Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, September 26, 2014 (a.m. info – more later): It’s one of those differential day things. Huh!



Friday, September 26, 2014 (a.m. info – more later): It’s one of those differential day things. Huh! You know: What a difference a day makes. It’s lookin’ so sweet out there I’m taking a half day of slavery and heading for the freedom sands of Holgate. I know, sounds like a broken record -- but you can’t tell me you've never found a kick-ass song and played it over and over again. Such is my tripping to Holgate.

Tomorrow is the big LBI Fishing Club’s, see below)


Wallet is filled with Candy
Wallet is filled with Candy

Tight to the jetties this morning. SOMC

Tight to the jetties this morning. SOMC

Gettin' squirrely wid it:  



Happy to see you, Mr Mann, on this week's Sandpaper, though a weak likeness (couldn't find you in a crowd with it.) 

If you have time among the more serious issues that arise here on LBI, a question about squirrels. I'm beginning to think that some mutant strain has made its way up to us in Barnegat Light.  We've retired here nearly 20 years now, and I've done my share of relocating scores of them to Forsythe country to keep down the number of times I must get a craftsmen to get them out of the holes/nests they try to establish under my roof.  But this year they have found a new way to mar our coexistence. My patio and other spaces under our heavily treed plot are being littered with shredded cones from the Japanese black pines.


First time in 20 years.  What has happened to their normal food supply, or what non-native species has arrived here that dotes on whatever good there is in the heart of those cones?  Good for the pines, naturally. And good for my fireplace, as convenient, readily available tinder. Is this phenomena peculiar to our north end?


Richard A, Barnegat Light


(Hey, Richard:

You are far from the only one suffering from the over-squirrelization of LBI -- and even areas of the mainland. 

Like all wild and semi-domesticated species, squirrels have banner years. Somewhat similarly, you'll recall the famed hyper-showing of snowy owls last winter. However, dating back to the times of Native Americans, squirrel populations have gone totally bananas now and again.


With squirrels, population surges often accompany what might be called an easy-livin' summer, as we just had. The survival rate of the young squirrels --  undiminished by brutally hot weather -- would lead to an unusual fall over-showing. Also, cool summers can lead to more than one brood.

Sow squirrels can produce two litters a year, providing food is plentiful and the weather isn’t adverse. Litter sizes range from one to six young. What determines litter size is semi-mystical. As noted, loads of food seems to spark a good-and-plenty sense within the sows so they pop out profuse squirrel-ettes. As the young’un’s grow, they territorialize, which often leads to them looking for their very own nooks and crannies -- in your house.

By the by, in a heavily humanized environment, a squirrel upwelling can indicate a lack of predators, be it feral/domesticated cats or raptors.

In your case, you likely hit on the biggest lift to your local squirrel population: forage. Mix a big crop of young with tons of tasty pine nuts and the raise high the roof beam, carpenter. And I don’t have to tell you that squirrels, when bored, have an utter infatuation with the insulation around electrical wires.

Finally (and my favorite), it is a semi-proven Piney axiom that overly active squirrels can be a sure signs of a truly hideous winter about to arrive. J-mann)


Affiliated with
Association of Surf Angling Clubs - International Game Fish Association
Jersey Coast Anglers Association - Recreational Fishing Alliance
August 01, 2014
Our 68
th annual ‘WORLD SERIES OF SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT’ is scheduled for
Saturday September 27
th, 2014. We will again, this year, be offering both team and individual
Registration: Will be held from 5:30am to 6:30am in the meeting room at our club in Harvey
Cedars, NJ. Coffee and donuts will be served during registration, free of charge!
Beach Buggies: We hope to be using North Beach, Surf City, Harvey Cedars and Loveladies
beaches again this year. A limit of two (2) vehicles per team will be permitted. Actual beach
access will be finalized closer to the tournament date.
Fishing Time: 7:00am to 9:30am and 10:00am to 12:30pm
Entrance Fee: $55.00 per team if payment received before September 1st
$65.00 per team for payment received after September 1st
$15.00 per individual due at registration on September 28
Food: A free hot lunch will be served at our club after the conclusion of fishing, followed by our
awards ceremony and numerous door prizes. Six (6) meal tickets per team and one (1) per
individual will be included in each registration packet. (No guests can be accommodated.)
Please send registration checks payable to the LBIFC, and mail to the following address ASAP:
John Castrati, 317 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City, NJ 08008
You can also call John at (856) 834-6634, or Bob at (267) 994-7423 prior to the tournament.
Only the first 60 teams and a limited number of individuals will be accepted, so register
early. ***Remember to practice Catch and Release***
See you at the Club,
John Castrati
Tournament Chairman


Save the date: Saturday November 1, 5-8pm. S.T.A.R.T. and the LBI foundation are hosting a family fun night Halloween party at the foundation in Loveladies. Admission $5 and proceeds are being donated to the Stafford PTO, LBI PTA and S.T.A.R.T. Activities include; trunk or treat, DJ, kid’s haunted house, costume contest, pumpkin painting, candy swap & raffle. Drinks & snacks also provided. If you would like to volunteer, donate to the snack table, donate a raffle prize or be a trunk or treat vendor, please reach out to S.T.A.R.T. via FB or email at staffordstart@gmail.com



Encourages Anglers To Submit Personal Comments By 9/30
After discussion with anglers, business owners, fisheries managers and biologists, the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) fully supports a reduction in striped bass harvest along the Atlantic Coast, with equal reductions to both the commercial and recreational sectors.


Based on both staff and member observations, along with extensive review of the scientific data, RFA believes it's important to reduce fishing mortality to a level that is at or below the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) target reference point as of 2015, and not by delaying action over several years.


With just one ASFMC public hearing left (September 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Dare County Government Complex in Manteo, NC) RFA executive director Jim Donofrio said he's confident with the position that he is set to deliver to ASMFC before the September 30 deadline.  "Last week, RFA active members along the Atlantic Coast began receiving our official position along with a comment card that anglers themselves can respond directly to ASMFC with their own personal position," Donofrio said. 


"According to the science, there's a better than 85% chance that striped bass will be considered an overfished species within the next three years, and that's not an option for RFA or our members," Donofrio said.  "We've talked to a lot of individuals and business owners up and down the coast, and it would seem one option in particular, one fish at 28 inches, is perhaps the fairest, most efficient, and most productive option of all in terms of sustaining this fishery through to the next stock assessment."


As per the ASMFC options presented to the public, RFA staff, chapter leaders, board members and volunteers have given consideration of the organization's stated mission ("to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of U.S. saltwater fisheries"), and believe that one option in particular presents the most efficient way of meeting the needs of the fish, the fishermen and the recreational fishing industry.


If you're an active RFA member with annual dues up-to-date, you should've received the following by mail in the past few days. 


For the coastal recreational fishing sector, RFA views the following immediate and long-term benefits of Option B1, a bag limit of one fish at the current 28-inch minimum size limit:


1- Reducing the individual bag limit by one fish offers a 31% reduction in harvest (according to ASMFC), but would also effectively cut the number of broodstock fish harvested during the spring migration when pre- and post-spawn fish are congregated in key areas. 


2- Keeping the size limit at 28 inches will reduce bycatch mortality resulting from any increase in size limit (proposed in options B2, B3 or B5); the 'one at 28' option allows anglers fishing specifically for harvest to catch their 'table' fish more efficiently without undue harm caused to undersized fish.


3- While a traditional 'slot' option to preserve and protect smaller fish and breeding fish alike is a sensible management option, RFA is concerned about the current recruitment classes; with the 2010 and 2011 recruitment years being the most robust of recent record, it's important to protect those age 4 to 5 females until better than 90% can spawn (age 5 to 8) at least once before harvest.


4- ASFMC has previously stated that reducing fishing mortality on fish aged 8-12 (32- to 40-inch fish) by half would result in "much greater egg production in the stock and an age distribution in which older fish are much more dominant"; as such, any slot option (proposed in options B4, B6, B7, B8, or B9) which focuses undue harvest pressure on more 'fertile' age/size fish in the stock could be counterproductive to conservation efforts.


5- RFA continues to place little faith in the NOAA Fisheries' (NMFS) ability to effectively account for recreational fishing effort and harvest. Specifically, options B2, B3, B4, B7, B8 and B9 indicate that "data available to estimate the percent reduction is limited because the combination of a bag limit and size limit changes simultaneously means only measured fish from the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) were included in the analysis which is a small subsample of the MRIP dataset for striped bass." Since NMFS has limited data to make such calculations, there is far less confidence in calculating overall impact of such options.


Based on these five key bullet points, RFA expects to deliver an official position supporting B1, a bag limit of one fish at the current 28-inch minimum size limit for the coastal recreational fishing sector, with changes to be implemented as of 2015.


If you're not an active RFA member with your annual dues up-to-date, go to www.joinrfa.org/join and re-up by PayPal or credit card.  Click here to download the comment card addressed to the ASMFC.  Anglers and recreational business owners are encouraged to submit comments regarding this document at any time during the addendum process. The final date comments will be accepted is 5 pm on September 30, 2014.  

 Comments may also be submitted by email (Subject: Draft Addendum IV) to Mike Waine (mwaine@asmfc.org).



Gliss, from World Fishing Tackle, is said to be so thin and strong that it could replace braid.↑ Gliss, from World Fishing Tackle, is said to be so thin and strong that it could replace braid.

A new line so thin and strong that it could replace braid is about to be launched into the market.

The company behind the development is World Fishing Tackle(WFT), which has been working on the secret project for two and a half years.

The line, called Gliss, is made from extruded hmpe fibres and according to WFT’s Managing Director, Christian Dibisch, combines the qualities of both a monofilament and a braid.

“Gliss looks like a mono, but has huge advantages, including almost zero stretch. Other lines have at least three times more stretch,” Dibisch told Angling International. “It also has extremely low diameter-to-breaking strength ratios. At 0.010 diameter, it has 4kg strength.

“These exceptional properties give it multiple applications. The low stretch means it is incredibly sensitive and you always know what is happening under the water.”

The potential for Gliss is further boosted by the fact that it can be produced far more quickly and cheaply than braid. Dibisch estimated that it takes around 100 hours to produce 1,000 metres of braid, depending on the type. But he can manufacture the same length of Gliss in a matter of minutes.

“Production is so fast that I am sure it will replace braid in certain fields of fishing,” said Dibisch. “It is ideal for any application where low stretch is an advantage, such as lure fishing and long range fishing. Light lures can be controlled more sensitively than ever before.

“What we have introduced is actually a third generation product,” added Dibisch. “The first and second generations were developed during the testing phase as we worked to make the line as good as possible.”



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