Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sun. Sept. 20, 09 -- Gorgeous day; mullet begin to stir

Above: Relics from sunken ship, Holgate beach. Uncertain what boat or if it sunk there or was transported by wave action. Sunday, September 20, 2009: waves: 3- to 4-foot medium period easterly groundswell. Water clarity: Highly improved; very good. Gorgeous day out there. Lots of fishing pressure with some success – not a load though. There are significant stripers all along the front beach, though the North End seems to have the edge, especially near the inlet. However, there is no consistent action. It’s feast or famine in many areas since many an famined angler I chatted with today couldn’t buy a bite. Bluefish are being uncharacteristically coy. There were next to none down Holgate way but elsewhere some radio chatter had small blues at a here-and-there clip. North End also had the edge, blues-wise. Kingfishing is a viable option for surfcasters and even some inlet-area boat fishermen. Croakers are scattered but seemingly increasing in presence. There are spot in the surf. They can be caught on tiny hook – and are taking baits for kingfish. The mullet are a-move. Not in super numbers but way better than the past week. Here’s a couple mullet emails: “Jay, The mullet run is definitely ON in IBSP. I just wish I was a better castnetter. I'm gonna try and load up on em tomorrow. Jay.” (That looms large. While many a bass and bluefish blitz has failed to cross the inlet, mullet on the move are way different. They will get here. In fact, some of today’s action was yesterday’s action at IBSP. J-mann) “Jay ; hello and i am wondering about the mullet run also. I have been catching a few around the Belmar boat basin at Shark River ,but nothing like 2 years ago when i caught all i ever wanted. Even caught a few back in early August this year and some small peanut bunker, but i figured as i am sure every one else did that they would be pouring out by now. Seems last night though there was more around at dark with the incoming tide. Last year also wasn't a really great year around there also.. Allen.” (That’s closer to what I’m hearing on many fronts, namely “We aren’t seeing mullet at the usual places at the usual times.” Still, I got reports of some major mullet mobs still in backbay zones. I’ll mention again that, since last spring, everything seems to be running a couple weeks late. This coming week will tell a lot about the overall mullet migration. Since not much can be done to change things, it comes down to hoping for the best. J-mann) Speaking of baitfish, the spearing have also returned in massive amounts. I say “returned” since a few weeks back they were showing in massive number, then they went fully AWOL. Now they are rivering along the water edges at an near nonstop flow. ODDITY OF THE DAY: The mullet finally started to show in numbers that allowed netters like me some moderately steady action. Down at Holgate, I settled into a spot with a good vantage for throwing on the mullet. However, the first pods moving my way never reached me. Fluke would come flying out of the water -- up to two feet out -- attacking the mullet. I’ve seen this many times before but these sapper fluke were going at it so fast and furious they were consistently turning the terrified mullet out to deeper water where I couldn’t throw on them. My only recourse was to line up with where the fluke were sniping and repeatedly throw my net in the area to spook them away. Not only did I spook them with the splash action but netted not one but two of them. No guessing how many were down there if a got two blind casting. But, sure enough, after some spooky house cleaning, I drove the flatfish snipers out of Dodge and got a steady throw on the mullet. ***((()))) [Associated Press] - September 18, 2009 - SAN FRANCISCO, The Obama administration on Thursday released the first glimpse of a plan to strengthen the way the nation manages the oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes. President Barack Obama's Ocean Policy Task Force - comprised of 24 officials from the U.S. Department of Interior to the U.S. Navy - recommended creating a new National Ocean Council with power to coordinate and hold accountable myriad federal agencies in conservation and marine planning efforts. 'Right now (ocean policy) is done on a piecemeal basis, one agency regulating fisheries, one shipping, one water quality, another national security and there's no real mechanized thinking on how sectors interact with each other,' said Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and a task force member. 'Today is a historic day. For the first time, we as a nation say loudly and clearly that healthy oceans matter,' she said. The president created the task force to coordinate federal response to pollution from industrial and commercial activities, rising sea levels and ocean acidification, among other problems. The new National Ocean Council would replace the Committee on Ocean Policy, instituted by President George W. Bush in 2004, which the task force called 'moderately effective.' '(The report) delivers on President Obama's request for recommendations that will move this country towards a more robust national policy for our oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes,' said Nancy Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Beyond creating the new ocean council, the task force identified a number of priorities for improving the health of the seas and Great Lakes. Among them is to improve the ability of coastal communities and the Arctic to deal with the effects of climate change, especially rising sea levels and higher ocean acidification due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The council would help coastal communities - whether it be a struggling fishing industry in Northern California or a hurricane-damaged area on the Gulf Coast - through better coordination and strategic planning. The report also recommends that the federal government view all ocean policy with a 'ecosystem-based approach,' meaning decisions would be made with an emphasis on understanding how all life would be affected in a given area. Officials said this would be a key philosophical shift in the nation's approach. The report is short on details about how and when these goals would be achieved, but environmental groups applauded the White House's efforts, calling it is an important first step in achieving badly needed reform. 'It's the first time that an administration has identified a series of laudable goals for managing the nation's marine environment,' said Joshua Reichert, managing director of the Pew Environment Group. 'Runoff of fertilizer is really an issue for the Department of Agriculture, transportation runoff from highways and roads is the Department of Transportation ... municipal discharges from sewer systems is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. So when you're proposing trying to manage an area of the ocean, you're trying to take into account all of these variables in a very complicated process,' Reichert said.

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