Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Stu ends fluking season on a three-pound note. He took it from the fist cut, coming onto Holgate.
Sandbags being placed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1axk8v1MeJ4&feature=plcp
Sept. 28, 2012: Fluke season ends. Hats off to the flatties for offering one of the finest fluking summers in a long stretch. Taking in reports from around the state, I have no doubt we’ve gone over-quota. Won’t hurt a thing, biomass-wise. Might fishery management get testy over the too-high take? Remains to be seen. All I know is there are plenty more fluke where those came from. One angler made a very interesting observation (though I’m sure it doesn’t fit everyone). “I would have done just as good this summer even if the size had been 18 inches.” I can see that, as many folks were culling out 17.5s for larger arriving fluke.
Another word to the traveling wise that Beach Haven is going to kinda crazed for the next couple days, as will Tuckerton (tomorrow). Patience please.
The mullet run is becoming bally. That’s when smaller pods gather in larger balls. These migratory masses are often more ocean oriented, seen in the surf from now until whenever.
The cocktail/tailor blues are the main catchable now, and through the weekend. I caught a couple. Folks targeting fluke were being cleaned by blues.
Water temps remain upper 60s, bnoth bay and ocean. There is no serious cold coming so that mildness isn't going to change quickly, since the ocean and bay temperatures are based on ambient air temps. The likes of the Labrador Current does not reach us.
The later the water stays warm the less snow we get, be that good or bad. With the confirmation that it's going to be a very low El Nino impact this winter, I sure wouldn't bank of a white Christmas -- or beyond. Sorry, kids. On the other fishing hand, we'll be catching schoolie stripers through December.
I got three acrylic molds and big bottles of vinyl plastic to make my own Fin-S Fish and sassies. I also have bottles of GULP extract to add to my plastic creations. I'll be videotaping my efforts to create my own rubbery artificials. My weirdest idea is to literally cut the silver strips off large spearing or bay anchovies -- those fouled in my nets and already doomed. I'm then going to place them on the sides of my homemade Fin-S. By the by, I get my stuff from Jann's. https://www.jannsnetcraft.com/.
The bass heading our way from Montauk.
|A Global study of unassessed fisheries says big catch improvements possible if user rights exist|
SEAFOOD.COM NEWS by John Sackton Sept. 28, 2012
The new report was co-authored by Steve Gaines, professor and dean at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management; Matthew Elliott, principal of California Environmental Associates; Ray Hilborn, professor of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington; and Sarah Lester, project scientist for the Sustainable Fisheries Group at the University of California Santa Barbara.