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May 13, 2013: Another mighty fine fishing day.

May 13, 2013: Another mighty fine fishing day. I'm hitting The Dike late-day. 

Bass being taken from various venues, including some serious cows off the beach, within a couple miles. Trolled squids working. A bit of snag-and-drop. 

Surfcasters, make sure to sign up for Simply Bassin' -- even if it's little more of a token involvement. Fishing will be the first thing back to normal hereabouts. 

Please get me any stomach content from the bass and blues you're catching  It really tells a huge scientific tale.  



FIRST TUNA 2013, Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club: 
Boat: Fish Trap; Men: Steve Evert; Intermediate: CJ Janiszewski

Update: Old clubhouse scheduled to come down this week, possibly tomorrow. 

Here's a look at the one to be built in its place. 



Hi Jay, I too have run across millions of worms that look like bloods. The sea gulls ate so many the other night they sat on the water an hardly flew at dark. Last night the blues some 8 plus pounds and nice weakfish found them. My boat was full of worms the fish threw up. I have seen those short red bristle worms spawn at the dock at night and wonder if it is a spawn. Years ago when the blood worm people went on strike I dug blood worms at the boat ramp but never have seen anything like this massive amount of worms. I fish the same spot year after year never have seen one worm. You said they are not bloods but are real close and that is what I thought they were. mayor P


Hello All,

Weather again kept us pretty close to the dock this week, a bit frustrating when we're getting right into the prime time for trophy striped bass along the beachfront in this area. We did manage to get one bayside trip in this week with Wayne Pollack, son Joachim, and Mike Skurecki (Sr. & Jr.) putting a beating on bay 3-5 pound bluefish on light tackle poppers and swim baits. Lots of fun with steady bent rods most of the morning until we finally had enough and headed in a little early. I did get reports of a few big bass making an appearance on Friday for the guys that were trolling Maja spoons, so they are starting to show up right on schedule and all we need is for the weather to start cooperating. We're booked pretty solid for the next couple of weeks, the bunker spoons are ready to go and the big nets are aboard the boat. Time to go fishing!

Until next week.

Capt. Jack Shea
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters


33 pounder
33 pounder


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May 13, 2013 

Join Us for the Status of Stocks 2012 Stakeholder Conference Call on May 14 


Knowing of your interest in sustainable fisheries, this is a reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, May 14, at 3:30-4:30p.m. Eastern time, NOAA Fisheries will conduct a stakeholder conference call to review the 2012 Status of Stocks report to Congress. Emily Menashes, Acting Director of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, and Galen Tromble, Chief of Domestic Fisheries, will briefly review the highlights and findings fromthe report and will be on hand to answer any questions. The Conference Call details are below. We look forward to you joining us.   
Status of Stocks 2012 Stakeholder Conference Call


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

3:30PM - 4:30PM EDT


Conference Call info: 
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Verbal Passcode: SOS2012 
Stay up-to-date with the latest fisheries topics and join FishNews now.

Warm Regards,
Laurel Bryant 
Chief, External Affairs

NOAA Fisheries Communications 



SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Seacoast] By Nick B. Reid - May 13, 2013 - 

HAMPTON FALLS, As the value of American eels skyrockets, some unscrupulous fishermen have been tempted by the thousands of dollars they might make in a good day's fishing to circumvent the law, which says almost no one in the Northeast is allowed to take young eels.

On the Eastern Seaboard, Maine and South Carolina are the only states that allow fishing of baby eels, called elvers, that are less than 6 inches long.

Ten years ago, no one much cared for elver fishing as they were only worth about $25 a pound, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Since then, their value has increased a hundredfold, sometimes peaking as high as $3,000 a pound, but there are still only 655 elver fishing licenses available in Maine, according to Maine DMR spokesman Jeff Nichols.

The only way to legitimately take elvers is to get one of those licenses, which become available only when one of last year's license holders doesn't seek renewal. Five thousand people entered a lottery for four available licenses in Maine last year, Nichols said.

Eels are a delicacy in Asian countries, which import young American eels and cultivate them to adulthood when they're sold off to restaurants.

Some unlicensed fishermen clandestinely go out on the banks of riverbeds in pre-dawn darkness with a net and a small light hoping to go unseen or unchecked.

Philip Parker, 41, of Candia was cited in April in the largest illegal eel possession case in Maine's history, 41 pounds worth $61,000. And last week, two Maine brothers, Justin and Michael Kinney, came to the Hampton Falls River to try their luck, which ran out when N.H. Fish and Game officers went to arrest them, but not before Matthew Kinney allegedly assaulted one officer and temporarily slipped away from authorities to go back to his hotel where he was later caught.

Justin Kinney, who was charged with resisting arrest and disobeying a conservation officer in addition to the eel-related charges, had his bail set at $2,500 cash — or, at a good rate, about a pound of eels.

The shift in the balance between risk and reward of poaching eels caused the Maine Legislature to up the ante on illegal eel possession charges. What used to be a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,000 fine is now a felony that demands a $2,000 penalty.

"The law stiffened the penalties for illegal activity within the fishery and created a more appropriate deterrent given the enormous sums of money that are made in this fishery, which creates a greater interest in this fishery by people that would break the law," Nichols said.

Last year, Maine's Marine Patrol officers issued 300 summonses and 98 warnings for elver violations, mostly for fishing without a license, according to the Associated Press.

Even before the March 22 beginning of Maine's 10-week elver-fishing season, three Mainers were charged in New Jersey for illegal elver fishing. Officers seized more than 9 pounds, the Associated Press reported.

The demand for eels rose sharply the past two years for several reasons, Nichols said.

First, he said, the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan and other Pacific countries wiped out large stocks of eels being cultivated on that front.

"That's a big reason for the increase in demand and increase in value," Nichols said.

In addition, the European Union is cracking down on eel export due to its low stocks, said Kate Taylor, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's senior fisheries management plan coordinator. She said Europe's eels are preferred by cultivators in southeast Asia.

"Now the European Union doesn't allow any export of eels," she said.

That's generated a rush to Maine and South Carolina, two states that were in a unique position in 1999 when the ASMFC required that all states from Maine to Florida maintain their current American eel regulations or become even more conservative.

"At the time, only Maine and South Carolina had glass eel (elver) fisheries," Taylor said.

Maine has continued to allow elver fishing, though it has limited licenses, and eels made up the state's second most valuable fishery last year, Nichols said, trailing only lobsters.

Taylor said her commission did a study last year that found American eels on the East Coast were depleted relative to historic levels, noting they face many other challenges besides legal or illegal fishermen, including passing through hydro-powered dams, water quality issues and difficulty finding access to their habitats.

American eels are catadromous, which means they spawn in the ocean and their offspring make their way back to fresh water to grow to adult size.

Adult eels are thought to travel to the Sargasso Sea, an area in the Atlantic Ocean east of the Bahamas and south of Bermuda, where they spawn and die.

The larvae drift in the Gulf Stream to North America, where they transform into glass eels, or elvers, that will mature in brackish (a mixture of fresh and salt) water for eight to 25 years before they return to sea to spawn.

That is, unless they land in a fisherman's waiting net.

"They have a strange and mysterious history that subjects them to many different threats," Taylor said.

The ASMFC has monitored poaching activity for years, and Taylor said it's mostly localized to the Northeast. "Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts seem to be where we've heard of most of the incidents occurring, and the states are doing all that they can to minimize the ability for illegal harvest," she said.

She said conservation officers are challenged to stop poaching, especially because there are fewer officers on patrol in states where all eel fishing is illegal.

"If people can be aware of this issue it's definitely helpful to have extra eyes," she said, "because the law enforcement officers only have so many resources they can delegate everywhere."

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