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Sunday, October 03, 2010: It would be hard to build a nicer day than we had today. Looks were a tad deceiving in the way fishing wasn’t nearly as perfect. There were hookups to be sure but more along…

Sunday, October 03, 2010: It would be hard to build a nicer day than we had today. Looks were a tad deceiving in the way fishing wasn’t nearly as perfect. There were hookups to be sure but more along the lines of a slow day with a few fish based on law of averages. The fishing pressure is increasing every weekend. Many folks I saw today were in fall fishing postures: heavy surf rods and reels in spike, big chunk baits and visions of rod-straining knock downs. No such luck. Plenty of small blues, a scant few stripers and for those of us down in Holgate, loads of fluke. I took a keeper fluke on a rare vintage Red Fin (mullet-ish color with square black striped design) and watched as the hooked flattie took to the air, getting a solid 15 inches out of the water. Stu D. saw the flight, offering further confirmation that fall fluke will go airborne.

Mullet run remains dismal. There are hopes that the cool down now underway will spur a – and improved -- late run. The few schools running today had a high percentage of corn cobs, sometimes a sign of end times for the run, though not always so. There is also a very low showing of spearing. A few rainfish also showed today.

Heavy bird migrations showing, including terns, oystercatchers, cormorant, skimmers, sanderlings, egrets and many more. While it is high season for migration, it’s a tad odd to get so many species all so closely flocked and bolting south. I’m not sure it means anything beyond ideal conditions for migrating but old-timers always say it’s sign of rough weather arriving. Hopefully, the birds aren’t basing it on the many weather forecasts out there. They’re been batting sub-pitcher numbers.

Next storm system due to arrive late tomorrow, with NE winds to 40 knots. It’ll be a two-day blow of decent proportions. The tides will get very testy by late Monday when we’ll be seeing the highest astronomical tides of the year, due to be 6.5 feet above normal all on their own. Add a couple feet to that and we’ll easily rush up to moderate flooding and total beach overwash over much of LBI, excluding Harvey Cedars.

Temps of water coming out of the bay today was 72. Ocean is cooling, mainly upper down to mid 60s.

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10/01/2010) Despite protest from the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and its allies in the recreational fishing sector, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) surprised everyone in the angling community earlier this year by voting to include a proposal to increase commercial striped bass harvest within Draft Addendum II for public hearings.

The purpose of the draft addendum is specifically to consider options to increase the coastal commercial quota of striped bass and revise the definition of striped bass recruitment failure. The RFA is opposed to increasing the commercial striped bass harvest.

After several public hearings held throughout the Atlantic States during the summer, public comments to the ASMFC are officially due by the end of the day today, October 1, 2010. Fishermen and other interested groups who've not yet commented are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum by providing written comments via fax directly to Nichola Meserve, FMP Coordinator, 1444 Eye Street, NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 289-6051 (FAX) or at nmeserve@asmfc.org (Subject line: Striped Bass Addendum II).

The RFA has posted a letter which members can use in PDF form at www.joinrfa.org/press/StripedBassCommentsDue100110.pdf - simply download and print the letter, sign, fill out your contact information and fax today before 5 PM (EST) to (202) 289-6051.

If you'd like to protect future striped bass stocks, make sure your comments are received today before the 5 p.m. deadline!

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One of the newer fall fishing traditions for LBI boat anglers is the annual Striped Bass Derby at the Sea Shell Resort and Beach Club.

This year marks the 14th running of this annual three-day contest, which has already become a heated competition among many if the best boat bassers hoping to parlay their fishing prowess into prize money and bragging rights. Many of the Derby contestants ply the dangerous shoals off the south end of LBI, in the vicinity of Beach Haven Inlet, a whitewater zone famed for trophy striped bass. Since the tourney is held regardless of weather, conditions can play a big part in where contestants set up to fish.

The Sea Shell Club’s Derby assumed something of an instant history when it took on the original name of the Island’s most famed surf fishing tournament, the Long Beach Island Striped Bass Derby. When that fall surfcasting classic, now sponsored by the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, dropped the words “Striped Bass Derby,” Sea Shell co-owner and Derby Coordinator Tom Hugh’s was granted the rights to carrying on the name’s honored tradition. The event sponsor took that very seriously. In its short history, it has brought big bass to the scales, fish that any contest would prize.

This years Derby will be held on the weekend of October 29th thru the 31st. Entry fee: $150.00 per boat for two anglers plus $50.00 for additional anglers. All prizes go to the boat captain. Entry fee includes 1 commemorative shirt per angler, entry to both cocktail parties, and entry to Sunday’s fish fry and awards party.

Details and sign-up forms are available online at http://www.seashelllbi.com/striped_bass_derby.php.

As has been the custom of the contest, all proceeds – above and beyond prize monies – are given to local charities. This will Southern Regional High School Marching Band, one of the finest in the nation, will be the recipient.

Another tasty Derby custom is all fish going to the event’s Sunday Fish Fry.

This year, all entrants are required to first register with the federal National Saltwater Angler Registry, part of the

Marine Recreational Information Program. That registration is easily and quickly done on-line at https://www.countmyfish.noaa.gov. That site offers information on some exceptions.

The Derby is a nearshore event, limited to inshore waters within 3 miles of the beach. The Harvey Cedars Lumps (GPS 39.40) marks the most northerly boundary with the South boundary marked by the clam boat wreck, near Wreck Inlet (GPS 74.20). The western bayside boundary is the Garden State Parkway.

Cash prizes for top ten heaviest fish

Special prize for junior angler and lady angler

Special drawings for donated gifts from various local businesses

Prize distribution 1st place: $2500 6th place: $600

2nd place: $1500 7th place: $550

3rd place: $1000 8th place: $450

4th place: $800 9th place: $350

5th place: $700 10th place: $300

Friday October 29th: Welcome Party - 1 hour open bar (7:00 – 8:00) with hors d'oeuvres for captains and registered anglers. Cash bar open to general public. Captains meeting 8:00 PM, at the Sea Shell.

Friday Oct. 29th Fishing starts: 9:00 PM, and continues until final weigh-in at 12:00 noon, Oct 31st at the Sea Shell.

Saturday Oct 30th 6:00 to 8:00 PM Cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres for all captains and registered anglers. Open bar 6:00 to 7:00, cash bar open to the general public.

Sunday 31st 10:00AM - 12:00 Noon - Final weigh-in.

12:00 to 2:00 PM Fish Fry for all captains and registered anglers.

Friends and family are welcome for fish fry ($10.00). Cash bar.

12:00 to ??, with entertainment by the Pickles.

2:00 PM Awards ceremony.

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