Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, September 21, 2016: NE breezes were a tad brisker than expected ... insane lightning news

Livelining for seals ... Wait for it ... Let him swim out and take it all the way first ... 


Wednesday, September 21, 2016: NE breezes were a tad brisker than expected but hardly the stuff of erosion or flooding, even though we’re still into a stretch of more radical tide swings, egged on by tomorrow’s equinox.

Oh, that’s right, I have to wish you a happy Mabon. Ok, so maybe it’s a tad paganistic but if you don’t take it seriously, it’s kosher to at least acknowledge that the fall equinox was long thought of as being sort joyous, despite its marking longer nights thereafter … and winter.  

Check this out, per http://paganwiccan.about.com

“Mabon is the mid-harvest festival, and it is when we take a few moments to honor the changing seasons, and celebrate the second harvest. On or around September 21, for many Pagan and Wiccan traditions it is a time of giving thanks for the things we have, whether it is abundant crops or other blessings. It's a time of plenty, of gratitude, and of sharing our abundance with those less fortunate.”

Ok, so that’s more than you likely wanted to know about Sept. 21 but since time immemorial it has been a huge spiritual deal – until our screw tradition and ritual society.

As to fishing, there’s no hiding from the singing the blues. Small blues are everywhere, with some larger ones around Barnegat Inlet. I even had a two-for, as two went for my plug and each found metal. A group working inside the Holgate rip had hours of bluefish action on metal. I still prefer the swimming plug or popper routine when so many Jersey piranha are around.

The wind should back off to very light, with some fog in places. I’d be very surprised if there wasn’t some surfside striper action along the entire LBI frontbeach zone. Toss out some larger poppers and see what salutes.

The mullet run was once again piss-poor today. I’m still not worrying but I know some throwers who already are. And mullet are badly needed for this weekend: 70th Annual World Series of Surf Fishing ... Harvey Cedars NJ - September 24, hosted by The Long Beach Island Fishing Club. For info see https://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.eventdetail&....

An interesting sighting of a false albie going airborne in the Myers Hole area, inside Barnegat Inlet. That likely means there are some cruising the inlet. Use heavier casting equipment and flashy metals, like Deadly Dicks, reeled in at top speed.

If you hook-up, it's best to alert anyone fishing nearby because your line will likely be going for a long, uncontrolled ride toward the mouth of the inlet. My only false albies from shore have been taken inside that inlet. What a trip!  

Below: One this size will challenge even 20-pound test line and medium surf gear. www.orvis.com

Below: Some boat-top fly-fishing being done on the west side of Holgate.  


Good morning ,my buddy said let's get some Flatt heads ,I never caught one so I said OK why not ,after losing rigs and trying to understand how to fish for these things bam ,got my first one ever ,and man what a fight ,slow night but still blessed I caught one,, — with Todd Avery.


Bridget Corliss Tharp found this picture of Whitey's dad's boat at an art festival .somebody had painted it wanted to show you guys thought it was cool


Fishing loses another follower ...  


Great. As if I'm not freaked out enough over lightning: New Jersey is about 150 miles long 

Shocking: World record 199-mile-long lightning bolt reported

10:37 a.m. EDT September 16, 2016

Scientists identified all-time world records for both the longest lightning bolt and the world's longest-duration lightning flash. USA TODAY636095478853063942-okla-lightning.jpg

Talk about some shocking news from the sky!

Scientists identified all-time world records for both the longest lightning bolt — nearly 200 miles — and the world’s longest-duration lightning flash — over 7 seconds — according to a report released Thursday.

Both records were certified by the World Meteorological Organization, which is in charge of documenting such things.

The record-long lightning bolt was spotted over Oklahoma on June 20, 2007, and traveled 199.5 miles, about three-quarters the length of the state. That's almost the distance from New York City to Washington, D.C.

The world’s longest-lasting lightning flash lasted for 7.74 seconds on Aug 30, 2012, over Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

A report about the records has been accepted for publication in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

This "reinforces critical safety information regarding lightning, specifically that lightning flashes can travel huge distances from their parent thunderstorms," said Randall Cerveny, chief Rapporteur of Climate and Weather Extremes for the WMO and a professor at Arizona State University.

"Our experts’ best advice: when thunder roars, go indoors,“ he said.

The lightning strikes were detected using extremely sensitive radio receivers, Cerveny said, likening it to how AM radio sounds during a thunderstorm, when the static of the lightning discharge can be heard.  "We set out these extremely sensitive radio receivers to 'hear' a storm, to triangulate exactly where the lightning flash starts and ends," he said.

So far this year, 35 Americans have been killed by lightning, the National Weather Service said, making it the deadliest year since 2007, when 45 people died.

This is the first time lightning has been included in the official World Meteorological Organization Archive of Weather and Climate Extremes, which documents records for heat, cold, wind speed, rainfall and other events.


Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Proposed for Endangered Species Listing

CHICAGO (September 21, 2016) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed to list the rusty patched bumble bee as an endangered species today. The once widely-distributed insect species has been eliminated from over 80 percent of its historic range.



This species of bumble bee was once common throughout much of its range as recently as the 1990’s. However, it has declined so rapidly that it no longer exists in New Jersey and may even become extinct within the next 10-20 years. It could once be found across much of eastern and central North America. Currently, its range is restricted to southern Ontario and a few locations in the U.S. Midwest.

The rusty-patched bumble bee is named for the rust-colored patch found on worker bees’ abdomens. Workers also have yellow on their first and rear half of their second abdominal segments, with the remaining segments being black. The head is black and the thorax is yellow with a black spot between the wings. The queen and males look similar to workers except that they lack the rust-colored patch and queens are larger.

This bumble bee, like other species of bumble bee, is a pollinator. It feeds on plant nectar and, in so doing, performs a vital function for the ecosystem by assisting plants in reproduction. They nest underground in colonies with a queen and her workers. Their larvae are fed honey produced by the bees themselves. Only young mated females survive the winter and they overwinter usually in leaf litter on the forest floor. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees can sting many times.

Image of Rusty-patched bumble bee.Zoom+ Rusty-patched bumble bee.


Late 1900’s


Habitat alteration and destruction, as well as habitat fragmentation and the loss of plants on which to forage, have contributed to the decline of many pollinator species such as bees. However, the most likely cause for this species’ dramatic decline is the introduction of a non-native pathogen and parasite. Pollinators, such as bumble bee species, were brought to North America from Europe and vice versa. Some of these insects carried with them diseases and parasites which the rusty-patched bumble bee had never encountered before and was not able to fight. Unless the species develops a resistance to them, it will eventually become extinct. There is also a possibility that it may be able to survive on isolated offshore islands as long as they are not exposed to the parasites or disease.

Many additional species of pollinators are also declining dramatically due to the spread of non-native diseases and this may have dire consequences for the production of food crops for humans.


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