Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, June 29, 2015: West winds still dominate but dropping off.

After finally making a good point with a woman ... 

Monday, June 29, 2015: West winds still dominate but dropping off. The ocean remains off-color with a residual peaky 3- to 4-foot swell. It’s still going to take some time for things to go back to clean. The dropping winds should allow for some boat fishing. Fluke and two-pound blues are waiting. Baited jigs still the surest way to go if you’re only a tight timeframe. Both blues and flatties snapping them up.

There are fluke in the surfline. That’ll become abundantly clear as we go get through this light-weather week. The holiday weekend is still too far off to offer any game-planable weather forecasts.

There are bass in the suds, going for clams. However, you gotta chuck quite a few baits out to nab one striper. Could be a striper window as the ocean water clear a bit – before the bass get nervous bout the clarity. Stripers are not overly comfortable being close in during high sun and clean water.

We’ll soon be in pre-dawn bass-bite times. Those famed pre-sun sessions are thought of as mainly a bait bite. Not always. I like throwing larger black Bombers or Red Fins -- bringing them in at a crawl.

Below: blog.kuczala.com ... This pic shows the black Bomber being swum a bit faster. 

Yes, black. With moon skies now arriving – or with the inkling of sun showing in the east – it’s the plug’s shadowy outline on the surface, moving all wounded-like, that can grab a bass eye.

The trick to low-light plugging is to feeling the subtle movement of the plug sashaying along. Forget seeing it. A plug talks to you through the line, especially with more advanced lines.

It’s remarkable how hard a hit feel on an unseen plug. It makes one wonder why judiciously watching a plug’s every move is such a large part of daytime plugging.  


I was texted a question asking if the conserved bunker pods might be keeping the water cleaner? 

That's a stretch -- but why not?

There are a goodly number of things that have made our ocean water consistently cleaner than I have ever seen them in my lifetime.

As a waverider, I survived ocean waters so anaerobic from algae and other hideous in-water chemicals that dying fluke began beaching themselves by the thousands. I paddled near sewerage coming directly out of the outflow pipe off Surf City.

I too clearly recall contracting eye infections, ear aches and even toothaches after mouthing foul ocean water during surfing sessions. I just as vividly recall the amazing ocean-pollution turn-around, after folks got fully pissed and fought back, via newly formed Save Our Ocean groups. I looked on as the anti-pollution uproar led to one of the planet's most advanced sewage treatment systems being built right here in Ocean County.

No sooner had the ocean started cleaning up, amazingly so, than medical waste joined me in the lineup -- not polluting the water, per se, but offering as ugly an ocean look as an ocean-lover could bear. I screamed foul, as did most, which led to my witnessing the signing of the Medical Waste Tracking Act of 1988.

Now, don’t go getting on me that I’m overstating our ocean’s cleanness. There are always things to clean up and improve but check the ocean data taken throughout the summer and it’ll prove we’re usually frolicking in some sweet ocean waters. And when we’re not, there’ll be hell to pay, I promise. 


Another terrorific pitbull:



Florida Health Officials Try to Put "Flesh Eating Bacteria" Scare Headlines into Perspective

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Tech Times] By Jill Arce, - June 29, 2015 -
Health officials in Florida made efforts to assure the public that Vibrio is not as exaggeratingly threatening as it seems.
From late May to early June, fear has clouded the state when news about the flesh-eating Vibrio vulnificus bacterium spread out. However, the Florida Health Department says that the wide media coverage published inaccuracies which have caused a great deal of concern among Floridians. One concern was regarding the safety of the beaches related to previous cases involving the bacteria.
"Our goal is to ensure the public has accurate information regarding any potential health risk, which is why we issued a press release," says Mara Burger, spokeswoman of the state health department.
Burger adds that unnecessary fear can be caused by inaccurate information that is sensationalized. She clarifies that Vibrio vulnificus is not flesh-eating. While it is true that when Vibrio is left untreated it could greatly affect the body's soft tissues, this complication - called necrotizing fasciitis - is something caused by more than just Vibrio.
One can get Vibrio usually by (1) exposing open wounds, cuts and scratches to brackish and salt water and (2) by eating raw or undercooked oysters and other shellfish.
Burger stresses that it is important to seek medical assistance when wounds look infected. It is also safe to cover open wounds with dry bandages until they have healed.
In spite of the concerns over the safety of beaches in Florida, the Department of Health assures that a normally healthy person without any open wounds is not at risk. As long as the proper precautions are taken in preventing infection, visitors should be free to explore the state's beaches.
For those with weaker immune systems, and espscially for chronic liver disease patients, risk is higher. The rare infection, according to Burger, can lead to gastroenteritis, sepsis and, if untreated, amputation.
Eight cases of Vibrio vulnificus infections were reported in 2015. This includes two deaths. In the past 12 months, the health department reported 32 cases. From data gathered from 2008 to 2013, the highest number of cases was recorded in 2013 as 41, while the highest number of reported deaths was in 2011 as 13. Most of the cases and deaths were reported to have occurred between May to October, when the waters in the state are warmest.
The Department of Health releases information each year to remind Floridians of ways to prevent getting infected by the Vibrio vulnificus bacterium normally found in warm brackish water.


Screaming Drags,

Capt. Alex


Barnegat Bay, NJ

Believe it or not I was out both Saturday and Sunday . Saturday morning there was a weather window which I took advantage off with my friend Dave Werner. With the NE wind and top of the tide we thought for sure we would have a great opportunity for some late June bass around the inlet. Water was clear, 68 degrees and the bass did not cooperate. At slack tide Dave jumped overboard with spear gun in hand to see if he could nail a bass for dinner. He worked both jetties hard but did not score.

Below: Photo greencitiesbluewaters.wordpress.com

He saw tons of tog around both jettys and only a few 30” bass around the south jetty. Interesting how I caught bass a few days earlier at the same location but in which Dave did not see any. There was a big school of 3-5 pound blues tearing up small sand eels just outside the inlet. Sunday I had the Mairo clan out from Cranford, NJ we started the trip out fluking the west side of the bay. On the first drift Deirdre landed a short which had us thinking the bite was on. We were wrong, after that the wind came up making drifting difficult and was only to scratch out a half dozen shorts. Switching over to fresh bunker chunks on the hook for bluefish the clan kept busy with clear nose skates and smooth dogfish but no bluefish. Fishermen always look for a reason as to why fishing is good one day and not the other. Saturday’s 3 inches of rain may have been the cause. Barnegat Bay being part of a watershed is sensitive to runoff from not only towns that are on the bay but places like Lakewood and Jackson. The amount of rain surely dropped the salinity of bay which is likely the cause for the fish not chewing. If not that it is luck, and being a scientist I don’t usually believe in luck J

Above: Ruddy turnstone.www.weeksbay.org

On the nature side: Saturday I saw 3 Ruddy Turnstones (type of shorebird) on the south jetty. These birds nest during the summer in the artic and winter for the most part on the Caribbean Islands, as well the Central and South American coasts. So I am scratching my head as to why are they here on June 27. The answer could be they are early southerly migrants, are late to their breeding grounds, or decided to stay on LBI for the summer.


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