Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, June 24, 2016: Drab but fishable out there. Onshore winds might spur some stripers ...

Canada gets its first tank ... 


Late-day report: Wilbur Kuntzi

WTF ( wheres the fish ) tried for a catch today and got bumpkiss

all the honey holes are empty. fished 4 hrs. and drifted and jigged on the incoming tide . it was windy but the drifts were good. pretty soon if i want a fish dinner I'm going to be stopping at Skippers.

IMPORTANT IBSP Info ... John Bushell Jr. to Betty and Nicks Bait and Tackle Fishing Club

"Might as well start addressing the bullshit and the oncoming nightmare for local businesses in the Carolinas, and now New Jersey. First let's be clear about the access. You CAN drive on Area 23 and the other 7 miles of IBSP, you just can't DRIVE SOUTH of Area 23. So the beaches are NOT closed. Area 23 south isn't even closed. You just can't drive to the inlet. ALSO, IT DOESN'T START UNTIL 6/30. This weekend is all good.That's it."


Vehicular Prohibition at Island Beach State Park


Vehicular access at 
State Park
 from A-23 south to the jetty will be temporarily prohibited due to a pair of nesting piping plovers. Vehicles will still be allowed to access the beach from A-23 but will only be allowed to proceed north. The closure will begin on 6/30 and most likely extend until 8/7. Piping plovers are a threatened species and our State is obligated to take this action due to the Endangered Species Act. Federal guidelines call for a 1000 meter protective radius around the nesting site. The nest site is being monitored by a camera and there is an electrified cage around it protecting the birds from predators. Their four eggs are expected to hatch around 7/3 at which time they will roam from the nest. By 8/7 they should be big enough to fly and be on their own so vehicular access is expected to be restored at that time. Access by foot from A-23 to the jetty will still be allowed but those accessing the area in this manner must stay outside the cordoned off areas. No pets at all will be allowed south of A-23. Park police will be making frequent checks of the area. Anyone interfering with these birds could face fines from the State up to $5000. as well as Federal fines up to $25,000

Friday, June 24, 2016: Drab but fishable out there. Onshore winds might spur some stripers into the suds. However, water temps in the upper 60s aren’t great for bassing. Still, rogue “resident fish” are the call from now through August. I like the rogues because they’re hot for jigs.

Was a tad surprised to hear of some slammer blues surging about in the surf. I doubt they’re hangers on; more likely a late migrating batch. They’re thin.

From IBSP: "Good morning John, I did catch fish Wednesday and Thursday, I just don't weigh them in. On mullet /mullet rigs.

They are there , I had a nice bass that straighten my mullet rig hooks. It's just a matter of putting the time in and strange as it sounds both day's low tide!"

John Bushell Jr.'s photo.

I’m sticking with the prediction that it will be a decent fluking weekend, once the winds slack off early tomorrow. The weather should be fine. Add to that arriving reports that some of more-popular bayside fluking locales, which had been kinda quiet, are not only showing flatties but good-sized ones.

Below: Via Jean Deery Schaum
Barnegat Light today! Dinner

Connor Smilon

19" fluke off the surf this morning.


I’ll repeat that fluke numbers haven’t been great but the average size has been. A kayaker I know went four-for-four on keepers; his only four hits. 

Yaks are one of the best vessels for getting at fluke lying in shallows. The trick is keeping baited offerings above the vegetation. To do that you go opposite of regular fluke bait rigs. Instead of a bait being the trailer (on the tag end), a bank sinker brings up the rear while bait (killie/squid, etc.) is run off a dropper loop, fairly far up the leader. That keeps the hook out of the eel grass – and drives fluke crazy, thinking it’s something trying to zip just above the grasses.


Circle hooks, which many folks are now using to prevent gullet-hooking fluke, don’t work so well with the above set-up since any hit is more of an attack than the dead-weight hookup with a traditional fluke bait-rig setup.

Yes, jigs can also be swum off shallow bottoms, via a dropper loop; you just have to be ready to quickly set the hook. There’s no sticking rods in holders and waiting for a lazy pickup.  


Joe H. update: Hey Jay pretty slow go in the beach the last couple nights. All dogfish and skates on bait. I did have a mega fluke break off on the bay side after dark. After weeding through all the junk fish we decided to plug back there. We had a small striper, a herring and l Iost an 8lb+ fluke that was laying under the lights. He hit a small bucktail.


Below: This buddy of mine stopped by the other day. He never realized how tiring it can be guarding a tennis ball. 


"It was awful, Marge. That black bird tried to bite me again!" 


Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association's photo.
Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association's photo.
Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association's photo.
Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association added 3 new photos.
day night June 23. The class will begin promptly at 7pm at the New Jersey Maritime Museum on Dock Road in Beach Haven. This is the first in a series of classes designed to enhance the angling knowledge of youngsters and prepare them for the job of mating on a fishing boat. Interested teenagers may sign up at the first meeting. Additional information on the classes can be found at 
www.BHCFA.net or by calling Captains John Lewis at 609-670-5980 or Jimmy Zavacky at 609-915-2498.

The Garden State Seafood Association
strongly opposes the "Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016"

June 23, 2016 -- The following was released by the Garden State Seafood Association:

Finning of sharks (the process of removing fins at sea and discarding the shark) is currently illegal in the U.S. and Garden State Seafood Association (GSSA) supports that law. The Shark Conservation Act of 2010 (SCA) prohibits any person from removing any of the fins of a shark at sea and discarding its body. The GSSA supports this law and existing associated exemptions for spiny dogfish and smooth dogfish sharks.

However, there is a direct federal allowance for the sale and possession of legally-harvested shark fins regulated and supported by NOAA, the U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration. Any effort to overturn this allowance at the federal level is simply not based on fact.

The “Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016” makes it illegal to sell the fins from legally-harvested shark species, including all large coastal sharks, Threshers and Mako. One result of this requirement may include the fins of these sharks being removed on shore after harvest and needlessly thrown away.

This legislation represents a shameful waste of food and results in decreased revenues to New Jersey fishermen and their families. It will harm commercial fisherman, their families, and coastal communities around the Nation who participate in legal shark fisheries. And since sharks are already sustainably managed by NOAA, the legislation adds no conservation benefit to shark resources.

U.S. fisheries management has a strong conservation ethic with respect to our shark fisheries. The sharks we harvest are sustainably managed by NOAA, the meat is consumed throughout the U.S. and around the world, and the fins associated with these legally-harvested sharks are desired by overseas markets for their food and cultural significance.

Support U.S. fishermen and U.S fisheries management by OPPOSING the Shark Fin Trade Elimination Act of 2016

Read the release as a PDF

About the Garden State Seafood Association:

The GSSA is comprised of commercial fishermen, shore-based seafood processors, commercial dock facilities, seafood markets and restaurants, and various NJ-based commercial fishing industry support businesses. The GSSA membership represents every major port in the State, harvesting approximately $100 million dollars worth of seafood products annually, supporting 2000 jobs, and contributing significantly to the coastal economy of the State of New Jersey. 


As bad as cancer is in humans, at least it’s not contagious. The same can’t be said for clams, mussels, and other marine bivalves. According to a new study, published online today inNature, these creatures can suffer from a form of cancer similar to leukemia that appears to be transmitted through the water and can pass not only between members of one species, but even between two different ones. Genetic analyses revealed that, even in different mussels (pictured above), cancer cells were much more similar to each other than to healthy host cells, suggesting that the cancer hadn’t originally developed in host mussel tissue, but may have come from a common outside source. The cockles revealed a similar story, but showed evidence of two distinct lineages of cancer cells that evolved separately over time. The golden carpet shell clams told the most interesting tale of all: Again, dissimilarities between the host cells and the cancerous cells gave the appearance that the cancer cells were from an outside source, but this time the differences were so pronounced that the cancer cells looked much more like host cells from an entirely different species of clam—the pullet carpet shell (Venerupis corrugata). The team concludes that the cancer mutations initially arose in V.corrugata, but crossed species to Polititapes aureus at some point. For the bivalves at least, the results suggest that cancer acts like a new type of infectious agent, similar in many ways to traditional pathogens that continually evolve new genetic tweaks that allow them to survive and reproduce. This type of transmissible cancer has also been discovered in several mammals including Tasmanian devils and certain breeds of dogs. The new results in bivalves, the authors suggest, show that some animals are more susceptible to phenomenon, but humans are in the clear—at least, so far.
*Correction, 23 June, 10:06 a.m.: This item originally stated that contagious cancer was seen in "certain species of dogs." We have corrected the item to read "certain breeds of dogs."


When you're done togging ... fry up the bait.

Some New England Chefs Are Putting This Invasive Crab On The Menu

They have green backs, pink bellies and are only about 2 inches in diameter. The invasive green crab has been destroying clam and scallop populations from South Carolina to Maine, since they were introduced here two centuries ago.

Now, some New England chefs are looking for ways to put this invasive species on the menu.

“I’m probably gonna upset some of my fisherman friends,” says Brendan Vesey, “because I think tuna is delicious, and I understand why we catch it. But I currently don’t serve it.”

Vesey is the chef at The Joinery, an upscale restaurant in Newmarket, New Hampshire. Why not serve tuna? Vesey says eating that one big predator at the top of the food chain throws off the whole ecosystem. Instead, his menu reads “Invasive Green Crab Bisque, with seared fish, fresh peas, and house-made bacon. $10.”

Just after I arrive at The Joinery, fisherman Everett Leach stops by with a 20 pound bucket of green crabs. “Keep an eye on ‘em,” he tells Vesey, “they’re runners.” As Leach plucks one green crab off the floor, another drops from the rim of the bucket.

Green crabs are native to Europe and Africa, but arrived in New England 200 years ago. They eat a lot of the things fisherman are after: clams, oysters, mussels, soft shell crabs and scallops.

The Maine Clammers Association describes green crabs on their website as “a cancer literally eating away at Maine’s marine resources.”

Vesey pays two bucks a pound for these guys. That’s a third of what he’d pay for steamer clams, and a ninth of what he’d pay for scallops. Almost as soon as he writes the check, Vesey starts tossing the crabs into two big stock pots.

“I’m gonna put them in a hot pot with some oil in the bottom and toast the shells up, then I’ll add liquid to make stock,” he says.

For now, stock is about the only thing you can make with these invasive crabs. Vesey says you could spend hours shelling all 20 pounds of these crabs and only end up with a half-pound of meat. “They’re really small,” he says, “the shells are rock hard.”

Eventually, Vesey grinds up and strains the shells and the crab meat. He trades the mush, which makes good chicken feed, for eggs at a local farm.

The stock is green and pungent and tastes sweet and rich.

Vesey hopes someday he can do something more with these little critters than just soup.

With blue crabs — the kind you find in Maryland — fishermen have figured out how to catch them just before they shed their shells, then harvest them while their shells are soft. That’s soft-shell crab.

“If we had those,” Vesey says, “we could probably get rid of green crabs in a year. Everyone wants to eat that.”

It’s been 200 years since the New England shoreline was free of these invasive predators. Without them, think of all the oysters and scallops there’d be to go around.

This story is a production of the New England News Collaborative and originally aired on New Hampshire Public Radio.

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