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Sunday, June 29, 2014: I’d rather not rave about the fishing; more terrapin talk

 

Sunday, June 29, 2014: I’d like to rave about the fishing but that would be bogus. I’m getting some serious skunk reports, mainly from fluker having a helluva time finding take-home meat. But, hell, that’s to be expected this time of year – and maybe for many weeks to come. This is not to say some sweet flatties aren’t coming to light, they’re just very much the exception and not the meat of the bite. I even had a bay/sea fluker nab 24 fish and not one keeper.

Which leads to social media reports. Not unlike reports (and non-reports) I’ve been getting for decades, it’s the caught fish that always make the news. It’s actually at church, walking the beach, listening to marine radio and checking the boat launches/landings that offer the true tale of the take – or not. I’ve been hearing some grumbling of late.

The oddest report I got, visually speaking, was from a fellow who was so ruinously sunburned on his face that I literally suggested he might want to seek medical scrutiny. “It was so slow fishing, I accidently fell asleep,” he explained. You don’t say.

On that sultry subject, anglers offer up some of the most vulnerable stretches of skin under the sun. According to my dermatologist, boat anglers, in particular, get burnt from all kinds of angles, due to sunlight reflecting off the water. 

Being a lifelong surfer, I quickly learned that waveriders are Number One when it comes to laying bare skin before the glowing sky. Surfers not only get reflected sunlight while sitting around waiting for waves, but their constantly wet skin actually magnifies the ultraviolet beatdown.  However, per my doctor, surfers get fully tanned – and stay tanned -- which offer at least a degree or two of protection. Boat anglers – and even surfcasters -- are notorious weekend warriors. They get annihilated by the sun for a couple days, then go back to work for the weekdays, as the skin tried to repair itself. Then, the next weekend, the same savage sunning session is repeated. It turns out those weekly wham-bam bombardments, without a tanning foundation, might be the worst possible scenario for catastrophic skin damage.

What’s an angler to do?

While I’m still a diehard fan of goops with SPFs exceeding my IQ level – don’t say it – experts look to places like the Middle East to prove that covering up with light clothing is the surest form of sun protection. The angling industry sees this and is now offering grander and grander lines of full-body, sun-protection wear. Some of it is quite stylish, albeit wallet emptying.

Per my doc, possibly the biggest and best of sun-thwarters is a hearty hat. He’s not talking tiny baseball caps – which essentially protect your hair -- but wide, baggy hats that truly do a blockage job on rays.  Admittedly, stylishness is in question with the likes of boonie hats and such, but they drape in a way that gives facial skin a shady respite.

Truth be told, some of the sun fightingest hats out there are those insane sombrero-type hats that many women wear to the beach. I’m guessing we won’t be seeing many male anglers donning colorful Audrey Hepburn flashback hats, however, the Sun Bucket Hat from Sierra trading Post, the Bora Bora Booney II Hat by Columbia® or the Glacier Glove® Dr. Shade™ Outback Hat are captain approved.

And never forget the sunscreen. It’ll be a while before I get the image of that fellow’s ravaged facial skin out of my mind. Face it, the sun is a bitch.

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I've been writing a bit on diamond back terrapins -- and it's the year of the terrapin in many areas -- and had a boater ask about any dangers of running over them while boating. 

I'm far from an expert but I do an inordinate amount of observing and can assure that terrapins are very fast divers. In fact, they can surface and then submerge in under one second – and will do so if even remotely bugged by their surroundings.  In fact, they’re very skittish – and also have damn good eyesight. I’ve had them surface and see my kayak when I’m still a goodly distance away. Instantly back under.

Speaking of turtle and terrapin eyesight, it can be astoundingly acute. Referencing freshwater turtles related to diamondback terrapins, like red-eared sliders and red-bellied turtles, I’ve been spotted by them at 40 meters or more, even as I gingerly inch out of the bushes surrounding ponds and lakes. I can be heard saying “How the hell did they see me!?” Stellar eyesight, that’s how.

But back to terrapins and moving vessel. Sure, there’s a chance of a boat/PWC strike with virtually any animal in the water but I give terrapins a far better chance than many other surfacing marine creatures. As for their ability to avoid oncoming traffic when out of the water …

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A relative of mine caught this shark on the ship bottom beach, yesterday at 9am. He said that some folks were video taping him as he was bringing the fish in. He would like a copy of the video, if anyone knows of one please message me.

A relative of mine caught this shark on the ship bottom beach, yesterday at 9am. He said that some folks were video taping him as he was bringing the fish in. He would like a copy of the video, if anyone knows of one please message me.

Mike Nelsen added 2 new photos to the album Blue Max Sportfishing.
2 hrs · 
Happy Man- his first Mako
Mike Nelsen's photo.

22in

22in

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The National Hurricane Center is tracking an area of disturbed weather off the southeast coast. There is potential for this to develop and track northeast by the end of the week. However uncertainty still does exist regarding the development and track of this feature. Right now there is a 40% chance of development in the next 48 hours.

The National Hurricane Center is tracking an area of disturbed weather off the southeast coast. There is potential for this to develop and track northeast by the end of the week. However uncertainty still does exist regarding the development and track of this feature. Right now there is a 40% chance of development in the next 48 hours.

Today we conclude the first ever sedge island fishing experience. It was an overwhelming success!!! Well over 50 short fluke were caught 10 keeper fluke to 28 inches! That right an almost 8 pound fluke. The participants had a blast and like most segatarians don't want to leave. Check out the pictures

Darren Dorris's photo.
Darren Dorris's photo.
Darren Dorris's photo.

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Great White hooked and released by the "Pez Machine" boys yesterday......"Smile you son-of-a b...."

Great White hooked and released by the "Pez Machine" boys yesterday......"Smile you son-of-a b...."

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Matt Brown and Basil Trujillo fished the ‪#‎barnegatbay‬ today. Afterwards they stopped by the shop and reported catching blowfish and some ‪#‎triggerfish‬.‪#‎fishlbi‬ ‪#‎fishermansheadquarters‬

Matt Brown and Basil Trujillo fished the #barnegatbay today. Afterwards they stopped by the shop and reported catching blowfish and some #triggerfish. #fishlbi #fishermansheadquarters

This week we were blessed with steady 10-15knot south winds followed by the movement of a front through our area - it put the fluke bite off a little bit. Early in the week I had a chance to boat some flatties with my 6yr son Luke and he fished the S&S Big Eye 1/2oz bucktail without any help from Dad managing to catch 8 fluke - unfortunately the biggest was 17 3/4 in and was promptly released. There are lots of shorts around right now - which make it great for kids - but you have to work really hard for keepers. My advice when fishing with kids is patience, patience, and patience - and make it fun for them. Later in the week I had regular Bryan Ingraham, wife Rachel, and friend Rebecca Resnick along with their Colorado crew of four youngsters out on two back-to-back bay fluke trips. All of the kids (Emerson Ingraham 8yr, Talia Kane 6yr, Aviva Kane 8yr, and Rowan Ingraham 6yr) did a fantastic job at fishing and keeping the minnows happy. We fished both sides of the tide and had outgoing temps in the low 80's while our incoming temps hit 59.2F. We played with bluefish early and boated some nice 3-6lb bluefish blitzing on spearing. Although the conditions were tough (wind against tide) the crew managed to pick at the fluke with Rowan Ingraham (Age 6) picking up his first-ever keeper fluke (picture attached). Rowan literally caught the fluke with out any help from his father - great job Rowan.

This week we were blessed with steady 10-15knot south winds followed by the movement of a front through our area - it put the fluke bite off a little bit. Earl...

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Billy Studer commented on a link.
23 hrs · 

good park job capt! no lines need passengers step on to the beach and your waitress will be with you soon

LONG BEACH TOWNSHIP-At 6pm on Friday, Station 15 out Beach Haven was dispatched for call regarding a boat washing up against a jetty on Jacqueline Ave. Beach in the Holgate section of Long Beach Township.
13 hrs · 

New toys got today thanks willy hits

New toys got today thanks willy hits
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Scott Nathan coming in from a Monkfish Trip. Capt. Shawn

Scott Nathan coming in from a Monkfish Trip. Capt. Shawn
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People of the Jersey shore, need a good cup? Do us a flavor and head to Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre St. in Beach Haven, LBI. They're now pouring our coffee everyday...and they've also caught some pretty rad fish...

People of the Jersey shore, need a good cup? Do us a flavor and head to Barry's Do Me A Flavor on Centre St. in Beach Haven, LBI. They're now pouring our coffee everyday...and they've also caught some pretty rad fish...

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The first " Bob Calderone Memorial " fishing trip ! 4 Nice fluke, and lots of action . Dave , Marcin, Kurt, Al, Craig, and Chris Calderone !

The first " Bob Calderone Memorial " fishing trip ! 4 Nice fluke, and lots of action . Dave , Marcin, Kurt, Al, Craig, and Chris Calderone !

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