Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, July 24, 2015: Winds have swung around to the north … and held steady.

Friday, July 24, 2015: Winds have swung around to the north … and held steady. Waves are still small, though up to a couple feet from the wind. Water temps for Surf City are mid to upper 70s.

This weekend is shaping up very nicely, though traffic flow will go into another tailspin throughout the weekend. I’m a proverbial old timer and I don’t remember parked traffic in Ship Bottom ever being this packed in … much of Central Avenue at a loss for traffic spots by midday.  

Beach fluking isn’t great but you’ll surely nab a couple/few if you give a good try early and late-day. I still stand by jigs for their ease of casting and ability to hold plastics or squid strips. A personal favorite of mine are Kalin jigs – bullet with wire hooks, like these … I tie on my own bucktail, though just the bare jigs work with bait, GULP or plastics. 


Sushi loses its collective mind ... These are for real ... 

With a couple exception: 


Steve George added a new photo.
4 hrs · iOS · 

Ocean was like a lake this morning , Fluke action under schools of spearing

Steve George's photo.

CDC Reports 62 Cases of Salmonella Infection from Raw Tuna in Sushi

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Sacramento Bee] By Claudia Buck - July 24, 2015 - 

In a salmonella outbreak linked to eating raw tuna in sushi, California has the most reported cases - 34 - among consumers sickened in 11 states.

No deaths have been reported, but 11 people were hospitalized among 62 U.S. cases cited as of Monday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said those affected range in age from 83 to a baby less than 1 year old.

The California cases occurred in six southern counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Although 62 cases may seem small, the CDC says the outbreak is likely substantially higher. "Our reporting usually only captures 1 in 30 cases of salmonella. ... It could really be above a thousand people across the country," said Dr. Matthew Wise, a CDC outbreak-response team leader in Atlanta. "This is still a fairly large number of ill people."

This week, the CDC also announced two recalls of frozen yellowfin tuna imported from Indonesia by the Osamu Corp., based in the Southern California city of Gardena. The frozen tuna was sold between May 9, 2014, and July 9 of this year to U.S. sushi restaurants as well as to grocery stores, which packaged takeout sushi rolls for consumers, according to the CDC.

"One of our concerns always from a shelf-safe or frozen product is that there may be more cases," Wise said. "We really want to notify the retailers and restaurants and make sure the product is pulled (out of their freezer). ... The average consumer when they order a sushi roll at restaurants or from a grocery store doesn't know where the seafood came from."

Fuechi Wang, manager of the Wrap N' Roll sushi burrito outlet in midtown Sacramento, said he hadn't heard of the outbreak nor does he order fish from Osamu. Dealing with raw fish requires careful attention, he said. "We always make sure our fish is properly stored and keep our temperatures at least 39 degrees or lower."

The ongoing investigation "is a good reminder to Californians that there are sometimes risks when eating raw or undercooked meats, fish or poultry," said Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, in a statement. "This is particularly true for young children, the elderly, or people with compromised immune systems who may be at an increased risk of severe illness."

The CDC said the type of salmonella involved causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within 12 to 72 hours after exposure. Most people recover within several days, but some cases require hospitalization.

Regardless of an outbreak, certain groups of higher-risk people should never eat any raw fish or shellfish, according to the CDC. Those include children younger than 5 years; pregnant women; adults older than 65; and those with weakened immune systems.



Could Maine Make Shoes Out of Ocean Trash?

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] By Erin Rhoda, - July 24, 2015 - 

The world produces a lot of trash that ends up in the ocean — especially plastic. It’s enough to place five grocery bags full of plastic trash on every foot of every single country’s coastline.

That’s a lot of plastic debris, and Maine is no exception.

Every year, Maine’s Coastal Cleanup event draws more than a thousand volunteers who clear trash from Maine’s coast. In 2014, participants collected10,484 pounds of trash from 109.5 miles of coastline. Cigarette butts, plastic food wrappers, plastic bottles and plastic bags were the top finds, according to the Ocean Conservancy.

Could that trash be recycled into something useful?

Recently, the organization Parley for the Oceans and shoe brand Adidas partnered on what they called a “world first”: A shoe prototype made entirely of trash. The shoe’s yarns and filaments came from ocean waste and illegal deep-sea fishing nets.

Sea Shepherd, an organization that aims to protect marine life, pulled the nets after a 110-day expedition tracking an illegal poaching vessel.

“Our objective is to boost public awareness and to inspire new collaborations that can contribute to protect and preserve the oceans,” said Cyrill Gutsch, founder of Parley for the Oceans, in a press release.

Adidas said it plans to release more products made from recycled waste material later this year. The shoes aren’t for sale now; they are only a prototype. But there’s plenty of plastic ocean waste — even off Maine’s coast — to make mo


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Bay fluking has been hard to figure out this year.  Even with that, we are approaching the time when the bay fluke start congregating in the channels and bars closer to the inlet.  And let me tell you when they get there they will have plenty of forage to feast on! Small spearing are in abundance around and backside of Barnegat Inlet.  The fluke will also have a good number of snapper blues to feed on.  Yesterday morning 3-4” snappers where all over the east side of the dike, out into the channel and holes.  Live snappers are an awesome bait when targeting bigger fluke.  This time of year I’ll spend the time catching them on Sabiki rigs during a trip which increases the chance of putting fish in the box.  Ocean fluking along IBSP has been heating up.  It has been a few years since we had a real good ocean fluke fishery along the beach.  Let’s hope this is the year.  Small bluefish continue to pop up around the inlet.  I like to use the smaller ones for strip bait and the larger ones for inshore shark bait.  Oh, speaking of sharking, I had another successful “Off the Beach” shark trip this morning.  In short time we caught and released 3 brown (sand bar) and 2 Duskys to about 4 and a half feet.  Yes, a dusky was caught on my dusky.  Dusky sharks and brown sharks look very similar.  Duskys differ from a browns by having a shorter dorsal fin and the posterior (rear) portion of its pectoral fin is forward of the anterior (front) of the dorsal fin.  Attached is a picture of one of the release duskys.  Crabbing remains very good in my part if the bay.


Screaming Drags,


Capt. Alex


Barnegat Bay, NJ


66" kissed steel
Joseph P Gahrmann's photo.


No Carhartt, no long johns, no gloves needed today to kill some Cod!!!! Thanks again Paul Haertel

Daniel DiPasquale's photo.
Daniel DiPasquale's photo.
Daniel DiPasquale's photo.
Daniel DiPasquale's photo.
Daniel DiPasquale's photo.


Monster flounder caught off Jacqueline Ave today
Margo Korbel's photo.
Margo Korbel's photo.
Margo Korbel's photo.

Had a great day fishing with the Carpenter crew! They fished hard and were rewarded! Great family!

Irish Jig Sportfishing's photo.
Irish Jig Sportfishing's photo.

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