Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

June 28, 09 -- Winds a hassle -- waste a bigger problem.

Sunday, June 28, 2009: Waves: Choppy east swell, 2 to 2.5 feet. Winds got very frisky mid-morning and whipped most of the day. Simply Bassin’ 2009 tourney ends today after a long and active 8-week stint. Final tabulation will be made and final leaderboard will be published tomorrow. Despite some 50-pounders in the surf this past week, none of the cow-landing anglers were in the tourney. Missed chance at decent money. I have mainly fluking reports and they all echo each other. Lots of flatties, a few keepers and an occasional doormat. Everyone has their own system (baits) and all are sticking with them – actually hyping them. Truth be told, there are so many fluke that it seems nearly every fishing method fosters hookups. If there was a sure way to catch just keeper-sized fluke I’d sell the secret and retire – in other words, I’ll be heading to work first thing tomorrow. There are a lot of bass to be seen. A couple snorklers in Barnegat Inlet this weekend saw a slew of stripers, mainly moving out of the bay – though that likely simply had to do with the outgoing tide at the time. Here’s related to the above photo: “Hey Jay. Fished last night and into this morning with Joe, Dan, and Cindy. We fished the Brant Beach area and caught quite a few large smooth dogfish and the interesting critter pictured below. Do you know what it is? Skate? Ray? What species? It put up one hell of a fight... we all thought it was the super bass after making quite a few runs. Nick H.” (It has the features of a clearnose but seems mighty large for that common species. – I’ll have to check around a bit. j-mann) ((((((((((()))))))))) Here’s a GULP!-based report from yesterday: Fishing Brant Beach on Saturday, I caught a 16in fluke on a white gulp with live minnow rig around 3pm. Then, around 9pm, a 32inch bass on a live eel. The fish hit in about 1-1.5 ft water, about 10yrds from the shoreline. James C Here’s a pro report: . Just a real quick report this week as things really haven't changed too much since last week. Striper fishing for the big migrating bass seems to be about over for now, as all the action has moved to the north and it's unlikely they'll move back south again until the fall. The fish we caught this week were smaller, probably some of the resident fish that will stick around right through the summer. I guess we can hope that another large body of migrating fish will still show up, but with the ocean getting warmer they're likely to pass by out in the deeper (and cooler) water. But you never know... there's still an amazing amount of bunker around. Fluke fishing this week was hot one day, cold the next. Most days saw at least double digit catches, mostly below the 18" minimum size but there were some nice fat keepers up to 24" mixed in. Bluefishing in the bay is now in summer mode, with most of the fish being in the 1 to 3 pound class. No sign of weakfish as yet, but they should be making their annual summer appearance in the next few weeks. As usual, once they arrive we'll be using grass shrimp to chum up those tasty sparklers so now's the time to get those August weakfish trips booked. Once they arrive, the calendar fills quickly. Until next week. -- Capt. Jack Shea "Rambunctious" Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters www.BarnegatBayFishing.com ((((((((((((()))))))))) The wind picked up today, blowing in more warm water but some seriously ugly s*** to boot. I received a load of reports (some fishermen, lifeguards and mainly environmentalists) about medical waste washing in on the beaches of Barnegat Light then working slowly southwards. Beaches in Surf City were supposedly closed to swimming. That sucks on a half-shell. The fight we waged in the 80s to forever remove medical waste from the marine waters of New Jersey has succumbed to another environmental invader: the public drug-using realm. That’s my guess as to the source of syringes washing up on the beach. It is mainliners “booting” elicit drugs and eventually throwing their needles and also (a seldom singled-out sector) diabetics carelessly disposing of their one-use syringes. So how is it we have so many self-injectors? We don’t. They do up north, though. That’s the crap washing in with this latest batch of north winds. It was also the source of the plastics and medical crap we had washing in a few weeks back. The problem is combined sewer overflow in antiquated sewer systems in North Jersey. Massive downpours, like those that closed Newark Airport recently, can’t be contained by the sewers. The sewers are designed to overflow when stressed, emptying everything in the a drainage system that gushes seaward. In case you think I’m inventing some diversionary blame point. Here’s a Rutger's explanation of combined sewer overflow. “Combined sewers are designed to carry sanitary sewage at all times and stormwater collected from streets and other sources, thus serving a combined purpose. However, when it rains, combined sewer systems may not have the capacity to carry all of the stormwater and sanitary sewage, causing an overflow into the nearest waterbody. These untreated overflows, which contain pathogens (disease causing organisms),floatable debris, toxic metals, settle able solids, toxic organic chemicals, nutrients, and organic contaminants, degrade water quality and adversely impact aquatic animals, plants, and human health in certain situations. In the New Jersey/New York Harbor Estuary complex alone, CSOs contribute 89% of the pathogenic indicator organisms.” Here’s the DEP’s statement on same: “TYPE AND QUANTITY OF WASTES, FLUIDS, OR POLLUTANTS: CSSs are wastewater collection systems designed to carry sanitary sewage, industrial and commercial wastewater, and storm water runoff in a single system of pipes to a publicly owned treatment works (POTW). During dry weather, all flow (composed primarily of sanitary sewage and industrial/commercial wastewater) is conveyed to the POTW. During periods of rainfall or snow melt, the total wastewater flows entering the collection system can exceed the capacity of the system or the treatment facility. Under such conditions, CSSs are designed to overflow at predetermined CSO Points and result in discharges of excess wastewater flows directly to surface water bodies such as rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters. Because CSO discharges include raw sewage, they contain a combination of untreated human waste and pollutants discharged by commercial and industrial establishments. CSOs also have a significant storm water component that includes pollutants from urban and rural runoff. These pathogens, solids, and toxic pollutants may be discharged directly to the waters of the state during wet weather events.”

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Comment by Brad Maguire on June 29, 2009 at 8:56am
Jay, got to Surf City at around 2 pm and the guards were just pulling people off the beach. A uniformed police officer came by the lifeguard stand between 4th and 5th. He had a biowaste box. The female guard that has been there for at least 5 years (maybe you know her) had a needle that she deposited in the box. It looked like all the surf city beaches were closed, But I could see that Ship Bottom was still open, looked to be south of division.

It was a beautiful day with a nice breeze so I stayed at the beach until 5 then went up to the inlet to see what was going on. Mostly a lot of nothing, but one guy walked off the jetty with a fluke that was at least 20 inches. Asians were handlining bergals. One guy I talked to had hit on a few rogue blues in the 5-8 pound class (I consider it table fare). He said spearfishers came through with a few stripers and commented the inlet was covered with fluke - are they all 16 3/4????

I had my binocs and couldn't spot any action outside the inlet or on the north side.

Another guy was drowning bunker all day and hadn't had a hit. Water was weedy with a good amount of trash.

Love the blog - my grandfather built a house on 3d street surf city in 1968, so I've been there since I was 2. I've had the pleasure of bringing my kids down the shore regularly and have to remember that for them "these are the good old days".



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