Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, November 01, 2019: Those crazed south winds kicked up some surf action ...

So, I finally get enough nerve to fly, get to my gate and see this. Hello, Greyhound.  


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And just like that, mother nature clears out the crap and puts out a beautiful day on LBI. OK let’s do this!
When you're not sure which direction the might be coming from ... 

Friday, November 01, 2019: Those crazed south winds kicked up some surf action, but the follow-up west winds are quickly knocking it down to size, meaning this weekend should be excellent for surfcasting, albeit with sunrise chills of bundle-up consequence. Since we really haven’t had any interplay with temps in the 30s for many months, this fast fall of the mercury will feel cooler than it really is. I guess that makes sense.

The surf temp has dropped fairly rapidly into the low 60s. It’s also a tad turbid, though some sizeable chunks of smelly bait (bunker) -- or doubling up on clam gobs per hook, should issue enough oily enticement to attract the stripers.

I heard tell of a couple significant bluefish in the brisk mix up at IBSP. I know that doesn’t assure those choppers will chop their ways this was but it’s mildly encouraging that they’re even in the near-beach system at all.

For a cover-all-bases but of casting, I’m going to try distance casting a larger Ava jig complimented with a large-hook teaser. If a lose either to take, I’ll go metal leader, though sticking with metals. If the water were cleaner, I’d try some noisy surface plugs, retrieved at max speed. OK, so maybe it’s highly hopeful thinking that blues might be a-prowl, but I recall days of yore when they wildly roamed right about now.

A MERE MINUTE RUSH: I did some front beach plugging, working down toward Holgate. And “Bam!” I had one solid hookup. I’m talking solidly solid, not schoolie-grade. It felt like the proverbial log hookup, followed by a burst of north-to-south giddyap. Just as fast, it was gone. It offer a fine albeit short-lived heart pump. Oh, it was a bass. I only needed that 10 seconds of interplay to know that. It now sleeps with the fishes. Nary a single touch after that.

It latched onto an old collectible 02 Redfin. Yes, I had swapped out the original hooks, which were not the sharpest. But even the upgraded hooks failed to burrow in deep enough. I’ll philosophically say it was easily nice enough just to feel a better pickup, though I employed more poignant, better make that profane, language to upon losing it. I even loosed a four-letter scream. Nobody around.

I see where a couple folks have soothsaid the new striper regs will be what to me is an untenable 28- to 35-inch keeper slot for 2020. Regardless of its efficacy, this shows how ruinous this entire conservation BS can become. Striped bass stocks are not in that much trouble! 

Tomorrow is the last of the longer-lit days, until spring. We put the clocks back tomorrow night and thereafter have less afterwork daylight to work with, fishing-wise. That bemoaned, sunset is striper time, regardless of what time it takes place.

Quite some Leopard catamaran coming through Little Egg Inlet today ... 


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My favorite thing about tying bucktails is getting out there and fishing them. It's quite a feeling getting your hands on a fish that was just fooled by something you made with your own hands. I tie each of these bucktails as if I was going to fish them myself, because as much as I love catching on them my bigger smiles come from the stories others share about catching on them.


New for 2020....was told it’s from VA to Maine!! Not sure though

1 fish 28-35inches passes
No snag and drop passes circle hooks only!!!
18% decrease in commercial fishing!

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Finished Seabass on point. Picture doesn't do it justice.

Hitting the pool on a Seabass trip the day after you get a seabass tattoo. You can't make that shit up. I lost to myself true story lol.


The north jetty was alive this morning from 8 to 9 if you were fishing spot. I had eight bass, with one 30” and one that spooled me and spit the hook about 50’ from the boat. I would have loved to have had a visual on it. I only saw one other fish caught by people casting artificials. Spot was the ticket. Water was 61. WP


Dave DeGennaro
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The stripers are here and they are big. Averaging 20 to 40 pounds. That is huge for the Fall run, but it has become the pattern for the last five years or so. It's probably no coincidence that we are getting a bunker run during that time, as well. There's also sandeels in the mix. 
On Friday, I made the left and ran 38 miles to the Highlands. We passed up closer fleets that had fish but a lot of boats. In those fleets, every time the fish popped up, four or five guys would run them down. Further north, where we wound up, there was very little pressure and the fish were swirling and crashing bait on the surface and down deep. We caught them on poppers, swim shads, and jigs. We had six fish between 25 and 40 pounds and released quite a few, all on spinning rods.
Saturday, I returned to the scene of the crime but there were quite a few more boats and the fish were not surfacing. I got called in by a friend, Gene Linder on the Side Chick, who was working on his third big troll fish off of Long Branch. I doubled back, we put out the rods, and soon after we boated a 35 pounder on one of my homemade umbrella rigs. Another pass, and the same rig gets clobbered and we added a 30 pounder. 
I'm sailing Sat, and Sun, Nov 2 and 3, Open Boat, 6:30 AM to 1:30 PM $175 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared. We are probably going to troll to put fish in the box but if there is any indication that we can catch them casting or jigging, we are rigged and ready to do that. If for any reason, we do not find them locally, like as far as Seaside/Lavallette, we will run as far north as we have to and the price will go to $200 person to cover the extra fuel. We will also be returning later.
The best way to reserve a spot is to call me on my cell from 5AM to 8PM. You can call right up until
"Go Time"!
Dave DeGennaro
Back Bay Adventures
732.330.5674 cell


ASMFC Presents Thomas P. Fote Prestigious Captain David H. Hart Award

New Castle, NH – The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission presented Thomas P. Fote, New Jersey’s Governor Appointee to the Commission, the Captain David H. Hart Award, its highest annual award, at the Commission’s 78th Annual Meeting in New Castle. Mr. Fote has admirably served the State of New Jersey and the Commission since 1991 when he replaced Captain David Hart as New Jersey’s Governor Appointee to the Commission. 
Mr. Fote’s longstanding service to marine conservation and management is notable. His history is one of dedicated volunteerism on a continuous basis. After volunteering to serve in Vietnam, Mr. Fote was medically retired from the US Army as an Army Captain in 1970.  Upon his return, Tom began to carve out a critical spot for himself in the world of marine conservation through diligent study, hard work, the willingness to ask penetrating questions, and engagement into a wide spectrum of conservation and fisheries management roles, all as a full time volunteer. In the process, he has become a knowledgeable and staunch fishery advocate, acting locally on behalf of his fellow New Jersey anglers, while also considering the needs of other states.
A strong proponent of habitat protection and enhancement, Mr. Fote recognizes the critical role healthy habitat plays in fisheries management. As the founding member and first chair of the Habitat Committee, was instrumental in the development of the Commission’s Habitat Program. Throughout his life, he’s become increasingly active in environmental issues and has been a powerful voice in opposition to those who would degrade the marine environment. Having seen firsthand the devastation of "Agent Orange" in Vietnam, Mr. Fote found that this same Agent Orange had been made in New Jersey and dumped into Newark Bay. Mr. Fote worked with numerous conservation agencies to rid New Jersey’s waters of a whole spectrum of contaminants.
With his service to the Commission dating back to 1991, Mr. Fote’s has become the onsite "functional historian" for the Commission. His long range perspective puts difficult decisions into context and brings clarity to confusing dilemmas. Understanding how important it is to bring new members up to speed so they can quickly and constructively engage in the Commission process, Mr. Fote goes out of his way to help new Commissioners understand the complexities of the organization and how to work through the sometimes confusing maze of options. 
Mr. Fote firmly believes in the inherent strength of partnerships and collaboration. He frequently communicates with others to develop a compromise and/or coalition for the common good. His extensive knowledge, reputation, and impassioned viewpoint are key catalysts in bringing divergent groups together for a common cause. This is exemplified through his work as a volunteer with numerous organizations including the New Jersey Environmental Federation and the New Jersey Coast Anglers Association. Throughout his life, Mr. Fote has demonstrated that a conservation ethic and spirit of volunteerism can be lifelong passions. Atlantic coast fisheries management is better because of his involvement. 

The Commission instituted the Hart Award in 1991 to recognize individuals who have made outstanding efforts to improve Atlantic coast marine fisheries. The Hart Award is named for one of the Commission’s longest serving members, who dedicated himself to the advancement and protection of marine fishery resources, Captain David H. Hart, from the State of New Jersey.


Sierra Club Mourns Passing of Congressman William J. Hughes


Former Congressman William "Bill" J. Hughes died Wednesday in his Ocean City home. He was 87 years old. Hughes represented the 2nd Congressional district, much of coastal South Jersey, from 1975 to 1995. During his tenure in Congress, Hughes was a member of the House Judiciary Committee, where he chaired the Subcommittee on Crime (1981–1990) and the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration (1991–1994). Hughes also served on the House Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries, which had jurisdiction over numerous issues of importance to his coastal district.


“Our hearts and sympathy go out to William Hughes’s family for their loss. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. Bill was an environmental champion in Congress for two decades. He was a real leader for clean water, clean air, and the environment. He was the original sponsor of the Pinelands Protection Act which was originally passed to protect it from pipelines. He was a sponsor of the Health Waste Anti Dumping Act, the Dumping Ban Act of 1998, and the Marine Plastic Pollution Control Act. He was also a sponsor of the Safe Drinking Water Act and a champion of protecting our fisheries from overfishing and our marine environmental overall. The club worked with him very closely and endorsed him on every one of his elections. No Congressman has ever measured up to him in that district since,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “When you walk along the beaches of the Jersey Shore and see clean water or through the preserved areas of the Pinelands, that is William Hughes’s legacy, protecting our ocean and the Pinelands.”


Corona Becomes First Major Beer Company to Adopt Edible 6-Pack Ring...

Corona could inspire other big beer and soda companies to replace plastic six-pack rings with biodegradable ones, potentially saving millions of sea creatures

A couple of years ago a craft microbrewery in Florida called Saltwater Brewery started a trend that could save millions of sea creatures if adopted by bigger breweries and soda companies.

The brewery — started by surfers, fishermen and “people who love the sea” — developed edible ring-holders for their beer cans made of barley and wheat remnants from the brewing process.

Since then, craft brewers in Australia, South Africa, Poland, Scotland, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington State have jumped on the bandwagon.

And now, Corona could really get the ball rolling, as the first major beer company to test the product.

The rings are  100% biodegradable and safe for fish, turtles, birds and other marine life to eat, unlike the plastic ring-holders that are now killing them by the millions.

Each year, “an estimated one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles become entrapped in plastic or ingest it and die,” says marine biologist Mark Tokulka in a promo video by Saltwater Brewery. 

“If discarded properly it will make its way to a compost facility … if incorrectly thrown into the wilderness, it will biodegrade.” the CFO of Eco Six Pack Rings tells Forbes.

The rings are currently being piloted in Corona’s homeland in Tulum, Mexico, and will be expanded everywhere Corona is sold if all goes well.


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Planting Billions of Trees Is the 'Best Climate Change Solution Available Today,' Study Finds

Planting more than 500 billion trees could remove around 25 percent of existing carbon from the atmosphere, a new study has found. What's more: there's enough space to do it.

The study, published in Science Friday, set out to assess how much new forest the earth could support without encroaching on farmland or urban areas and came up with a figure of 0.9 billion hectares, an area roughly the size of the U.S., BBC News reported. That makes reforestation "the most effective solution" for mitigating the climate crisis, the researchers concluded.

"Our study shows clearly that forest restoration is the best climate change solution available today and it provides hard evidence to justify investment," senior study author and ETH-Zürich Professor Tom Crowther said, as BBC News reported. "If we act now, this could cut carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by up to 25 percent, to levels last seen almost a century ago."

The new trees would remove around 200 gigatonnes of carbon, or two thirds of what humans have pumped into the atmosphere since the industrial revolution.

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However, the researchers emphasized that tree planting was not a replacement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions or phasing out the use of fossil fuels.

"None of this works without emissions cuts," Crowther told Time.

Even if tree planting began today, it would take 50 to 100 years for the new trees to soak up those 200 gigatonnes of carbon, he told The Guardian. And, as National Geographic pointed out, the researchers found that potential tree-planting land could shrink by one-fifth by 2050 even if global temperature rise is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as some tropical areas could grow too hot to support forests.

Even so, Crowther said tree planting was an important means of immediate climate action.

It's "a climate change solution that doesn't require President Trump to immediately start believing in climate change, or scientists to come up with technological solutions to draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere," Crowther told The Guardian. "It is available now, it is the cheapest one possible and every one of us can get involved."

Assistant-Director General at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization René Castro praised the study's utility.

"We now have definitive evidence of the potential land area for re-growing forests, where they could exist and how much carbon they could store," Castro said, as The Guardian reported.

To reach their conclusions, the researchers first looked at around 80,000 satellite photographs of protected forest areas around the world to assess the tree cover in each. They then used Google Earth Engine mapping software to develop a model for predicting where new trees could grow, National Geographic explained. They found that more than half of the world's reforestation potential was located in six countries: China, the U.S., Russia, Australia, Canada and Brazil.

However, trends are moving in the opposite direction in Brazil, where deforestation is on the rise under the right-wing government of President Jair Bolsonaro. Recent satellite images show that a football-field-sized swath of the Amazon is being lost every minute, according to National Geographic.

Bolsonaro has also been hostile to the rights of indigenous communities to the forest. But such rights are essential for conservation: deforestation rates are much lower in forests that recognize indigenous claims.

"We have served as guardians of these lands for generations ... We also understand how to restore them to health," Joan Carling, a member of the Kankanaey tribe in the Philippines and co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development, told National Geographic by email. "With the security of our lands and resources, we can prevent destructive logging, mining, agri-business, and other projects from occurring in our territories."

Political realities are why some scientists criticized the optimism of Crowther's findings.

"Planting trees to soak up two-thirds of the entire anthropogenic carbon burden to date sounds too good to be true. Probably because it is," University of Reading professor Martin Lukac told BBC News. "This far, humans have enhanced forest cover on a large scale only by shrinking their population size (Russia), increasing productivity of industrial agriculture (the West) or by direct order of an autocratic government (China). None of these activities look remotely feasible or sustainable at global scale."

University College London professor Simon Lewis, meanwhile, said that the amount of carbon the study said trees would absorb was too high. He said the study had not accounted for the carbon already in the soil before trees were planted or the hundreds of years it would take for the trees to achieve their full storage potential, The Guardian reported.


Crappie Angler Disqualified, Banned for Life for Cheating

At the end of the weigh-in video (skip to 57:00), tournament director Darrell Van Vactor explains to the crowd that in one of the rare cases in a long history of fair tournaments, an angler had to be disqualified after a video showed the angler leaving and fishing Barkley Lake then returning and attempting to weigh his fish as if he caught them on Old Hickory. The tournament director then informed the angler that he could weigh his fish, get a check and authorities would be called and charges pressed for felony fraud because it was over $500. Or he could gather up his fish, take his DQ and he would be banned for life from ever fishing a Crappie USA event. The angler chose to take his fish and leave. 

"Our Classic was amazing in so many ways and boasted some of America's top crappie anglers on hand for the competition," Van Vector said. "We did have the one hiccup that you never want to see happen as a tournament director, but when things like this happen you MUST act in accordance with the rules to protect the angler who spends his/her hard earned dollar to pay entry fees and only ask for a level playing field to test their skills in return. Additionally, if you do not enforce the rules regardless of how much it pains you to do so, you lose what integrity you and your trail have worked hard to build.

"In this case, we did receive information of a possible infraction on Friday from one Crappie USA member not fishing the event and from another Crappie USA member on Saturday also not fishing the event. This information allowed us to put a plan in place to properly deal with the infraction which we did at the Saturday weigh-in. We take no pleasure in disqualifying anyone but will continue to do so when totally warranted to protect the 99.9% of our anglers who would never even consider cheating regardless of the possible monetary award."

Because Crappie USA tournaments allow anglers to launch at multiple ramps and trailer back to weigh-in, this angler must have assumed he could pull off the alleged fraud. But didn't know he was being videoed in the process.

Crappie USA declined to release the name of the angler. Their sole mission was to get this cheater out of their tournaments permanently so no anglers would be defrauded in this event or any future events. 

UPDATE: After news spread on Monday, several more sources have cited on social media that it was Paul Turner of Covington, Tenn. that was DQed and banned from the event. 

Turner won an event on Truman Lake on Aug. 17 with fish that other competitors alleged looked odd for the region. Two days later, B'n'M informed him he was being terminated from their prostaff. The pictures that circulated Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 on social media showed Turner in a B'n'M jersey from a previous event, so B'n'M was just clearing the air on their current misperceived association or as it stands, lack thereof. 

No word yet on if other crappie tournament trails will follow suit on the ban of Turner. But in previous cases, most circuits follow the lead of the organization that caught and verified a fraudulent or cheating incident.

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