Wed/ March 12, 08 -- Flea market and Virginia insights
(On March 15, a beachfront remembrance will be held for Ric O Brien. It will take place at 1 p.m. at the pavilion at the ocean end of 5th Street in Beach Haven. Afterwards, light refreshments will be served at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club.)
NOTE: This is the club’s biggest fund raiser, please come go out and support them:
FISHERMAN'S FLEA MARKET
MARCH 15, 2008
FISH HAWKS SALTWATER ANGLER’S CLUB 6th ANNUAL FISHERMAN’S INDOOR-FISHING FLEA MARKET. 100 tables. Saturday, March 15th from 9am until 3pm. Lacey Elk’s Lodge, 900 Beach Blvd. Forked River, NJ. Tables $25, Two free admissions per table. Adm. Fee $3. children under 12 free with paid adult. Raffle, prizes, food and refreshments available. For more info and directions, call Rich at 215-788-9051, cell 267-307-8547.
DIRECTIONS: GARDEN STATE PARKWAY TO EXIT 74 LACEY ROAD EAST TO ROUTE 9 - ROUTE 9 SOUTH TO BEACH BLVD LEFT ON BEACH BLVD TO ELKS LODGE
Here’s a fascinating blog from a site regular – with a load of learnin’ :
I am writing to give another angle to fishermen not complying with regulations. I moved from central NJ (and Beach Haven) to Virginia Beach a little over a year ago. I have been slowly making my way into the fishing scene down here, meeting people and learning the techniques. I must mention I caught my first 50”/50 lb bass the third day I was here! Anyway, the charter fleet is well aware of sting operations set up by fish and game and the coast guard. The coats guard will ID each fishing vessel on the radar. I believe they have software similar to that used by the FAA to track airplanes (I've been told). They will then track the vessel for as long as it takes for the bait (and stripers) to move outside the 3 mile limit. When this occurs, they direct the fish and game to any vessel that follows over the line. I have been told fish and game will only ticket boats that have fish onboard.
What I have observed usually occurs on a stiff onshore wind. The bait and bass are pushed out 5 miles or so with bee hiving gannets marking the location on radar. The charter fleet sets up working an area inside the 3 mile limit straight in from where the fish are. A few boats head north and a few head south on “scouting” missions. When it is determined that no enforcement is in effect, one or two boats troll out catch their charters limit and troll back in to the group and two more will go out. They rotate through positions until all are full. I have been told by reliable sources that they communicate on side band radio but cell phones would work as well.
Some other interesting info I have found out. The striped bass fishery is closed in the Chesapeake Bay during breeding months (Jan-May). Recreational fishermen are allowed to target the bass during these months for catch and release. It is obviously unlawful to do the same outside the 3 mile line in federal waters. Also, there appears to be two separate fish migrations that can be targeted. The first is the bay bass moving out into the ocean followed by the migratory movement down from the Northeast some of which seem to go up the bay and others continue south. The striped bass are available to target year round and the die hard local fishermen I have met don’t like to fish for them. They tell me they are easy to catch and they aren’t strong fighting fish. I must say I don’t find much sport reeling in a fish (on a TLD 20) attached to a parachute rig or a 36 oz. Mojo as the Capt. Keeps the boat in gear to keep the lines straight. D.N.