Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report



Friday, January 27, 2012: Sorry, I’ve been mighty remiss in updating in here but the lack of actual angling coupled with the overflow of political fishing stuff has had me more in the research mode than the updating mode.


I do have to touch on my favorite always-there subject. The weather remains a thing of beauty – for those of us not liking deep freezes or soaring heating bills. We’ll be flirting with 60 degrees today and the upcoming week reads like mid-spring, with highs near 50 and touching 60 at least once before next Friday.


I’m taking full credit for being the only weather prognosticator to predict this freaky mild winter. Unfortunately, I can’t really take more than passing praise since it’s a La Nina thing all the way. Actually, it’s the result of two consecutive La Ninas, which makes the big difference. First year of a newly arriving La Nina conditions (off South America) can give us awful winters.


Of course, up steps global warming, surely able to crush the trends established by past Ninos and Ninas.


I believe in global warming but rapidly part ways with the doomsday scenarios being bandied about. The planet has handled way worse atmospheric convulsions than what we’re doing via industrial moronacy. Already, the rapidly rising sea level theory is falling apart. Seems the ocean has some tricks of its own when it comes to where to put the excess meltoff. This is not to say things won’t get tight along the world’s coastlines in decades to come. Reversals must be made in how we inflict ourselves upon the skies. What isn’t being recognized is how quickly the Earth can then respond to mankind’s playing nicer with the environment.




As you likely know, our governor has made some sense of the fine schedule for violators of the yearling Saltwater Angler Registry. Last week he singed into law a bill that would reduce fines from a ridiculous high of $3000 down to $25 for a first-time offense fine --with a $50 fine for any subsequent violations.

I had long been among those who thought the original $300 to $3,000 fines were an irate reaction by the Division of Fish and Wildlife for



I’m not totally hip to the latest in those things called phone apps – for folks too busy to use the full word applications. However, I’m soon to be giving myself over to the insanely expanding “mobile communication” realm. And one my first app-ings will be via www.chronglobal.com. This allows an instant look at the tides and the moon phases, for wherever in the world you might be. Obviously, you set it for your prime angling locales. It’s always surprising to see the concurrent tidal differences between, say, Barnegat Inlet and Seven Bridges Road.


Carp on ice. Definition of a catastrophic fish invasion see http://www.wimp.com/carpice/.




You have probably seen this already.

Blackfish (Tautog) 2012 Regulations for NJ

January 1st to February 28th


15 inches / 4 fish

March 1st to 31st



April 1st to 30th


15 inches / 4 fish

May 1st to July 26th



July 27th to August 30th


15 inches / 1 fish

September 1st to October 17th



October 18th to November 15th


15 inches / 1 fish

November 16th to December 31st


15 inches / 4 fish



Atlantic City Boat Show, Feb 1-5

New Jersey Saltwater Sportsman Seminar, Feb 11

JCAA 2012 High Roller Raffle




The ASMFC has a busy agenda for February 6–9. The agenda is below. Please go to the ASMFC website for information and the specific board documents and any changes to the agenda. I will be in attendance representing Governor Christie.

ASMFC Winter Meeting, February 6-9, 2012
Crowne Plaza Hotel Old Town
901 North Fairfax Street
Alexandria, Virginia

February 6, 2012
1:00 - 5:00 PM Legislators and Governors' Appointee Workshop with Blank Rome

February 7, 2012
8:30 - 10:30 AM American Lobster Management Board
10:45 AM - 12:45 PM Shad & River Herring Management Board
2:00 - 4:00 PM Atlantic Herring Section
4:15 - 5:45 PM Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board

February 8, 2012
8:30 - 9:15 AM Bluefish Management Board
9:30 - 11:30 AM Atlantic Menhaden Management Board
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board
2:00 - 5:00 PM Interstate Fisheries Management Program (ISFMP) Policy Board
5:15 - 6:15 PM Tautog Management Board

February 9, 2012
8:30 - 10:00 AM Horseshoe Crab Management Board
10:15 - 11:15 AM Weakfish Management Board
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM South Atlantic State/Federal Fisheries Management Board
1:00 - 3:30 PM Spiny Dogfish & Coastal Sharks Management Board
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM ISFMP Policy Board (continued)
4:15 - 4:45 PM Business Session



Pending Legislation for 2012/2013: Reference Pots on Reefs, JCAA NEWSLETTER: 

Pots Off the Reefs was reintroduced in the Assembly and already has 44 co-sponsors. I understand many of you invested much time and energy on this legislation and others in the last session. Now our work begins anew. Legislation is always a long term project. Rather than getting discouraged, we need to recommit to do the work that passing legislation requires. JCAA will be meeting with other groups to develop a legislative agenda for this session. In future newspapers, we will let you know when to write to and call your legislators. You can begin by letting your legislators know that you support Pots Off the Reefs. You can find sample letters in previous JCAA Newspapers posted on our website. You need to write Governor Christie, Speaker Oliver, Senate President Sweeney and your local legislators. The best way to keep informed it by signing up for JCAA alerts. Just go to our webpage and click subscribe. Directions are included in this newspaper.





                                       Alaska and the US are getting aced out of the Arctic.

Alaska and the U.S. can’t lay any claim to the Arctic, unless it signs on to the Law of the Sea Treaty, called LOST. Senator Lisa Murkowski --


"We have an opportunity as an Arctic nation to extend our territory based on the outer continental shelf and annex, as it were, an area close to the size of California that would be available to us for resource exploration and development.

Russia has planted a flag on the seabed at the North Pole and is building the first offshore oil rig that can withstand extreme cold and pack ice. Norway is staking claims to vast oil and gas deposits. And Canada has plans for an Arctic military training base. Meanwhile, the US is sidelined. Senator Mark Begich."


"When you think of the countries that have not signed on to it: Libya, Iran, North Korea , I’m not sure I want to be in that company, but we are. Part of it is we have a couple Senators who believe that this will take away our sovereignty, that LOST will take away our ability to manage our own waters. The reality is, every day we are not part of this agreement, we’re losing part of our sovereignty."


The Law of the Sea Treaty originated in 1982 by the UN as a way to govern activities on, over, and beneath the oceans. But some provisions were strongly opposed by then President Reagan and the U.S. has never signed on. Both Murkowski and Begich say it is time for their Senate colleagues to get with the times.

"You need to look at the Treaty as it is today in view of what is going on in energy issues and our quest to be more energy independent, and the potential for us as an Arctic nation," said Sen. Murkowski.

"They need to broaden their world wide view. At the end of the day we have to. We are part of a world

economy, part of many issues where we have to determine rights of ownership to the Arctic," said Sen. Begich.

The other Arctic nations have pledged support for LOST as the legal framework for governance. If Congress does not ratify the treaty this session, it’s back to the drawing board next year.



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration head Jane Lubchenco has turned down a written request from Sen. John Kerry to order another scientific survey of cod stocks in the Gulf of Maine.

The study would have helped defuse the ongoing controversy over the level of cod stocks in the gulf.

In a letter dated Jan. 9 but released Thursday, Lubchenco said there was insufficient time to complete such a survey before the new fishing year begins on May 1. The most recent assessment showed cod stocks in steep decline, a conclusion sharply at odds with the findings of a 2008 survey showing much healthier numbers.

The 2011 survey showed a stock level of only 11,400 metric tons, 22,600 metric tons less than a previous assessment, according to Kerry's letter.

Fishermen are disputing the latest findings amid fears that the results, if acted upon by regulators, would close fishing grounds, resulting in their going out of business.

Lubchenco's letter stated that government officials "fully understand the potential severity of the situation" and affirmed that her agency is committed to developing a response that would help fishermen and fishing communities.

Kerry, D-Mass., in a statement issued by his office Thursday afternoon, said he has been actively working with the administration and it has expressed additional flexibility.
"They know everyone is puzzled by the disparity between the new assessment and the one before it. They're looking at ways to provide new information to answer those huge questions."

Along with calling for a new survey, Kerry also sought a fishery disaster declaration if catch limits for cod are drastically altered. A disaster declaration would provide economic assistance for fishermen.

Lubchenco's letter did not entirely rule out the disaster declaration if "warranted."

"I'm gearing up to make sure that any decision goes hand in hand with economic help. We do it for farmers; you have to do the same for fishermen if you're going to ask them to fish less," Kerry's statement said.

The New England Fishery Management Council will consider ways of dealing with the crisis at its meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., on Feb.1


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