Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, May 30, 2016: What a fine weekend; REPLEN UPDATE ... with a surprise.

For photo essay of jetty people see:http://jaymanntoday.ning.com/…/a-fun-look-at-south-jetty-pe…

REPLEN UPDATE: I got word that the Holgate replenishment will begin on the north end … obviously soon. I think that’s technically the Osborne Avenue vicinity; where I lifeguarded in the late 1960s.  

One dredge will do the Holgate work as another heads north, to begin work on North Beach, followed by Loveladies.

As to the sand about to reach Loveladies, there is still one final slowdown snafu. It has to do with a failure to finalize a piece of legal paperwork regarding a beach entrance. It was more of a clerical error (by the state) than a continuation of the fight by some property owners to stop the replen thereabouts.  

SURPRISE SAND!: I did get surprise word that the recently-replenished area from Nebraska Avenue south to North Beach Haven, Long Beach Township, will get re-sanded come this fall. You heard right. A re-replenishment for that seemingly just-done zone. It is needed due to erosional efforts of Joaquin and Jonus.

That new batch of sand in LBT could add oomph to the Beach Haven/Holgate fixes. I’m thinking in terms of the total sand available to migrate southward – and eventually into Holgate – during next winter.

It’s weird to think but I’ll soon be cheering on nor’easters – of the non-killer, garden-variety type, of course. I see steady stormage as the quickest way to get north-to-south sand transported onto the eroded refuge area. Also – and forgive me for suggesting it – storms will also create a need to re-replenishment Holgate … and maybe utilize Little Egg Inlet sand. A decision on that inlet sand usage is still in the offing. I’m told I’ll hear as soon as verdict is made.


Blaine Anderson
What an incredible day today was. Fished in a pouring rain for the better part of the morning. We had fish at every stop we made. We had multiple mid 20 pound fish, a 30, a 40 and this one that hit 50 pounds on the Boga Grip. 
Blaine Anderson's photo.

Monday, May 30, 2016: What a fine weekend, ending abruptly on Monday, as far as sun worshippers were concerned. However, today’s near two inches of rain lit up the garden, so to speak. The exodus off LBI was expectedly stop-and-go -- though a steady stop-and-go, so to speak.

It also came at a perfect time for later frogs, like the Pine Barrens tree frog which is in its glory right about now.

I’ve become a bit of a student of this famed frog. While, as a species, it’s on the outs due to destruction of habitat, they rock in pinelands areas that have been conserved -- thanks in huge part to heroic former governor Brendan Thomas Byrne. If you love the NJ Pine Barrens you should always foster a debt of gratitude to Brendan. He stunned and infuriated build-happy NJ land developers with his “building moratorium” in the Pines. The governor was all but guaranteed impeachment, as builders called in their markers with politicians around the state. I even have some “Impeach Byrne” bumper stickers – I had thrown at me as I supported the moratorium. Not only wasn’t he ousted from office but the positive response from the residents of NJ was so overwhelmingly in favor of saving the Pinelands the building unions slunk away with their carpenter’s cracks showing.

Back to the Pine Barrens tree frog, I’ll soon visit a slew of sites where these highly secretive frogs gather to sound off, seemingly mimicking the sound of mallard ducks.

Over the past 20 years, I found Pine Barren tree frogs gathering sites not only loud and well populated but seemingly increasing in membership. It’s a species that will hold its own if given an ecological chance. I bring that up to show that fighting to save even small parcels of prime natural land is worth every ounce of effort. We get paid in frogs – and much more.

WHAT NOW: I always call Memorial Day Weekend the annual false start of summer. For a couple/few days we’re chest deep in the summer look and feel, people-wise. Then, it’s back to a silent spring. By the end of June, the true beginning begins, climaxing with July Fourth Weekend. After that it’s full-bore through mid-August, when stunts start to melt away and things go quieter. But screw thinking about that. Let’s have some fun this summer. 


Fishing and seafood industries a strong part of U.S. coastal economy

Commercial and recreational saltwater fishing in the United States generated more than $214 billion in sales and supported 1.83 million jobs in 2014, according to a new economic report released by NOAA Fisheries today.
The report, 
Fisheries Economics of the United States 2014, provides the most recent statistics on commercial and recreational fisheries and seafood-related businesses for each coastal state and the nation. Key to the report are the jobs, sales, income, and value added to the Gross National Product by the commercial and recreational fishing industries. This provides a measure of how sales in the two industries ripple through state and national economies, because each dollar spent generates additional sales by other firms and consumers.
The commercial fishing and seafood industry (including imports)-harvesters, processors, dealers, wholesalers and retailers-generated $153 billion in sales in 2014, an 8 percent increase from 2013, and supported 1.39 million jobs. Domestic harvest (without imports) produced $54 billion in sales, a figure similar to 2013, and supported 811,000 jobs across the broader national economy.
Recreational fishing remains an important part of coastal tourism industries around the country. The regions with the highest economic impact from saltwater recreational fishing were Florida's West Coast, Florida's East Coast, California, New Jersey, and Texas.
Saltwater angling sales increased 4 percent from 2013, generating $61 billion in 2014 and supporting 439,000 jobs. This year's report includes improvements in data collection and analysis methods for the recreational sector, which helped NOAA scientists gain a more accurate view of the industry's economic landscape.
"Commercial and recreational fishing make a significant impact on the U.S. economy," said Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. "As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, it's fitting that we continue to improve our understanding of these valuable marine sectors in order to guide science-based management. This ensures both sustainable fish populations and economic opportunities for those involved in the commercial, recreational, and seafood industries."
Fisheries Economics of the United States 2014 is the ninth volume in an annual series designed to give the public accessible economic information on fishing activities in the U.S., and is a companion to 
Fisheries of the United States.


I'm glad I pinched the barbs


My boys gave me a pass to go fishing this morning. Thanks guys. 34 pounds.


Dante Soriente shared The MJ's post.

The MJ's photo.
The MJ's photo.
got the right bite, twice. We fished about 45 miles to the east, south of the rocks. Released this nice 97" female to take take 1st in Blue Marlin releases, 2nd Place Most Release Points, 3rd Place Most Billfish Points and 3rd Place Overall for the tournament. Not bad considering the teams fishing this tournament! More pics to follow...
Today's catch aboard the Striper ,out of Barnegat light
Jerry Doughty's photo.

A pair of glasses were left on the floor at a museum and everyone mistook it for art

The teen behind the hoax had similar success with a baseball cap and a bin
  • art-glasses.jpg

Several visitors to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this week were fooled into thinking a pair of glasses set on the floor by a 17-year-old prankster was a postmodern masterpiece.


 22" fluke on a stretch 33
Wareham Harbormaster Department's photo.
Wareham Harbormaster Department's photo.
Wareham Harbormaster Department's photo.
Wareham Harbormaster Department's photo.
Wareham Harbormaster Department's photo.
  • Wareham Harbormaster Department 

    Question: What do 200+ Black Sea bass have in common?!

    Answer: They were all caught by a few greedy fishermen that got busted!!!

    This evening Officer McIntosh of the Wareham Harbormaster Department was checking vessels at the Tempest Knob Boat Ramp. As he was on the dock he observed a vessel which he believed to be exceeding the legal limit of black sea bass. The Massachusetts Environmental Police were immediately notified of the observation and responded to the scene. Upon investigation of the catch the vessel was determined to be in possession of 209 illegal black sea bass.

    We are pleased to report that the offending parties have been charged and the sea bass as well as the vessel, trailer and fishing gear were seized.

    We are not so pleased to report that this is the largest seizure of illegal black sea bass so far in Massachusetts this fishing season but great observation by Officer McIntosh and a solid investigation by the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

    NOTE: None of the fish were wasted.

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