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Too busy to write today ... maybe later  Check this video: Sand tiger shark makes a great guard dog for fish monger ... (I know I put it up last year -- but with all the shark commotion ...)  htt…

Too busy to write today ... maybe later 

Check this video: Sand tiger shark makes a great guard dog for fish monger ... (I know I put it up last year -- but with all the shark commotion ...) 



At 60 pounds, Costa Rica snook could set new world record


In the world of big-game fishing, a successful outing does not necessarily depend on how much you know, but whom you know.

Ward Michaels can attest to this. The Florida fishing guide, who has traveled to Costa Rica more than 80 times over the last three decades, recently landed an enormous snook that could net the angler an all-tackle world record (heaviest of its species).

The Pacific black snook tipped the scale at 60 pounds. Michaels planned to submit details of the catch to the International Game Fish Association.

If approved–the process can take several weeks–it will eclipse the current record: a 57-pound, 12-ounce black snook caught by George Beck at Rio Naranjo in Quepos, Costa Rica in August, 1991.

Michaels' catch was one of several giant snook that he and three friends from Texas landed during a three-day expedition along Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.

According to Florida Today, they attribute much of their success to Michaels’ friendships with native native commercial fishermen, notably Big John and Jeffrey, who led the expedition.

Michaels, 52, owner of Michaels Hunting and Fishing, Inc., in Orlando, planned the trip to coincide with spawning season and a new moon cycle. Female snook would be heavy with eggs, and they’d be feeding aggressively in daylight hours, after the dark of the new moon nights. Michaels telephoned his Texas friends and told them to catch a flight.

“I told them to come on. The time is now,” Michaels told the Florida newspaper. Big John and Jeffrey led them to a sand bar inhabited by female snook in the pre-spawn stage.

The anglers slow-trolled sardines over the sand bar, at a depth of about 30 feet, and the fat snook could not resist the offerings. In three days the anglers landed several in the 30-pound class, but also behemoths weighing 47 and 50 pounds.

“The last day we caught four over 40 pounds,” Michaels said. The 60-pounder was not weighed on an IGFA-certified scale, but the scale they used was being checked for accuracy.

“I’ve been talking to people at the IGFA and they said there wouldn’t be a problem,” Michaels told Florida Today.“People in Costa Rica are working on it. It’ll require a lot of paperwork but it’ll get done.”

Costa Rica is known for its large snook, which can also be found on the Caribbean coast and inland tributaries. Several line-class records have been set in the Central American country.

“You’re always happy to get 30- to 35-pounders but to find fish of this size in one area is unbelievable,” Michaels said.“I’ll probably never see it again.”

But he’ll certainly try. Michaels is planning another trip, this time with his 8-year-old daughter. And one cn assume that it will coincide with the new moon cycle, and include pals Big John and Jeffrey.

“I can only thank my commercial fishing friends,” Michaels said.

–Pete Thomas, via GrindTv Outdoor


July 15, 2015

Moving Right Along

by Frank Ruczynski

Is it me or is the  fishing season flying by? After a late start to a short, but sweet 
springrun, it seems as though the summer season arrived right on schedule. I was hoping for an extended spring run, but it seems we've transitioned into our summer fishing patterns as the striped bass and big bluefish continue their northward migration. Summer flounder action seems a little slow as the back-bay flatfish are heading towards the inlets, but the wreck and reef action isn't on fire yet. As far as I can tell, the spotlight appears to be shifting over to sharks and rays. Coastal-water temperatures range from close to 75 degrees at Atlantic City to almost 80 degrees down in Cape May. 

Speaking about things flying by and moving along, I received a letter from the American Littoral Society (ALS) the other day regarding a fish I tagged at the Delaware River this spring. I tagged and released an 18-inch striper on 4/9/15 and it was recaptured fifty-five days later on 6/3/15 at Kittery Point, near the New Hampshire/Maine border – that's nearly 400 miles as the crow flies and much longer for a striped bass considering it had to swim south out of the river, down through the Delaware Bay and then north along the beachfront to Maine. I had no idea the smaller fish travelled so far so quickly. I shared the news with my Dad and Jake, as they were present when I tagged the fish. It seems like that little striped bass wanted to get as far away from us as it could! 

Tag #850417 Ready for Release

From the Delaware River to Maine in 55 days!

I'm still fairly new to the fish-tagging scene, but I've found the experience to be incredibly enjoyable. I started tagging in late October of 2013 and my only regret is I wish I started years ago. To date, I tagged forty-one (thirty-nine striped bass and two summer flounder) fish and I received four (three stripers and one summer flounder) returned tags. I do not take my tagging gear with me on most trips as tagging fish does require a little extra time and effort so I usually plan my fish-tagging trips in the spring and fall when I'm most likely to find numbers of migrating fish. For more information on the American Littoral Society's Fish Tagging Program, please contact Jeff Dement at Jeff@LittoralSociety.org or (732) 291-0055 ext. 106. 

I love getting mail from the American Littoral Society!

On Sunday, July 12, we had a family get together in North Wildwood. I traded my fishing rods and tackle bag for beach blankets, picnic baskets, chairs, sunscreen, bug spray, coolers, beach bags, Frisbees and footballs. We arrived early and set up just a few blocks south of Hereford Inlet. I have to admit, I felt a little out of place being near the water without my fishing rods, but we were packed for a day of fun in the sun. As luck would have it, while lugging way too many items over the dune towards the beach, I looked out towards the water and saw two gigantic schools of bunker about 100 yards off the beach. As I set up what seemed like a small town on the beach, Jake headed for the water and said he saw two sharks just a few feet in front of him. I headed out to see for myself and sure enough, I spotted a few sharks working the backside of the sandbar. As far as I could tell, they were small (3 to 4 foot) brown sharks, otherwise known as sandbar sharks and very common in our waters. The bunker schools quickly pushed offshore as they were worked over by what I assume were more sharks. We spotted a few more sharks and a ton of dolphins throughout the day. We had a great time, but I wish I packed a rod!

I haven't spent much time targeting sharks or rays, but I have caught a few while fishing for other species such as summer flounder, weakfish and late-season striped bass. Over the years, I tussled with a few smaller brown sharks, a couple southern rays, a gigantic butterfly ray and countless cownose rays. The sharks and rays provide a great sport, especially on light tackle, but I just never got into them. After reading some recent reports and seeing a ton of big fish beach photos, maybe it's time to reconsider? 

While I may be tempted to try a trip or two for sharks, it's going to be difficult to pull myself from the recent stretch of great freshwater action. The largemouth bass bite has been outstanding, as Jake and I continue to experience quantity and quality on most of the nearby lakes and ponds. Top-water plugs, frogs, plastic worms and big, live baits are working well. The recent storms have the water a little off color, but the fish don't seem to mind. Docks, bridges, dams and patches of lily pads are yielding good numbers of quality fish. Big bluegills, crappie, yellow perch and pickerel just add to the fun. If you have a chance to visit a neighborhood pond or lake one evening, I promise it will be worth your while. 
Steve George added a new photo.

Fantastic morning especially after yesterday's weather ~ Blueclaws were chewing and caught a quick dozen to steam 

Steve George's photo.

July 16, 2015 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report with Jim Hutchinson, Jr.


Uploaded on Jul 16, 2015

July 16, 2015, New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report with Jim Hutchinson, Jr. – A great white shark off Sandy Hook while fishing for fluke? The summer of the shark continues as The Fisherman tracks down local photo that clearly shows a great white shark (with what appears to be a fluke rig hanging from its maw) while recent video of a shark caught of Sandy Hook last week while ‘fluking’ is certainly not a thresher or sandbar. The makos have mostly moved off, but big sharks continue to take baits inshore, with a thresher topping 500 pounds caught at the Mud Hole, along with browns and sand tigers along the Jersey beaches. 

In South Jersey, a 50-pound cobia was taken on a bunker chunk off Avalon earlier in the week, as more and more summer visitors are showing along the beaches with bunker schools hanging around inshore. There’s bigeye and bluefin in the deep, while summer flounder action is starting to really take shape with more and more 8- to 10-pound plus fish piling on bucktails and Gulps! 

In our weekly report rundown at TheFisherman.com, we’ve also got word of some decent fluking in the suds as well, and with high water around mid-day this weekend, you have some time to hit the open beaches on incoming water before the bathers and lifeguards take your hotspots away! 

Check out our video forecast for the July 17-19 weekend action, and look for the ‘Click Here For Video’ icon to see for yourself if that’s truly a great white shark on a fluke rig!

Appropriately enough, the move JAWS hit theaters 40 years ago this month – and you thought you didn’t need a bigger boat!

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  • Recreational Fishing Alliance  

    July 16, 2015 - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the alternate appointment of Raymond Bogan as US Commissioner to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).  Under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), the United States is represented by three Commissioners (one from the government, one with knowledge of commercial fisheries, and one with knowledge of recreational fisheries).  


    As authorized under ATCA, the Department of State has appointed Mr. Raymond D. Bogan, long serving RFA General Counsel,  in an Alternate status; he will serve as the U.S. Commissioner representing recreational interests until a Presidential appointment is made.  Mr. Bogan is a lifelong recreational fisherman and practicing attorney from New Jersey whose clients include party and charterboat operators, bait and tackle dealers, and other associated marine businesses. He has served on the ICCAT Advisory Committee for more than two decades and is well-versed in the ICCAT process and the issues of concern to U.S recreational fishermen in Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) fisheries.


    "Raymond's personal experience , knowledge and devotion to our fishermen and the recreational industry will make him a very effective commissioner for our sector," expressed RFA Executive Director Jim Donofrio. 

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Fish ID of the day: Banded rudderfish. 

James Pfeiffer

It's a type of amberjack -- one of the smallest. The pilot fish is very similar looking


The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting most of their attention on summer flounder and offshore game fish in the past week.

The “Miss Liane” with Captain Ray Lopez headed out to the canyons for her first offshore trip of the year. They left the dock shortly after midnight and had lines in the water by 5am. Two yellowfin tuna were caught within the first 45 minutes. They then picked up three nice mahi- mahi around some lobster pots and missed out on a big one. Later they had a white marlin in the spread but it would not take a bait. They observed many signs of life in the canyons including sharks and porpoises. 

Captain Bob Gerkens and mate Dante Soriente had the “Hot Tuna” out on a split charter to the mid-canyons. The bite was a bit slow. A white marlin attacked three of the baits but did not hook up. Most of the action came late in the day during the return in at approximately 15 miles inside the canyon.  A large school of skipjack tuna with small yellowfin tuna under them was moving quickly towards a northern canyon.  The party threw plugs and jigs on light equipment each time the Hot Tuna reached the school which resulted in numerous fun hookups. 

Captain Lindsay Fuller had the “June Bug” out for several inshore trips recently looking for bluefish, fluke, and black sea bass. The Durcalec party worked hard for some bluefish but had trouble finding any other than some cocktail blues. They even traveled to the Barnegat Ridge where they tried chumming but only managed some bonito in the slick along with a big brown shark. The Bourakas family fished the Little Egg Reef hard and found action on short sea bass and fluke and some sea robins. They also brought a big brown shark to the boat. They fished with fluke rigs and Ava jigs tipped with various baits, but spearing seemed to work the best.

Captain George Finck of “Sparetime Charters” has been out several times this week. Tuesday he had the Spencer party out in the bay and inlet due to the threat of thunderstorms. They had a nice catch of fluke and lots of fun with a 20-pound bull nose ray

Captain Fran Verdi has been putting the hours on the “Francesca Marie” chasing fish. Captain Fran has had several fluke trips fishing wrecks and reefs close to shore and some in deeper water. The action has decent, but most of the fish have been throwbacks. He tried closer to home with the Pickert party and they put three keepers in the box.  He made a trip on Sunday to the canyons looking for tuna. Leaving at 2 am, they had lines in the water at gray light. He saw signs of tuna and had a couple of big ones on but was unable to get the fish to the boat. They did hook up with a nice white marlin which they released. Captain Fran expects the ocean fluke bite to improve as the fish leave the bay waters on their annual migration.


Additional information on the captains and boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.bhcfa.net  

The following story is fascinating in its scope -- and predictions of future Arctic ice ... 

US, Russia and Canada Expected to Sign Moratorium on Arctic Fishing

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Globe and Mail] by Gloria Galloway - July 16, 2015

Putting aside Ukraine antagonism, they join U.S., Norway and Denmark to sign moratorium agreement

A moratorium on commercial fishing in the High Arctic – which was agreed to but never signed last year, as Russia and Canada squared off over the conflict in Ukraine – is expected to be endorsed this week at a meeting of the five countries with territorial claims around the northern ocean.

Canadian officials will join their counterparts from the United States, Denmark, Norway and Russia in Oslo on Thursday for the anticipated signing of an agreement to block their own ships from dropping their nets in the central Arctic Ocean until the completion of a full scientific assessment of the fish stocks and how they can be sustainably harvested.

The most northern Arctic waters are becoming accessible for the first time in more than 800,000 years as sea ice melts with the onset of global warming.

Some scientists predict the Arctic will be ice-free before mid-century, opening the sea to an influx of ships from distant ports – and the accompanying potential for environmental degradation.

While the Arctic countries cannot stop boats from China, Japan, South Korea and the European Union from entering the region, they can put a halt to their own activities and set the template for a binding international agreement. The declaration on the table in Oslo this week would prevent the five signatories from taking part in commercial fishing in waters that lie beyond their northern 200-mile (320-kilometre) exclusive economic zones until the studies have been done.

Canada's Conservative government, which has often been accused of allowing scientific research to take a back seat to economic development, has been hailed as one of the leaders in the effort to keep the Arctic fishery closed, at least temporarily. Canadian officials joined the United States and Denmark in pressing for Russia and Norway to come on board when the five countries met for three days in Greenland in February of last year.

An agreement was reached at the time and was expected to be endorsed a few months later, but that did not happen because the players were sparring over the crisis in Ukraine.

By April of this year, Canada was sending troops to train Ukrainian soldiers to fight Russian-backed rebels. And as recently as this week, the Canadian government inked a freetrade deal with Ukraine that will likely be a source of irritation for Russia.

But the adversaries will declare a brief détente in Oslo in the name of Arctic conservation.

“This initiative helps preserve Canadian fisheries in the Arctic and allows Canada to promote and advocate for its interests abroad," said Ted Laking, a spokesman for Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq, who until recently was the chair of the eight-member Arctic Council.

“That said, Canada has used every opportunity, including the Arctic Council earlier this year, to condemn Russia's unjustified and unacceptable aggression in Ukraine."

Fisheries Minister Gail Shea declined to comment in advance of the meeting. But a spokeswoman for her department said Canada is proud of its international leadership in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. “That is why we support a prohibition on commercial fishing in the high seas of the central Arctic Ocean, until we have a better understanding of that area and the changes occurring," Carole Saindon said in an e-mail.

Scott Highleyman, the international Arctic director for the Pew Charitable Trusts, said the Arctic countries have agreed that unregulated commercial fishing in the High Arctic is a looming problem.

Although there is currently no fishing in the central Arctic, there is also no legal means to prevent it as the sea ice melts, he said.

“Absent of an agreement, I am confident that it would start before anyone was ready for it," he said.

“There would be no monitoring and essentially no controls.

And everywhere else in the world where we have done it that way it has been an ecological disaster."


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