Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, July 01, 2019: Below are some wild shark-catching photos/scenes. ... Non update on Jax the Fugitive Pooch

Monday, July 01, 2019: Below are some wild shark-catching photos/scenes. These are merely a couple of the reports I got about large sharks right near the beach, extending out a few hundred yards (as a kayak sharker found out.)

To have them showing so thickly during the days speaks of their great numbers and maybe great forage, though I sure haven’t seen an inordinate amount of baitfish. Regardless, something has the men in grey suits foraging quite close to the beach, literally swimming amid swimmers --unknowing swimmers.

With very clear waters coming and going, anyone wanting to see the boys plying the waters below, simply pick a clear-water day and don a mask. Prepare to be spooked. One of the sand tiger sharks surf-caught over the weekend was pushing 250 pounds. There are tons of browns (sandbar) sharks both day and night, though after dark is far better fishing. Rapid C&R is required.

I’d like to rave about fluking for the sake of a huge flattie-fishing segment here for this holiday week. I just can’t. Sure, there are an untold number of photos showing ultrafine catches but the all-telling ratio of keepers to throwbacks is heavily toward the release side of things. The expected grumbling over low takes of take-homes rang out over the radio chatter. Even charters are moaning a bit, though they really have to maintain an optimistic outlook at all times. Customers love that.

Surf City Bait and Tackle is with Cali Cali.
Brian Murphy spear fishing South end of the island got this 24 1/2”

7.26 lb fluke today

By the by, the racks or heads of kingfish are a killer shark bait. In fact, now that I think about it, I wonder if the kingfish showing is what has drawn in the sharks. They, too, might consider kingfish marvelous eating.

Almost up to the kingfish showing is the bayside blowfish presence. While I highly encourage allowing the puffers to first spawn (throughout this month), dozens can be taken from chum lines issuing chopped clams, mussels or even canned cat food. The heads and racks of blowfish have little recycling usage. Sharks won’t touch them. The most I’ve seen go after dumped blowfish innards in the bay are spearing and blueclaw crabs.  

Speaking of crabbing, it’s all over the board. Per usual, the sharpies seem to find big joeys galore. Others are picking and choosing, barely bringing home enough to feast upon. Best bet for a steady take of blueclaws is that one allowable backyard commercial trap used by folks on the water. In fact, those traps show just how up-and-down the crab showing can be, day to day.


Jax, the holed up pooch, remains firmly in-place – and well out-of-sight – over on Cedar Bonnet Island Forsythe Refuge. He has weathered nature at her most unaccommodating, including torrential rains, explosive thunder, heat to near 100 degrees, biting bugs like nowhere else in the state, a growing crescendo of July 4th fireworks and enough nearby traffic noise to wake up the dead. Nonetheless, Jax could be gaining something like confidence in his new haunts, enhanced by mysteriously appearing dishes of food and bowls of water (from rescuers.) “I kinda like this place,” isn’t outside the realm of twisted dog logic. Of course, the flies and mosquitoes will temper that complacency.  

With total respect to the extreme dog psychology now being used to nab Jax in the least traumatic manner possible, he really needs to be rescued quite soon. Thursday is going to be an explosive time with three towns setting off professional fireworks, not to mention the storm of personal firework already going off in all directions.

Being part dog myself, I can see Jax becoming less and less socialized, as something of a feral instinct sneaks into his psyche. Being a rescue, he will essentially need re-rescuing when this is all over. The longer he’s left to his own thoughts, the less he’ll be willing to think in proper human-appeasing terms. It’s not so much the call of the wild but a call to cluelessness over how to act around humans. 

I was emailed about what I might do in this case. Beginning with “I wouldn’t,” I then spoke of once using well-attended wire snares to nab an invasive neighboring male dog harassing a gal’s pedigree Pomeranians. I also mentioned how I humanely captured a “wild dog” (Chatsworth area) by throwing a cast net on it from a tree – at night, with only moonlight to work with (before the days of night-vision goggles). The dog was feral but far from wild. He was quickly adopted. That tree strategy often works since dogs are very inclined to keep their noses to the ground, not looking up unless a scent alerts them.

As to wire snares, they can be very effective if super well-attended. Some readers might recall a while back when I wrote about a pet dog being accidentally caught in a series of snares placed near Barnegat Light State Park. That pup was no worse for wear, though the owner was fit to be tied.

I would NEVER leave an unattended snare. I have spent many an hour up in a tree for that humane reason. Also, I should have noted earlier that tranquilizer darts are often essential to a humane wire snare capture. A wiry recourse is only used when things have become godawful. For now, Jax situation is still weirder than it is life-threatening.

One other capture strategy of note, since Jax is afraid of so many things, is the use of a service dog or dogs. Loosing them and allowing them to buddy up with Jax might calm him. Even if Jax is not a dog’s dog, in his current situation he might be very ready to buddy up with those of his own ilk. It still comes down to the final capture. Tricky to say the least.

All that said, here’s to the pros getting him off Cedar Bonnet Island in a safe and now timely manner.


Capt. Alex <lhsportfishing@comcast.net>

Hope you all enjoy your Fourth of July!  Fluking in the bay has definitely been on the upswing, however, with the recent NW winds traditional drifting was not the way to go. Power drifting, aka slow trolling, is the way to go when the wind is up to much or you are faced with wind against tide. The resident bass have been hard to come even with live bait like bunker or Atlantic thread herring (threadfin: attached pic). Thread herring, say what? Thread herring occasionally come up to NJ waters. Last time I saw them in good numbers off our coast had to be about 10 years ago. They are a primo live bait in Florida and run around 7”-8”.  If you see something on the surface that you think are bunker and you can’t snag one to save your life they are likely threadfins. You can’t snag or cast net them. Best method is a Sabiki rig. You need a good livewell to keep them happy. Still lots of blues around although Saturday’s trip was slow on the bluefish front. Sunday’s trip land a bunch in the 5-6 lb. range.  

Have dates open and I always personalize your trip, so give me a call to get out fishing. 

Screaming drags,

Capt. Alex


The town of Collecchio passed a law that requires fireworks to be silent. The law is intended to protect pets and wildlife from problems caused by loud noises.
Dave Tashik to Lbi Area Fishing Reports
Saw some gentleman pull in this large sandbar shark off the beach in South Beach Haven yesterday afternoon around 5:00. Kayaked out 75-100 yards and dropped bait ( not sure what they were using) impressive fish and they took great care in returning her back into the surf.
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Jingles Bait and Tackle
It was nice to receive this picture of Maci Ryan with her 23 inch fluke that was caught on Jim Greene's boat the Turnkey. Maci caught her fish in the bay on bucktail with chartreuse gulp. Nice fish Maci.

Landed today in Beach Haven. Photo credit... American Angler DougHoward

Barry Hunsberger

Aiden caught his first big SandTiger shark today. It was huge 7 to 8 ft app250 lbs or more. Great job Aiden. He had a big audience for the catch not many people in the water after that.
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Aiden’s first over night canyon trip was a success!! Thx to Nick Perello andEugene White

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Miss Beach Haven
Today we fished with a lovely group of anglers, having the best day of the season so far 7 keeper fluke with well over 100 shorts we had so many we lost count past 100 fluke. The bay fishing is hot right now! Make the most of it while it lasts! Come fishing with us tomorrow! Call with any questions! Again, wonderful group today guys, we did very well today. Hope to see many of you return and fish with us again 
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Biggest jerkoff fishing there is.......... Cape Cod canal isn’t surfcasting!!

Greg Kopenhaver is with Lori Fillar Kopenhaver.

Mommy got the pool winner today!!

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First ever trip to the edge fished from the dip to the claw overnight and morning caught about 6 dusky sharks and might have dropped a bigeye tuna in the dark on the chunk. Then went on the troll at first light had a few knockdowns but couldn't keep anything hooked even had a white marlin hit our cedar plug 5 times hooked it 2 times but got off both times. Then we moved east to block and went 6-10 on yellowfin up to 50lb and landed a nice white marlin also !!!! Thank you dad Edward Forster for making this trip happen and John Jr. Bratz and Connor Gerardi for coming with and having a epic trip !!!!

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Alex Majewski
Great local plugs!
Sam Rescigno
We had a great day . Over 100 puffers and a couple kingies.


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Jay Zimmerman — with Sam Levey and 4 others.

Great trip with Tuomo Hook & crew!

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Jay Zimmerman to NJ Offshore Fishing Reports

Great trip on the Super Chic out of Barnegat Light today! We went 13/14 on yellowfin with 4 shorts. A couple white marlin knock downs. Saw most action in the Carteret!


Brian Farias is at Sherer's Boat Basin, INC.
June 28 at 9:24 AM · Barnegat · 

When you have friends that are expert fisherman you get to take pictures like this! What a morning! Blue Fin on top water w/ spinning rods is quite the experience! So much life out there! Thanks Captain @a_sherer and was pretty rad watching @rob_radlof and @sam_ghandour do their thing! @ Sherer's Boat Basin, INC.

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David Iacono is with Will Bradley· 

Tuna grounds were pretty awesome today. Whales, dolphins, turtles,sharks and Bluefin Tuna. Fun day

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Climate change will force adaptation onto fishing fleets and communities in the Mid-Atlantic and New England, as warming ocean temperatures change the range and habitat of long-established species, according to a new study.

Hardest hit in the coming years could be Maine’s already-shrinking dragger fleet, where small vessels based at places like Port Clyde already suffer from cod and other groundfish declines influenced by the environmental changes, according to the paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

But Mid-Atlantic fishermen could see their own declines in key species like monkfish, as temperature changes push their suitable habitat north and east, wrote researchers from Rutgers, Stanford and Princeton universities, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center.

“We expect gains in the Gulf of Maine for some of these species and losses in the south,” said Malin Pinsky, an associate professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at Rutgers, which is mapping predicted species shifts at oceanadapt.rutgers.edu.

“We are looking at longer-term changes over the next couple of decades,” said Pinsky.

The team used 13 global climate change models to predict how ocean temperatures are likely to change, and compared temperatures and bottom habitats to project where commercial species are likely to move over time.

They drew on all available fisheries data for federal waters, except for lobster vessels, and looked at 91% of all recorded groundfish, longline and gillnet trips. To model the potential economic impact of species shifts, the scientists used vessel trip reports and data specific to ports. That helped to model the impact on entire communities, “not just the owners of the boats,” said Pinsky.

While the fish species shift, the study recognizes how fishermen’s adaptation can be limited by vessel size, range and gear type, their local ecological knowledge, and management rules.

Of 33 species considered, habitat for 24 species is projected to improve in some regions, while deteriorating in others during by the timeframe of 2040 to 2050. Notably, monkfish is expected to expand northward into the Gulf of Maine, but lose suitable habitat in the Mid-Atlantic — including off New Jersey, where the modern gillnet fishery for domestic and export markets developed in the 1980s and ’90s.

Of 85 fishing communities examined in the study, researchers predict 64 will face increased risk with fewer fish available as habitats change. The Maine dragger fleet tops that list because of its longtime dependence on cold-water species like Atlantic cod and witch flounder, the study says.

“However, we also found small-scale differences. For instance, communities-at-sea for small groundfishing vessels in Sandwich and Chatham, Mass.,” the authors wrote. While separated by only 28 miles, the Sandwich-based fleet depends on winter flounder for 67 percent of its revenue, which would be less exposed to change under the climate models.

By contract, Chatham fishermen count on witch flounder for 24 percent of their revenue and cod for 21 percent, with just 10 percent coming from winter flounder, the study notes.

Sea scallops — by far the richest East Coast fishery with 2018 landings valued at $512 million — will not escape the changes, the scientists project.

“Overall we are looking at projected decline in scallops. Those are strongest in the Mid-Atlantic and Georges Bank,” said Pinsky.

For fishing communities to adapt to those changes, vessels and crews will need to redirect to where their target species are moving, or shift their focus to “winner” species that are moving into habitat as others retreat, the study says. The authors looked forward decades, “over the investment horizon,” for how fishermen and communities will need to prepare, said Pinsky.

In the Mid-Atlantic off New Jersey — where decades ago gillnetters and foreign distant-water fleets could target cod — gillnet captains have been creative since the late 20th century, with an ocean intercept fishery for now-protected Atlantic sturgeon, then monkfish, and dogfish.

The appearance of croakers in this century — following a warming trend up from Virginia and the Carolinas — opened a new fishery for them. If the latest study is borne out, future generations of fishermen will be doing the same.


Kirk Moore

Associate Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been a field editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for almost 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.

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