Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, May 01, 2015: Functional northeast winds; unseasonal storm by next week?

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Friday, May 01, 2015: Functional northeast winds are blowing zooplankton from the Atlantic. It’s good bay news.

The onshore winds have knocked down the fishing effort, which had been building with those bass and bluefish bites coming and going.

There is much better and milder weather on the near horizon, though I see south winds – which can be fully frigid this time of year – quickly coming into play.

TOO SOON: You might have heard about an odd low-pressure system possibly forming off the SE coast next week. Yes, that’s a long way off. But, even I have to admit that modern long-range forecasts – combining computer analysis from experts around the world – have gotten reliable enough that they’re worth keeping a close eye upon.

Details to date: A strengthening low pressure system could form of the Eastern Seaboard by May 8 or 9. And it could blow up real good.

Even though we’re still a month from the official start of so-called “hurricane season,” tropical cyclonic systems can form any time of the year – and often do. In fact, the month of May has seen a goodly number of tropical-like storms. 

I say “tropical-like” because they’re not the spittin’ image of true tropical cyclones, lacking some of the telling components, most noticeably warm surface water.  Such would be the case should this system form off the coast next week. In fact, after looking at a slew of computer projections, I would foresee the potential storm as being extra-tropical – a cold-core system, forming off Hatteras.

Not to over worry, though. Right now it looks to be just a near-miss oddity/novelty – holding well out at sea. Waveriders could cash in while surfcasters might have to get the lead out.

Far more anecdotally, there are those (including some meteorologists) who feel that the track of tropical systems for the entire hurricane season is established early on. They could look at the way this potential low is forecasted to swing northward, then eastward, as a sign that’ll be the trend all year. While I see some strong historical data aligning with such a theory, I think it applies far more to the first storms in the heart of the hurricane season, where disturbances begin off Africa and make a long run westward. A single fluke-ish storm system in May is not enough to predict all cyclones will be trending up the Eastern Seaboard.

I guess it’s also getting time to factor in how storms might impact the beach replenishment, set to have already begun. Even this current blow is enough to slow the starting process a bit, as dredges move this way. You likely know, the work will begin in Ship Bottom.

For more immediate storm threats, check out the http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/threats/threats.php


Blair and Paul kicked butt -
Bill Macool's photo.

Why we should all dig deep into our pockets to help Democratic Republic of Nepal. That nation seldom if ever asked any other nation for anything. The people are proud and independent – and date back to Neolithic times. Primitive tools found in the Kathmandu Valley have been carbon dated back eleven thousand years.

The Nepalese people have often been proud to ask for a helping hand. To me, those are the type people who truly deserve heartfelt aid. It’s not like they have mansions to rebuild, so the simplest supplies to help rebuild their humble dwellings offer a chance for folks as far away as New Jersey to feel they’ve sent a small part of themselves in Nepal.  


I chatted with a fellow who took a drum last week. He remarked on how tasty it was but when his wife, while looking for recipes, read the multifarious reports of parasitic worms common to the species. While she duly noted it seems it’s mainly larger drum that can all but ooze worms, there wasn’t a single mention of avoiding the black drumfish flesh. Quite true.  

As to the concept that larger drum have more worms, thaat’s only partially true. Firstly, even a smaller fish, if exposed to the worms, can have a load of them.

The tiny worms that most often enjoy black drum as hosts are a type of spaghetti worm (generic term), technically known as Pseudogrillotia pIeistacantha.

The only non-technical literature I found on this worm answers the big question. Via Sea Grant:  

“…While the spaghetti worm may be somewhat unappealing to the eye, it certainly doesn't prevent good eating. Since, they are large enough to easily see, they are simple to remove during the filleting process. Simply grab the worm between the knife blade and thumb and gently pull it out. With a little practice, it becomes easy.

“Many people don't even bother to remove them before cooking. After cooking, they are unnoticeable and cannot be tasted. In a survey conducted at Mississippi fishing rodeos a few years ago, less than 25% of the trout fishermen avoided eating fish with worms.

“While cooking does, of course, kill the worm, even without cooking they are not a human health problem. No human infections have been recorded and researchers have been unable to infect warm-blooded animals with the parasite.”

Below: Life cycle of spaghetti worms: 


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Recreational Fishing Alliance  
Contact:  Jim Donofrio / 888-564-6732  
For Immediate Release
May 1, 2015     

Legislation Advances to Benefit Saltwater Recreational Fishing

House Natural Resources Committee approves Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization bill


Washington, D.C. - May 1, 2015 - Leaders in the recreational fishing and boating community yesterday highlighted the progress in elevating the importance of saltwater recreational fishing in the nation's primary law governing marine fisheries management. The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources yesterday approved a bill sponsored by Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), H.R. 1335, to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), which addresses top priorities of the recreational fishing community.


These priorities were identified by the Commission on Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Management, also known as the Morris-Deal Commission after co-chairs Johnny Morris, founder and CEO of Bass Pro Shops, and Scott Deal, president of Maverick Boats. In 2014, the Morris-Deal Commission released "A Vision for Managing America's Saltwater Recreational Fisheries," which includes six key policy changes to produce the full range of saltwater recreational fishing's social, economic and conservation benefits to the nation.


"The recreational fishing community owes a debt of gratitude to Chairman Rob Bishop and Congressman Don Young for incorporating meaningful changes to recreational fisheries management into the reauthorization of the nation's marine fisheries law," said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Coastal Conservation. "The Morris-Deal Report set forth a vision for the future of saltwater recreational fishing, and this bill would help to achieve that vision."


"The nation's 11 million saltwater recreational anglers have a $70 billion economic impact annually and support 450,000 jobs," said Mike Nussman, president and CEO of the American Sportfishing Association. "However, federal marine fisheries management has never sufficiently acknowledged the importance of recreational fishing to the nation. H.R. 1335 would enact many of the necessary changes to elevate saltwater recreational fishing to the level it deserves."


The recommendations of the Morris-Deal Commission include:


  • Establishing a national policy for recreational fishing

  • Adopting a revised approach to saltwater recreational fisheries management

  • Allocating marine fisheries for the greatest benefit to the nation

  • Creating reasonable latitude in stock rebuilding timelines

  • Codifying a process for cooperative management

  • Managing for the forage base


"Management that emphasizes conservation and abundance, and allows for consistent access to public resources for saltwater anglers, was at the heart of the recommendations made by the Morris-Deal Commission," said Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. "Including those recommendations into legislation aimed at improving our nation's fisheries management means Congress is recognizing the importance of angling to American culture and our economy."


"The broad coalition of leading recreational fishing and boating organizations that has come together to support our community's priorities should be pleased with this bill," said Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. "RFA is proud to have participated as part of this coalition."


One of the recommendations of the Morris-Deal Commission was addressed by an amendment offered by Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) that would prompt a review of quota allocations in fisheries in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico with both a commercial and recreational component. Despite the tremendous importance that allocation decisions have in maximizing the benefits that our fisheries provide to the nation, federal fisheries managers have not revisited allocations - most of which were determined decades ago - primarily because of a lack of clear guidance on how decisions should be made and because these decisions are inherently difficult.


"Congressman Duncan's amendment is a significant achievement for ensuring that the benefits of our nation's fisheries are maximized," said Jeff Crane, president of the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation. "For far too long, allocations have been rusted shut, and we applaud Congressman Duncan for his leadership on this critically important issue."


A separate amendment offered by Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) that would transfer management Gulf of Mexico red snapper to the five Gulf states failed to be included. However, there was widespread agreement expressed by committee members that Gulf red snapper management is broken and in need of significant changes.


"Rep. Graves is a great leader for sportsmen and women in the Gulf Coast," said Angers. "He understands the challenges of sound resource management and is working to get anglers back on the water."


"We hope that as MSA moves forward there will be additional opportunities to enact the Gulf states' plan," said Patrick Murray, president of the Coastal Conservation Association. "MSA's reauthorization surely has a long road ahead, but H.R. 1335 provides the recreational fishing community with a very solid first step."




About Recreational Fishing Alliance
The Recreational Fishing Alliance is a national, grassroots political action organization representing recreational fishermen and the recreational fishing industry on marine fisheries issues. 
The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation's saltwater fisheries. For more information, call 888-JOIN-RFA or visit 

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