Saturday, May 23, 2009: Waves: 2 to 2 ½ feet. Water temps: Low 50s. Light south to north current. Winds: South: Brisk as day goes on.
The winds have played a bit of a spoiler. Southerlies have knocked water temps along the beach way down, not only biting into the bass bite but also adding a noticeable chill to the air this a.m. – as I walked on to plug a bit and was hit with pure feel of winter. Yesterday the bass were fairly cooperative, per a number of keepers taken. Again, today’s official start of the holiday weekend is likely going to find keepers in the surf tougher to come by – but not at all out of the question.
Boat fishing is going to be highly doable for flukers this a.m., especially inside inlets and bays. The winds have backed down (sunrise), though it still won’t be overly comfy for small craft going out in the ocean, especially as the winds likely pick up later.
(Take this for what it’s worth. An off-the-record comment was made to me by a state official in reference to something I wrote in my weekly (and daily) blog. I had noted some friskier flukers were doing some preseason test drifts to see if the flatties were around. I actually know of quite a few folks doing same. Well, I was advised that technically you cannot target or even gear for fluke out-of-season. I guess I kinda knew that. Anyway, it’s a mute point now that the season has begun but it’s worth keeping in mind for next year – when, by all appearances (and promises), we will have a longer season.
Wind note: If you’re new to this region, take note that Weather Service forecast often say “southwest” winds, which gives the impression that the winds will be slightly offshore. However, LBI is positioned at a northwest to southwest angle. That’s significant right along the beach since those southwest winds actually blow directly parallel to the beach or slightly on shore. That makes a load of difference. Those side-ass winds enhanced south to north currents. Also, that means the winds blow across the water a bit, adding a touch of the ambient ocean water temp to the air. This time of year that means beachside breezes can be chilly to downright frigid.
Black drum are scattered along the beachfront. Though the action is not quite where it was the last couple springs, this fishery is still in a rebound phase. Now if we could only get the red drum to follow suit.
Bluefishing remains a total mystery. Although a buddy of mine loaded up on small spring blues (off Little Beach area) a short time back, I haven’t heard hide nor hair of those fun fish since then. Anyone seeing them?
Night fishing note: I’ve noticed in the Simply Bassin’ tourney (www.fishlbi.com) that night fishing is offering some better bass. For those (of us) with tough daytime work schedules that might be an option.
Beach haven Marlin ad Tuna Club report: Tim Irons and the crew of Smokin’ Again brought in the first tuna of year Friday – a 64.9 lb Bluefin. The boat had a few releases after that as well.
Speaking of big game fishing, here's a NOAA press release.
NOAA] May 22, 2009 - NOAA Fisheries Service is revising procedures for filing import and export documentation for certain fishery products to meet requirements of the SAFE Port Act of 2006, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, other applicable statutes, and obligations that arise from U. S. participation in regional fishery management organizations. NOAA Fisheries intends to integrate the collection of trade documentation within the government-wide International Trade Data System and require electronic information collection through the automated internet portal maintained by the United States Customs and Border Protection.
Currently, NMFS trade monitoring programs cover tunas, swordfish, billfish, shark fins, toothfish, krill and certain other fishery products under the authority of the High Seas Driftnet Fisheries Enforcement Act (refer to http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/fmd/ italy. htm for an exhaustive list.) Generally, these trade monitoring programs require importers to obtain a blanket permit, to obtain from exporters documentation on the authorization for the harvest by the flag nation, and to submit this information to NMFS for review and approval. Depending on the commodity, specific information may be required on the flag state of the harvesting vessel, the ocean area of catch, the fishing gear used, and details of landing, transshipment and export.
Some of the questions NMFS is putting out for comment include
As an importer, how would your business be affected if you are required to obtain a blanket permit (e. g., annual) prior to importing your product?
How would your business be affected if NMFS required preÐapproval for all inbound seafood shipments that are subject to documentation requirements? That is, what costs and risks would you face if all documentation must be provided prior to arrival and the shipment cannot be released until NMFS verifies the information?
All parties involved in seafood import or export transactions are invited to submit comments at www.regulations.gov until August 6, 2009. For more information, read the Federal Register notice or contact Christopher. Rogers@noaa.gov.
Fished a few nights early in the week up north with plugs. It slowed a bit for me. I only had one bass to 24". I fished the mid-island surf tonight and walked right into diving birds and swirling fish 10 feet off the beach. There were mats of brownish water...telltale sign of rainfish. I put on a small white bucktail and got zip. Changed to a popper...zero. Put on a small metal and hooked up. The mystery fish were ocean herring...hundreds of them. I broke out a sabiki rig and caught a few for bait.
I took a small one and switched over to livelining. I had a 25-30lb bass almost beach himself trying to get my herring. I tossed it back out and it got inhaled. I set the hook and missed. I got back a de-scaled herring. I tried a few more live herring and two of them got bit clean in half. Had to be big bluefish. Never landed a fish.
I was looking forward to good action as it got dark, but it was not to be. A few sharks and skates were all I caught. I left around midnight. Fishing odd hours over the weekend to avoid the masses. I'll get you a report.
Feeling mentally sluggish? Eat some of those fish you catch:
Increased levels of vitamin D - synthesised in the skin following sun exposure and found in certain foods such as oily fish - are linked to improved cognitive function in middle-aged and older men, says a new study.
University of Manchester scientists in collaboration with colleagues from other European centres compared the cognitive performance of more than 3,000 men aged 40 to 79 years at eight test centres across Europe.
The study has been published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
In the study, researchers found that men with higher levels of vitamin D performed consistently better in a simple and sensitive neuropsychological test that assesses an individual's attention and speed of information processing.
'Previous studies exploring the relationship between vitamin D and cognitive performance in adults have produced inconsistent findings but we observed a significant, independent association between a slower information processing speed and lower levels of vitamin D,' said lead author Dr David Lee, in Manchester's School of Translational Medicine.
'The main strengths of our study are that it is based on a large population sample and took into account potential interfering factors, such as depression, season and levels of physical activity.
'Interestingly, the association between increased vitamin D and faster information processing was more significant in men aged over 60 years, although the biological reasons for this remain unclear.
'The positive effects vitamin D appears to have on the brain need to be explored further but certainly raise questions about its potential benefit for minimising ageing-related declines in cognitive performance,' the expert added.