. 

Adult tournament entry remains just $30, and special incentive to attract more local youth in surfcasting drops the price for kids 17 and under to just $15.  Plus, registration also includes the commemorative tournament button, a 2014 LBI Surf Fishing Classic hat, decal and a free slice of Panzone’s Pizza (while supplies last).  A free “Super Surf Casting Seminar” will take place on Saturday, October 11th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. starting at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce location at 265 West 9th Street in Ship Bottom.

Tournament registration is set to begin during the week of September 15th at participating weigh stations including Viking Outfitters in Barnegat Light, Surf City Bait & Tackle in Surf City, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Captain’s Quarters Bait and Tackle in Brighton Beach, and Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven. 

Title sponsors of the 60th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic include AFW/Hi-Seas fishing line, Penn Reels, CTS Custom Rods, Surf City Bait & Tackle, Fisherman’s Headquarters, Jingle’s Bait and Tackle, the Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Fisherman Magazine. 

Local supporting sponsors include Barlow Buick/GMC, the Beach House Restaurant, Anderson Agency, Surf Taco, Drifting Sands Motel, the Greenhouse Café, Bageleddi’s, Bonanni Realtors, the Engleside Inn, Panzone’s Pizza, S&S Bucktails and the Long Beach Island Fishing Club. For more information, visit a participating tackle shop or go to www.lbift.com

Captain’s Quarters Bait & Tackle, 8201 Long Beach Blvd. Brighton Beach - 856-313-0562

Fisherman's Headquarters, 280 W. 9th St., Ship Bottom – 609-494-5739

Jingles’ Bait & Tackle, 1214 Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven – 609-492-2795

Surf City Bait &Tackle, 317 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City – 609-494-2333

Viking Outfitters, 19th & Bay Avenue, Barnegat Light - 609-361-9111

Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce – 800-292-7211


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September 10, 2014

It's Time to Talk about Striped Bass

by Frank Ruczynski

With another fall run just around the corner, I think it's the perfect time to talk about our beloved striped bass. The plain truth is fishing for striped bass isn't nearly as good as it was just a few years ago. For many of us in South Jersey, the fall run almost seems like a dream now. I don't know about you, but I find myself driving a little further north every fall season to get in on the type of action I desire and even when I'm fortunate enough to I find it, the bite is usually short lived and unpredictable.



Heaven on Earth


As concerned anglers, the first thing we need to do is decide if we have a problem. Those booming striper years were great, but is it really supposed to be like that every season? While fishing for stripers may not be what it was a few years ago, it seems far from a crash. Our best science tells us there has been a slight drop in biomass numbers, but the Chesapeake's 2011 spawning year class is the 5th highest on record; this strong year class should mature by 2019 at the latest. I question much of our "best science" and usually feel more comfortable relying on my own eyes. 


Before 2011, I felt comfortable with our seemingly modest two-fish bag limit and protected federal waters. Honestly, not that long ago, I wondered if we we're actually erring on the side of extreme conservation. That time passed when I saw the massacre of the 2011 fall season. I spent my days and nights fishing a little further north at Island Beach State Park (IBSP.) Clouds of sand eels had what seemed like every striper in the ocean off IBSP. The fishing action was unbelievable with as many 26 to 38-inch linesiders as you wanted. As word got out, the normally peaceful, natural beach turned into a traffic-jammed nightmare. Surfcasters were COMING DOWN from MONTUAK. Rods lined miles of beachfront; at times it was difficult to squeeze in anywhere along the park. As if that wasn't enough, you could walk on the boats lined up from Manasquan to Long Beach Island even on the weekdays. Everyone caught fish and many took home their limit including yours truly. 



Limits for everyone!


By the time the holidays came and the bite died off, I sat back and reflected on the great fishing action. At first, I felt privileged to take part in such an amazing bite. If you could put that type of action in a bottle, I'd be happy for the rest of my years. Part of me began to wonder if I'd ever be fortunate enough to experience another fall run like that. Then, I started to wonder about how many fish were removed from the biomass that fall season. Hundreds, if not thousands, of fish were removed everyday for at least a month. How could this bode well for the future? 

To me, the 2011 season at IBSP is a microcosm of the bigger coast-wide fishery. Whenever a fishery does well, it attracts attention. The better the fishing action, the higher the number of angler participation. Years ago, when striper fishing was poor, angler participation was low which allowed the fishery to gain some momentum. Today, angler participation seems to be at an all-time high and I'm concerned that a two-fish bag limit may actually be hurting the fishery. Other than a week or two here and there, my experiences tell me we're in trouble.



How do they stand a chance?


Personally, when I'm faced with a problem, I ask myself a few questions. First, how can I fix the problem? If I can't solve the problem, I'd like to make the situation a little better and if I cant figure that out, at the very least, I'll come up with a way to not allow the situation to get worse. If I can figure out the problem, I'll follow up with: how can we stop the problem from happening again? This seems reasonable to me. 

I've come to the conclusion that fishing for striped bass could be better and I'm ready to do something about it. I attended the hearing in Galloway concerning the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Draft Addendum IV to Amendment 6 to the Atlantic Striped Bass Interstate Fishery Management Plan. It was nice to run into a few old friends, but I was disappointed by the small turnout. We spoke about benchmarks, fishing mortality and things like the spawning stock biomass. After the presentation, the general consensus seemed in favor of cutting our total harvest by 25%. Several anglers preferred the selections in the Option B Section, some of which allow a one fish bag limit for the 2015 season. I'm going on record in favor of Option B1, which calls for a one fish bag limit and a 28-inch minimum size limit; this selection is expected to reduce the 2013 harvest by 31%.

It's not too late to be heard! You have a variety of options. For NJ anglers, there is a meeting on September 15 from 7 to 9 PM at Toms River Town Hall, L. M. Hirshblond Room, 33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ. For more information call Russ Allen at (609) 748-2020. If you're from PA, you can attend a meeting on September 17 at 6 PM at the Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Road, Bristol, PA. For more information, call Eric Levis at (717) 705-7806. If you cant make the meetings, public comment will be accepted until 5 PM on September 30, 2014. Forward comments to Mike Waine, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland Street, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201 or you can fax Mike at (703) 842-0741, email at mwaine@asmfc.org or call (703) 842-0740.

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This is still the best knot for braided line and also softer mono lines. A tad tougher with stiff mono. 

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For my Fishing Buddy's

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This might increase the number of anglers on the beach this fall ... 

Trump Entertainment files for bankruptcy; Taj Mahal could close in November

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The Trump Taj Mahal is in danger of closing down later this fall after Trump Entertainement filed for bankruptcy. 
(Tony Kurdzuk/The Star-Ledger)

ATLANTIC CITY CASINO NEWS

Trump Entertainment Resorts Inc., the company founded by Donald Trump, filed for bankruptcy in Delaware, putting a fifth Atlantic City casino in danger of closing.

The company, which owns two properties in the struggling New Jersey resort town, listed assets and liabilities of as much as $500 million each in a Chapter 11 filing today in Wilmington, Delaware. Its Trump Plaza is set to cease operations on Sept. 16. The Trump Taj Mahal may also shut in November, according to people familiar with the matter.

Three other casinos have closed in the city this year, including Caesars Entertainment Corp.’s Showboat and the bankrupt Revel Casino Hotel last week. A Taj Mahal shutdown would put another 2,800 employees out of work in a city already losing 5,200 casino jobs this month.

Gov. Chris Christie and other local leaders held a summit yesterday to discuss Atlantic City’s future after an expansion of gambling in neighboring states ate into what was once the only legal market on the East Coast.

Donald Trump has no active role managing the company.

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