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Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Sunday, October 21, 2018: The LBI Surf Fishing Classic has another entry; JCAA rallies against opening EEZ to bassing off Block Island.

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I'm working on cheap thrills for the upcoming winter. This has "cheap" written all over it ... along with "stupid as s***." 

Bullet spins on ice after being shot

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American be a bery, bery wise-ass

Sumo wrestler dodge (Takanoyama Shuntaro)

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Confronted by the monster, Calvin the Lion-hearted crab suddenly recalled that discretion is the better part of valor.

Crab vs. car wheel

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After a long day at work, Sue Ellen couldn't wait to slip out of her work clothes. 

Crab climbs out of its shell

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Important election note: If you used a mail-in ballot last election, you can only vote mail-in for the upcoming election unless you opt out ... fast. If you don't you'll be denied access to voting machines, meaning you'll have to make a provisional vote. That can be demeaning to many a local soul. See https://nj.gov/state/elections/index.html

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JCAA Opposes Opening the EEZ to Striper Fishing.

More info further below. 

Jersey Coast Anglers Association
Working for Marine Recreational Anglers
1594 Lakewood Road, Unit 13, Toms River, NJ 08755
TEL.: 732-506-6565 - FAX: 732-506-6975

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Sunday, October 21, 2018: The LBI Surf Fishing Classic has another entry, coming out of South End waters. Michael Mitryk bested an 8.14 Holgate bass using a plug at dark on Friday.

Typical. I’ve been throwing my arm off in that same zone. I guess I should wait for the sun to go down.

Get signing up. Even a small fish can be big money.  Ask Matteo Delmonico whose 8.36 bass won big.

The Merchantville beach tourney ran into the one crappy day we’ve had lately. South winds and brown waters made it a tough session, as small bluefish ruled much of the day. But man was there a turnout for the contest. Great job, Greg and all.

Today’s winds have reflattened the ocean. Even the water has started to shed the turbidity. I plugged some, mid-Island but just wasn’t overly into it. Just didn’t feel like there were any fish of significance out there.  There is a solid stream of rainfish moving north to south, flush against the beach.

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 BUGGY BANTER: We have one or more dastardly donut-makers regularly using the Holgate beachfront. I’m not talking jelly or crème de cream type donuts but those made in the sand when said buggyists rip off tight circle maneuvers, solely for kicks. I’m told one of the sand-rippers is a Jeep Wrangler style vehicle, though that’s third-hand word.

Here's the move being done (elsewhere).

To be honest, I don’t think the rutty results of such beach-top frolicking are that damaging to the sand. The tire scars are gone with the first hard wind. The problems bounce up when other buggyists have to drive over the deep ruts made during the donuting process. Many buggies, most noticeably mine, are filled to the gills with fishing and outdoors stuff. Bouncing over those close-succession ruts can send gear bouncing wildly about. The jarring is not the greatest thing for necks and back vertebrae either.

Donuts are a breach of buggying etiquette, a flagrant form of impoliteness. As to their legality, they’re likely illegal, though I’ve never seen a permit-based rule stating, “No donut Making.” If nothing else, I’m betting such moves can get a buggy permit suspended or, if a donuter is pushing the permit envelope by beach driving without a permit, it could be fine time.

By the by, probably no move is worse for a vehicle than laying down tight circles. It throws sand into every crevice in the chassis and even the engine compartment.

DESPERATELY SEEKING SUPPORT: Further below, find a pressing "ALERT" from Jersey Coast Angler Association, which is pulling out the rally cannons to fight/block the proposed opening of a portion of the EEZ to recreational fishing for striped bass. The area is off Block Island. While the zone is small in a big-vista view, it’s that old opening the box theory worrying the JCAA.

"We fear that opening a portion of the EEZ to striper fishing could be the equivalent of opening Pandora's box. We understand that the current proposed rule would open the BITZ only to recreational fishermen. However, if that were to happen the next proposal might be to open it to commercial fishing as well. Further, we understand that this proposal is being considered because it is in a ‘unique area.’ Well, there are other ‘unique areas’ along the East Coast as well. … The next thing you know, there might be a proposal to open the EEZ in its entirety to striped bass fishing. We are adamantly opposed to that!”

As you might sense, this striper issue offers some in-house intrigue, as recreationalists oppose other recreationalists, though the commercial fishing fear is obvious – and viable.

I’m fully on-board with this effort to maintain the current EEZ regs as they stand, keeping it a striped bass conservation zone. While using the term "conservation zone" is generally forbidden in the angling realm, the EEZ-focused ban on striped bass harvesting is exactly that.  

I’ll go provocatively afield even as I back the ban. Might allowing anglers to go further out -- beyond the state's three miles limit -- reduce the intense near-in boat stripering done in NJ waters? Might removing pressure on local bass allow more of the striped ones to inch toward the surfline? Nah. It remains the lack of foodstuff within shoreline areas, particularly LBI, that has fouled our surfcasting piece of the striped bass pie.

JCAA Opposes Opening the EEZ to Striper Fishing

By Paul Haertel

   
NOAA has proposed a rule that would allow fishing for striped bass in a portion of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in the area of Block Island. JCAA is opposed to this for reasons stated in our letter below. However, we need your help to stop this proposed rule from going into effect. Please take a few minutes to comment on this issue by going to: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2018-0106 A simple statement saying that you are opposed to this rule is sufficient or you can use our letter as a guideline and elaborate further if your wish. Written comments may also be mailed to: Kelly Denit, Division Chief, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD. 20910 or faxed to Kelly at 301-713-1193. All comments must be received by 11/19/18
Dear Chief Denit,
           
            The Jersey Coast Anglers Association (JCAA) appreciates this opportunity to comment on the proposed rule that would open a portion of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), more specifically the Block Island Transit Zone (BITZ), to striped bass fishing. The JCAA represents approximately 75 fishing clubs throughout our state. Many of our clubs' individual members enjoy fishing for stripers. This includes all types of striper fishermen, ranging from those who like to keep all the fish they can legally take for consumption to those who prefer to release every striped bass they catch. Many of these anglers are very passionate about their sport. When it comes to regulations pertaining to striped bass, if you put ten striper fishermen in a room you might have ten different opinions as to how they should be managed. However, one thing they all agree on is that they want a healthy striped bass fishery with good representation from various year classes.       
            The JCAA has always fought hard to protect the stocks of striped bass, especially when the stocks of this fishery were decimated during the 1970's and early 1980's. Back then, we were the driving force that pushed through legislation that prohibited striped bass from being commercially caught or sold in our state. This designation helped the coastal stocks of striped bass to recover significantly. We realized back then as we do now that having a viable recreational striped bass fishery is of extreme economic value to our state. In recent years, the spawning stock biomass (SSB) of striped bass has been declining. The quality of striped bass fishing along our coast, particularly for those fishing from shore, has declined significantly. Since many of the stripers that are caught in states to our north are the same ones that migrate through New Jersey, we certainly don't want to see regulations that would allow stripers to be harvested in any portion of the EEZ. In 2015, both commercial and recreational anglers were forced by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to reduce their harvest by 25%. Therefore, it does not make sense that while the ASMFC is trying to keep the stocks of striped bass healthy, a portion of the EEZ would be opened to allow more striped bass to be harvested.
We fear that opening a portion of the EEZ to striper fishing could be the equivalent of opening Pandora's box. We understand that the current proposed rule would open the BITZ only to recreational fishermen. However, if that were to happen the next proposal might be to open it to commercial fishing as well. Further, we understand that this proposal is being considered because it is in a "unique area." Well, there are other "unique areas" along the east coast as well. We fear that other states might request "unique areas" near them be opened too. The next thing you know, there might be a proposal to open the EEZ in its entirety to striped bass fishing. We are adamantly opposed to that!
Stripers often winter over and are concentrated in the EEZ particularly off the coast of North Carolina and Virginia. They are very vulnerable at that time and would be decimated if the fishing there was reopened. The EEZ is a sanctuary for striped bass to help ensure that the stocks attain and remain at healthy levels. Further, the BITZ already allows for the transportation of stripers through the EEZ. We are not enthralled with that rule either as we understand that this has led to quite a few poachers fishing in that area. We find it appalling to hear that one of the arguments for opening this area is that people are fishing for stripers there anyway. We would like to see more enforcement in the area if this is the case.
Therefore, in conclusion, we strongly urge NOAA to nip this potential problem in the bud by denying any request to open any portion of the EEZ to fishing for striped bass! 
 
Sincerely, 
Mark Taylor, President
Jersey Coast Anglers Association
 
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Yesterday’s beach bonito bled and iced immediately, with spicy mayo, soy sauce and wasabi. Excellent!!! Followed Zach Harvey’s marinade advice and grilled Thursday’s catch - now the wife wants more! If more fishing helps my marriage then darn it, I’ll do it.

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