Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, April 13, 2012:
Even though you have to worry a bit for just-planted garden plants tonight (as lows can get down there, possibly into the 30s) we’re in for some freaky hot weather by Sunday and Monday. Almost certain record-shattering temp Monday on the Mainland.
By now, daily temp swings aren’t going to overly impact the arrival of fish. While bass are obviously hanging just off the beaches, there are still (hopefully) tiderunner weakies coming to spawn. Thinking small (as in: good thing come in small packages), there has been a very nice spike in blowfish the last couple years. We often see that in spring – though like all spring fish, it really is best to let them spawn first before targeting.
Drumfish are a big question mark. After a few banner years, last year was way off. Since this species is very lightly harvested, there aren’t easily discernable pressures on them, thus the possibility of drum in the 100-pound range. Hey, I saw one not that many years back. A few decent drums have been taken so far this year, up to 25 pounds, but we’re not into the full swing of things yet.
Every spring I wonder if any red drum will begin taking notice of the overall global warming, and inch up here from North Carolina. As I often note, Hatteras is mere one-day swim as the crow flies, had it been swimming (or something like that). Remember, red drum had a huge local population in way-distant times. I found red drum scales at a Lenape dig in West Creek, along with numerous terrapin scutes (scales), black drum scales, dogfish skin and loads of small bluefish jaws. Cocktail blues were apparently hugely popular among the Native Americans, likely due to how well they smoke and dry. In over a dozen digs (over many years), I’ve never found even one striped bass scale or bone.
Obviously, the winds have been a huge factor and will become wickedly south again with that hot air.
A big congrats to Eddie Johnston. Per Val, he had Oceanside B&T’s first weighed in keeper striper Friday. The fish was caught a few streets south of the shop on the incoming tide. It was his first cast. Ed was using live clam. He said he looked at his watch right before he casted , time was 8:55am. He had the fish beached by 9:00am. Eddie works here in the summer instructing the children fishing classes we run., his fulltime job is in Viking Village packing out the commercial fishing boats.
In the news story below, check out the underlined paragraph. Weird.
[Standard Times] By Don Cudy - April 13, 2012 -
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced its priorities for enforcing the nation's fishery laws in the coming year.
In the Northeast region, top priority is assigned to monitoring fish landings, enforcing reporting requirements and preventing harassment of fishery observers.
The document outlining the priorities was released this week. It is the culmination of a process that began with a National Enforcement Summit held in August 2010 in an effort to improve its enforcement program, according to NOAA.
"We have conducted a number of outreach and education events in order to help industry better understand regulations and to ensure we understand the issues they are facing and concerns they have," said Logan Gregory, a NOAA special agent, in an email to The Standard-Times.
NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement was criticized in an audit conducted by Commerce Department Inspector General Todd Zinser in January 2010.
The report found that New England fishermen were assessed fines far exceeding those in other parts of the country. The audit also found that money collected in fines by the Office of Law Enforcement was used to buy expensive vehicles, a luxury yacht and to fund overseas junkets.
After the report became public NOAA's top administrator Jane Lubchenco called for an overhaul of NOAA's law enforcement policy.
Creating the new priorities was a collaborative effort, involving input from commercial and recreational fishermen, the regional fishery management councils, state agencies and nongovernmental organizations, according to Gregory.
"It is a yearly process and we will be seeking input again as we continuously assess our priorities," he said