Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, May 13, 2015: Winds are briskly out of the west, smoothing out the ocean

"Whadda ya got lead stuck in that sucker?"

Wednesday, May 13, 2015: Winds are briskly out of the west, smoothing out the ocean – and hopefully not lighting up the Pines. It’s bad out there, Dry as tumbleweed, with underbrush just itchin’ to go up hotter than a butane porch. Fortunately, so far today, fire departments have only had to deal with increasingly common mulch fires, see below.

The bluefish bite has quieted  by a scale or two ... although a similar slowdown happened ten days back and the blue gushed back in.

H.M. said it for many folks, "I think I've just about had it with bluefish."


Bluefish continue their siege! So much fun watching so many people have fun catching!!!!!

Darren Dorris's photo.
Darren Dorris's photo.

I see a very interesting, albeit thundery, angling weekend coming up. The heavy rain first forecasted has been heavily downgraded to scattered shower -- as I suspected when droughted conditions are in control.  If you're "breaking out the Evinrude" -- an odlen springtime expression we used when I was younger -- keep a severe eye on the sky. 

As for what's catchin' -- and assuming the blues are backing down a bit -- there are very scattered bass in the suds. Those smaller fish are bait-oriented, though a keeper was taken on "a plug" yesterday, mid-Island (north of replen). Clams should do the trick.

Another very bulky blackdrum was taken near (not in) Little Egg Inlet. It was a solid 30 pounds. The hooker kept it, being a fan of the fillets. That's just fine. He also concurred with something I had written, that mid-sized drum are no more wormy than smaller ones. He added that he isn't wild about munching on what he called "monster" drum -- to him anything larger than the one he kept. He also added an educated word on conservation by mentioning that he never keeps "monsters' because they pass on the genetic trait for hugeness. Drum on, brother. 

Bluefish have had a goodly number of blowfish in their bellies --  they swallow them whole ... and the can't quite figure out why they suddenly feel so full. When the blowfish deflate, the bluefish's stomach acids do quite a number, as seen by the ghoulishly ghastly look of partially-digested blowfish -- which I had some pictures of, in here, a week or so back. 

Two at a time

Frank Ruczynski's photo.

SMOKIN’ MULCH: Out of both necessity and personal interest, I’m oft tuned to my police, fire and EMT scanner. Along with noticing how frantic things often happen in bursts and bunches, I’m often amazed at the frequency of some of the odder emergency calls, aka hit outs, as in, “I’m hitting out fire and EMTS.”  

When I’m talking odd I’m ignoring the utterly strange, like the recent midday, armed robbery, by two low-pants gangbanger African Americans driving a big urbanized Crown Vic car – in frickin’ Barnegat! Not only did their high-caliber gig stand out like a sore thumb but a black sore thumb to boot.

One of the odder hit-outs recently has been for mulch fires, as in gardens, walkways and even entire yards. I kid you not. Now, on an almost daily basis, wooden and synthetic mulches are igniting, to the point a professional dousing by the nearest fire department is in order.

This fire threat is right up our alley on LBI, where folks – including absentee homeowners -- aren’t big on picking weeds.

Most often the mulch-ignition culprits are flicked still-lit cigarettes. Mulch mixes well with smoldering tobacco. The glowing embers from tobacco easily pass into the mulch material, then, when winds honk, the smoke bomb begins. And it can quickly turn to flames, as the mulched playground at the LBI School found out the hard way not that long ago when smoldering mulch led to nearby wooden playground structures going up in flames.

With the dryness out there now, there were already two mulch fires just this morning -- reported on the scanner. 


Starting today, May 13th speed limits will be lowered on Long Beach Blvd. Traffic lights will go on May 18th. Please drive carefully.


I show dogs that miss, so here's one that nails it ... 



Imagine these along Rte. 72?


"Uh, you might wanna reword that ... "

... And you just might wanna rethink this move ... 


Even a friendly face can spook the hell outta you when kayaking ... as the petrified gal in this kayak will attest.


Please keep an eye open ... as Glenn Reitinger did here, in his driveway.  


Keep your eyes open out there... Some terrapin may need your help.
Tom Beaty's photo.

Randy Matlack changed his profile picture.
Randy Matlack's photo.


May 13, 2015                                                                                                                               Subscribe
Commercial Atlantic Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna Landings Update
January 1 - April 30, 2015

Below are the preliminary landings estimates for the Atlantic bigeye, Northern Albacore, skipjack, and yellowfin (BAYS) tunas commercial fisheries. These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through April 30, 2015. These estimates include U.S. BAYS tunas landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  Also, these estimates are subject to late reporting and do not include discards.  Totals are reported in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) round weight (rw); 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.

Species 2015 Quota Estimated Landings in 2015 Percent of 2015 Quota 2014 Landings in the Same Time Period
Bigeye NA

100.79 mt rw

(222,226 lb rw)


88.93 mt rw

(196,069 lb rw)

Northern Albacore

527 mt rw

(1,161,824 lb rw)

126.56 mt rw

(279,014 lb rw)


120.24 mt rw

(265,090 lb rw)

Yellowfin NA 253.50 mt rw
(558,862 lb rw)
188.78 mt rw
(416,200 lb rw)
Skipjack NA

0.36 mt rw

(795 lb rw)


0.32 mt rw

(701 lb rw)


This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic BAYS tunas fishery interests to keep you informed about the fishery.  Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.  To view catch statistics from previous months, please visithttp://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/tunas/landings/bays_landin... or contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at (978) 281-9260.


The 24th annual Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament, a popular competition for anglers young and old, will be held at Island Beach State Park on Sunday, May 17, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.

The family-friendly tournament, which had long been an October staple but made a successful move to the spring last year, offers participants an excellent opportunity to engage in or learn more about the sport of surf fishing. The tournament runs from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"We saw a renewed enthusiasm for the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament last spring and registration numbers for this year's competition are up," Commissioner Martin said. "We look forward to a great day for anglers and families from New Jersey and neighboring states as we kick off the summer tourism season on our beautiful beaches."
Springtime fishing at Island Beach State Park allows for the possibility of large catches at any given moment. Last year's tournament saw more than 200 fish measured and entered in the tournament, the most fish caught in many years.
The individual who catches the overall largest - or longest - fish wins the "Governor's Award" and will have his or her name engraved on the Governor's Cup, which is permanently displayed at Island Beach State Park. Fishing equipment is also awarded to winners in a variety of species and age group categories.
"We've had some great fishing this spring and we anticipate continued excellent surf fishing opportunities and hundreds of anglers, which should make for an excellent tournament," said DEP's Director of Fish and Wildlife Dave Chanda. "Anglers will have an opportunity to land some striped bass and bluefish and be recognized for their fishing prowess."
"If the bluefish bonanza we have seen recently continues this weekend, we're going to have an extraordinary tournament," said Tim Burden, president of the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association, one of the event's key sponsors and supporters. "We have seen a few monster sized blues that are bigger than last year's winning fish, which means we could have a new Governor's Cup Tournament bluefish being recorded."
The registration fee on the day of the tournament is $20 for ages 18 and older and $5 for ages 13-17. There is no fee for children 12 and under.
All funds raised by the tournament go toward a variety of good causes, including the recent purchase of 15 brand new specialized wheelchairs that provide the disabled and elderly beach access, construction of access ramps for disabled saltwater anglers, surf fishing instruction programs and equipment, and marine education and restoration projects.
The Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament is sponsored by the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs, Jersey Coast Anglers Association, and the New Jersey Beach Buggy Association.
For more information about the Governor's Surf Fishing Tournament visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/gsft.htm ;
Tournament anglers may be asked to verify their compliance with the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. If not already registered for 2015, please do so before hitting the beach the day of the tournament. Registration is quick, easy and free. Anglers simply need to log on to www.nj.gov/dep/saltwaterregistry and follow the instructions on the page.

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