Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, March 20, 2017: Gorgeous out there ... and me stuck within. Thank-you DST for allowing me some late-day get-out time.

"You'll be very happy being adopted by this family, they told me at the pound. Life will be fun and games as their pet, they said ..."


And when a kitten grows up with absolutely no interplay with fellow  species ... 

Monday, March 20, 2017: Gorgeous out there ... and me stuck within. Thank-you DST for allowing me some late-day get-out time.

I have no idea when further word will arrive on the building of a Little Egg Inlet channel. I promise you’ll be the first to know.

Bird people have further confirmed that raptor sightings around here are through the ceiling. A partial local (also Cherry Hill area) says he has seen more hawks – and owls – this winter than any other “by a long shot.” I’ve been watching the hawk that used the Surf City water tower as a sometimes perch.

Weather-wise, I’m still seeing at least one nasty-cold night this week. Oh, it won’t be brutal but with so many folks thinking outdoor gardens, it means yet a further delay for transplanting. Daffodils have survived the icy nights like champs. Some NJ farmers’ crops didn’t fare as well. 



OH, S***!: Angling-wise, it gets no more disgusting than what is now transpiring at Sebastian Inlet pier, Florida, a zone I’m duly familiar with from both an angler and waverider perspective. I had been fully unfamiliar with the current crap going on down there.

A story in the www.floridatoday.com by Jim Maymer speaks of an unthinkable stink taking place in the battle for angling space atop the inlet’s famed fishing pier. 

"We've had reports of people defecating and spreading it on the rail to mark their territory so nobody will fish next to them," said Martin Smithson, administrator for the Sebastian Inlet District.

Say what?! Sure, it gets ass-to-ass with fishermen down there but what kinda horse’s ass resorts to using … well, you know what?

“The pier atmosphere has degraded into a state of constant territorial marking,” reports Maymer.

I’ve been involved in some serious-ass territorial to-dos, including a fishing-rod dueling episode a-top a Harvey Cedars jetty. But, even in the worst fights over fishing space, I’ve never seen anyone resorting to smearing … well, you know.

Running with that territorial-marking concept, one must factor in the 80,000 annual visitors to Sebastian Inlet, the second most popular park in all of tourist-drenched Florida. While there’s no mention of what percentage of those visitors are territorial-markers, I’m betting it doesn’t take more than one out of a thousand to create a bad air around the angling going on there. Also, I’m pretty sure that once one person leaves a territorial mark, those that follow are instinctively compelled to then add their own … wait a minute, maybe I’m thinking of dogs -- which tells you something.

Below: The Sebastian Inlet area ... 

There’s also more tradition flingables flying about in that air battle for Sebastian Inlet fishing superiority, much of it surrounding the ancient rivalry twixt boat and pier anglers.  

“They (pier anglers) hurl lead fishing weights, lures and other objects at folks fishing from boats.”

A few hurls have been on target, resulting in injuries, writes Maymer.

"There's been two that I know of in the last six months where people have been treated and gone to the hospital," Smithson said.

Under Florida law, targeting mariners by bombarding them with lures or sinkers is a second-degree felony, hosting as much as 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

But there’s more madness thereabouts. Sebastian Inlet has amazing waves, right near the pier. Surfers have also been flung at by “furious fishermen,” per Maymer.

AN ASIDE: When it comes to sinker-based bombardments, we’ve seen our own fair share on LBI, most often aggressive lead slinging by surfcasters zeroing in on sandbar waveriders. I’d like to think the slinging is done more to warn than to contact flesh and bone.

While I don’t know of any direct bodily hits hereabouts, I was told of a Hatteras sinker coming so close to a surfer it imbedded in his board, somewhere in NJ. In fact, if any waveriders have more details on that somewhat recent incident, please let me know.

I oft write about the time I was surfing Cedars at daybreak – back when I had to decide daily between surfing or casting. I had just gotten out to the waveline when I was so narrowly missed by a surfcaster’s overhead-flying five-ouncer that his line actually came down on my surfboard. That irked me a tad. Picture, if you will, me rushing out of the ocean, screaming every four-letter utterance known and/or newly-invented, and charging up the beach, fully wet-suited and frothing at the mouth … to properly discuss how close the sinker had come.

As to the culprit surfcaster, let’s just say he no longer needed the caffeine capacities of his Styrofoam cup of coffee – which he threw in the air, before taking off running for all he was worth. He was all too awake while being chased off the beach -- and down Bergen Avenue, toward the Boulevard. Hey, I couldn’t close all that fast. Just try running while enrobed in neoprene and holding a leashed-on surfboard under one arm. Cops interceded and calmed thing down. The guy tried to tell me it was all accidental, not realizing I was a lifelong surfcaster and absolutely realized his true “accidental” intent. 

It was during that incident I learned that NJ also has laws about intentionally hurling lead sinkers at others. Should sinker lead or lure hooks meet skin and bones, the Big House could also await.

Back down Sebastian Inlet way, the ugliness has gotten so bad there’s talk of either ratcheting up the police presence, a costly gesture or just closing the pier at night. After dark, it’s mainly one furious pier angler versus another, culminating in the territorial use of … you know what.

To put in a good word for NJ anglers, the Barnegat Inlet South Jetty was crowded beyond any historic recollections this past spring; toward the Lighthouse, every rock-top was accounted for. Yet virtually no skirmishes ensued, despite multiple crossed lines with every bluefish hookup. The only stink was the walkway and rock tops dripping blood and ooze from gutted fish.

Speaking of that, I wonder if that insane showing of spring blues will do a repeat performance in the not-that-distant future. 


To no real ends, I was at first smirkily drawn to the subject of Continental Drip. However, like many highly minutia-minded folks, I soon got eerily interested.

So, what is this Continental Drip of which I speak?  

It was given its name by writer Ormonde de Kay, Jr. in Horizon magazine, 1973.

In an intended-humorous article, De Kay put forth the mind-boggling observation that Africa, South America, Baja California, Florida, Greenland, Scandinavia, Italy, Greece, India, Malaysia, Indochina, and Korea all drip to the south.

Go ahead and smirk, like I did – now look at an atlas. Holy crap! That’s frickin weird, right?

Great and so-so minds alike have reacted, with nary a smile to be seen.

Sure, we all know our planet began with one great gob of above-water earth, called Pangaea. But, why in bloody hell the big Pangaea breakup played out in such a cover-the-Earth fashion could hint that there’s something more to Continental Drip. Or, might it be part of a long-term marketing strategy by Sherwin Williams? Hmmm. 


San Diego's Catalina Offshore Products Launches Domestically Caught Hook and Line Canned Tuna

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] March 20, 2017

Catalina Offshore Products has launched its own brand of sustainable, locally harvested, premium canned tuna that features domestically harvested hook-and-line Eastern Pacific bigeye and yellowfin.

Catalina’s Choice Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil and Catalina’s Choice Smoked Solid Pack Tuna in Olive Oil will be distributed to wholesalers, restaurants, retail customers and institutions including schools and hospitals.

“We are resurrecting San Diego’s tuna industry one fish at a time,” said fishmonger Tommy Gomes, who inspired the Catalina’s Choice brand.  

San Diego was home to several tuna canneries including Van Camp, Starkist and Bumble Bee as well as several smaller processors.


Lobster-Crazy China Sets Record for US Crustacean Imports

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Associated Press] By Patrick Whittle - March 20, 2017
ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — The expanding market for lobsters in China is continuing to grow, with the country setting a new record for the value of its imports of the crustaceans from the United States.
American lobster was almost unheard of in most of China until 2010, when the value of imports grew 250 percent to about $7.4 million. Last year, China imported more than $108 million in lobsters from America, surpassing the previous high of about $90.2 million in 2014.
"We've opened new markets in Asia, which is booming," said Dave Cousens, president of the Maine Lobstermen's Association. "Everything is clicking now."
Chinese importers took in more than 14 million pounds of U.S. lobsters last year, which was also a record. The previous high was about 13.1 million pounds the previous year.
Interest in American lobster has grown in other countries in Asia as well, such as South Korea, which grew from less than $5 million in 2010 to nearly $28 million last year. Vietnam's imports grew from $142,940 to more than $31 million in that time.
One of the factors spurring the growth of lobsters in China appears to be the growth of the country's middle class, said Stephanie Nadeau, owner of The Lobster Company, in Arundel, Maine, which is a key player in the export business. American lobsters tend to be less expensive in China than other live seafood, such as spiny lobsters and geoduck clams, she said.
"It's kind of an affordable luxury," Nadeau said. "One of my customers said our lobsters are one of the cheapest things in the live tanks."
The uptick came in a record year for lobster catch in Maine, where most of America's lobster catch comes ashore. Fishermen caught more than 130 million pounds of lobster in Maine last year, an all-time record and more than double the 2007 total. Atlantic Canada also has a large lobster fishery and sends the same species of lobster to China.
"The Asian market is a key component," said Patrick Keliher, the commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources.
Lobster sales to China do not appear to be slowing down in the new year. America exported more than 1.7 million pounds and $14 million in lobsters to the country in the first month of the year.


Travel Channel's 'Weird America' begins in N.J. with a 50-pound burger

Clinton Station Diner owner Michael Zambas weighs his 50-pound burger, known as the Mount Olympus. The diner's mammoth burger will be featured in a new Travel Channel special. 
(Express-Times file photo)

You're starring in a new Travel Channel series of specials called "Weird America." Where do you start?

Right here in New Jersey, of course. Irish stand-up comedian Kevin McGahern is hosting the show, and the first episode begins with a road trip through New Jersey (with an overnight pit stop in Bensalem, Pa.).

More specifically, his first stop after disembarking is at the Clinton Station Diner in Clinton, where he attempts to eat its famed gut-buster, the Mount Olympus burger -- 50 pounds, $200. (If you do the math, it's quite a bargain, so long as you don't factor in the trip to the emergency room.) 

The 10 hottest restaurants in N.J. for March

The 10 hottest restaurants in N.J. for March

A celeb chef's new Atlantic City outposts, a Mediterranean newcomer in Verona, a fast-casual Greek in Shrewsbury and a Westwood barbecue shack that specializes in '100 percent ridiculousness,' here are 10 places to check out this month

McGahern also explores Lucy the Elephant in Margate, spends a night at Bensalem's Inn of the Dove which offers romantic themed suites, most of which appears to involve mirrored ceilings, and visits the East Brunswick opthalmologist Mark Leitman to view his eye-popping "waiting room of weirdness," as it was dubbed by Weird NJ magazine. 

The episode airs March 18 at 2 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

Vicki Hyman may be reached at vhyman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @vickihy or like her on Facebook. Find NJ.com/Entertainment on Facebook, and check out Remote Possibilities, the TV podcast from Vicki Hyman and co-host Erin Medley on iTunesStitcher or Spreakeror listen here 


It get no dumber or inadvisable as this .... but then again "Holy S***!!!!!!!!!!!!!" on a couple of the recipes: 



In a similar vein, here's something that should really be passed on to teens. Oh, don't give me any "Not my son/daughter!" BS. With "School's out!" celebrations coming soon, this is a life lesson you don't want kids learning firsthand. ...

Beer keg explosion kills 1 at party

Associated Press

NEW MILFORD, Conn. - Investigators were trying to determine who tossed a beer keg into a burning barrel at a party, causing a deadly explosion that sent metal shards slicing through a crowd of people.

The explosion early Sunday killed Sean M. Caselli, 22, of New Milford. Seven other people were taken to hospitals with burns and shrapnel wounds, police said. Caselli was struck in the neck by a piece of flying metal.

Sgt. Lee Grabner said investigators interviewed witnesses Sunday to try to identify the person witnesses say threw a quarter-keg of beer into the flames, and to determine whether criminal charges should be filed.

Fires had been set in several barrels to keep people at the partygoers warm at the outdoors party in western Connecticut, said Police Captain Michael Mrazik.

"This is a certain tragedy," said Police Chief Colin McCormack. "However, nothing I have been apprised of to this point in this investigation, which I caution is at the very early states, indicates a deliberate act on anyone's part."


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