Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
(Above): "Wow! Am I seein' this!?"
Friday, December 21, 2012: That was some blow last night. In fact, it blew a big headache my way (see below).
The winds have swung around to the west, wickedly. The bayside floodwaters will be blown out to sea in nothing flat. I’m still predicting major blowout tides. That’s factoring in not only the wind and astronomical conditions but a phenomena I’ve seen where backup bayside waters seem to get on such a blowout role after a storms they evacuate further than had it just been normal baywater conditions prior to the honking winds. Sunday low tides will be the lowest.
Anyway, it looks even more likely that surfside stripering will be doable – albeit brisk.
I realize that most of the fishing folks still out there are super savvy so I’ll just alert any hanger on newbies that ever though the winds will beg amazingly distant casts, the bellies of bass show the stripers are either right near the rocks (eating winter crabs) or in the swash (eating sandcrabs), only a short distance form the beach. The main exception is when late-day bass are moving in toward dark. Those fish can be first detected out near the sandbars, when casting the likes of an Ava with a teaser.
Speaking of sandbars, man will there be some showing over the weekend. While any holes near jetties might hold bass, the slew ways between mid-beach zones and dry sandbars aren’t much for bait fishing. If you can, get on the low tide bars and fish from there. The up side to blowout tides is the ensuing high tides. A load of edibles are exposed as the tides flush over the sandbars. Feeding fish are very inclined to move across the bars with the rising waters and then head into the slews.
I think there’s a decent chance of getting a Christmas striper this weekend. To be certain, think clam chunks – and rebait often if the water stay turbid.
A 20-inch fluke was taken in the mid-Island surf. It regurgitated larger sand eels. Yes, it “regurgitated” them. The fish was released, unharmed. No hara-kiri.
RUDE AWKENING (with video): Got in bed last night at all hours, then woke at sunrise with an odd headache. I can’t say I’ve ever had a rise-and-unshine headache – due, in large part, to my being a nondrinker.
It was while homing in on my mildly throbbin’ noggin that I got the first whiff of an arriving freak-out. My room had smoke in it. The stink was wretched.
I was a-bolt in a flash. I ran to the hallway. Even more smoke.
I then went through one of those half-panicked/half-adrenalined flights from one room to another – source seeking. Nothing a-burn in any of my house’s eight assorted rooms. But smoke abounded. I then did a ladder-grabbing flight into the attic – where I was now sure the smoke was coming from. I flashlighted about. Lots of smoke and stink but no fire.
With the winds blowing at damn-near 45 mph out of the south, I realized it wasn’t my beloved homestead ablaze but a neighbor’s cattycorner from mine. And it was going full smoke guns. I dialed the police and stumbled a bit with my info. The room rushabout and the headache had me well outta sorts, as in on the brink of pukeishness. Still, I got the data across.
Then, I rushed to my truck and zipped around the block, passing the arriving police cars on the way. I didn’t realize they hadn’t homed in on the exact address – since even I didn’t know it by number. I knew it by sight, though. I slid to a stop in front of it and was utterly relieved to see the car that is usually there wasn’t in the drive. I still got out and started pounding on the doors and sides of the house. The officers focused on my truck and we’re quickly on-scene. As I pounded on the east side of the house, as an orange glow oozed through a nearby window .I glanced in and saw eight-foot flames getting in their licks. The house was a goner.
I’m not sure but I think the house was in a semi-demo state, as almost all other homes in my area currently are.
Black seabass info (some technical stiff below this): The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is informing recreational anglers about regulatory changes regarding black sea bass January 1, 2013. For the first time since 2009, the recreational black sea bass fishery will be open from January 1 through February 28. The minimum size limit remains at 12.5 inches and the possession limit will be 15 fish.
Council Considers Black Sea Bass Overage and 2013 Management Measures
The press release states,
At last week’s meeting in Baltimore, MD, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council considered a number of issues related to the recreational black sea bass fishery. The fishery closed on November 1 after preliminary landings estimates indicated that the harvest limit had been exceeded. This closure prompted concerns related to the black sea bass stock assessment and the current accountability measures that could result in a recreational fishery closure in 2014.
Although the black sea bass fishery was declared rebuilt in 2009, the Council has faced ongoing challenges with recommending management measures due to uncertainty about the size of the stock. “If landings in 2012 are reflective of abundance, the population of black sea bass is quite healthy,” said Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) Director Dr. Bill Karp in a letter last month to the Council’s Chairman. “As abundance increases and targeting continues or increases, overages will persist.”
This year’s closure and the threat of an entire closed season in 2014 have intensified the pressure to address issues of scientific uncertainty so that future overages can be prevented. As a first step, the Council voted last week to request that the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) reconsider their recommendation for the 2013 allowable biological catch (ABC) limit in light of the most recent black sea bass landings and stock information. The Council will discuss any changes to the ABC at its meeting in February. The Council also requested that the NEFSC conduct an operational assessment for black sea bass in the coming year. This assessment would follow a data workshop conducted with state scientist to review any available information on black sea bass. The assessment results will be reviewed in October 2013 when the Council develops management recommendations for 2014.
The Council also discussed whether the existing system of accountability measures is effective and practical for all of the Council’s recreational fisheries. “The current situation with the rebuilt stock of black sea bass demands that we revisit accountability measures in the context of biological reference points and the available recreational catch data,” said Council Chairman Rick Robins. “This amendment will afford the Council an important opportunity to consider alternative approaches to evaluate and manage catch within our recreational fisheries.” The Council voted unanimously to initiate development of an omnibus amendment that would consider alternative accountability measures for black sea bass and other Mid-Atlantic fisheries. The amendment will be completed by June 2013—in time to have any new regulations in place by January 2014.
The Council also met jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Board to consider 2013 recreational management measures. The Board voted to develop an addendum to allow for state-specific or regional recreational approaches in 2013, and the Council recommended measures for federal waters. If the addendum is adopted, federal management measures would be a 20 fish possession limit, a 12.5 inch minimum size limit, and an open season from January 1-February 28, May 19-October 14, and November 1-December 31.
Under the "They never learn" heading:
[CBC News] December 21, 2012
An Indiana company that tried to bring an invasive species across the Windsor-Detroit border into Ontario has been fined $30,000.
On Jan. 9, 2012, a truckload of live Asian carp was stopped at the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont. Officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources inspected a load of two varieties of Asian carp and found several of them still alive. They seized 1,179 kilograms of carp at the time.
On Thursday morning in a Windsor courtroom, Phoenix Fish Farms of Indiana pleaded guilty to possessing live Asian carp in Ontario.
Kevin Sprague, an officer with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, said it is illegal to possess live Asian carp in Canada.
Sprague said the carp could be "devastating" for the Detroit River and the Great Lakes if they ever entered the waterways.
Sprague said monitoring for Asian carp is a priority for the ministry. There have been six cases involving the invasive species in the last two years.
"They're going to cause damage to the native fish species that live here and out-compete with them; out-compete for habitat, for food, and decimate their populations," Sprague warned. "I effect, that would affect the commercial and sport fishing industries in the area — which is massive."
At this time, the ministry does not believe the invasive species is in the Great Lakes system.
"From what I'm aware of … I think we've been doing inspections in the area, at the border crossings in Sarnia and Windsor, for probably over two years now. So they've been very high on the radar for at least two years," Sprague said.
The lawyer for the company refused to comment.
Earlier this year, Ottawa committed $17 million to a plan to stop an Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes.