What would drive anyone to do this ... regardless of the fairly cool outcome?
Nice recovery, dude ... Didn't fool anyone, but still a nice recovery.
Thursday, July 13, 2017: There’s a bit of an ocean breeze out there but it’s still hot as Hades overall. It still looks good for fine fishing conditions over the weekend, especially Saturday. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.
More kingfish being taken, south end, a.m. I was told “These are some of the biggest I’ve ever seen; very fat.” Roe is also good, I’m told. The sacs are fried. I’m not a roe person, though, so I’ll just take the word of others. Bayside kingfish can be fished with bobbers, per an old-timer, who knows them at sea mullet.
Words of fun popper fishing for late-day blues in the bay, south end.
Crabbing remains excellent. Bay should be calm and somewhat cool enough to take the family out chicken-necking this weekend.
The arriving calmer a.m. west winds could mean gnats, more so than black flies and greenheads, though the later biter is out on double full-force on the mainland, i.e. a hideous greenhead crop showing.
RIDERS AND CASTERS: While anglers and waveriders sometimes skirmish a bit, mainly early-morn and late-day, the current covering of many/most LBI jetties with replenishment sand has greatly reduced these former prime zones of rocky conflict.
Jetties are prime “structure” points for fishing. Waveriders know them as the best place to catch an outgoing current for an easier paddle-out to the sandbar waves. Also, sandbars straight out from jetties are prime line-up points for catching LBI's famed waves.
When anglers fish the from atop a larger jetty, there are times their longer casts can reach surfing areas -- though deeper waters closer to the jetty holds far more fish action.
Many folks have seen jetties from both sides, as a waverider and a caster. I’m a prime example. I have even seen jetties from a lifeguarding view -- needing to keep those rocks human-free during my watch.
With all sides in mind, I see very little angler/waverider conflict with most Island communities now allowing surfing outside the lifeguard flags, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those hours, in the heat of summer, are far from prime surfcasting times. What’s more, you can’t fish from atop any still-showing jetties – and there are some -- during lifeguarding hours. Add to that, the summer beachgoing crowds rules out any serious shoreline fishing of any sort.
As to kayak and SUP fishing just off the beach, that comes down to getting permission from lifeguards to paddle out in an area outside the flags. I’ve been allowed to do that many times. Obviously, it’s mandatory to come ashore outside the flags. I’ll admit I’m not sure what the rule is should you kayak out before lifeguards are on and then come back in – outside the flags, mind you – after they’ve mounted their stands. If they whistle you in ... in you go. Not worth the hassle.
Now to an angle I probably shouldn’t bring up since there seems to be a peacefulness between surfers and Island towns when it comes to allowing surfing outside the flags. I was formerly told, in no undue terms, by a top state official with a legal background, that nobody can be denied access to the beach to simply walk the shoreline or to directly access the water. The right to reach the water, sans beach badge, is based on the state constitution. However, a few years back, the state, despite its own constitution, essentially relinquished much of its say in the matter, allowing coastal municipalities to have it their way. For the uncontested moment, that still rules.
Shortly after the state gave up its hold on beach badges, a spot-on story, entitled "NJ Beachgoers Worry New Rules May Limit Beach Access" was shown on www.newyork.cbslocal.com. ;
“The state says it had to act and give more local control over access after a court decision struck down more stringent rules that spelled out uniform standards for each shore town. The state feels it can accomplish more by working with shore towns and giving them flexibility rather than dictating a “one-size-fits-all” access policy to them,” was reported.
“Beach access advocates note that almost all of New Jersey’s progress over the last 50 years in ensuring outsiders’ beach rights has come through costly, draw-out litigation — often driven by the state itself. That’s why many are so upset that the state is relinquishing the stick in favor of the carrot.”
Of utmost significance is that “costly, draw-out litigation” should someone want to contest it.
That said, if there happens to be a gentlemen’s agreement between a town and waveriders -- that surfing outside the flags will be allowed providing waveriders buy beach badges -- that’s a whole other handshake case. You might say a win-win if you’re into waveriding as opposed to “costly, draw-out litigation.”
Yes, I’ve looked into free beach-access rights for surfcasters … and it’s a loser. Anglers indubitably settle it to fish. Also, there’s the unsmall matter of gear and other goods – the very stuff of beach messing. Surfcasters are beachgoers in the badge-requiring sense.
The weather is hot in Beach Haven, NJ, and the fishing on the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association continues to heat up on both inshore trips and those offshore to the canyons.
Captain Jimmy Zavacky took the “Reel Determined” out to the canyon for its second offshore trip of the year. Fishing in gorgeous weather, 17-year old Matthew Began caught his first tuna ever, a nice yellowfin weighing between 60 and 70 pounds. The end of the trip saw the group seven for seven on yellowfin.
Captain Bob Gerkens took the “Hot Tuna” out to a southern canyon and boated 7 yellowfin tuna with three in the 50-60 pound class along with a “gaffer” mahi and some skipjack tuna. Last Sunday Captain Bob did an “inshore” tuna charter with 6 novice anglers from China, Taiwan, and New York City seeking bluefin tuna. The group successfully fought a pair of bluefin with one measuring 62-inches and the other 58-inches. The smaller fish was released after a careful lip gaffing. A small juvenile bluefish was also caught and released by the crew.
Fishing is good inshore on the local artificial reefs and wrecks also. Captain John Lewis had the “Insatiable” out bottom fishing and landed a wide variety of fish including fluke, black sea bass, and ling. In addition, an abundance of sea robins and small dogfish help keep the youngsters busy and content. Captain John noted a goodly amount of bait in the water so he anticipates the action to be around for quite a while.
The BHCFA’s Junior Mate Program is progressing with a recent class showing how to throw a cast net taught by Captain Anthony from “Fin Chasers.” Each mate had the chance to work with him and improve their own individual skills.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.
NOAA AFFIRMS NEW JERSEY'S CURRENT-SEASON SUMMER FLOUNDER LENGTH AND BAG LIMITS
DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE LAUNCHES OUTREACH CAMPAIGN TO EDUCATE ANGLERS ON KEEPING FISHERY SUSTAINABLE
(17/P73) TRENTON - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has affirmed New Jersey's summer-flounder fishing size, bag limits and season, meaning all rules adopted by the state earlier this year will remain in effect through early September, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
The decision, approved by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, finds New Jersey in compliance for management of summer flounder. It follows weeks of information-sharing between the DEP and NOAA about the expected impacts on New Jersey's summer flounder fishery imposed by a regional fisheries commission earlier this year.
"We are very pleased that NOAA worked with us to understand our position that sound science and good long-term planning must drive decisions about the management of summer flounder, one of the state's most important recreational and commercial fish species," Commissioner Martin said. "New Jersey is fully committed to employing science and public education to conserve a species that is critical to the fishing culture and economy of the state."
"I would like to thank Secretary Ross and Assistant Administrator of NOAA Fisheries Chris Oliver and for working with the State of New Jersey to preserve and manage our fisheries through responsible management processes, while recognizing the economic impacts of this industry to the state," said DEP Deputy Commissioner David Glass.
The decision means that the recreational summer flounder season, that began May 25 and runs through Sept. 5, remains unchanged. The minimum size remains 18 inches for summer flounder for most coastal waters, including the ocean, estuaries and creeks. Anglers in these areas may keep three legally sized fish per day. The size limit for Delaware Bay is 17 inches, with a three-fish per day limit. At Island Beach State Park the size limit for shore fishing is 16 inches, with a daily two-fish limit.
Toward the DEP's goal of ensuring a sustainable summer flounder fishery, the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife launched a campaign to educate the fishing public on how to reduce discard mortality by safely releasing summer flounder that do not meet minimum size requirements.
"We are asking all anglers to help protect this important species for future generations," Commissioner Martin said.
Recreational and commercial fishing generates $2.5 billion in economic activity in the state each year. Also known as fluke, summer flounder is popular because of its delicate flavor and abundance along beaches and in bays and other coastal waters.
The "If You Can't Keep It, Save It!" campaign focuses on the proper handling methods and gear to use to reduce unintentional mortalities that can occur when flounder that do not meet minimum length requirements are returned to the water.
The campaign builds upon the FishSmart campaign promoted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. New Jersey's effort features distribution of print and electronic brochures to anglers registered through the state's Saltwater Registry, charter and party boat operations, bait-and-tackle shops and members of fishing organizations, as well as radio public-service announcements and newspaper advertisements. The Division of Fish and Wildlife is also doing outreach through its website, email lists and social media.
To make the "If You Can't Keep It, Save It!" campaign even more successful, the Division of Fish and Wildlife, in coordination with the American Sportfishing Association and Eagle Claw
Fishing, will distribute 20,000 free larger-sized hooks that help anglers land bigger fish and reduce the potential for discards.
These hooks will be available soon at bait-and-tackle shops. The Save the Flounder Fishery Fund provided valuable support to this effort. A list of participating shops will be made available on the DEP's website and the Division of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife encourages anglers to follow these techniques:
* Plan ahead - Expect to release fish and have the necessary equipment to do so, including de-hookers and proper nets; more experienced anglers may also consider using a recompression tool, a device that allows fish to be returned to the water at a safer depth.
* Use appropriate gear - Use gear suited to the size of the fish that you are trying to catch; 5/0 to 7/0 size hooks are recommended to successfully land bigger fish and reduce discards.
* Handle fish carefully - Use knotless, rubberized landing nets and rubberized gloves to avoid removing the protective slime layer on fish and help ensure survival when it is placed back in the water.
"By following these guidelines, anglers will be giving fish a better chance of survival," said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Larry Herrighty. "This campaign reminds all generations of anglers that proper handling and quick return to the water will help ensure an ample supply of keepers for generations to come."
In February, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), a regional board comprised of representatives from Maine to Florida, approved a 19-inch size limit for New Jersey. However, Division of Fish and Wildlife data show that few fish in New Jersey reach that size due to the species' biological needs and distribution patterns. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of fish that would meet that "keeper" size limit would be reproductive females.
New Jersey appealed the ASMFC decision to NOAA, expressing concerns that the larger size limit would result in a significant increase in discard mortalities and would make the population less sustainable by forcing anglers to keep reproductive females.
For more on flounder regulations, best fishing practices, a list of shops distributing free hooks (when available) and other information, click the logo or visit: www.SaveFluke.nj.gov
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LoBiondo Applauds Decision on Summer Flounder
U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross Accepts New Jersey Proposal after Congressional Delegation Continued Advocacy
WASHINGTON, D.C. – After months of fighting against proposed reductions on summer flounder harvest limits for New Jersey commercial and recreational fishermen, U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) today applauded U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision late last night to accept New Jersey’s management plan.
“Commerce Secretary Ross’ decision to adopt New Jersey’s conservation equivalency plan for summer flounder signals a win-win for our fishing industry and conservation efforts,” said LoBiondo. “For months I have argued that NOAA and ASMFC were flawed in their data and decision-making process, creating a significant and arbitrary disadvantage to New Jersey fishermen. Going forward we must reform the use of questionable methodologies and outdated science by federal bureaucrats that, left unchecked, will again threaten fishing operations in South Jersey. I will continue to work with my colleagues and Commerce Secretary Ross to protect the critical fishing industry in South Jersey as well as the summer flounder stocks.”
Earlier this month LoBiondo joined with fellow New Jersey Representative Chris Smith (NJ-04) and other members of the Congressional delegation to urge delaying 2017-2018 restrictions on New Jersey fishermen proposed by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).
The letter requested Commerce Secretary Ross consider the management plan proposed by the state of New Jersey, and urged him to, "work administratively with the State of New Jersey to approve, implement and enforce New Jersey’s 2017 Summer Flounder regulations.” The full letter is available here.
In March LoBiondo introduced bipartisan legislation to preventthe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2017 and 2018 summer flounder quotas for recreational and commercial fishing from going into effect. H.R. 1411, the “Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act” would require a new stock assessment prior to implementation of 2017-2018 Summer Flounder and Black Sea Bass Commercial Accountability Measures.
In addition to meeting with Commerce Secretary Ross on the summer flounder issue and submitting testimony for the official record at public hearings, LoBiondo joined by New Jersey lawmakers has urged NOAA and ASMFC to modify the restrictions going back to the Obama Administration:
January 5, 2017 - Letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker (Obama Administration) regarding the reduction of quotas recreational/commercial harvest limits for summer flounder.
February 28, 2017 - Letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (Trump Administration) expressing concern with ASMFC vote to approve restrictions.
April 3, 2017 - Letter to House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop supporting the Transparent Summer Flounder Quotas Act.
Below: This story has a Holgate angle, at least from my view. As to when a sudden shoal rising out of the blue officially becomes an island ...
Satellite Images Reveal How a New Island Was Born Off North Carolina
Satellite images reveal a new barrier island forming off the coast of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina.
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
How is a barrier island born? A new series of satellite images tells the tale.
Shots taken by an instrument aboard the Landsat 8 satellite between November 2016 and July 2017 show the formation of "Shelly Island," a mile-long (1.6 kilometers) spit off the coast of Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina. The island formed rapidly, adding most of its mass between April and May 2017. (The Landsat satellites are run jointly by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.)
New islands are quite common on this stretch of shore, where waves and tides sculpt sand into shapes that sometimes protrude above the ocean surface. The shallow undersea expanses of sand associated with the capes are called shoals, and it is from these shoals that new barrier islands form, experts say. [See Images of a Volcanic Island Birthed in Japan]
"A likely process would be a high tide or storm-driven water elevation that piled up sediment to near the surface, and then water levels went down, exposing the shoal," Andrew Ashton, a geomorphologist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, told NASA' Earth Observatory, which released the new satellite images.
Satellite images revealed the island formed some time between November 2016 (left) and July 2017 (right).
Credit: NASA Earth Observatory
"Waves then continue to build the feature while also moving it about," Ashton said.
According to The Virginian-Pilot, the island got its moniker from a visiting 11-year-old, who explored the spot on Memorial Day weekend. (It was loaded with seashells.) But by June, officials were warning people not to try to get to the island, after a series of attempted visits necessitated rescues. A strong rip current makes the 50-yard (45 meters) crossing from the cape to the island dangerous, the newspaper reported.
The first snapshot taken by the Operational Land Imager (aboard Landsat 8) on Nov. 16, 2016, shows Cape Point, a prominent local fishing spot, before the island formed. By Jan. 28, 2017, the white froth of breaking waves is visible just off the point, hinting at the very shallow sand below. In the final image, taken July 7, 2017, the island is fully formed.
Barrier islands like Shelly Island are both changeable and resilient. They can be destroyed or shifted by major storms, which happened to many barrier islands during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. But when big storms steal the sand from barrier islands, it often ends up just offshore, so it's available when smaller waves return and start gently building the island back up again, Brian Romans, a sedimentary geologist at Virginia Tech, told Live Science in 2011.
This natural process can be disrupted by human activities, like the building of piers or redirection of sediment.
Is your community really ready for hurricane season?
As anyone within 50 miles of a storm-prone coast surely knows, June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. But as we head further into July towards the heart of the season in August and September, chances that a storm might spin up in the warming waters increases.
Depending on how recently a storm came calling on your coast, the hurricane-season-is-here coverage may have included recollections of disasters past, an assessment of the season ahead, an expression of concern about the lack of preparedness and awareness in your area, and the usual directions and admonitions now how to be ready for a storm before, during and after.
This is certainly appropriate, the kind of pre-season overview that coastal media has gotten rather good at cranking out – often, because not much changes year to year, so you can dust off last year’s graphics and update the warnings and descriptions. It certainly does remind coastal dwellers (and you coastal-adjacent residents as well) to stock up on storm supplies and make whatever pre-season preparations you can.
But these mundane discussions do not launch a real conversation about survivability over the long haul – about the big-picture issues your community can (or should) address to make it more able to both survive a storm and be ready to bounce back quickly once the wind and waves die down.
How you manage your coastline makes a big difference in how it will protect you in a storm. It simply can’t be said enough: A wide beach, high dunes and elevated structures improve a community’s chance of making in through a severe storm intact. These three elements are crucial enough to warrant a discussion on their own:
Wide beaches: What constitutes a “wide” enough beach depends on your coastline and what kind of storm you’re anticipating (i.e. one that can generate a lot of surge from a long approach and or a slow-moving storm vs. one that is fast moving and does not have time to build up that level of water in front of it). And “wide” is not only sand, but all the “soft” infrastructure options available… wetlands and marshes, reefs and buffers – anything that can put distance between the waves and upland properties and infrastructure.
High dunes: While wide beaches are politically popular, high dunes can face some property owner opposition – until they see what kind of protection that dune can provide them. Again, “high” can be a function of your coast’s tidal range and wave action – and high has to include some stability (via vegetation, fences or other structures) to enable them to stand up to storm waves.
Elevated structures: If high dunes take a little convincing, elevating coastal structures can be a much harder sell to the general public – until they see how much difference it makes for structural survival. That’s why elevation is rarely done pre-storm and is almost always done as a post-storm requirement rather than a recommendation.
One way that storm survivability may become part of the community conversation is as part of a larger effort to make communities more resilient – better prepared before a storm, more secure during a storm, and quicker to recover after a storm. A continuing federal focus on resilience is trying to drive the discussion toward these more proactive approaches, both as a way to speed recovery and to control costs for disaster relief by controlling the potential for damages.
Recent storm history also should warn us to watch for last-minute changes, both for good and bad. Some storms have lost power unexpectedly just before landfall, sparing coastal communities a category level or two of havoc. Other storms have ended up causing more damage than their strength should have warranted, either because of unique conditions or unexpected durability thanks to warmer waters and weaker steering currents (among other products of our climate’s current vagaries).
Local communities should not need to wait for Washington or even the state to act to look long and hard at their own assets and liabilities in storm preparedness and recovery. A federal framework for measuring resilience was one of the recommendations from the post-Sandy studying of the affected coastline, and that can provide both a good entrance into understanding the issue and an objective measure to see where your community might stand today (and could hope to move toward tomorrow). (You can find out more about the study and the resiliency measurements at http://www.nad.usace.army.mil/CompStudy/.)
The best first step is to recognize that preventing disaster is always easier than cleaning up after one, and that some pretty simple approaches – such as wide beaches, high dunes and elevated structures – can make a big difference in how your community looks after the storm should this hurricane season brew up a storm with your name on it.