Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, April 10, 2017: We’re on something of a sky roll ...

Tugboat: "Whoa, Nellie! Get back here you little devil you."

Tugboat assisting larger ship

Below: To a friend who swore off pizzas during Lent ... Only a few more days to go!

Baking pizza

Some newscasters don't give a rat's ass about the weather ... or hand sanitation. 

Weather lady caught eating live on set

Latest "He seemed so much brighter at the maternity ward window." 

Kid vs. water hose

April 10, 2017: We’re on something of a sky roll. Things are shining like the sun … for good reason. We’ll flirt with 80s on the mainland. LBI is iffy, due to south winds.

Yesterday, you couldn’t help but noticed the SE ocean winds kept it a tad nippy on the beach. In fact, I zipped waterside to get an ocean temp (47.7) and wasted no time getting the hell back off the sands. Once over in the woods, it was perfect a 75-ish.

RUNDOWN: I get to talk some active fishing for a change.

Below you’ll see some really nice stripers taken from boats, fishing not-that-far out, obviously inside three nm. In fact, an avid angler said it was his best bassing day ever. Not bad for April 9. 

Way closer in, the under-bridge (Causeway) bite remains scalding hot on small stripers. I’ll once gain balk at saying you should run over and bang the bridge bite. Things are a tad dicey with all the work being done, though the construction is mainly the Big Bridge. I know that going the troll (under bridge) route is likely fine. As for nabbing the schoolies, it’s shad tail plastics in white, at least for one of the bridge regulars.

I'll bet bayside Beach Haven has or is soon to have bulkhead bass, after dark. 

There are also some black drum working their ways through LEI. I haven’t gotten much more info than that generality, though it was from someone who really makes a big deal about drumfishing. He catches many but never keeps any. His best was a hand-weighed 52-pounder, Tuckerton Bay area, late spring – off a bulkhead, using surf clams.

The crabbing is remarkable for this early. Not only are there epic jimmies but the sheer number of throwbacks keeps things jumping for folks using line and hand-trap techniques. I'm sure Andy and the pros know this already.

I'm guessing winter 2016/17, with an early one-time freeze (always good to purify the bay) followed by a mild remainder of winter, ice-wise, might be a boom for blue claws. Those conditions could cater to a crab's first, free-floating larval stage (zoeae) near inlets and close-in ocean water,

or, during its second larval stage (megalops), bayside, bottom zone. 


Nice seeing United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., at 10 a.m. Palm Sunday mass in Surf City yesterday morning. His honor has a long-standing attachment (and a home) here on LBI. No, I didn’t bring up anything political with him, even after mass. I know one of the things he likes about the Island is how it’s a place for him to at least momentarily get away from the insane pressures of his position … influencing how this amazing nation lives.   


Andrew DiMatteo
We got into some unexpected bass while doing some blackfishing on the Jersey Hooker today. All fish were caught on jigs and almost every drop produced a fish. If it didn't, you at least had 3-4 fish following the jig to the surface. It was one of the best bass bites I ever got on and we quickly boated our under limit and continued to release a few. Great way to improve a tough day blackfishing!

Fish Stix
Belmar, New Jersey

Sunday Am & Pm trips, over 30 stripers mixed of shorts and keepers. Clams, Shad jigs and plugs.


Capt. Alex (lhsportfishing@comcast.net)

Finally got to invite a couple of fish, white perch, to diner.  Hit a local tidal lagoon Saturday at dusk and went 2 for about 6.  I was using a shad dart tip with a piece of bloodworm.  Others around me got a few and some were skunked.  Tide was starting to flood but still not a lot of water were is was. Small bass continue to bends rods in the usual super early locals but are being seeing more through the bay at place they usually hang out. Based on the ease at which Ospreys have been coming back to nesting platforms with big bunker you know there are toms of bunker schools out there.  Hear of a few fluke caught already. Fluke move into the back bays a lot earlier than most think, it is just they may chew well until the waters warm.  These fluke will get hungry because they just got done spawning on the shelf waters and swam several dozen of miles west to put some weight back on.

 On the nature side of things: white perch’s scientific name is Morone Americana.  Striped bass have the scientific name of Morone saxatilis. Both fish are placed in the family of temperate basses which is Moronidae. Remember taxonomic classification you learned in school?  There are 6 known species of temperate bass worldwide.  Sharing the same genius, Morone, indicates that these two fish are very closely related.  They are so closely related in that when the eggs of one of them is mixed with the sperm of the other species offspring arise.  These offspring is what we hybrid bass.  They are a true hybrid in that as adult they cannot produce fertile off spring. The ability of an organism to produce fertile offspring with what makes is a species.  Fish farmers started breeding hybrid bass in the others and they are noted for a fast rate or growth, good table fare and hard fighters.

 Springs dates are filling in fast so if you are thinking about going out with me contact me soon. I don’t like leaving people at the dock J 

Capt. Alex


Barnegat Bay, NJ



Synthetic brush fish attractors added to Florida's Lake Toho at Activist Angler 

Here's our ocean version ... 

Not to mention ...



(16/28) TRENTON – With black bears emerging from winter dens and entering a very active period of the year in search of food and mates, the Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding residents, particularly in the northwest region of New Jersey known as “bear country,” of basic precautions this spring to reduce the risk of potential encounters.

“Bears that learn to associate food with people, and their homes and property, can easily become nuisance bears that forage for easy sources of food in neighborhoods,” said David Chanda, director of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. “Residents can greatly reduce the risk of interactions with bears by taking commonsense steps. Most importantly, people should never feed bears, intentionally or unintentionally.”

It is illegal to intentionally feed black bears in New Jersey and punishable by a fine of up to $1,000. A more common problem is unintentional bear feeding by homeowners who unknowingly make household trash, pet foods and other food sources easily available for bears to find and eat.

DEP wildlife experts stress that a black bear simply passing through an area and not causing a specific problem, such as breaking into trash or otherwise trying to access food sources on peoples’ properties or posing a safety threat, should be left alone. The Division of Fish and Wildlife advises people to leave the area and allow the bear to continue on its way. When frightened, bears may seek refuge by climbing trees.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife also offers the additional following tips to minimize conflicts with bears this spring:

  • Secure your trash and eliminate obvious sources of food, such as pet food on decks, easy-to-reach bird feeders, or food residues left in barbecue grills.
  • Use certified bear-resistant garbage containers if possible. Otherwise, store all garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids and place them along the inside walls of your garage, or in the basement, a sturdy shed or other secure area.
  • Wash garbage containers frequently with a disinfectant solution to remove odors. Put out garbage on collection day, not the night before.
  • Avoid feeding birds when bears are active. If you choose to feed birds, do so during daylight hours only and bring feeders indoors at night. Suspend birdfeeders from a free-hanging wire, making sure they are at least 10 feet off the ground. Clean up spilled seeds and shells daily.
  • Immediately remove all uneaten food and food bowls used by pets fed outdoors.
  • Clean outdoor grills and utensils to remove food and grease residue. Store grills securely.
  • Do not place meat or any sweet foods in compost piles.
  • Remove fruit or nuts that fall from trees in your yard.
  • Install electric fencing as an effective way to protect crops, beehives and livestock.

If you encounter a bear that is standing its ground, remain calm and do not run. Make sure the bear has an escape route. Avoid direct eye contact, back up slowly and speak with a low, assertive voice.

Residents should report bear damage, nuisance behavior or aggressive bears to the DEP Hotline at 1-877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337) or their local police department.

Black bears have been sighted in all 21 New Jersey counties, and bear-human encounters have occurred more frequently in recent years in places outside of traditional bear country, defined as the area west of Interstate 287 and north of Interstate 78.

To learn more about New Jersey’s black bears, their history in New Jersey and ways to avoid problems with them, visit www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/bearfacts.htm.

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Changes Could be Coming to East Coast Squid Fishery

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Associated Press] April 10, 2017

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An effort to gain better control over the amount of participation in the East Coast squid fishery will be the subject of a series of public hearings this spring.

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council wants to reduce latent permits for certain kinds of squid. Most years, a few vessels are responsible for bringing the majority of the commercially harvested squid to shore.

The fishery council says it's concerned that excessive squid fishing could occur if latent permits become active.

Longfin squid fishing's a major industry, with more than 26 million pounds coming to shore in 2015. It was valued at more than $31 million. Rhode Island's the biggest producer.

The hearings will take place in Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, Rhode Island and New York in April and May.


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