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Saturday, October 24, 2009: Waves: Choppy 3- to 5-foot south swell. Water clarity: Good. Weather: Not a bad day at all; South winds honking.
There are still plenty of fish to be had, providing you put in the time – and know your stuff. Yes, it does help to know the ropes – despite the number of what-kinda-fish-is-this anglers showing up with monster fish.
Lots of blues and bass made the Classic scales today and many more were taken outside the sudsy confines of the tourney. The largest bass was low 20s (pounds) and biggest blues are approaching 15 pounds. Many of those slammers are far from being filled out. That usually mean they’ll be feeding ravenously for weeks to come, which levels the playing field a lot, in as much as just about anyone casting any kinda chunk out there is in the running for a winner-grade blue.
Bait bassing is brisk but the fish are holding on the small side, though that is often the case when stripers are focused on clams. Of course, in past blogs I’ve implied that clams catch smaller bass then somebody walks to the scales with a 40-pound grade cow and writes “clam” in the “Bait” box on the weigh-in slip.
Not that it’s a huge fishery at one-a-day but tog are really thick not just around Barnegat Inlet but also near the LBI frontbeach jetties. Just dig a sand crab, place on a 1/0 hook (I dropper loop it a foot or so from the bottom), chuck it out near the end of a jetty (late-day) and grab a delicious dinner fish. The closer you get the crab to the rocks -- without getting stuck -- the better.
Here the late-arriving finals from the “World Series” of surfcasting:
Long Beach Island Fishing Club
63rd Annual Tournament – Results
Saturday, September 26, 2009 was a beautiful day, and our tournament was a great success! 52 teams and 20 individuals fished that day. A total of 287 people competed, of which 172 caught fish. Total fish caught that day were: 3 Striped Bass, 14 Bluefish, 421 Kingfish and 4 other, for a total of 550 fish, most of them released. In the team competition, First place: Merchantville Fishing Club, 33 fish for 390 points. Second place: Surf-n-Land A, 33 fish for 376.75 points. Third place: Surf-n-Land B, 34 fish for 368.25 points. Largest Fish - Male: 38.75” Striped Bass by Steve Adams, Delaware Valley Surf Anglers. Most Points – Male: 13 fish for 166.25 points, Jim Dugan, Surf-n-Land. Largest Fish – Female: 17” Kingfish by Jane Jefferys, Delaware Valley Surf Anglers. Most Points – Female: 9 fish for 115.75 points, Jo Llewellyn, Brigantine Sharks.
In the junior category, Scott Smith, Fishlanders B won both most points and largest fish with 8 fish for 92.25 points, one a 15” kingfish. In the Individual category: Bob Kessel won both largest fish and most points with 3 fish for 41.75 points, one a 14.25” kingfish.
I would like to thank our sponsors and those members of the Long Beach Island Fishing Club who provided the support necessary to make this tournament the success that it was. Without that support, none of this would be possible. Thank You!
Here a pro report: Hello All,
Just as we expected, last weekend's back to back nor'easters was exactly what we need to get our fall striped bass fishing underway. We're still a little sensitive to swings in water temperature, but the fish are here and when condition are right they're on the feed!
The best day of the week was Monday, immediately after the big blow. Despite the dirty water from the storms, unfishable inlet and icy morning conditions, Cam Rispoli and John Ferrara proceeded to land 21 bass topped by John's 33.4 pounder from the back channels. Almost all of those fish were of legal size, with most of them (including John's jumbo gal) being safely released to fight another day. Tuesday's trip saw John Wendolowski, Walt and Stan Tatko, and Kevin Broderick landing a dozen more bass (including six keepers), this time mostly on live baits drifted in the inlet. Wednesday, George Selph and Bob Keller took the opportunity to get out in the middle of the week and bang seven more bass from the inlet. Things finally slowed down on Friday, when Steve Mastej snuck out of work with Luis and Oscar only to find some pretty ugly conditions that became completely unfishable by mid-morning. Even so, a couple of bass still put in appearances around the inlet.
There seems to be plenty of fish, including some real quality ones, around right now and things should only get better from here on out. It's definitely time to go fishing!
Until next week.
Capt. Jack Shea
Barnegat Bay Fishing Charters
New stuff: RFA release
12 MILLION U.S. SALTWATER ANGLERS IGNORED
NEW FEDERAL ATTEMPTS TO CIRCUMVENT LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
10/23/09 - A recently published federal taskforce report is causing a great deal of concern for America’s recreational fishing community. For longtime members of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) however, the claim that saltwater anglers have been kept out of the review process is nothing especially new. But according to the RFA, it’s good to see the national sportfishing industry starting to report it as passionately as coastal stakeholders have for the past few years.
The report from the president’s newly appointed Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force outlines a federal initiative that could conceivably pave the way for more restrictive governmental actions in further denying access to recreational anglers, similar to what’s already been accomplished in California with the marine life protection act (MLPA). RFA has been actively engaged in the MLPA battle on the west coast for over seven years, as the California RFA chapter especially has fought tirelessly against compromises made between various industry allies and hardline environmentalist. The non-scientific based Pacific Coast closures now seem poised to extend eastward as the new Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force has introduced a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S. coastal, ocean and Great Lakes waters. Under the guise of protection, the current second phase of the Task Force direction is set to develop zoning initiatives which could potentially close vast areas of fishable waters, permanently.
“In reviewing the Report, there are strategies, principles, objectives and other authorizing language that stands to have profound impacts on the recreational fishing community,” said RFA Executive Director Jim Donofrio in official comments to Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In writing on behalf of RFA members nationwide, Donofrio said “RFA is concerned about the relatively rapid speed at which CEQ is advancing with this initiative and the apparent lack of opportunity the average recreational angler will have when the final Policy and subsequent bureaucracy is put in place
In a recent meeting facilitated by RFA to introduce a handful of Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastal stakeholders to the new Director of External Affairs, Andrew Winer, it was revealed that several national trade and conservation groups had actually participated in the Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force discussions. As reported by ESPN Outdoors, RFA hopes that any future discussions involving recreational anglers that will ultimately impact coastal stakeholders will actually include those coastal constituents. "We're hoping that after listening to the real stakeholders who live and breathe within these vibrant coastal communities every single day, that perhaps Mr. Winer can help us shake a little sense into these Beltway insiders who think they understand recreational fishermen," said Jim Hutchinson, Managing Director of the RFA.
While the RFA commends CEQ for bringing wide national attention to the management of our nation’s marine resources, as a national saltwater political action organization representing marine businesses and users alike, RFA is opposed to any taskforce recommendations that might be enacted through the Executive branch as opposed to through legislative efforts. “Considering the broad implications and hundreds of stakeholders groups that will be affected, the most appropriate course of action would be through the Legislative branch,” Donofrio said in the letter to CEQ, adding “Stakeholders would have a greater opportunity to discuss the virtues and flaws of the legislation in a more deliberate, transparent process.”
On June 18, Donofrio testified before the House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife in a hearing convened to review H.R. 21, a bill which would establish a new national policy for our oceans. The RFA was the only recreational fishing organization invited to testify before the Congressional Committee. “RFA maintains that Magnuson must remain the nation’s primary fisheries law and that any national ocean policy spawned from H.R. 21 provide guidance and recommendations to Magnuson, not supersede it,” Donofrio said during the afternoon session back in June.
Several hardline environmental groups have been pressuring Congress and the Obama administration to implement new overriding marine laws, however, several key federal legislators have helped stymie the repressive ocean policy legislation. “This bill’s not going to go anywhere,” said Rep. Don Young (R-AK). “You may try to work it through the House, you may have the Speaker help you out, but I’ll stop it dead in the Senate, because you’re not going to mess with my waters in Alaska, you’re not going to mess with my fishermen as you’ve done in the past,” Young added.
Donofrio said the RFA is unnerved by glaring similarities of the new report and H.R. 21, the Ocean Conservation, Education, and National Strategy for the 21st Century Act. “This appears to be an attempt by the Executive branch to circumvent the established legislative process and enact policy that failed as legislation 5 years in a row,” Donofrio said, adding “RFA believes enacting laws through Executive order and proclamation sets a dangerous precedence.”
The RFA’s six-page letter to White House Council on Environmental Quality is available online for review at www.joinrfa.org/press/CEQComments_101909.pdf
To view the 10/18/09 congressional hearing on the H.R. 21 in its entirety, go to http://resources.edgeboss.net/wmedia/resources/2009_06_18_oceans.wvx
(Jim Donofrio’s testimony begins at 1:06:06)