Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Public Asked to Be Alert for EHD in Deer
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking those who are out in the fields and woods of New Jersey at this time of year to be alert for deer that may be affected by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and to report any suspected cases to the Division.
EHD is a common viral disease in deer that is contracted from the bite of a species of midge known as Culiocoides sonorensis. New Jersey has experienced seven outbreaks of EHD since 1955. Outbreaks typically begin in August; symptoms of EHD in deer may include difficulty standing, drooling, and/or emitting foam from the mouth or nose. Deer with any of those symptoms, as well as dead deer with no apparent wounds observed in or near water, should be reported to any one of the following numbers:
Office of Fish and Wildlife Health and Forensics:
Bureau of Wildlife Management:
EHD is not a public health issue and is not a cause for concern about human health. It cannot be transmitted to people, and humans are not at risk by handling infected deer, being bitten by infected midges, or eating infected deer meat, though the Division of Fish and Wildlife strongly advises against consuming meat from any game animal that appears ill.
The virus can infect livestock but only rarely causes a mild disease in cattle. People suspecting this disease in cattle should test their animals and can seek information from the State Veterinarian's Office at 609-292-3965. Dogs and cats are not affected by EHD virus.
I had Jason Black of Short Hills, NJ, and Mike Weinstein of Brooklyn, NY out on a 4HR bay fluke trip. Both Duke University alumni worked hard at the fluke and we fished in a variety of spots changing with the water temps. We finally found a couple of decent fish and Jason put a nice fluke close to 5 pounds in the boat. Not to be topped with his 18" fluke, Mike ended up putting another nice fluke close to 5 lbs. in the box. We used some bigger bait which cut down on the shorts but definitely increased the quality. This was Jason's first time fishing in saltwater on a boat - awesome job by both.
Did an inshore light tackle shark trip today a few miles off LBI. No drift whatsoever. C&R a small mako that came up the slick and took a pitch bait. The mako jumped once Broke off a shark that was bigger. Had another small mako or two in the slick followed by a hammerhead estimated @ 8-10'. Glad he did not take one of our baits.
If any are interested I do run inshore light tackle shark trips. Main target is brown sharks but you never know. Contact me for details.
Sandbar Shark. Sandbar Shark. Sandbar Shark. AKA Brown Shark. AKA this regions most abundant coastal shark. And also NOT known as man-eaters. Also, it is very disturbing to see how many of you would be FOR killing the shark if it were a Bull. I guess it doesn't occur to anyone that they can swim, have swam, and will swim again in this area. Though it may not exactly be a common occurrence by any means, actually relatively rare, but nothing is stopping them. Killing one shark ...
We're pleased to announce that we have completed writing for our upcoming new album - which will be our Metal Blade Records debut!
With pre-production out of the way, work will begin on September 8th at Astia-studio in Lappeenranta in Finland with producer Anssi Kippo. Fans can expect to hear new music at the beginning of January 2015.
Sami offers the following update:...