Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Damn, it's a good thing this gal has covered her head against the cold.    Saturday, December 06, 2014: Today offered a midday fishing window of opportunity – right when I was MC’ing the Ship Bot…

Damn, it's a good thing this gal has covered her head against the cold. 


Saturday, December 06, 2014: Today offered a midday fishing window of opportunity – right when I was MC’ing the Ship Bottom Parade. I didn’t mind biting the fishing bullet for such a good cause but I did get word – from Mayor Porky – that some very fine schoolie bassing was being had in the Ship Bottom surf. That report went along with another recent phone message-report speaking off bass-per-cast conditions on the south end – not sure bay or ocean but I think it was the surf.  

The ocean water remains unusually mild, with some buoys and beaches showing low 50s. The still works amazingly well for bassing, mainly late-day.

I’m hoping to get out right at dark, even if the weather is pissy.  All too soon we’ll be outta angling opportunities, seeing it’s already into December, which is traditionally the last month of winter surfcasting for stripers. 


I was asked about freezing striped bass. It’s so-so when frozen. I’ve tried freezing bass and have done best by seasoning portions, with thick sauces, then freezing. When frozen, striper meat is easily and tastily served by thawing and cooking (microwaving, broiling or even poaching) then making into fish cakes. 

Note: I have tried to sushi striped bass, as fresh as it comes and in a number of ways but I've yet to develop a taste for it. It's very fishy, even with a load of wasabi in play. Still, I've seen it served in some Asian restaurants. Hey, if you like it raw, more power to ya. Here's a serving of cured bass for ya ...  

I also haven’t had the best of luck simply baking thawed striper filets. It's decent, mind you, but sorely lacking the flavor element of fresh caught. On the other hand, thawed fillets are decent for breading and deep frying, though you don't want to use thick filets. Cut the thickness down with a filet knife. 


For thawed fillets, a thick cheese sauce can make for a nice casserole setup. 

Here's a tasty recipe, obviously replacing cod/haddock with bass:

Sarasota's Scalloped Fish Casserole

  • Total Time:

Prep Time: 20 mins

Cook Time: 45 mins

1 hr 5 mins

SarasotaCook's Note:

Several years ago, I had this great dish from a small "Seafood Shack," a little Hole in the Wall restaurant up ...

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 1/4 (plus) lbs cod, haddock (just cut in 4-6 pieces) or 1 1/4 lbs even halibut (just cut in 4-6 pieces)
  • 1 lb russet potato, peeled and rough chopped 1-inch bite size pieces
  • 1/2 lb leek, just the white parts
  • 1 medium onion, cut in half and rough chopped
  • 3/4 cup gruyere or 3/4 cup swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt
  • pepper


  • 3/4 cup cracker crumb (I use Ritz, NO bread crumbs)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  1. Fish -- In a small pot topped with a steamer or colander, add enough water to the bottom so you can steam the fish, but you don't want too much water so when it boils it comes through the steamer or colander. Cook on a low boil. Add the fish and cook the fish for 4-6 minutes until opaque. Remove to cool in a small bowl. Then lightly break up, don't flake, just break up. Just keep in the bowl for right now.
  2. Potatoes and Leeks -- Add the potatoes and Leeks to the same steamer or colander and cook 6-8 minutes until tender. Don't over cook, just slightly tender. Remove and add to the bowl with the fish. Reserve 1/2 cup of the water to use in the sauce.
  3. Sauce -- Using that same pot, the bottom half only, melt the butter and then stir in the flour and cook for just a minute on medium heat until you have a nice roux or thickening agent. You don't want it to brown. Then add in the milk, reserved water, salt and pepper and cook on medium until the sauce thickens. This should take about 2-3 minutes. Then finish by adding the sherry wine and cheese. Cook on low until the cheese is melted.
  4. Topping -- Just mix the cracker crumbs, melted butter and parsley.
  5. Casserole -- In a 13x9" pan, spray with Pam or a non stick stick spray and add the fish and potatoes. Then pour the sauce over the casserole and finish with the cracker crumb topping.
  6. Bake -- Loosely cover the casserole with aluminum foil and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes. After 15 minutes remove the foil and continue cooking. Cooking until brown and bubbly.
  7. Serve -- A nice side of broccoli raab and you don't need anything else. A perfect cold night dinner.

Merry Christmas from the Kopenhaver Santas!!!
Greg Kopenhaver's photo.
Greg Kopenhaver's photo.
Greg Kopenhaver's photo.


Coastal Storm
December 8-9, 2014
Prepared 400 PM EST – Saturday, December 6, 2014
Larry Nierenberg
NOAA’s National Weather Service
Philadelphia/Mount Holly NJ Forecast Office

Executive Summary
• Low pressure is forecast to develop off the southeastern United States coast on Monday then move northward
Monday night into Tuesday. It is forecast to make its closest pass to the New Jersey and Delaware coasts early
• There is still uncertainty as to the track and strength of the low, which will impact the overall forecast.
• Precipitation is forecast to overspread our region from the south Monday afternoon and continue through
Tuesday before tapering off Tuesday night or possibly Wednesday.
• At this point, due to the track of the storm being close to the coast, most areas will experience mainly rain.
• There is the potential for snow and mixed precipitation Monday night mainly north and west of the Interstate 95
and Interstate 78 corridors. By daybreak Tuesday, most locations will become all rain except for the Poconos
and extreme northern New Jersey. Similar to the pre-Thanksgiving event, precipitation type could be elevation
• The rain could mix back with some snow before tapering off Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.
• Snowfall amounts of 2 inches or greater are possible through Tuesday afternoon in the Poconos and extreme
northwest New Jersey, in addition to some light icing.
• Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts are possible. Some of the rain could be locally heavy,
especially on Tuesday, which could cause flooding of small streams, in urban areas and on road surfaces.
• Northeasterly winds are forecast to increase to 10 to 20 mph on Tuesday with gusts to 25 or 30 mph possible,
especially closer to the coast. Depending on the track of the storm, the wind could be stronger.
• Gale force wind gusts are possible on the coastal waters of New Jersey and Delaware from Monday night into
Tuesday. Storm conditions can not be ruled out, ultimately depending on the track and strength of the storm.
• Moderate tidal flooding is possible on Monday and Minor to Moderate tidal flooding is possible Tuesday on the
Ocean and Delaware Bay.
• Another briefing package for this event will be issued around 400 PM on Sunday barring any significant
changes. Please monitor our website at www.weather.gov/PHI for the latest updates and changes.


Robert Woolfort

Tried a new wrapping method today, I'm pleased for a 1st attempt.

#bunker #foiledwrap Tried a new wrapping method today, I'm pleased for a 1st attempt.
(IBSP but good tackle advice for here.) 

My two on a OO7, dad got a few on a tsunami sand eel most were in the wash

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