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Friday, April 20, 2018: I come to you bearing hope for a blue tomorrow ...

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(For the umpteenth time: Please ignore an typos and such in these blogs. I'm actually quite good at grammar but I have neither the time or wherewithal to copy edit these rushed writings.)   

LOCAL NOTE: Advisory Message: Free Community Outreach Program on Flood Insurance 4/21/18 in Surf City from 11am to 1pm OC Library S3rd & Central.

Friday, April 20, 2018: I come to you bearing hope for a blue tomorrow. I’m told that over the last two bluefish-laden springs, April 21 was the arrival date for the first waves of Jersey piranha. I know as well as you that this spring has been unlike any in possible the last 20 years, chill-wise. However, bluefish on their annual migratory mission care little about the current chill in both our water and air. In fact, as to cooler than usual water, that sits just fine with bluefish, which are more of a cool-water fish,  precluding cold water, as designated for winter fish.

If the blues are about to show, it will be firstly down Graveling Point way. However, as the crow flies and the blue swims that’s pretty a local showing.

In years past, I’ve always been of the mindset that the first arriving blues of the year go bay all the way, fattening on grass shrimp, crabs and the likes. However, this new mega-influx of blues seen over the past two years has shown a high ocean-run tendency. I’m not sure if that has to do with the increase in bunker but there’s something in the nearshore ocean that has many of the migrating gators hugging the shoreline.

While on the subject of bluefishes in the hood, the former “Simply Bassing” is now that spring Derby. The big news is the contest has added blues to the event. Great decision!

When first devising the Simply Bassin’ event, Margaret and I were working on the sound premise that our fine spring showing of bass needed some love, so to speak. Not just that, but the biggest bass of the year were being caught in the spring run. Sure enough, Simply Bassin’ had larger bass than the Classic for a number of years. Than thing went a bit haywire on the striper front. They got as unpredictable in the spring as they did in the fall. Face it, they all but disappeared, there’s no way around it.

As to why, I still hear about the Super Storm Sandy factor, along with beach replenishments, as spoilers for stripering in the surf on LBI. However, I can show numbers that clearly show things were going south before either of those factors kicked in. This is not to say the storm and the dredged sand didn’t add to what has become our surf striper woes. I’ll still bet there’s some other big-ass factor in the mix. It more perplexing when considering that boat fishermen have been doing amazingly well, both spring and fall. There has got to be something attracting/drawing the beach bass out to sea. I have no doubt that increasingly large near-beach bunker pods are a likely draw -- though why then has Island Beach been having very adequate surf stripering in spring and fall? There are bunker aplenty off those beaches. I’ll go with the possibility that the growing bunker pods were an early draw and Sandy and the beach replens – with its covering of crabs – sealed our surfcasting fate.

All that said, for me hope spring infernal. I still think beach bassing can do an about-face in a single year, i.e. this year. I’ll be doing a beachline jig to see if I can get the bass ball rolling.

Here’s the info website information on the Spring Derby. See https://fishinglbi.com/2018/03/14/2018-lbi-spring-surf-fishing-tour....

Sign up and get fishin’. I’m feeling confident that bluefish will be saluting this event.

We are excited to announce Simply Bassing is now the Spring Derby!
For 16 years “Simply Bassing” the LBI Spring Surf Fishing Tournament was a great competitive way for anglers to enjoy surf fishing the beaches of Long Beach Island. With the awesome spring bluefish action lots of anglers asked (many demanded) a bluefish division. Finally it’s added!

Now more than ever, the Long Beach Island Spring Surf Fishing Tournament continues to offer Jersey Shore anglers the State’s best surf fishing tournament. Sticking to its roots, it’s a family fun surf fishing tournament with a simple format. Most importantly it’s a low kill contest that awards only the top fish/anglers by weight. Daily, weekly or segment prizes do not exist. If your fish can not beat the three top leaders, please release your fish to swim another day or responsibly harvest for a delicious dinner.

The LBI Spring Derby will start on April 21st and end on June 24, 2018.
It’s $20 to register for the 9 week striped bass and bluefish surf fishing tournament. Top Three Striped Bass and Top Three Bluefish Win Cash! Based on 100 registered anglers: First Place Bass and First Place Bluefish get $500 each (25% Payout), Second Place Bass and Second Place Bluefish get $300 each (15% Payout), Third Place Bass and Third Place Bluefish get $200 each (10% Payout).

With spring surf fishing right around the corner, it’s time to Save The Dates Now! Registration will begin in the near future (about a week or so). Sign Up Soon and get ready to fish your favorite LBI beach!

For more details… www.LBIFT.com

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Today was a very very good day ,and yes no cows,but man I caught so many I m tired,, counting my blessings

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Todd Avery

My first ever gizzard shad on bloods ...

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Earth Day: What's Trashing Our Oceans?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Fish Radio with Laine Welch] - April 20, 2018

This is Fish Radio. I’m Laine Welch – Plastic bags are one of the biggest things trashing our oceans. An Earth Day list of other items after this –

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ASMI’s Can Do and Cook It Frozen campaigns are designed to keep more people eating seafood all year round. Download videos and visit Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute at www.alaskaseafood.org ;.

Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day and it’s also the day that a plastic bag ban begins in Kodiak.

Plastic bags are one of the top items trashing our oceans and waterways, according to reports by the Ocean Conservancy.

For over 30 years the Conservancy has spearheaded the world’s largest International Coastal Cleanup where volunteers from more than 100 countries do clean ups at lakes, streams, rivers and oceans.

The group has cataloged the pickups into seven million items to see what is trashing our waters. The things collected show that ocean-goers have a general carelessness about what and where they toss their trash. 

The latest report from 2016 shows that over 18 million pounds of trash were removed by over half a million people in a single day – including nearly 3,000 divers and 6,000 boats. The volunteers covered enough miles to walk around the moon twice. 

So what’s trashing our oceans? 

The top item globally and in the U.S. is cigarette butts – nearly 2 million were collected. That’s followed by plastic beverage bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers and plastic grocery bags.

Rounding out the top 10 list are plastic lids, straws and stirrers, glass beverage bottles, other plastic bags and foam take-away containers.

The report says that overall, plastics that enter the oceans each year equivalent to 22,000 jumbo jets, weighing as much as 30,000 elephants. 

Just over 6 percent of the trash collected came from fishing gear or other waterway activities.  

The U.S. is listed as the top clean up participant, followed by Hong Kong, Canada, Ecuador and Mexico. 

Florida was the leading U.S. state for volunteers, at nearly 27-thousand. Georgia was second topping 17-thousand.

In Alaska, 420 people participated in the 2016 clean up and collected nearly 118-thousand items weighing almost 33-thousand pounds.

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies leads the Alaska cleanup efforts, this year on September 15.

There are some good signs that the tide is turning on trash.

A recent Gallup poll showed that 66 percent of Americans bought a product specifically because it was better for the environment, and 11 percent said they have contacted a business to complain about its poor environmental policies. 

And in 2008 the UN officially designated June 8 as World Oceans Day.

Find links on both the Ocean Clean Up and World Oceans Day at www.alaskafishradio.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

Fish Radio is also brought to you by Ocean Beauty Seafoods, an Alaska corporation proudly supporting Alaska’s coastal communities and the Alaskans who depend on fishing for their livelihoods and culture.  www.oceanbeauty.com ;   In Kodiak, I’m Laine Welch.

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