Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, November 11, 2010:
Man did the wind machine turn on. The ocean took to sweeping the beachline to the tune of 10-plus to hold. In fact, I saw a couple folks on coffee runs who gave up trying to fight the 30 mph northeasterlies. Offshore could see 15- to 20-foot swells.
While Holgate remains a logical wind-avoidance option, today will see flood tides. This means a high potential for beach overwash. Don’t risk the south end during higher tides. Watch for slow-lane puddles on the Boulevard.
Upside: This stir – which should be slowly lying down through the (very mild) weekend -- will surely usher in some larger stripers along the entire LBI beachfront. It also means the big bass will be very close to the beach. No need for epic casts. That also goes for the arriving bluefish, which use roiled surf to come into water only a foot deep. Might even by some popper throwing potential out there. Larger models, of course.
I actually had a few respondents to my idea of having a club. It wouldn’t be a club, per se, just a list of Surfside 50-pounder hat owners. Maybe I’ll create a small website for pics of the 50-lbers hatters and their fish.
Back to that burst of blues, it sure seems the bluefish migration has fragmented this year – and, yes, it’s a full-blown migration not just a moving of fish overshore. A migratory fragmentation is not overly unusual except for the fact that none of the current fragments seem loaded with fish. Still, the That could mean there is more to come.
“I’m one of those distant surfcasters. I read your blogs up here in Michigan and always get fired up for my annual trip to the shore. You recently mentioned the word “rogue” in referring to big bass. Never heard that before …”
(You must read my columns closely since I just started using that term. I needed a word that showed a bass was something of a recluse, brought on by size and territoriality. In the surfline, top trophy bass are almost always taken one at a time, except when baitballs are near the shoreline – which hasn’t been the case with the slew of larger stripers taken in the suds this fall. In fact, it’s often one-and-done for angler hooking major bass. Of course, they’re not complaining. There’s something soothing about fishing on after you already have a 40- or 50-pounder in the bag.
I was toying with using the word “loner” instead of rogue but the first thing you know someone will overhear that an angler’s 50-pounder was a loaner and complain to the tournament committee that the guy had actually borrowed his weigh-in fish.
See you next week.
This past week saw two of the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association ramp up their fishing action with topnotch results for their anglers.
“The Miss Beach Haven” and Captain Frank Camarda ran a special 10-hour wreck trip last Saturday and returned to dock with 28 happy anglers. Despite conditions on the sloppy side, the steady fishing kept everyone satisfied.
The first drop had good action, but a high concentration of throwbacks. The next location was about 20-miles off and produced many nice fish in the 3-5 pound range until the dogfish moved in. After trying two more unproductive spots, Captain Frank found the hot spot. There was steady action on black sea bass, triggerfish, and cod. Many anglers returned to dock with up to 20 fish and the low hook had 11 keepers. “Black Cloud Ted” won the pool with a big cod fish.
Captain Fran Verdi on the “Drop Off” reports “the striper fishing on LBI just continues to get better and better.” One day recently fishing by himself he boated three keeper fish to 22-pounds, all on live spot.
The next day he had the Jeff Austin party out for a day of very good striper action. They boated five keepers and lost another three at the boat. They were anchored near the inlet and fished with fresh clam. Captain Fran says they fished the inlet but not in the whitewater.
Both the good wreck fishing and striper action should last well into December.
Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.com or by calling 1-877-LBI-BHCFA (1-877-524-2423).
November 9, 2010 - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASFMC) today rejected a proposed increase in commercial striped bass quota. The final vote of 10-4-1 in favor of status quo was supported by Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, the National Marine Fisheries Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
States which supported measures to increase the commercial harvest of striped bass including North Carolina, Delaware, Rhode Island and New York. The ASMFC representative from the District of Columbia was absent for the vote and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission voted to abstain.
“We’re pleased that there’s no commercial increase, but as we’ve said all along there was no need for any increase in either the commercial or recreational sector, not when there are so many questions with regard to the illegal and unreported harvest we know to be taking place in federal waters,” said Jim Donofrio Executive Director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA). Donofrio cited evidence from federal enforcement authorities over the past two seasons of a number of striped bass harvest violations in federal waters off North Carolina in January and February when big breeding size fish are staging several miles off Carolina’s Outer Banks. Donofrio notes that it’s illegal for any striped bass to be harvested outside of 3 miles from shore, whether commercial or recreational.
“Now that we’re done with this debate over increasing commercial harvest of striped bass, it’s time for the ASMFC and the federal government to figure out what’s going on with the illegal fishery as documented by the U.S. Coast Guard,” Donofrio added.
Last month, Donofrio submitted official comments to the ASMFC on behalf of RFA and the New York Sportfishing Federation, opposing efforts to increase the commercial striped bass harvest based on several issues including the illegal harvest in federal waters while also citing recent stock assessments showing that the 2007 and 2008 striped bass population abundance estimates (in numbers of fish) are the lowest in the past 15 years. The RFA noted that at a time when recreational anglers are asking ASMFC to look at efforts to reduce the number of bigger breeding striped bass harvest, the proposal to kill more fish in the commercial sector was ill-timed.
“There is growing consensus within the recreational sector that our coastal regulations should be modified to minimize harvest on bigger, older fish in the population,” said RFA Managing Director and New York Sportfishing Federation president, Jim Hutchinson, Jr. “I’m once again disappointed to learn that our New York delegates failed to listen to the overwhelming opposition to increased striper harvest within our recreational fishing community, but thankfully there’s proper reasoning coming from other ASMFC states.” Hutchinson noted that a series of hearings were held to gauge public comment on the proposal, which he said was overwhelming in New York as being opposed to the increase.
“The anglers made it clear that it’s time to talk about renewed conservation efforts to protect breeding stock fish, and I don’t know if there’s anyone I’ve spoken to in the recreational sector who believed that a quota increase was appropriate at this time, certainly not in New York or New Jersey,” Hutchinson said.
Contact: Jim Hutchinson, Jr.888 564-6732 / firstname.lastname@example.org