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Time to break out the treadmill ... with a sledgehammer  Sunday, May 17, 2015: It’s the everlasting bluefish gobstopper.  The bluefish onslaught remains relentless. When they're on-scene, they're…

Time to break out the treadmill ... with a sledgehammer 

Sunday, May 17, 2015: It’s the everlasting bluefish gobstopper. 

The bluefish onslaught remains relentless. When they're on-scene, they're in a full can't-miss roll. For those folks who picked a non-blued beach, just nose round for zones where the action flares up. 

This is a tasty way to serve cooked bluefish, via http://www.foodnetwork.com: Tips: Remove red meat from filets. Also, during preparation, check closely for any pieces of bone left from fileting. A solid shot of Old Bay and a few squirts of Worcestershire sauce spices it up. 

BLUE FISH SALAD  
4 to 5 lb. bluefish

2 tbsp. butter

3 tablespoons bread crumbs

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, minced

1/2 c. celery

1 c. onions

2-3 small or 1 large sweet pepper

1 hard-boiled egg

1/2 c. Hellmann's mayonnaise (or to taste)

6 sm. sweet pickles, diced

lemon wedges

salt, pepper and paprika

garlic powder and onion powder (for sprinkling)

Fillet the bluefish (or have this done by the fishmonger). Lightly oil a baking dish or pan, and arrange fish (may be lined with aluminum foil for easy clean-up).

In a small saucepan, sauté the celery and onions in butter.

Pour butter mixture over fish. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Broil for about 8 minutes or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

Press boiled egg through a sieve and mix with mayonnaise. This may, alternatively, be mixed in a blender. A large pinch of tarragon and lemon juice may be added for extra flavor. Add the sweet pickles and serve as a dressing to accompany the flaked, chunked fish. Allow guests to add the amount of dressing desired.

Sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Serve with lemon wedges.

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And on the other hand ... 

Got word of a couple more nasty bluefish bite cases. It's hugely important to rinse a bluefish bite. I really think a saltwater rinse is fine, especially this early in the season, when waters are cold.

Determine early-on if stitches are needed. If so, simply reduce the bleeding with a cloth and light pressure. DO NOT press tightly on the wound. There are bacteria in bluefish teeth you simply want flushed out, even if it's blood doing the flushing. Heavy pressure can literally introduce the bacteria more deeply into the body. 

If forgoing professional treatment, the worst possible thing to do is tightly wrap a bluefish bite and continue fishing. Gospel truth: This has led to fatalities. Yes, folks dying from a improperly treated bluefish bite. Those cases, anglers wrapped the bite with a piece of nearby cloth, went home and straight to bed.  I believe a type of vibrio was the culprit. While such catastrophic cases are very rare, they show the need for a good rinse of a bite, then the use of antibiotic salves and finally a light sterile (!)  wrapping -- with frequent bandage changes if the bite is deep. 

Here's a read from Outdoor Life magazine, regarding the ten most dangerous fish. 

  • Bluefish
    If a hungry bluefish (aka chopper) were to go head to head with a piranha, my money would be on the bluefish. Saltwater anglers are very well acquainted with the brute strength of these yellow-eyed battlers—for my money, the hardest fighting fish that swims. What they possess in strength is surpassed by their ferocity. A school of feeding blues will cut a bunker pod to ribbons. If they had a taste for human flesh, no one would go swimming.
        
    There are indeed those times when one is left to wonder about the blue’s appetite for human. Mangled fingers cut to the bone will be your souvenir for a careless hook extraction, and when a chopper gets its teeth into you, making him let go can take several agonizing minutes. Legend has it that the bluefish is the only fish that can see as well out of water as it can while swimming. True or not, bluefish seem to bite with purpose and it hurts. Boga grips and long-handled pliers are a smart play on a bluefish boat.

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A fair spattering of stripers is being reported. In fact, I think the bass catching this weekend can be dubbed an uptick ... which is just a little below an upturn but still far from an upswing. Both bait and plugs are finding bass. It seems that any bass on-scene hit quickly when plugs are thrown, then nothing. Bait is a bit of the opposite: Hang around and eventually a striper should find your offering in the surf. 

3am Saturday LBI surf
Fred Soper's photo.

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Turns out he took of her transponder and stuck it on a bluefish. Clever girl. Must watch Blacklist. (Not so. Loads of pseudo-pings being created via CGI. 

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Great job by station 13 at a dumpster fire. Photo credits to jay Zimmerman and Amanda white. Check out Barnegat Light volunteer fire at Facebook to see video of this.

David Michael Voris's photo.
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David Michael Voris's photo.
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Jim Lowney

Second cast, first caught. Short one made it back into the Atlantic off Brant Beach, New Jersey.
Jim Lowney's photo.
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This is just nuts every cast!!!

John Parzych's photo.
Jen Bradshaw- Lowney's photo.

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Kimber J Smith added a new photo.
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Kimber J Smith's photo.

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What a great way to start the birthday weekend celebrations!
Dave Hershberger's photo.
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