Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Saturday, June 30, 2012: Just done our annual July 4th Al Vasys Noninvitational Volleyball Tournament. Great time despite the dehydration factor. By tourney’s end the clouds had edged in and the winds were honking from the south.
While there I got fishing reports, primarily about big blackfish taken as bycatch while folks were fishing for stripers near the inlet rocks. I sure hope those mega-blackies make tons of tog babies. It’s the species only hope.
By the by, I had an official tell me that, so far this year, they have not had excessive problems with the taking of undersized blackfish -- often by Asians filling the insatiable public appetite for damn-near-live fish products. However, he was referring to the likes of jetty anglers and headboats. There are still surely numerous nefarious bottom fishermen working wrecks and rocks, secreting away virtually any and all hookups. I got word (from NYC friends) that larger bergalls are also showing. Those are, of course, quite legal to keep -- but what’s the odds those bergall-bearing anglers are only keeping legal fish?
I got a somewhat expected email complaint from a fellow who took advice and fished for fluke in the surf. He got skunked. Let me tell you something about fluke fishing from the beach, I have been out there landing absolutely nothing (often in Holgate) and the guys who know the fluking ropes are banging the balls off flatties -- right frickin’ next to me. I’ve been writing about sharpies that not only know the ropes but also the hot beaches. While it’s not technically a crap-shoot out there, it’s often a shot in the dark. Huh?
I got more reports of large fluke in the ocean. Ask around tackle shops for more exacting details.
The nearshore sharking had been hit-or-miss, though surely worth a try. Check with shops on what, where, when and how. And you might as well release everything if you’re not way-conversant with which shark is which. Fines for keeping a protected shark are fierce – and will take a bite out of anyone’s chunk of savings.
Numerous reports of sting ray clouds, mainly just prior to this latest blow. Did you know cow-nose rays often travel in schools numbering hundreds of thousand? One school, in the Chesapeake vicinity, was guesstimated to contain over one million rays.
I’m told that commercialites are now keeping sting rays – and that they cost something like $12 a pound at fisheries. I’m guessin a lot of that cost has to do with preparing the “filets.” It’s beyond a bitch to get the meat off the wavy cartilage in the ray winds.
Here’s the latest word on Simply Bassin’ 2012. Along with Margaret O Brien, I’d like to thank, as a whole, all those who made this an exceptional event this year.
Simply Bassing registrations have all been gathered and monies collected.
All winners have been verified that they joined the contest.
This year saw an increase of 35 more people in this Spring Contest. A total of 168 this year.
Three of the shops had increased sales this year and one was not quite up to last years numbers.
The contest was 20 people shy of paying a full pay out so the winners will be getting an 89% payback this year.
For those of you that won you can pick up your prize where you weighed your winning fish after July 3rd.
I would like to thank all that participated in this Annual event and signed up with us here at Jingles.
Congratulations to all the winners.
Repeat of earlier announcement:
PROTECTED SPECIES SAFE HANDLING, RELEASE, AND IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOPS
Why are There Mandatory Workshops for HMS Permit Holders?
These workshops are designed to educate longline and gillnet fishermen on the proper techniques for safe handling and release of entangled and/or hooked protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, and smalltooth sawfish. Identification of protected species will also be taught at these workshops in an effort to improve reporting.
Who's Required to Attend?
Vessel owners and operators using longline or gillnet gear and holding one or more of the following:
must attend a safe handling, release and identification workshop before the owners permit expires. Others may attend provided space is available in the workshop, please inquire via the email address provided below.
When and Where are the Workshops?
Closest to our area:
September 5, 2012
151 Route 72E
Manahawkin, NJ 08050
9:00 a.m to 5:00pm