Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, October 21, 2010:
Well, it’s gotten very interesting out there – very quickly. A bait and blues explosion took place yesterday, north end to middle Island. The Classic leader board lit up with bluefish entries.
I was on the beach all a.m. (starting way early) and got squat. 88 casts and still not so much as a swirl – due in large part to water even clearer than the day before – which was acrylic. I had some work on the mainland for a short time, midday, just as the reports of “bunker on the beach” reached me.
For the many newbies that stop in here – and I sure enjoy you’re visits – “bunker on the beach” generally mean gamefish are not only in the house but also in full attack posture, right in surfline. The baitfish are so terrified they literally chose to swim into the great unknown -- the land of land -- rather than face the jaws of death. One question regarding this bunker beaching had to do with the whale presence of late. There was the possibility that the whales might be the scare-ashore factor with the bunker. And those monstrous marine mammals are surely on bunker. If you look closely at the cover of this week’s SandPaper (http://thesandpaper.net), you’ll see irrefutable proof that the humpback whales off LBI are vigorously feeding on them. . Yes, there was some question among experts as to whether the leviathans were downing bunker.
But the beached bunker were being harried by something even more terrifying than whales or even bass. The slammer blues had (finally) moved in. The blues – to mid-teens of pounds – moved rapidly north to south. Most of the official weigh-ins were North Beach to Ship Bottom, though many fish not in the Classic – and therefore not kept -- were caught. Sounds like a couple of those would have been leaders in the Classic had those anglers been signed up.
Yesterday’s blitziness was cooled by a chilly rainstorm. This a.m. found loads of recently-alerted anglers looking for a repeat of the bluefish rowdiness. Not much to report by midday. I’ll be out there after work. Man, am I gonna hate when Daylight savings Time crawls back into its overwintering hole – and darkness precedes the ends of my work days. Standard Time commences Nov. 7.
Here’s an email that reflect a number of others I’ve gotten.
Saw your article in the Sandpaper today regarding the humpbacks passing by recently...well I saw another one this morning around 11am off Beach Haven Park....fortunately I had my field binoculars (always bring them while fishing this time of year) so I got a very good view of him...definitely a humpback-moving south at a very leisurely pace. I was able to watch him for a good 15 minutes before he moved out of view . Good news bad news story--the reason I was able to spot him is that the fishing was SO BAD...fished morning -noon and night Monday and Tuesday mid island and in North Beach.. fished morning and noontime again today...mullet, bunker, clams, lures...in total about 10 hours out there the last three days and pole did not even wiggle once...arrrggghhh! Unfortunately for me I leave for a month tonite so you can safely bet the bite will get real hot starting tomorrow.”
Portion of important RFA release:
“… Documents obtained by the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) disclose that EDF’s comprehensive Catch Share Design Manual has been excerpted for use this week in private ‘invite only’ meetings in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as EDF has invited select representatives of America’s recreational for-hire sector to a private catch shares workshop. A paper prepared by MRAG Americas in advance of the October 21- 22 workshops reveals “EDF has contracted MRAG Americas to identify the necessary steps that must be taken to understand and communicate how catch share programs might work for recreational for-hire fleets in the United States.” MRAG Americas says the workshop “is being held to draw on expertise from members of the for-hire industry and others working in or with this sector to adapt the existing Design Manual for the for-hire sector of recreational fisheries.”
According to EDF documents, “a catch share program allocates a secure privilege to harvest a specified amount of a fishery’s total catch to an individual or group.” The catch share campaign was originally launched by EDF and Pew Environment Group several years ago when marine biologist Dr. Jane Lubchenco was vice chairwoman of the EDF board. Now as NOAA Administrator, Dr. Lubchenco has helped put the EDF catch share plan to the forefront of fisheries management in 2010. “Catch shares are fundamentally different from other management approaches and have generally been implemented after a variety of other approaches fail or are insufficient at meeting specific goals,” the EDF manual states, adding “Most commercial fisheries start as open access where anyone who puts in the effort is allowed to catch fish. As competition increases, managers often limit access through licensing of participants.” According to EDF, when other methods can’t effectively control fishing effort and catch, managers are forced to implement more effort-based regulations, with catch shares fitting the bill. …”
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are licking their chops over the striped bass prospects. A recent cold snap has dropped the water temperatures and brought a wave of decent sized bass into the local waters. They plan to be pursuing this splendid game fish trolling, chumming, and fishing with live bait.
One of the Association’s boats, the “Miss Beach Haven,” had an unusual trip recently. When Captains Frank Camarda and Brant Whittaker left the dock last week for a 10-hour wreck fishing trip, little did they know how the day would turn out.
After fishing several wrecks, one of the anglers, a 42 year old man, suddenly collapsed without warning. In less than one minute, three nurses who were fishing on the boat had him in the cabin and began administering CPR. They were quickly joined by a CPR instructor who was also on board.
According to mate Sal Rosa, the group worked in such unison you would have thought they were a permanent team. They were soon joined by a Coast Guard medic who was dropped from a helicopter.
Despite the efforts of all involved, the young man did not survive despite over 2 hours of work until they could reach the dock and paramedics. Sal said that he and the captains are very proud of the efforts of all involved and the cooperation of all of the anglers on the boat.Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com or by calling 1-877-LBI-BHCFA (1-877-524-2423).