Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, September 24, 2012 Fine with blues; - Jabba the Frog dines



Monday, September 24, 2012: Decided to dedicate the end of the day – and the beginning of the night -- to bluefish. It wasn’t my first intent when I did the long drive to Holgate back Rip. The 2- to 3-pound blues made the call when nary a single late-day weakie would go after my hoppin’  fresh mullet.

When I was fully rigged for weaks, the blues had their way with my bait, dissecting the mullets while avoiding the hook. Realizing the weaks may have flown the coop, I went to thicker leader and a circle hook. Not only did I then best blue after blue, but each was hooked in the corner of the mouth. So easily unhooked. I should have kept them for jerky but early week is too work-thick for protracted fillet session, much less concocting sauces. Later this week maybe.

I should mention that yet another significant swell showed through much of the day.  These were long-period waves from way off somewhere oceany. The waves presented surfcasters with some strong lateral currents, which translates in to the need for extra lead. However, fishing pressure was extremely light as I drove the beachfront.

Keep in mind that it’s Chowderfest weekend and also the Tuckerton Decoy Show. Set aside some extra time to get through Beach Haven on both Saturday and Sunday.

Lots of fishing folks signing up early for the LBI Surf Fishing Classic. Get crackin’ to assure you get a cap and other early sign-up amenities.

For fun, here’s a new video of my frog having dinner: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG7REJrIcYk&feature=youtu.be.



Seafood's Top Ten shows drop for tilapia, salmon in 2011, but increases for shrimp, pangasius, cod

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS  by John Sackton - Sept. 24, 2012

NFI has released their annual compilation of per capita consumption of the top ten species of seafood in the U.S.  This calculation is based on NMFS data for 2011.

Most notable was that although NMFS reported a 5% drop in consumption, for fresh and frozen seafood that drop was  less than 1%.  Overall seafood consumption volume was 4.65 billion lbs.  US exports were 3.3 billion lbs.


Data: Seafood Datasearch, NFI

Significantly, the fresh and frozen seafood category was virtually unchanged from 2010, with a level of 11.12 lbs vs. 11.22 lbs in 2010.



Data: Seafood Datasearch, NFI

As shown in this pie chart which is based on 2011 values, shrimp, tuna, salmon, pollock and tilapia dominate US seafood sales.  If you remove canned tuna, which makes up about 90-95% of tuna sales, shrimp, salmon, pollock, tilapia and pangasius dominate fresh and frozen seafood by volume, but lobster, crab, scallops would dominate by value.

Data: Seafood Datasearch, NFI

“This data shows the importance of the U.S. seafood market, which is now the second largest in the world.  Strong export numbers confirm that our customers in Europe and Asia value sustainable and healthy American seafood products,” said John Connelly, President of the National Fisheries Institute. “The seafood sector is growing in the volume and value of seafood we can provide to consumers here and abroad.”

“The continued popularity of mild white fish, like Alaska Pollock, is actually good news. These are often considered starter-fish, which indicates Americans are finding ways to eat seafood in which they never did before,” said Jennifer McGuire MS, RD, NFI’s manager of nutrition communications. “Whether it’s in tacos or on the grill, swapping in seafood for the usual proteins will mean significant public health benefits.”


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