Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Oct. 27, 08 -- Waiting for waters to clear and fun to begin

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Ship Bottom, NJ

Monday, October 27, 2008: Waves: Slowly dropping 3-5 foot south swell; still powerful and loads of current.Water clarity: Fair to poor.
Per BL Bait and Tackle, the North End has some bass groping around in the mucked up water (brownish). John Canale had a 14-pounder on bunker. Smaller ones were also being caught, Loveladies area. Bass were also going for live spot fished inside Barnegat Inlet – not a brisk bite, though.
Ship Bottom had bass on the south sides of jetties, going for clams. A 28-incher was caught mid-Island on a black Bomber, swum very slowly. (That plugged fish was taken by a caller I sent to a site where I keep missing fish and he got his keeper on his third cast. He then totally lost the plug to an even a larger fish he thinks was a bass – though I’m betting big blue. He’s now totally hooked on surfcasting however, scarily, he is on active duty and “won’t be returning for quite some time.” He couldn’t say anything more but I think I know why he won’t be fishing again soon. Good luck, my friend.)
Holgate had a couple big blues this a.m. Tony C. had a Classic-qualified slammer from mid-point beach, prior to Rip access. He also exchanged pleasantries with a very large bass that ran out to the bar, showed itself perfectly in a rising wave then flipped Tony a fin and swam off. The Rip has bass but it all comes down to being there when things are just right. The LE Inlet shoals are ripe. Look for that wave region to light up over the next few days (west winds churn the bottom just right for bass), though big blues could make bassing a tough go.
Water should clear up slowly, possibly by tomorrow. Once a tad cleaner, the fun begins. There is plenty of bait -- and big fish just waiting to home in on them. That hook-up is already happening up to our north. While it’s known all too well that we seldom get the exact action of Island Beach State Park, a clear exception is when blues and bass are shagging southbound baitball. That hubbub almost always work its way to us – then on to Brigantine.

“Saturday was a weather day to remember with those swelling tides and rough surf , if you could hold bottom with a 6 oz weight you'd be lucky. Although I did manage a 31 " bass at 5 pm on bunker tail. I've been getting a bite here and there all day but nothing hit hard enough to stay on until 5:00 when my bass hit . After that I'd had enough of gale force wind and rain that felt like hail pellets hitting my face. I saw a kid on the way out on his skate board and thought how crazy is that, then I thought about myself in that weather fishing all day, now who was crazy...”

NEWS: SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News] - October 27, 2008 -
TOKYO, The scientific committee of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas has compiled a report calling for a reduction of at least 50 percent of the total allowable catch of bluefin tuna in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic from 2009, it has been learned.

ICCAT, an intergovernmental fishery organization controlling tuna stocks in the Atlantic, likely will review the catch quotas based on the report at its annual meeting to be held in Morocco on Nov. 17-24. This likely development will almost inevitably lead to the tightening of regulations and a surge in tuna prices.

According to the report, 61,000 tons of tuna, including illegal catches, are estimated to have been caught in 2007. Reported catches in 2007 came to 32,398 tons, although the total catch quota was 29,500 tons.

The committee pointed out that the risk of the tuna stock collapsing was becoming severe and demanded the reduction of annual catch quotas to 15,000 tons or less and to maintain these for more than 10 years to ensure sustainable catches of bluefin tuna.

In Japan, 44,000 tons of bluefin tuna were consumed in 2006. About 60 percent of this total came from the Mediterranean and the Eastern Atlantic, either caught by Japanese fishing boats or imported.

The wholesale price of frozen bluefin tuna at the Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, known as Tsukiji Market, has been on the rise since catch quotas were set at ICCAT's annual meeting in November 2006.

A total of 46 nations, territories and intergovernmental bodies, including Japan, the European Union and the United States, are members of ICCAT.
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Associated Press] - October 27, 2008 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska, The Coast Guard has stopped searching for two remaining crew members missing after the sinking of a fishing boat off Alaska.

The Coast Guard said Sunday it was suspending the search after combing nearly 5,000 square miles of ocean around the Aleutian Islands.

Thirty-year-old Carlos Zabala and 49-year-old Robert Davis were among 11 crew members aboard the fishing boat as it sank early Tuesday.

Four survivors were rescued from a life raft. Five were found dead in the water.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm says the search can be reopened if needed. Fishing vessels in the area are expected to keep a lookout.

Testimony by surviving crew members is to begin Monday at an investigative hearing in Anchorage.
WASHINGTON, Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that tainted the 40-year Senate career of Alaska's political patriarch.

The verdict, coming just days before Election Day, adds further uncertainty to a closely watched Senate race. Democrats hope to seize the once reliably Republican seat as part of their bid for a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate.

Stevens, 84, was convicted of all seven charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors began deliberating Wednesday at noon.

Stevens faces up to five years in prison on each count when he is sentenced Jan. 26, but under federal sentencing guidelines, he is likely to receive much less prison time, if any.

The monthlong trial revealed that employees for oil services company VECO Corp. transformed the senator's modest mountain cabin into a modern, two-story home with wraparound porches, a sauna and a wine cellar. Stevens never paid for VECO's work.

The Senate's longest-serving Republican, Stevens said he had no idea he was getting freebies. He said he paid $160,000 for the project and said he believed that covered everything.

Stevens asked for an unusually speedy trial, hoping he'd be exonerated in time to return to Alaska and win re-election. He kept his campaign going and gave no indication that he had a contingency plan in case of conviction.

Despite being a convicted felon, he is not required to drop out of the race or resign from the Senate. If he wins re-election, he can continue to hold his seat because there is no rule barring felons from serving in Congress. The Senate could vote to expel Stevens on a two-thirds vote.

'Put this down: That will never happen - ever, OK?' Stevens said in the weeks leading up to his trial. 'I am not stepping down. I'm going to run through and I'm going to win this election.

Democrats, who are hoping to capture a filibuster-proof Senate majority, have jumped at the chance to seize the once reliably Republican seat. They have invested heavily in the race, running television advertisements starring fictional FBI agents and featuring excerpts from wiretaps.

Stevens' conviction hinged on the testimony of Bill Allen, the senator's longtime drinking and fishing buddy. Allen, the founder of VECO, testified that he never billed his friend for the work on the house and that Stevens knew he was getting a deal.

Stevens spent three days on the witness stand, vehemently denying that allegation. He said his wife, Catherine, paid every bill they received.

Living in Washington, thousands of miles away, made it impossible to monitor the project every day. Stevens relied on Allen to oversee the renovations, he said, and his friend deceived him by not forwarding all the bills.

Stevens is a legendary figure in Alaska, where he has wielded political influence since before statehood. His knack for steering billions of dollars in federal money to his home state has drawn praise from his constituents and consternation from budget hawks.

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