Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, August 19, 2016: I’m a tad frustrated with the oceanfront today.

 Below: Greenhead crisis ... click here ... http://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com/p/while-greenhead-black-boxes-c...

Update: water cleaned up wonderfully. Should see a great a.m. for fishing tomorrow. In fact, one of the better Saturday a.m.'s of the summer. Here are some late-day looks near the Holgate parking lot. I can tell by the footprints that a slew of folks are ignoring the "Keep Out" signage. Definitely not anglers. 

Below: Wooden Jetty slowly emerging from replen.

Below: Signage looking a bit shabby ... but easy to discern for the many ignoring same. 

Below: Sand trying to fill in toward erosion zone -- but a river runs through it. 

Below: Buggy ramp is a hard-packed orange road gravel, contained within side 2-bys. 

Friday, August 19, 2016: I’m a tad frustrated with the oceanfront today. We’ve had hours of NE winds, usually enough to warm and clean our surfline. However, there is another frustrating leans of turbid water flush to the beach. It'd not dirty, per se, just not sparkling. Hey, I'm picky ... and still trying to get in some beachline snorkeling for sharks and such.I’m hoping it cleans in time for late-day plugging today. While I’ve plugged fish in the murkiest of waters, I simple prefer clean.

As to the weekend, hopefully this semi-murk will mosey on so we only have to deal with the changeable winds, which will swing from moderate northeast to equal-strength southeast later today. I see the winds either laying down of coming offshore tonight, before doing the typical summer midday swing to the SE by tomorrow. Nothing overly gusty; not enough to blow away fishing.


Our biggest sand tiger of the season at 108". It was also out most epic night of sharking off the beach yet with 3 landed sand tigers, 2 medium sized brown sharks, and a huge cownose Ray. Action was non stop all night. Back at it again in about 30 minutes to try my luck again.

Sunday will see south winds really kicking in throughout the day -- to greet one of the stronger cold fronts in many weeks. While that cold front is leading in what had been some very chilly air in the Midwest, it won't be by the time it reaches us. The air will warm, though the humidly will really drop. Next week could be truly classic, via crystal clear skies, sans haze. Just better have SPF 50-plus at the ready if you’re going to offer skin surfaces to Ra.

Always antsy waveriders are already complaining about the current couple/few days of small surf, even though we've had a very swell-filled summer. Back in the 70s and into the early 80s, we had total flatness all summer, not a ripple. The waves in Jersey have gotten steadily more consistent ... year'round. That said, there isn't much on the horizon, short of some minor stirs in the tropics. TS Fiona doesn't look like she'll have much wave Apple, make that appeal. 

Ocean water temps are in the mid-70s, about right for this time of year. It should be very interesting to see how long the ocean hold in the 70s once fall hits. That's one fishing factor I'm not overly optimistic about. Overall warming oceans -- a well-proven phenomenon -- might very well manifest, nearshore, as later and later cooling -- potentially catastrophic for fall fishing.  


Jim Hutchinson
Not as hot this weekend as last week - and based on the NOAA offshore forecast, I'm guessing a lot of folks playing hooky today to get to the edge before the Saturday crowds!

If you've been looking for the perfect window to the offshore grounds, the Friday through Sunday forecast…



FV Defiant
Full moon big bites...lucky to get em
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For any folks who enjoy plying the Pines, the paddling rivers and creeks are lowering, showing the strain of no rain. While Pinelands waterways can show a sudden rush of water after nearby, localized thunderstorms, they’re more deeply controlled by overall water table levels. Right now, they’re in solid need of a steady rainfall. I hate to suggest it, but a tropical storm can often play redeemer when things get dangerously dry … which might not be that far off. 

Below: Wetter and better former waterway days in the Pines.What scenery.  

And all we have to look at in Ship Bottom (Party Shoal) are crowded water scenes like this ... 


The story below proves something I had been wondering about, namely, are tropical fish moving further north -- and faster? Of course, one might ask if they might offer summer fisheries.  

Trawl Survey Finds Tropical Fish Have Arrived Early in Narragansett Bay

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [EcoRi News] By Todd McLeish - August 19, 2016
When a tropical fish called a crevalle jack turned up this summer in the Narragansett Bay trawl survey, which the University of Rhode Island conducts weekly, it was the first time the species was detected in the more than 50 years that the survey has taken place.
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s seine survey of fish in Rhode Island waters also captured a crevalle jack this year for the first time.
While it’s unusual that both institutions would capture a fish they had never recorded in the bay before, it’s not unusual that fish from the tropics are finding their way to the Ocean State. In fact, fish from Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean have been known to turn up in local waters in late summer every year for decades. But lately they’ve been showing up earlier in the season and in larger numbers, which is raising questions among those who pay attention to such things.
“There’s been a lot of speculation about how they get here,” said Jeremy Collie, the URI oceanography professor who manages the weekly trawl survey. “Most of them aren’t particularly good swimmers, so they probably didn’t swim here. They don’t say, ‘It’s August, so let’s go on vacation to New England.’ They’re not capable of long migrations.”
Instead, fish eggs and larvae and occasionally adult fish are believed to arrive in late summer on eddies of warm water that break from the Gulf Stream. Collie said they “probably hitch a ride” on sargassum weed or other bits of seaweed that the currents carry toward Narragansett Bay.
Most of these tropical species, including spotfin butterflyfish, damselfish, short bigeye, burrfish and several varieties of grouper, don’t survive long in the region. When the water begins to get cold in November, almost all perish.
“There’s no transport system to carry them back south, which is the reason they can’t get back where they came from,” Collie said.
While climate change and the warming of the oceans has been responsible for many unusual marine observations in recent years, that doesn’t appear to be the case with the annual arrival of tropical fish in local waters.
“Warming doesn’t really have an effect on it,” said Mark Hall, owner of Biomes Marine Biology Center in North Kingstown, which has been exhibiting locally caught tropical fish since it opened in 1989. “It’s just the way the Gulf Stream meanders and carries these fish our way.” 
Ocean warming does appear to be affecting the timing of the arrival of the fish, however. 
“Twenty years ago I wouldn’t bother trying to find tropicals until mid-August, but now we’re seeing them in July,” Hall said.
The good news is that none of these tropical species appear to be harming or out-competing the native marine life in Narragansett Bay. 
“They arrive in July or August and are dead by November, so they’re just not here long enough to have an impact,” Hall said. “I can’t think of a single animal that’s having a negative effect.” 
Collie agrees. “These strays are small and appear here in small numbers. The threat would come from wholesale movements of new species that can stay here for long periods. Tropicals aren’t a threat.”
For those interested in seeing some of the tropical species that are making their way to Rhode Island, visit Biomes in North Kingstown or Save The Bay’s Exploration Center and Aquarium at Easton’s Beach in Newport. Save The Bay just opened a new exhibit this month featuring tropical fish species collected locally by its staff, volunteers and partner organizations, including the Norman Bird Sanctuary and DEM. The exhibit, called The Bay of the Future, features a variety of what manager Adam Kovarsky calls Gulf Stream orphans. 
“We want to spark people’s thought processes about the things that can happen from climate change,” he said. “While tropical strays have been showing up here forever and ever, there’s evidence that now they’re showing up in larger numbers and arriving earlier and surviving later. It’s not a problem now, but eventually they may stay year-round, and that could stress our local species.”


Well, once again the days we once looked forward to are almost over… Mid August, we meet again! Where the time goes so quickly is a mystery, but here we are.

The mid summer lull was a bit late this year and wasn’t nearly as bad as last season. The past week or so has been seeing some decent action on smaller sharks. We are dealing with the moon right now, but expect shark fishing to go out with a bang as we rebound in a big way for the rest of the season. After the moon, these fish should start moving, and they will be hungry. The past few years has seen incredible season finales with sharks of all sizes and plenty of action. Remember, our last day is Sept 12th and for now, we have plenty of available days on our schedule.

The rest of this week is blacked out, but we will be back at it next week. I am very excited to see what the downside of the moon brings. so come on down and see what bites.. You never know!

See you on the sand,






False albacore, aka albies, little tunny, and bonito, are aggressive feeders and a perfect target for fly rodders.

Ed Jaworowski

Widespread throughout the East coast, from New England to Florida, false albacore have long been a favorite target of many saltwater fly fishermen. They travel in large schools, feed voraciously on baits easily imitated by flies, possess great speed and strength, and some grow to as large as 20 pounds. What’s not to like?A SPECIES WITH MANY NAMES

Officially designated "little tunny" by the IGFA, false albacore (Euthynnus alletteratus) are also commonly known as little tuna, tuna mac, albie, fat albert, albacore, or bonito, although true albacore and Atlantic bonito are entirely different species. Wavy worm-like markings on the back and several dark dots below the pectoral fins are easy identifiers.


Fishermen Catch Giant Swordfish, SHOCKED When They Cut It Open

swordfish surpriseA bizarre incident was recently caught on video after a few fishermen reeled in a massive swordfish. However, the situation got strange after they began to cut it open, only to make a surprising discovery inside. The location of the incident is currently unknown, but video of the ordeal is going viral after seeing what the day’s catch produced. We all know that fishermen bring things in on a daily basis and most of them have their own niche markets for whatever they want. As it turns out, these guys specialized in swordfish and managed to bring in a rather large one before attempting to dress it. However, things would take a turn as the men on the boat noticed that the large fish had a rather swollen abdomen that just wasn’t normal. Watch the video here 07:59


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