Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday, April 23, 2017: Uplifting showing of the documentary Ocean Frontiers III; Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy in Ship Bottom

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Sunday, April 23, 2017: Uplifting showing of the documentary Ocean Frontiers III; Ocean Stewardship & the New Blue Economy in Ship Bottom yesterday evening. The turn-out was maxxed out, which is great! It shows how many folks don’t just live the coastal/seaside lifestyle but also want to understand and be part of how the oceans are managed.

The 55-minute video highlighted the nation’s first-ever regional ocean plans in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The great part about this plan is the absence of heavy-handed legislation or overburdening restrictions. That’s not the plan’s plan. It is primarily a way to monitor and track ocean usages, for both professionals and laymen alike. Far from fostering abandonism, it instead offers is a template of informed a conservational coastal existence – closer to a coexistence with the ocean.

Ocean Frontiers III will likely be reshown nearby this summer. Take it in.

It was a proper follow-up that reports of whales and blues in the LBI surf and inlets greeted me at work this a.m. The regional plan hyped in Ocean Frontiers III includes monitoring and making available real-time data on whales and fisheries – and a ton of other oceanic things, including shipping lane activity and the activities of commercial fishing boats.

As to the spotted whale, I can guarantee there will be a slew more to marvel at in weeks and even month to come. I suggest hooking up with one of the boats that routinely go out whale watching. Those captains know how to locate the leviathans and also know the strict laws governing cruising anywhere near the protected marine mammals. I’m steadily asked by the likes of the Brigantine Marine Mammal Stranding Center to remind all captains, especially those in control of smaller vessels -- including manually-powered vessels, like kayaks and stand-up paddle boards -- that it is illegal to even force a whale off its heading by being too close to it. I’m told that citations have been given for disobeying this steer-clear mandate by obviously chasing after whales. 

Below: of course, should whales find you fascinating to follow, that's their prerogative. 

Blues are still around with some super-slammers mixed in, though it's astounding the size range -- from a couple pounds to well into the teens. 

Nick Luna
Monsta blues!!!!!

Surf stripers are running small to very small. "Jay, Finally got into some small bass. Really small bass. Got them on jigs. They were medium fatness. If I sewed tow of them together I might have had a keeper. ..." Clams on pompano rigs with red floats are working well. 

Fishing crazy day with the blues


First blue of the year! Thank u fishing gods! 


Lighthouse Sportfishing

Lighthouse Sportfishing Barnegat Bay Watershed Report 4/23

I am calling this report Barnegat Bay Watershed Report for two reasons. First, I fished a Ocean County Pine Barrens Lake this afternoon, which is part of the Barnegat Bay Watershed. Second to highlight importance of the Barnegat Bay Watershed A watershed is a region or area bounded peripherally by a divide and draining ultimately to a particular watercourse or body of water. Barnegat Bay's watershed is eminence. It is fed by the Pines in areas like Warren Grove, Manchester, New Egypt and Jackson. So what happens in Jackson does not stay in Jackson. It can trickle down all the way to Barnegat Bay and ultimately the ocean. Now on to the report. I fished both live minnows and artificials. Landed four nice pickerel a decent bucket-mouth. Water was clear and I estimate in the mid 50's The Debbie M should be splashed this week and it will be game on! Drop me a line (heehe) if you want to experience what the Barnegat Bay Watershed has to offer. Boat or kayak
Screaming Drags, 
Capt Alex 


Jim Hutchinson Jr.

Honored to present the Capt. Melanie Boytos award to Village Harbor Fishing Club member Dave Spendiff last night, recognized as the club’s top angler for hitting “grand slam” status in 2016. Good to see dear old friends too, Mel’s family members Ryan Fitzpatrick and Helen McCrea. Hard to believe my friend Melanie has been gone 10 years in 2017 – God bless you Cap!



Brian SilvaSurfcasters Plug Bag.

Michael Dringus 

Fun day on the water with the kiddos! Nice catch, William and Alena! 


Daniel DiPasquale 
Found the length today just not the right girth epic fishing to say the least went mental for a little while with plugs love this time of the year been putting a lot of time in for a 20#+ just gotta keep at it.

AJ Rotondella shared Apex Anglers's photo.
My first bull on spinning tackle 

My buddy just now on a bunker chunk


Fish Monger II Sun 4/23 Blackfish to 11lbs - Was hoping they would have the feed bag on with a charter of sharp toggers but it was just back to a rough grind... tons of current made it hard to work the pieces and bites were only in small areas of the boat. Would anchor up get a couple keepers than that would b it so we did a lot of bouncing around to scrape up what we could. Managed 25 keepers and 2 cod n 2 flounder as a bonus. Wasn't easy n put in a long day but to scrape up what we could. Congrats to Joe Murray who had his limit and 2 nice fish at 11+ on our last overtime drop and 8.5 as a kicker.

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