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Thursday, Dec. 20, 07 -- Read and releases below

Thursday, December 20, 2007: Waves: Small. Water clarity: Very good. Water temps: Mid to upper 40s.

Another day where the ocean looked like it was ready to be bassed but not only wasn’t there anyone on the beach trying but very few boat anglers were working the near-in. There were birds working off Nebraska Ave. Chatting with hardcore beachist Ray S., he hasn’t managed a keepable beach bass in three weeks.

I heard that a few larger bass were caught on the beach. If you were one of the catchers – or even have a first-hand account, please let me know. There are readers who want to think there may be some angling potential for the holiday weekend.

Saw 2 seals in Beach Haven Inlet today. Hey, there’s not much exciting to be talked about.

Clammed the flats and didn’t have an easy time of it, grabbing about 125 for quite a bit of deep raking. Also, found disturbing signs of dozens of clams dead in place. They’re deep and in-place, looking as if they’re alive but when pulled out they can be opened to find mud. That is symptomatic of disease or trauma, as opposed to predation, when shells get torn up or show signs of penetration by attacking worms, etc. I have a feeling they may have died in place due to the heavy vehicular traffic this fall, when there were times dozens of vehicles were out there clamming. I think the mud gets compacted over top and the clam can’t get their siphons to the surface, leading to suffocation or even starvation.

The Artificial Reef Bill will apparently make the floor – despite a huge backlog of legislation waiting a vote prior to the end-of-the-year recess. That has top be the result of the noise made by anglers. I have said for the past year that the poiltcal power of anglers has gotten scary strong. Here’s the official word:

I am happy to announce that Senator John Adler just called the RFA office to inform us that he posted S2635 (Artificial Reef Bill) for a vote and Senate President Richard Codey announced today before the Senate Democratic Caucus that S2635 is scheduled for a vote before the full Senate on January 7, 2008.

Here’s another release that has to weigh on the fiscal minds of legislators.

Release:

New Jersey's 562,000 hunters and anglers are among the most prominent and

influential of all demographic groups, spending more than $1 billion a year on

hunting and fishing according to a new report produced by the Congressional

Sportsmen's Foundation.

The report, "Hunting and Fishing: Bright Stars of the American Economy ~ A

force as big as all outdoors," spotlights the immense impact hunters and

anglers have on the economy at the national and state level.

"Because sportsmen enjoy hunting or fishing alone or in small groups, they are

overlooked as a constituency and as a substantial economic force," stated Jeff

Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. "When you compare

spending by hunters and anglers to other sectors, their impact on the state's

economy becomes more tangible."

To view the entire news release, which contains a link to the New Jersey

report, click on the following link: http://www.nssf.org/07report/PR/NewJersey.cfm.

Here’s an interesting release on upcoming shark ID workshops. If one is close enough, I’ll definitely go.

Shark Identification and Protected Species Handling Workshops

NOAA Fisheries has announced free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops to be held in January, February, and March 2008. Fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet new regulatory requirements and maintain valid permits. The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops are mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops are mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be held in 2008 and announced in the Federal Register. For additional information, please contact Greg Fairclough (727) 824-5399, fax: (727) 824-5398.

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Comment by Hank Korker on December 21, 2007 at 10:20am
I am hapy to hear theat the Reef Bill is scheduled for a vote. It 's amazing how much can be accomplished when evereyone joins in for a cause. As well as myself I know of 10 anglers who made contact with legeslators to voice their opinions. Hopefully now we will get a good outcome with the vote.

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