Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday, May 05, 2019: It’s 49 degrees on LBI this evening ...

Arguing with the Fish and Wildlife officer, old man Kline pulls this outta his back pocket and says, “According to my laws book …”


Sunday, May 05, 2019: It’s 49 degrees on LBI this evening. Oh, the winds have increased out of the north to about 25 mph, stronger than expected. Yes, there’s an icy rain falling, and NASCAR was cancelled in Dover today. It’s tough – though apparently not impossible — to get at the many bass and blues out there today. Outside of that it’s just fine. Oh, face it, it sucks out there.

Janet Messineo-Israel
"First schoolie of the 2019 season..22" just enough to make me smile. 5/4/2019"

To have fish as thick as they are and not be able to get at them for even one piss-imperfect day is painful, knowing a bass burst can flee without so much as a glance back.

This coming week doesn’t look horrible, though no bargain when it comes to conditions changing as fast as the day is long, or something like that. That variability over-noted, the heat will soon come, as if overnight, and won’t depart until we’re in a nonstop state of hot-temperness. 

Anyway, I had gotten so many positive surfcasting reports – both sent to me and checking around -- that I almost declared a surfcasting alert, until I saw the writing on the forecast wall for today and tonight. Believe it or not, I catch hell when I encourage fishing … and something goes south – be it weather or the bite. So I prefer to let extrapolations take place based on reports, via pics and words.

By the by, some of the best baiting (bunker) for bass has been in the dark, oceanside. But I'm not encouraging that, mind you. 

On the near-future upside, I can’t see the current bass/blue bite bolting all that fast due to the astounding amount of forage a-swim, mainly in the form of bunker -- but also crabs, shrimp, mantis, sand eels, large spearing, hake, small flounder of assorted kinds and even squid. Those have all been found in the bellies of cleaned mid-sized stripers caught in NJ.

Below: Mantis (shrimp):

Blues, per usual, are super thin and often have crabs or grass shrimp within. While some say these blues simply hang not that far offshore during winter, I’ll bet the eel grass farm they travel almost unimaginable distances between November and April, not unlike some migrating bird species. There are often huge similarities in the world travels of both birds and certain fish, like pelagics.  

(Surf City Bait and Tackle
2 of our very good customers, brother in-laws enjoying a little down time on the surf. Rob who immediately stated walking in the door his was “bigger”, learned that in fact it’s not always about length, Wes had more “girth” this weighing more.  Also admitted to singing my tune while fishing “Here fishie fishie, fishie”. Way to go guys! Jerry)
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A buddy noted the early presence of sea robins. While an unfavored species, which is unfair due to their edibility and bait potential -- they had gone notably missing for almost a decade. Their return, if that’s what this early showing is all about, is yet further proof of the cycles of nearly all piscatorial species, even those barely impacted by fishing pressure.  

Show me a prettier local fish ... 

Well, well, well, if tenacity had a fishing award, Richard Sherman would certainly be on the podium!! In the rain, Richard caught a 15.48 pound, 34 1/2" striper AND an 8.72 pound, 31 3/4" blue!!! Way to go Richard, now go knock em dead at the casinos!!

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Anglerpmh <anglerpmh@aol.com>
  • I finally got around to doing a video of my 2018 fishing highlights. The saltwater fish start at the 4:07 mark.



A tad exotic ... not that far south of us ... 


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/NJ Baykeeper Statement on Signing of Public Access Legislation

Throughout its 30-year history, NY/NJ Baykeeper has fought on the front lines to make public access a realty for local communities and people of all backgrounds in densely populated urban northern New Jersey, where access to our waters is often inhibited by bulkheads and gated developments. This decades-long battle was fought on our waterfronts, an effort that was not gained by sitting in conference rooms, but by leaders willing to fight in our courtrooms and in our legislature.  

Today we applaud Gov. Phil Murphy for signing into law legislation (S1074) that will codify the public’s right to access our tidal waterways, a protection previously attained through invoking common law.  We also heartily thank the legislatives sponsors Sen. Bob Smith, Sen. Kip Bateman, Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin, Assemblywoman Joann Downey and Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker.

This Public Access legislation ensures that the public has meaningful and practical access to, and use of, the shoreline and tidal waters that are protected under the Public Trust Doctrine. Our communities have suffered at the hand of urban development and redevelopment slowly eating away at their access to their rivers, bays, and ocean. Passage of this legislation will be a step forward for New Jersey.

In 2015, NY/NJ Baykeeper and Hackensack Riverkeeper successfully appealed NJDEP’s proposed Public Access Rule in 2015 to ensure greater public access to our waterways. This victory opened the door for new state legislation (S1074/A4221) that was passed by a nearly unanimous State Senate and Assembly.

The right for everyone to access our shared public waterfronts - folks who want to fish, surf, and recreate along the waterfront, people from diverse communities who want to enjoy their local rivers and beaches - will be a continuing struggle, but this legislation will make enforcing fair public access much easier than in the past. 

Besides protecting and promoting access to public-trust lands in DEP funding and permitting decisions, the bill also requires the DEP to consider changes in public access when there is a change in development in waterfront areas, a trend that is occurring more frequently as redevelopment occurs in urban areas.

In working to move this legislation forward, NY/NJ Baykeeper, Hackensack Riverkeeper, Hudson River Fishermen's Association, and Friends of Liberty State Park focused on public access challenges to residents along New Jersey's northern waterways and urban waterfronts. We collaborated closely with our colleagues at the American Littoral Society, Surfrider Foundation, C.R.A.B. (Citizens Right to Access Beaches) and others with expert knowledge of access issues along NJ's beaches and southern waterways.

The signing of the Public Access legislation into law ensures equal opportunity for all communities to enjoy the waterfronts across the Garden State


And they just keep getting bigger... Chauncey early this morning w/his nice cow to take over 1st place in store tournament (Non Derby). Thinking he’s gonna need a bigger cooler. 
29.58 lbs, 43 1/4” & 23” girth. SC, bunker. #Nitebite  Jerry.

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Tuckerton/LEHT area ...


Maine becomes first state to ban Styrofoam
Blake Alsup
May 2, 2019 at 5:11 am
Categories:Latest Headlines, Nation

A coffee cup made from polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam, lies on the side of a road, Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in Augusta, Maine. Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill into law Tuesday, April 30 making Maine one of the first states to ban single-use containers made from polystyrene foam. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
It’s the Maine event.

Maine became the first state in the country to ban Styrofoam, also known as polystyrene, when Gov. Janet Mills signed a new bill into law on Tuesday.

It takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020, and will ban businesses including convenience stores, restaurants and grocery stores from selling or distributing Styrofoam products.

Although polystyrene is recyclable, there is no place in Maine to recycle it, according to the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

“Polystyrene cannot be recycled like a lot of other products, so while that cup of coffee may be finished, the Styrofoam cup it was in is not,” Mills said in a statement. “In fact, it will be around for decades to come and eventually it will break down into particles, polluting our environment, hurting our wildlife, and even detrimentally impacting our economy.”

Plastic foam food containers are among the top 10 most commonly littered items in America and more than 256 million pieces of disposable foam cups, plates, bowls and trays are used in Maine each year, the council said.

Trashed foam in the state often contaminates recycling loads which costs towns money, so the state will switch to comparable eco-friendly alternatives when the new law takes effect.

“With the threats posed by plastic pollution becoming more apparent, costly, and even deadly to wildlife, we need to be doing everything possible to limit our use and better manage our single-use plastics — starting with eliminating the use of unnecessary forms like plastic foam,” NRCM Sustainable Maine Director Sarah Lakeman said in a statement.

Maine is one of several states that has banned single-use products that create waste and pollution.

New York State lawmakers have agreed to impose a statewide ban on most single-use plastic bags and, last month, California proposed a bill to ban hotels from providing customers with single-use plastic shampoo and soap bottles in an effort to curb plastic waste.


New Jersey may ban all bags at supermarkets — no paper or plastic
Updated May 3, 8:40 PM; Posted May 3, 2:09 PM
Extra Supermarket in Maplewood. The store is worried that the township's proposed ban on single use carry out plastic bags will cause the store to lose customers. (Barry Carter | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Extra Supermarket in Maplewood. The store is worried that the township's proposed ban on single use carry out plastic bags will cause the store to lose customers. (Barry Carter | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)

By Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

Last summer, New Jersey was on the verge of becoming a national leader in efforts to curb the use of plastic bags and cutback on plastic waste.

But when a bill landed on Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk, it was deemed not strict enough and vetoed. Murphy asked lawmakers to try again.

Now a growing number of states are outlawing single-use plastics. Maine became the latest on Tuesday, when the Gov. Janet Mills signed a new law banning polystyrene food containers, including Styrofoam. New York passed a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at the end of March.

All the while, the stricter measure that Murphy requested for New Jersey is idling in the Statehouse.

That bill (S2776) calls for bans on single-use plastic bags, plastic straws and polystyrene food containers. It also places a 10-cent fee on paper bags.

But it soon may go even further.

State Sen. Bob Smith, D-Middlesex, the head of the Senate Environment and Energy Committee, said he will push for the bill, which he sponsored, to be amended to include a ban on paper bags, as well. Smith said the move is aimed at pushing Garden State residents to further change their shopping habits and bring their own bags from home.

“No bags whatsoever," Smith said. "No single-use plastic, no paper.”

Smith said inspiration for a total bag ban came from a recent vacation he took with his wife to Aruba.

“Nobody’s grumbling," Smith said of the Arubans he saw at the grocery store bringing their own bags. "Everybody in the line, they all do it.”

Aruba has banned stores from handing out plastic bags and has put an island-wide fee of 50 cents in Aruban Guilders — about 28 cents in American currency — on paper bags, according to a spokeswoman for the Aruban government.

The bill is currently waiting consideration in the Senate budget committee after being passed by Smith’s environment committee last September. Amending the bill to include the ban on paper bags will have to be done by the budget committee. Smith hopes that the amendments will be made this month, and that the legislation will be passed out of the Senate in June.

Smith said that Senate President Stephen Sweeney, D-Gloucester, is on board with the total bag ban. Sweeney did not respond to a request for comment.

A spokesman for Murphy did not respond to questions about Smith’s stricter proposal.

In an appearance on WNYC on Wednesday night for “Ask Governor Murphy,” the governor said that he still wants some form of statewide plastics regulation for New Jersey. But he made clear that he is not currently committed to a specific policy and is open to ideas.

“I know we have to ban some member of the plastics family,” Murphy said.

The New Jersey Food Council, which represents the interests of supermarkets across the state, is supportive of banning both plastic and paper bags, according to the group’s president, Linda Doherty.

“As more customers shift their shopping habits and bring reusable bags, we think it’s a sensible solution to phase out and ban both plastic and paper single use bags,” Doherty said. "As customers choose to reuse, we support this uniform progressive policy at the checkout. We are prepared to work with the Legislature and the Murphy administration on a statewide standard.”

Sandra Meola, New Jersey Audubon’s director of the Coalition for the Delaware River Watershed, has been a constant voice among environmentalists pushing for statewide regulation of single-use plastics. Meola said she is intrigued by Smith’s idea to ban both plastic and paper, noting that the grocery chain Aldi already does business without giving any bags to customers.

But Meola said she couldn’t be sure if she supported Smith’s proposal without actually seeing the amendments in writing first. She worries about possible loopholes that could lead to thicker plastic bags being handed out for free, which could undercut the goal of changing customer behavior.

“You still need a fee for that free bag at the end of the day,” Meola said. “No free bags.”

Michael Sol Warren may be reached at mwarren@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MSolDub. Find NJ.com on Facebook.



N.J. awards $10M in Barnegat Bay watershed anti-pollution grants

New Jersey is providing nonprofit groups, local governments, and state colleges and universities $10 million in grants to help improve water quality in the environmentally sensitive Barnegat Bay watershed.

The grants are intended to fund projects that reduce impacts from stormwater runoff within the 600 square mile watershed, according to New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.

“The restoration, enhancement, and protection of a healthy Barnegat Bay is a DEP priority,” she said.

According to the DEP, stormwater runoff carries pollutants into waterways that can cause algae blooms that impact the ecological health of waterways and diminish recreational enjoyment.

Projects include watershed restoration and protection planning, restoration of wetlands, creation of living shorelines, stewardship and education, stormwater infrastructure mapping, stormwater-basin retrofits, restoration of aquatic vegetation and shellfish, and protection of the bay’s most sensitive habitats.

“Reducing the impacts of stormwater runoff is one of the biggest challenges we face in the Barnegat Bay watershed. We applaud these grant awardees for the passion they have for enhancing and protecting a natural resource that is truly a New Jersey treasure,” McCabe said.

A study by the non-profit Barnegat Bay Partnership estimates that the Barnegat Bay watershed contributes between $2 billion and $4 billion in economic value annually.

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