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Ever hear hummingbirds flapping?? I captured their beating on a GoPro.
Monday, June 26, 2017: The ocean has cleaned up nicely, though SE winds came back today. Once through tomorrow, we’ll get into a light winds into Wednesday, followed by what could be an extended stretch of summer-typical calm a.m. period and honking late-day southeasterlies. It could keep the water chilly; 64 today.
Fluking is highly hit-or-miss, more so than usual. Bayside channels and holes have offered nice rogue flatties. It’s time for inlets to host fluke of widely varied sizes. While flavored plastics on jigs are working well on those occasional doormats, we’re also moving into natural bait time, even if that “natural” is only some nice long pieces of trolling squid mixed in among the bucktails and GULP-like plastics. Yes, GULP is a plastic, in polyvinyl chloride (PVC) form; same PVC modern house piping is made from.
Along with the photo of a huge stingray you’ll see below, I’ve heard of up to half a dozen more of these non-cow-nose rays taking anglers’ baits. Two massive rays (likely southern rays) were taken in Manahawkin Bay.
While the huge majority of anglers want nothing to do with time-consuming ray hookups, many parts of the world target them for fun and meat. I’m told these larger rays are rather tasty, more so than cownosed ray. Southern rays are most famous for their tendency to become highly compatible with bathers, allowing themselves to be pet and even caressed by humans in Florida tourist areas. Don’t even think about up here. Even though their toxin is very weak, a hooked ray is no mood for being hugged.
Sharking is taking its good old time to get started. A few better sharks have been caught by boat anglers knowing the sharking ropes, but the clueless catching by LBI surfcasters hasn’t turned on. It will, big time.
Bluefish still abound. It might be better than last spring, which was amazingly good. The medium-sized blues are just staying put hereabouts, stymying efforts by anglers going for striped bass. Yes, it has been a quite-slow bassing spring, now summer. If there was a bunker-based boat bite, I sure didn’t see it explode for any sort of extended period, as in recent springs past.
By the by, low tide sandbars have been playing surfcasting spoiler for a number of LBI beach stretches. Lifeguards OK with fishing outside the flags simply can’t allow surfcasters to walk out on the bars to fish, lest bathers follow their lead. I really can’t blame them.
Along with those big sandbars, some front beaches destined for more dredge sand this fall look huge right about now. Just sayin’.
Below is a report by Capt. Alex <firstname.lastname@example.org. Even the folks at the NWS didn't believe me when I said water temps had dropped into the mid-50s. Thanx, Cap.
If fish are in schools, why don’t they read the books about fishing? With all off the south wind we have had the ocean temp along the beach has dropped well into the 50’s. So my plan of attract for striped bass was to catch the incoming, colder water, when they should be feeding. During Friday’s charter with the Lozitto clan we went looking for bass on the last of incoming. After reading the books saying bass like colder water, and with the bay close to 80 I looked to incoming to target them. With water temps down to a chilly 54 degrees pouring over the rocks, you would have thought the bass bite would be on fire. Wrong. With nothing happening, we switched over to catch the warm out going water in the back and found that the fluke read the book. We did not box any but had plenty of fish coming over the gunwales. Sunday morning I caught the last off outgoing around the inlet. Surface water temp was low 70’s and both bluefish and bass (that’s right bass chewing big time in warm water) were getting an early morning meal. Lots of action till about 6:45 when the current went slack. Today, Monday, morning I had Mike Petrazzello and Dianne out. We hit the inlet first and found the fish chewing again under the same conditions as Sunday. Mike landed a keeper bass and a couple blues to 8 pounds. One thing for sure, there are some books either the bass don’t care about or they need to be re-written.
For two weeks now the fish have been catching around the inlet are loaded with 3-4” sandells.. And on the last two trips I used BKDs for the bass and bluefish because they are great sandell imitations. What I also like about them is that even though they are plastic they hold up pretty good under the demands put on them by bluefish. If you know what I am saying. I think I landed five blues Sunday morning before I had to put a new one on. I am not saying they are indestructible, just saying they hold up really well to the razor sharp teeth of bluefish while being an excellent lure in my arsenal. Have some slots open for morning, afternoon or magic hours trips this week so contact me by phone if you want to plan a trip.
Barnegat Bay, NJ
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Available Tues, Wed, and Thurs afternoons for bay trips, Charter or Open Boat. It looks like I will have live grass shrimp for these dates so we will be targeting weakfish and the mixed bag on ultralite tackle. We could also mix in topwater lures and soft plastics for blues and short stripers in the inlet.
Capt Dave DeGennaro
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Look at this wing span nuts ,my body is spent
7 fish, 6 bigger than this at 107.7
9lber on S&S bucktail tipped with 3" gulp
DEP OFFERS TIPS FOR BOATING WITH CAUTION THROUGH
ECOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE AREAS OF BARNEGAT BAY
FOLLOWING ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SUGGESTIONS FOR 'GREEN' NAVIGATION THIS SUMMER CAN HELP PROTECT THE BAY
(17/P68) TRENTON - The Christie Administration is continuing efforts to protect and restore ecologically fragile Barnegat Bay by asking boaters to navigate the waterway with caution to reduce the impacts of boating and personal watercraft on the most critical of ecosystems.
"Environmentally sensitive ecosystems within the bay, such as wetlands, shellfish and fish habitats, and aquatic vegetation, are at risk of impacts that come from boating and using personal watercraft," said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin. "For that reason, it is vital that we work with the boating community to continue to protect Barnegat Bay's fragile health while promoting the numerous tourism and recreational opportunities the bay provides to its visitors."
Boaters can use an online interactive map on mobile devices and computers to locate 16 designated ecologically sensitive zones around Barnegat Bay. The maps also show the locations for marinas, sewage pump-out facilities, bait and tackle shops, launches and ramps, restrooms, and places to dispose of trash.
To view the map, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/plan-watercraft-map.htm
New Jersey's boating and fishing industries also promote environmentally friendly boating practices to help protect the bay.
"As an industry, we work hard every day to preserve our natural resources and encourage boaters to be aware of their actions and impacts at all times and to do their part when out on the water, " said Melissa Danko, Executive Director of the Marine Trades Association of New Jersey. "Spending summers on the water and enjoying all that New Jersey's waterways have to offer is a way of life for so many residents and visitors. That is why it is so important that we work together to protect these natural resources not only for this generation but for generations to come."
Barnegat Bay is 42 miles long and is very narrow, ranging from 1.2 miles to 3.7 miles in width. It is also shallow, four to five feet in most places. This makes the bay particularly sensitive to damage by boats and personal watercraft.
The waters of the bay support plants, fish and other wildlife. Ecologically sensitive submerged aquatic vegetation provides fish and wildlife habitat. Motor boat propellers and turbulence caused by boat wakes can disturb and harm these important plants. Shellfish can also be disturbed by these craft.
To help protect Barnegat Bay, DEP encourages boaters to follow these guidelines:
* Stay away from restricted areas set aside for wildlife;
* Do not harass nesting birds and other animals;
* Maintain a 100-foot distance from natural shorelines;
* Minimize wakes by slowing down in all shallow areas to help reduce erosion and harm to aquatic animals and plants;
* Use buoys to moor chains and lines to prevent them from scraping the bay's bottom and disturbing submerged aquatic vegetation;
* Appreciate wildlife from a distance;
* Reduce air pollution by not idling boats or personal watercraft in open water.
To learn more about environmentally conscious boating, and reducing impact to Barnegat Bay and other state waterways, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/docs/BoaterESA.pdf
For clean boating tip sheets available to boaters through the Clean Marina Program, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/njcleanmarina/boaters.htm
For more information about the Christie Administration's Barnegat Bay Action Plan, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/barnegatbay/
People watching JAWS while floating on a lake in inner tubes.
4 Dead, Liverless Sharks Wash Ashore in Weird Whodunit
During a four-day period in early May, researchers reported finding the bodies of three great white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) that had washed ashore along South Africa's Western Cape province. All of these sharks were mysteriously missing their livers, necropsies (animal autopsies) showed.
Now, a fourth dead, liverless shark has washed ashore, according to a post today (June 26) on the Marine Dynamics blog, a site hosted by a shark cage diving company. The newly discovered 13-foot-long (4 meters) male shark was missing its liver, testes and stomach, according to the blog post. [See Photos of the Shark Necropsies]
No one saw the sharks' last moments, but their injuries indicate that orcas, also known as killer whales (Orcinus orca), were the culprits, the researchers said.
Researchers performed a necropsy on all three sharks.
Credit: Marine Dynamics
"This is the fourth documented deceased white shark since May that we can connect to Orca predation" Alison Towner, a white-shark biologist for the Dyer Island Conservation Trust in South Africa, wrote on the Marine Dynamics blog. "We don't really know how long the sharks will stay away from the area as a result of predation pressure."
Although orcas aren't known to regularly hunt great white sharks, "it's not unprecedented," said Andrew Nosal, an assistant professor of biological sciences at Saint Katherine College in San Marcos, California, and a visiting assistant researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. (Nosal was not involved in the recent shark analyses.)
Scientists know that both orcas and great whites live off the western coast of South Africa, where the Atlantic and Pacific oceans meet. Although Nosal wasn't aware of orca-on-shark attacks in that area, he had heard of instances in which orcas have hunted the sharks in other locations, such as off the coast of southern Australia and near the Farallon Islands, a wildlife refuge off the coast of San Francisco, he said.
In addition, orcas are known to hunt and eat the livers of the broadnose sevengill shark (Notorynchus cepedianus) off the coast of California, said Chris Lowe, director of The Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach, who wasn't involved with the South African analyses.
Not much is known about orca predation on great white sharks, Nosal said. But any marine biologist can tell you that other marine mammals prey on the livers and internal organs of smaller sharks, he said.
For instance, sea lions routinely hunt leopard sharks off the coast of California. In grisly detail, Nosal described how sea lions grab onto leopard sharks (Triakis semifasciata), and then twist and turn the shark until they can bite just under its gills.
"It's almost like a sweet spot," Nosal told Live Science. "Once they have a good grip just under the gills, they thrash the shark above the water with such force that the shark is actually eviscerated. All of the internal organs come out of that one opening that the sea lion made."
Then, the sea lion gobbles up the internal organs and leaves the rest of the carcass, which will either sink to the seafloor or wash ashore, Nosal said.
A sea lion thrashes a leopard shark by Catalina Island, located off the coast of Los Angeles. Notice how the sea lion has a firm grip just below the shark's gills.
Credit: J.J. Newman
Sharks have enormous livers, he noted. Livers are filled with fats that give the shark buoyancy. "Bony fishes have a swim bladder that they can fill with gases, and those gases provide buoyancy for the fish," Nosal said. "Sharks do not have a swim bladder. Instead, they have a very large liver." [Aahhhhh! 5 Scary Shark Myths Busted]
In addition to being filled with fat, shark livers are "very energy- and nutrient-rich," Nosal said. It's unclear why orcas would go after the sharks' livers, but Nosal said he imagines "they have a high metabolism, and they have a lot of nutrient needs, and so those fats might really help them out."
Still, it's impossible to pin the sharks' deaths squarely on the orcas without more evidence, such as video footage or a first-person account, he said.
One commenter on the Marine Dynamics blog wondered whether the sharks could have died from boat strikes, but Nosal dismissed that idea.
"These sharks are certainly common at the surface, and so a boat strike is possible," Nosal said. "However, because three sharks washed up around the same time, three boat strikes are unlikely."
Moreover, when sea lions attack leopard sharks, "we often see these sorts of 'cluster predations,' where the sea lion will eviscerate several sharks around the same time," he said. "So again, all the evidence is consistent with orca predation."
Editor's note: This story was originally published on May 11, 2017, and updated to include information about the fourth dead shark.