Paul Haertel with a monster 47#, 1oz Bass to stay in 1st place in #LBI simply bassin contest. Caught 1am on bunker
Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, June 09, 2016: Well, the tides went way out, as expected. It offered a chance for savvy surfcasters to see where the slews, troughs and east/west channels are located during higher water times.
The swell is fading fast. Despite the hard westerlies, the water in nearly immaculate. That – and the low tides – means you have to choose your session carefully. Late-day and way-early are best with artificials --- and baits. Daytime fishing is going to be a tough go -- but well worth throwing a chunk or two out with circle hooks in play. Then sit back and enjoy the 10-SPF sunshine. You can even use those face-protection masks you got as gifts. Just don’t scare little kids. For that matter, just think what catch-and-release fish will tell its friends.
Make sure to check this out::::::: "A documentary following the remaining baymen on the Barnegat Bay in New Jersey & their venture to sustain themselves, the bay and its traditions."
Enclosed is this week’s fishing report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your help,
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been finding good action on black sea bass on area wrecks and reefs. With that fishery closing shortly, they plan on working the inshore fluke grounds and heading offshore for tuna.
Captain Bill Kaiser had the “Tuna Sue” out recently to the Lemke’s Canyon looking for tuna. He was able to locate some bluefin tuna, but unfortunately there were giant gator bluefish also in the water. The blues tore up a lot of tackle and made it impossible to get down to the bluefin. He ran to the Claw where he found more bluefin but also big blues that made fishing nearly impossible. There were some small mako and blue sharks on top of the water, and his group was able to have some fun with them.
Captain Gary Dugan has been doing some successful wreck fishing on the “Irish Jig.” One day his group picked up some nice sea bass for the cooler along with some blackfish that had to be returned. They moved into the bay for fluke and managed one 18-inch keeper along with some throwbacks. Another day Captain Gary had steady action while wreck fishing Friday with 75-80 fish, but only a few nice fish made the box including a very nice ling. He moved inside and trolled for stripers and had 2 knock downs but nothing hooked up. He has also picked up some bluefish in the bay.
Captain Fran Verdi has been finding some nice life while fishing various wrecks on the “Francesca Marie. He had the John Hufnagle crew out on 5 wrecks in 65-80 feet of water and found action on all of them. The group had over 80 fish that day and was able to put 40 sea bass in the box. Most of the fish were the 13-15 inch range, but a few were over 17-inces. With the sea bass season closing on June 19, Captain Fran is putting his time in on them. He has heard of striper action to the north, and plans to sail for fluke and tuna when the sea bass ends.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.
Ours is not to question why ... or how or WTF!?
A seagull turned bright orange after falling into a vat of curry.
The bird fell into a container of chicken tikka masala while trying to scavenge a piece of meat from a food factory bin.
He was rescued by workers at the undisclosed site in south east Wales and picked up by a volunteer for Vale Wildlife Hospital near Tewkesbury.
Staff at the centre used washing up liquid to clean the gull's feathers.
They managed to return him back to his original white colour but have not been able to wash away the smell.
Lucy Kells, a veterinary nurse at the hospital in Worcestershire, said: "He really surprised everyone here - we had never seen anything like it before.
"The thing that shocked us the most was the smell. He smelled amazing, he really smelled good."
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nikkei News] By Anriana King - June 9, 2016
NEW YORK -- Progress toward conserving endangered Pacific bluefin tuna is not enough to keep up with the pace of fishing, and the industry faces the risk of collapse, said Amanda Nickson, director for Global Tuna Conservation at the Pew Charitable Trusts.
"Pacific bluefin is still being fished at least 20% above the level it would be sustainable, and its population is still severely depleted," she said. "In the future, that population could ultimately collapse and be incapable of supporting a commercial fishery."
Nickson spoke on the sidelines of a United Nations conference held from May 23-27 for the third review of the U.N. Fish Stocks Agreement, which was adopted by the General Assembly in 1995. Signed onto by 83 countries so far, the accord sets out a number of commitments to improving the status of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks, including tuna species like Pacific bluefin.
Despite progress in some areas, notably in efforts to curtail illegal fishing, implementation of other major provisions of the agreement is still falling short. Members at the conference noted that the overall status of straddling and highly migratory fish stocks has not improved since previous reviews in 2006 and 2010.
A report from the U.N. secretary-general to the conference indicated that 84% of straddling fish stocks and 86% of tuna and tuna-like species stocks were either overexploited or fully exploited. Pacific bluefin, fished mainly in the seas around Japan, is of particular concern -- its population having decreased by 97% compared with unfished levels.
According to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the global tuna industry was valued at an estimated $42.2 billion in 2014, with Indonesia, Japan, and Taiwan constituting the top three tuna-fishing nations. In addition to being the second-largest tuna-fishing country, Japan is also the largest consumer of sashimi, accounting for 75-80% of the global sashimi market. The regional fishery management organizations (RFMOs) found that all three of the bluefin tuna species are currently overfished. These three types of tuna are also the highest-priced, generating over $2 billion in end value annually.
For Japan, the economic significance of Pacific bluefin means much is at stake if the industry is unable to sustain itself. Japan's Fisheries Agency, working with RFMOs, has set a goal of bringing the stock back to the historical average of 43,000 tons by 2024, up from 26,000 tons in 2012. The Fisheries Agency has also announced limits to cap catches of fish under 30kg, including bluefin, at 4,007 tons annually. A number of RFMOs are scheduled to meet later this year to discuss further measures.
While Japan has taken some preliminary steps, Nickson expressed concern that these measures are still not enough.
"At the moment, the only recovery target would return the population to 6.9% of its unfished levels. We'd like to see Japan really take a strong role in defining a management plan that would return that stock to 25% of unfished levels, at least," Nickson said. She also noted that Pacific bluefin is a resilient species, and that with proper limitations, substantial improvement could be seen in as few as five years.
In the "It has finally happened" category:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A woman was killed at Virginia Beach on Wednesday when a wind-blown beach umbrella stabbed her in the chest.
The 56-year-old woman was on the beach when the anchored umbrella blew across the sand and struck her in the chest, officials told WTKR. There is no evidence of foul play.
Police said they received a call for a cardiac arrest on the beach at 33rd Street just after 5 p.m.
When crews arrived, the woman was found suffering from a life threatening injury. She was transported to a local hospital where she later died.
"It was pretty windy down here. It kind of looked like something from the Wizard of Oz. Literally. Saw the umbrella go up in the air, and literally hit the woman, knocking her to the side. Immediately, the lifeguards, and people start rushing around. It was probably the most scariest things I've ever seen," said Hugh Martin, who works on the boardwalk.
Martin says the woman was talking to children when she was struck.
The Virginia Beach Police Department Homicide Unit is currently investigating the incident.
We all know the grounds for this proposed ban are based on non-facts with it's leading support being from made up terms for the sake of their poorly presented argument. Over and over again we hear "blood baiting" and "chumming", but if ANY research had been done on our sport they would find no such phrases. It is LBSF 101 that chumming from shore is largely ineffective and is therefor not a popular practice. Blood baiting, on the other hand, is a mystery to most of us as ANY cut bait could arguably be regarded as just that. Will you ban fishing for bluefish and jacks due to "blood baiting"? Doubtful. It is merely a scare tactic that seems to be working.
To claim that we are "conditioning" the sharks to behave in a certain way is just wildly ridiculous. A shark is not going to travel from very far offshore to eat one (or even ten) piece(s) of bait. It is beyond redundant to state that sharks live in the ocean, but it seems to be WIDELY overlooked. Maybe forgotten? Or none of the above, perhaps it's just convenient to twist the story and leave those details out to fit their agenda. There are so many reasons why sharks come close to shore, and it is most certainly not for a few pieces of bait.
Now with all of that being said, we as land based shark fishermen have responsibilities. You can't just point fingers in the other direction and hurl obscenities at those who oppose you while doing absolutely nothing to prove why they are wrong. It doesn't work. It will never work. You can be angry, but be tactful. Don't fuel the fire that is constantly burning against us. Clean up after yourself, be respectful. A few simple things can go a long way to show that we are not the dumb barbaric animals they make us out to be.
As a final point, I would like to question just how many sea turtles use Florida's COAST year in and year out? With them being strictly protected and all, I would wager that numbers may even be dramatically increasing as time goes on... Now I wonder if it's time we think about banning them too. But let's not get carried away... Sea turtles are a welcomed tourist-friendly visitor... In fact, we embrace them with arms wide open, we love them. So much, that the fact they just happen to be an important staple in a sharks diet becomes irrelevant, watered down, muted, or just plain ignored.
You can't have it both ways.
No matter what you do, sharks will lurk close by.
Have a nice day.
Another stinger in the bay ...
It resembles a piece of art glass or a flashy bling brooch you would never want to wear. Pulsing through the ocean, the clinging jellyfish has a red, orange, or violet cross on its middle, signaling danger. They trail hula-hoop skirts of 60 to 90 glass-like tentacles that uncoil sharp threads and emit painful neurotoxins.
In July 2013, Mary Carman, a researcher at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), was stung on her face by a clinging jellyfish while diving in Farm Pond on Martha’s Vineyard. It felt like “hypodermic needles,” she said. She investigated further and found reports of other recent incidents of clinging jellyfish stings at Sage Lot Pond in Falmouth, Mass., and the Menemesha Pond system on the Vineyard. She also found that clinging jellies have been observed elsewhere in Massachusetts, as well as in New Hampshire and New York waters.
An invasive species from the Pacific Ocean, clinging jellyfish (Gonionemus vertens) may be increasing in Atlantic waters, in both numbers and in toxicity. “It may be out there, throughout New England, lurking along the coast, possibly down to the Carolinas,” she said.
What’s more, “for some reason, it has become venomous in Atlantic waters.” Multiple stings from clinging jellyfish can cause acute respiratory problems, joint pains, and acute dermatitis that can take days to heal.
Most sources say clinging jellyfish are about the size of a penny, but they expand to about three inches in diameter, Carman said. They have pads on their tentacles (rare for a sea jelly) that allow them to cling to eelgrass and other shallow-water flora. They eat tiny zooplankton called copepods, which flourish from spring to fall.
Jellies are not fish; they belong to the phylum Cnidaria. They are 95 percent water, and have two layers of cells enclosing a middle layer of gelatinous material. Gonionemus are clear or light green, and like other jellies are heartless blobs with a rudimentary nervous system; a combined mouth, stomach, and anus; and gonads (colorful in females, brownish in males). They are sensitive to light, so they descend to deeper waters during the day and ascend at night.
G. vertens spread from the Pacific to the Atlantic by 1894, a few years before the Spanish-American War, turning up at a lagoon, Eel Pond, in Woods Hole, Mass., near the new Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) and the future site of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Perhaps they arrived on ships’ hulls or with seaweed used as packing material for imported fish and shellfish from Japan. They were fairly abundant on the East Coast and also appeared near other marine labs in Europe.
Then in the 1930s, an infestation of slime mold began growing on eelgrass and killing it. The eelgrass never fully recovered from this dieback, and pollution, in part, prevented the eelgrass from fully recovering. For decades after the 1930s, they made only a few reappearances, and researchers called G. vertens either “extinct” or “erratic” in these parts.
But in the 1960s to 1980s, Ed Enos, retired manager of the marine lab facility at MBL, began to find and collect clinging jellyfish on Martha’s Vineyard. By 2006, they sporadically reappeared from the Vineyard to waters around Falmouth and Mashpee, Mass., perhaps as a result of more acidic seawater caused by climate change, Carman said. Another factor may be increased levels of nitrogen in coastal waters from fertilizers and sewage from land running off into the ocean, she said. The excess nitrogen fertilizes algae, which copepods, the jellyfish’s preferred food, feed on.
Overfishing in the North Atlantic may also reduce the number of predators that feed on G. vertens, allowing the jellyfish’s population to increase. Stefano Piraino, a marine biologist at the University of Salento in Italy, reports that jellies of many species are increasing in overfished Mediterranean waters, too.
G. vertens has two adult body forms, like most jellyfish, which alternate in two generations. The swimming jellies are umbrella-shaped medusae, which reproduce sexually and produce planktonic larvae that disperse in the ocean. The other, stationary phase of these jellies are tiny plant-shaped polyps, which reproduce asexually, budding off medusae (and sometimes cells that become new polyps). Both medusa and polyp form stings to stun prey and defend against predators, using special neurotoxin-producing cells called nematocysts.
Until recently, clinging jellyfish only in the Pacific around Vladivostok, Russia, and the Sea of Japan were thought to be venomous to people. But “in the mid- to late 1990's,” Enos said, “several of our summer collectors encountered them in the Waquoit Bay area. They were stung and sent to Falmouth Hospital.”
Why has the incidence and toxicity of clinging jellyfish increased in our area? Possible factors range from changing environmental conditions to new associations with different symbiotic organisms, said Chris Weidman, research coordinator at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth. As eelgrass beds continue to decline, they concentrate the jellies into smaller areas, increasing the likelihood of stings. New species of clinging jellyfish could be invading the area, or long-settled species may be evolving, Carman said. Both researchers would like to initiate studies to find out more.
“We don’t even know what neurotoxins these jellyfish use,” Carman said.
“People have been alerted about the Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish (Physalia physalis); they are blown in during summers on the East Coast and are big, and easy to see on the surface,” she said. “But the public has not yet been informed about the dangers of the G. vertens jellyfish, which are much smaller and here year-round.”