Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Friday, April 30, 2010:
Tomorrow Simply Bassin’ 2010 begins its 8-week run.
I know I always let on about the super potential of this striper-only tourney but there seems to be even a heightened potential this year, as stripers are already out there in force, bigger fish are on the way and angler interest in spring bass fishing is higher than I’ve seen in many years.
I’m also compelled to note that this is a low-impact event. After the 8 largest fish (the leaderboard) are established, there is no value in weighing in a catch unless it’s larger than the smallest contending fish.
I’m also very supportive of the “side bet” events in participating tackle shops. I think better fish deserve as much recognition as they can earn. Yes, a single fish might be worth thousands. And why not?
Registration forms are now in all participating shops.
I do ask that anglers nabbing better -- maybe even champion – fish, see if there is any folks nearby who can offer confirmation of the catch. Truth be told, it’s very rare to take a fish in utter secrecy. By the by, this corroboration-seeking is the same with all tourneys. It’s to the point that all events keep the lie detector at the ready. In fact, I’ll be doing a story of the lie detector business that serves fishing tourneys and such.
If anyone is running into nasty beach driving conditions, please let me know. It helps all buggyists if bad things don’t happen on the beach.
Note: My choice for emergency beach towing is South Shore Towing & Recovery - (609) 597-9964. Remember, it can take upwards of an hour for the truck to reach the beach and air down. It is imperative that you re-contact them if you get out before they arrive.
The folks at South Shore are very conscientious. I should know. I used them last night. No, it wasn’t a beach bog-down but a total surprise breakdown of my Silverado. The2002 truck has been totally incredible, as it approaches 100,000 miles. I just moronically didn’t respond to the lit “Service Engine” light. It was an injector that could have been an easy fix if I hadn’t waited until that very big engine was barely getting enough gas to power 4 cylinders. Anyway, the South Shore guy climbed out of bed and was on-scene in very decent timeframe. And thanks to Geico for paying for the tow. Unfortunately, I’m off-beach for the first days of the tourney. I will be doing some walk-ons.
Bluefishing is insane, to the point they are getting a bit problematic for folks who know there are bass just below the piranhas. You can get those blues from beach, rocks, bayside piers, spans and, most of all, boats near inlets.
Bassing remains great. I’m getting most reports from out of Barnegat Infelt but have to think there is equally good bassing near Little Egg. A fascinating story cam my way from bayside HC vicinity. The spring bay water is so crystal clear, you can visually see the bass down below. The thing is, you can also see the blues higher up. Sure, there’s a frustrating angle to that bluefish avoidance route but having fish, big fish, stacked like that is great stuff, angling-wise.
I’m going out tonight (spans) to see about jiggin’ up some weakies. Using plastics, I’m thinking the blues will be stepping in now and again.
Canwest News Service
World leaders have broken their promise to slow the rate of biodiversity loss across the planet, say scientists tracking everything from vanishing languages to shrinking forests.
Animal populations are down 31 per cent since 1970, shorebird populations have dropped 52 per cent, while forests have shrunk three per cent, mangroves by 19 per cent, and seagrass beds by 20 per cent, says an international team that lays out the gloomy situation in a report to be published Friday in the journal Science.
The team points to 'a few encouraging achievements' but says international leaders' eight-year-old commitment to slow biodiversity loss by 2010 has not been met and pressures facing Earth's biodiversity continue to mount.
Human consumption of the planet's ecological assets is still rising - and is up a whooping 78 per cent since 1970. World fisheries are in more trouble than ever with '79 per cent of fish stocks over-exploited, fully exploited, or depleted,' says lead author Stuart Butchart, a British scientist with the UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Centre.
The situation is not much better for birds, he says, with North American grassland and arid land bird populations down by almost 30 per cent.
'It is shocking,' Butchart, says of the erosion of the natural world that has continued since world leaders signed the 2002 Convention on Biological Diversity to slow biodiversity loss.
'Government leaders made this commitment in recognition that we are destroying nature across the planet and our synthesis provides overwhelming evidence that they failed to deliver on those commitments,' Butchart said in an interview Thursday.
He says there is both a moral and economic imperative to better protect the planet.
'It's important not just because all nature has intrinsic value - and what right have we got to destroy it, or prevent future generations from having the opportunity to benefit and appreciate it,' says Butchart, 'but also because we obtain huge economic benefits from biodiversity, clean drinking water, pollination of our crops, healthy soils.'
The report includes data from conservation bodies around the world that track bird and animal populations, fish stocks, coral reefs, rainforests, and even the number of human languages.
Twenty-two per cent of the 6,900 languages are spoken by fewer than 1,000 people and 'are in danger of disappearing within this century,' the report says.
There are a few positive trends: waterfowl populations in North America and Europe are up 44 per cent since 1980 due to wetland protection and more sustainable management; the water quality in Asia has improved 7.4 per cent since 1970, and there are now about 133,000 protected areas covering 12 per cent of the planet's land mass. There has also been plenty of talk about tackling biodiversity loss, with 87 per cent of countries having devised national biodiversity strategies and action plans.
'But an 'action plan' is not action,' says co-author Daniel Pauly, a fisheries specialist of the University of British Columbia, stressing the needs for a lot more concrete change.
Less than one per of the world's oceans are in marine protected areas - a tiny fraction of the 20 to 30 per cent of the oceans that need protection if fisheries stocks are ever to rebuild, says Pauly.
While the number of parks on land has increased, many of them are small, not strategically located to protect biodiversity, or lack proper protection.
'Paper parks,' says Pauly.
The report, to be presented at the May meeting on the biodiversity convention, calls for governments to reverse detrimental policies, integrate biodiversity into land-use decisions, and boost funding for policies that tackle biodiversity loss head-on.
'We are rapidly destroying the natural capital on which we depend,' says Butchart.