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Friday, August 11, 2017: Come on down, we’re holding another weekend ... Calloway accident report, Dead duck follow-up

(Will re-post this evening if any updates come in.)

Friday, August 11, 2017: Come on down, we’re holding another weekend here along the Jersey Shore. I too often slip and exclusively use the term “LBI” when talking about fun along the coast. That understates the massive presence – and fun – had by bayside folks, many of whom boat to beat the band, not to mention their simply loving life along lagoons or close to nearby bayside fishing and crabbing venues.  

As to fishing, it’s once again a case of grabbing sessions when the winds are down in the a.m. Then, hang out and relax later in the day, maybe even do some beach time with the family – or better yet, boat out for some bayside crabbing, which handles hard SE winds better. Come Sunday, we’ll likely swing to a westerly wind which has it pros and cons – pros for surfcasting and inletting and cons for the many now heading off to the reefs, which are just far enough out to pick up a real nasty chop from those offshores.

Jetty might be hopping, per ...

Jean Deery Schaum

It was non stop action out on the jetty today. Terry brought home a blackfish and a trigger fish.

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I hate to sound echo-like but, and since fluking is the only serious game in town, there is still very brisk flattie action. But we are going even deeper into the dog days of undersized fluke. I had one three-person vessel who estimated “easily 100 fish” with only three keepers. Of import, that same report went on, “It was the same spot where we got those doormats that we sent photos of last week.”

Ocean flattie: 

Frank Bowen caught this fish
and I put him on the flounder francaisse. Nice fish Frank!
That’s fully par for the course, especially since I believe this was a bay report. While we had big bay flatties far later into the summer than usual, the chemical make-u and dissolved oxygen in the bay is just to the tolerances of larger fluke. They inlet for a awhile – and boy did they inlet recently – than move seaward and fan out, where they’re helluva site harder to home in on. It should be remembered, that fluke in the bay and inlets are restricted to what amounts to a dang small area when compared to the open ocean. While it’s not quite ducks in a barrel, it’s high-odds for anglers, as is the case with smaller fluke still baying it.

Since I’m heavily into the ongoing effort to improve catch-and-release techniques, it’s vital to recognize that from now through the end of the fluke season, undersized fish won’t just rule the roost they’ll overflow it. Unhook them with the mindset: “There ya go. I took real good care unhooking you; now swim off and come back when you’re 18.” Thinking in terms of making a fishing future for yourself adds some spice to C’n’R.

Sharking is picking up, likely due to more fishing effort being directed in that sandpaper-skin direction. Browns are the easiest find.

In Japan, they are making wonderful sanding sticks and boards, as heritage-style wood sanders and wasabi grinders, using legally-harvested sharks. No, I’m not going against effort to save sharks. When sharks are harvested within conservationally sound guidelines, as much of the fish as possible should be utilized.  

Below: I have one of these sharkskin wasabi grinders:

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In the same vein: 

"I cut the piece of sting ray skin (shagreen) to the size of the oak block with a wax pencils width larger than the block.  I then used large shears to cut out the material.  This stuff is tough, the little tubercules of mineral deposits are very hard. -- http://www.fullchisel.com

Variable grit2

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Bass thumb and a hook under the fingernail! Worth every bit of it!

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Lately we've been participating in two fisheries that we usually don't target: fluke and sharks. After throwing gallons and gallons of shrimp and not connecting with any weakfish I decided to fish for what is here instead of what is not.

 
Although, they are mostly shorts, the bay, inlet, and ocean are all giving up good numbers of fluke. If you put your time in, you wind up with some good size fish for the cooler.
 
We have been targeting sharks for the last week and a half and catching them on every trip. Mostly all are 3 to 4 foot brown sharks. We are using lighter conventional outfits and releasing all that we catch. Only a 4 to 5 mile run from the inlet. They are super aggressive and give a great fight.
 
It is possible to combine both of these fisheries in the same 5 or 6 hour trip. We could also cast lures in the inlet for blues and small stripers when the conditions are right.
 
Sailing Open Boat or Charter: tomorrow (Friday) Aug 11, Noon to 6PM and Sat, Sun, and Mon, Aug 12, 13, and 14, 6AM to Noon, and 1 PM to 7 PM. $150 per person, 4 people max.
 
Attached pic: Lucas Petruzzo, 14, of Yorktown Heights, NY, with his first ever saltwater fish, a 4 ft. brown shark about to be released.
 
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
Hi Flier Sportfishing
732.330.5674 cell
hiflier.com

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View New FishSmart Video Below!

FishSmart is a program driven by the sportfishing community for the sportfishing community. Whether you are an angler, a business, or a conservation organization, FishSmart will help you improve the sport of fishing for the future. Working with fisheries management bodies at the state and federal level, FishSmart focuses on three main areas:

  • Communicating to Anglers - the benefits of improving the survival of released fish through Best Practices.
  • Research - identifying current and needed research to improve the survival of released fish.
  • Partnerships - building strong connections between the recreational fishing community, fisheries management bodies, and conservation organizations to create sustainable sport fishing opportunities.

FishSmart - It's Up To You!

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While some folks have been tight-lipped about specifics, word of mouth reports have it that the…
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Today, 1:17 PM

Walt report ...

Bucktailed the N. jetty on the way out to fluking the tires. Had a 20” bass real quick, a blue bite off, then another fish
which ended up to be a 5.4 LB fluke. Left there for the tires and did nothing with a no wind drift. Went out to the bell
bouy and also no fluke but did manage a 36” across cow nose on a sea robin bait. Tried the tires again on the way in and
then went in to the tip of the S. jetty Had a 20” & and 18” , a sea bass and two short fluke. WP

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NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife

A Watched Pot...

Crab pot, that is. While making a focused effort on commercial crab pot enforcement actions in the Great Bay area, Conservation Officer Harp discovered a string of commercial crab pots in a creek. It was apparent, due to the number of dead organisms inside the pots, that the crabber had not tended them routinely. CO Harp sealed the opening of the pots and after five days, verified they had not been tended. The crabber, who drove his boat right past the pots every day, recently paid a fine of $30 per crab pot for failing to tend the gear once every 72 hours.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds everyone that to avoid the unintentional death of marine life, regulations require that all crab pots, whether used recreationally or commercially, must be tended at least once every 72 hours. Additional requirements concerning the construction and use of non-collapsible crab pots can be found in the Marine Digest.

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ASMFC Opens Door to Consider Menhaden Role as Prey Species

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [UsNews.com] By Associated Press - August 10, 2017

Interstate fishing regulators are seeking public comment on a plan to tweak the way they manage menhaden, one of the most important little fish in the ocean food chain.

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission says in a statement last week that it wants to balance "menhaden's ecological role as a prey species" with the needs of people who harvest and use the fish for a living.

The commission's plan includes a suite of options about how to better manage menhaden. Options include potential changes to quota systems and accidental catch rules. The commission is soliciting feedback until Oct. 20.

Fishermen have caught more than a billion pounds of menhaden every year since at least 1950. They are harvested for use as bait and to make fish oil.

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Beautiful day at the beach. Released 18+ micro-bluefish and 5 fluke.

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My catch of the day, fluke and sea bass. The benefit of the low bag limits is that I only had to fillet 5 fish. Actually I rather be filtering more. The sea bass regs in particular are ridiculous, tons of them around and we are only allowed to keep 2.
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Marine Debris Bill Passed By Senate, Will Open Up Talks With Other Countries


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Alaska Public Media] by Liz Ruskin August 10, 2017

A bill targeting plastic waste in the ocean and other marine debris cleared the U.S. Senate last week. Alaska’s junior Senator, Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, sponsored the legislation.

“What is particularly troubling about the marine debris challenge and crisis … is that the majority of marine debris in the world’s oceans come from five countries in Asia: China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam Indonesia and South Korea,” Sullivan said.

The bill calls on the State Department to engage other countries to find solutions. It would also reauthorize the Marine Debris Program for another five years, with up to $10 million a year.

Kevin Allexon, senior manager of government relations at the Ocean Conservancy, said his group has worked with Sullivan’s office on the bill. He calls it “small but significant.” Small, he said, because it’s the first item on the to-do list. And significant, he said, because it could unleash the power of the State Department to “engage with those countries, bilaterally, multilaterally, to begin a dialogue or continue a dialogue that is really kind of in its infancy right now on what to do.”

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State David Balton described the waste deluge as a casualty of rapid growth for the countries most responsible.

“Their pace of economic development is just moving ahead so much more rapidly than their waste-management capabilities,” Balton said at a Senate hearing on the bill last month, “so to get a handle on this we really need to help them improve waste management processes.”

Sullivan’s 21 cosponsors span the ideological spectrum, from Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla, and far to his left , Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J.

Booker praised the bipartisanship but said every time he reads a report on plastic waste in the ocean, he sees the situation is more dire than most people realize. He cited massive growth in the production of plastics, and the unabated use of the material for packaging.

“This is a crisis of global proportions and we’re acting as if the little tiny bit that we’re doing is somehow going to stop our grandchildren from experiencing a world where there is more plastic … in our ocean than all of the fish and marine wildlife,” Booker said.

Booker and others say the problem isn’t just the fault of far-away countries.

Nancy Wallace directs the Marine Debris Program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. She confirmed the top five contributors of marine debris are in Asia.

“But the United States is No. 20, and we are the No. 1 generator of waste in the world. So we are contributing to this problem,” Wallace said.

The bill passed the Senate by unanimous consent, without a rollcall vote. Alaska Congressman Don Young sponsored an identical version in the House. It has also attracted a raft of co-sponsors from both parties, but the House has no hearings scheduled yet.

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The Office of the Ocean County Prosecutor ...

EAGLESWOOD FATAL CRASH UPDATE
(County Update)

On 8/9/2017 at approximately 3 pm, the New Jersey State Police responded to Callaway’s Restaurant (Route 9 South, Eagleswood,NJ) for a report of a vehicle striking the building. Upon arrival, Troopers observed a 2009 GMC Acadia against the south east corner of the restaurant with substantial front end damage.
The driver, Patty Rulon, was removed from the vehicle and subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. The front seat passenger, Albert Rulon, was flown to Atlanticare for multiple traumatic injuries. While in transit, he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The rear passenger side occupant, Juliette Adomaa, was partially ejected from the backseat and suffered from shoulder and head injuries but is stable at this time. Lastly, the rear drivers side occupant, a 15yo male, was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center for possible broken ribs and internal injuries and is stable at this time.

Further investigation revealed that the driver, Patty Rulon, was traveling northbound on Route 9 when she allegedly lost consciousness and slumped over the steering wheel with her foot on the accelerator. She then accelerated across the southbound lane, up a short bank of shrubs and bushes, and impacted the corner of Callaway’s Restaurant. There is nothing to indicate anything criminal regarding this case.

Below are the vehicle occupant identifiers. All individuals in the vehicle were related with the exception of Ms. Adomaa who was a caregiver for Albert Rulon.

Vehicle: 2009 GMC Acadia

V#1 Driver: Patty Rulon, DOB 1/23/63 of 76 W. Lakeshore Dr., Manahawkin, NJ

Front Pass: Albert Rulon, DOB 3/13/26 of 230 N. Green Street, Tuckerton, NJ

Rear Pass #1: Juliette Adomaa, DOB 10/16/72 of 230 N. Green Street, Tuckerton, NJ

Rear Pass #2: 15 years old

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Bridget Haldenwang
Stafford Township Administrative Assistant
609-597-1000 ext 8559 
Residents of Stafford Township:

We have been monitoring the water quality issues in Beach Haven West for the last ten days. At this time, and after consultation with the Ocean County Health Department, we offer the following:|

1. The time of heightened awareness and concern appears to have past.

2. Recreational activity can resume in the lagoons.

3. It is always recommended by the Ocean County Health Department that swimming take place in protected areas where water quality is regularly checked. Use of the lagoons for recreational swimming is at your own risk and not recommended.

4. Recreational crabbing and fishing is permitted but it is recommended that only crabs taken from approved harvest areas are considered safe to eat. No lagoon would be considered an approved harvest area.

The township continues to monitor the water quality issues in the lagoons. We thank all of our residents for their assistance in reporting these issues.

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Stills from a video of a Nicholas Seafood employee incorrectly killing a lobster.
Stills from a video of a Nicholas Seafood employee incorrectly killing a lobster.

THE state’s first crustacean cruelty conviction will stand after Nicholas Seafood at Glebe lost an appeal in the District Court.

The conviction was recorded after photographs emerged of a staffer (pictured right) carving up a lobster without first stunning it at the store’s Sydney Fish Markets premises.

The store had appealed the “severity” of a $1500 fine imposed by the Sydney Downing Centre Court in February relating to a charge of an act of animal cruelty.

It had been enforced after a member of the public recorded a fishmonger killing the lobster without any attempt to stun the animal to mitigate its suffering.

The footage shows the lobster struggling as the monger attempts to butcher it.

It remained alive after its tail was cut off and its head was fed through a band saw 20 seconds later.

The RSPCA issued the company a fine but the owner instead opted to take the matter to court where Nicholas Seafood was subsequently found guilty.

In the District Court on July 17, the judge dismissed the appeal, citing longstanding Department of Agriculture guidelines regarding the humane killing of ­crustaceans.

The appellant claimed that the publicity garnered from the original conviction had affected business, and submitted the RSPCA’s media release as an exhibit.

However, the judge rejected the submission stating that courts were open to the public and the public was entitled to be informed of the dealings therein.

Crustaceans were added to the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in 1997 after it was scientifically proven that they feel pain and stress.

“This case sets an interesting precedent,” RSPCA NSW chief inspector David O’Shannessy said.

“The media from this initial conviction even made it to the Washington Post, and we’ve since seen groups in the UK lobby for similar legislation.”

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California Crops Rot as Immigration Crackdown Creates Farmworker Shortage

Aug 08, 2017

Vegetable prices may be going up soon, as a shortage of migrant workers is resulting in lost crops in California.

Farmers say they're having trouble hiring enough people to work during harvest season, causing some crops to rot before they can be picked. Already, the situation has triggered losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone, according to NBC News.

The ongoing battle about U.S. immigration policies is blamed for the shortage. The vast majority of California's farm workers are foreign born, with many coming from Mexico. However, the PEW Research Center reports more Mexicans are leaving the U.S. than coming here.

To make the jobs more attractive, farmers are offering salaries above minimum wage, along with paid time off and 401(k) plans, but even that's not proving enough.

It's unclear exactly how widespread the labor shortage is for farmers throughout the country, which would have a bigger impact on prices consumers pay. Ultimately, drought and flooding have a more significant impact on farms. Low oil prices could also offset any impact of the worker shortage.

But for farmers, who have seen net farm income fall 50% since 2013, any lost income could be potentially devastating.



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