Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thursday, June 11, 2015: Winds continue to pester and aggravate.

You can't make this stuff up ... 

"Can't you read the sign, sir?"

Thursday, June 11, 2015: Winds continue to pester and aggravate. We should see some west winds, which help surfcasting, but even those offshores could get gusty, pissing off boat anglers. Then the weekend will be a tri-imperfecta. We’ll see winds go from hard offshore to hard north to brisk east and then swing back around from the gusty south all -- within 48 hours. I stand by my theory that the only way to really get in any fishing is to rush out if it looks doable – and be alert to things going snotty, sometimes very quickly.

Fishing pressure is definitely down, both surf and boat. That makes sense. We’re in that ‘tweener zone. Many schools are still in session which means the family switch down to the beach is not yet in full swing. Also, savvy anglers are looking out, considering taking a “sick” day but there just haven’t been that many sweet looking hooky days to be had. In fact, now many workaday anglers are opting for an extra-long July 4th weekend. 

Minutia: The espression “hooky” while it sounds very much like a fishing excuse for playing hooky from school actually not of an angling ilk. Boringly, it likely comes from the Dutch term hoekje spelen, meaning 'hide-and-seek'.

While hooky is first noted in 1848, it was later made famous, as were many expressions, thanks to Mark Twain. "He moped to school gloomy and sad, and took his flogging, along with Joe Harper, for playing hookey the day before." Twain wrote in “Tom Sawyer.”


Make sure to check out our buddy Hutch Jr. at 


All this talk about Mary Lee in recent months, now it's time to focus on real sharkin' with the makos and threshers. A monster thresher caught at the DB Buoy earlier this week and weighed in (509-1/2 pounds) at Lewes Harbour Marina should get sharkers excited about the tournament weekend!


For those who paddleboard in alligator waters ... 


As for bassing, the fish are likely there but the wind/waves/weather won’t allow a proper read. I relate to those who just can’t get motivated for roughing it in pursuit of spring stripers. Come fall, I’ll wetsuit up, jump waves and chew windblown sand chasing bass. Spring?  Let me know if they’re jumping out of the water. Which allows me to give a hearty thumb’s up to those tenacious folks now managing to nab some good spring bass.  

Below, see a fine 34.5-pound cod taken by Bill Browne. Looks like fun. I’ve never taken on cod. Closest I’ve ever gotten was an occasional hake. Not quite the same.

BETTER MAKE THAT THREE MILES: I had written that Holgate added a couple extra miles to the famed 18-mile LBI. I knew Holgate was two miles and change, based on my odometer, but didn’t want to rock the 18 Miles at Sea boat too much past those two miles. But, lo, I got scientifically one-upped. Turns out it is now officially three miles, via the Forsythe refuge’s measuring posts; they go to 16,000 feet – before bending further west and around back, to 17,000 feet. Those 16,000 feet translates into 3.03 miles. Wow.  Also, the south end continues to build southward – additionally, there’s that distance from the entrance to the Holgate parking lot over to the official start of the Forsythe property. That distance is above and beyond the famed 18 miles.

BONNET… CEDAR OR WHAT?: I want to make a quick clarification regarding the Route 72 Causeway sedge islands jointly known as Cedar Bonnet Island(s). While both the larger island (at the east base of the Big Bridge) and the smaller, heavily built-upon island qualify for the name, for clarity sake, myself and other media refer to the larger island (former home of the Shack) as Bonnet Island and the small (Dutchman’s) island as Cedar Bonnet Island.

The Dot is commencing with remediation work on the Forsythe-owned portion of Bonnet Island, south of Rte. 72. A large section of it was cleared and red fenced quite a while back, being readied for the creation of a maritime forest environment -- replete with educational trials and birdwatching areas. I fretted that the clearing work might disrupt nesting birds and terrapins.  Soon after, the clearcutting ceased, hopefully with wildlife in mind.

The new phase of construction on Bonnet Island will be the building of a parking area and needed revetments. I’m hoping this work will be mainly adjacent to the highway. Should the work impinge of the refuge, a look-see should be done regarding any nests currently in the cleared areas.

I’ve been repeatedly asked when the bird lookouts will be opened. I have to think they will open as part of the grand opening of the new bridges, circa 2017.

You have to see the great pics and videos of the bridge work. The images were taken by The SandPaper photog Ryan Morrill. His drone shots show the now seemingly highly accelerated progress on the new Causeway. 


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NMFS Announces Proposed Rule for
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas

Actions being taken and important dates


The National Marine Fisheries Service proposes to modify the baseline annual U.S. quota and subquotas for Atlantic bluefin tuna. The proposed rule would increase the baseline annual U.S. Atlantic bluefin tuna quota from the 923.7-mt level established via a 2011 quota rule (76 FR 39019, July 5, 2011) by 135 mt (14 percent) to 1,058.79 mt, as recommended by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for 2015 and 2016. The baseline annual subquotas for the domestic fishing categories would be adjusted consistent with the process established in Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 7; 79 FR 71510, December 2, 2014), and these amounts would be codified. This action is necessary to implement ICCAT recommendations pursuant to the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act and to achieve domestic management objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.


Because Atlantic bluefin tuna quotas, allocations, and resulting subquotas are codified in the HMS regulations at 50 CFR § 635.27, rulemaking is necessary to modify the baseline annual U.S. Atlantic bluefin tuna quota (from 923.7 mt to1,058.79 mt) and subquotas (in mt) to the General, Angling, Harpoon, Purse Seine, Longline, Trap, and Reserve categories per the process established in Amendment 7. The recommended total U.S. quota, including 25 mt to account for bycatch related to pelagic longline fisheries in the Northeast Distant gear restricted area, is 1,083.79 mt.


This proposed rule would modify the baseline U.S. quota and subquotas, which would be effective for the 2015 fishing year and annually until changed, for instance as a result of a new western Atlantic bluefin tuna ICCAT recommendation.


Amendment 7 also changed the way that NMFS adjusts the U.S. annual quota for any previous year's underharvest. Rather than publishing proposed and final quota specifications annually to adjust the quota for the underharvest as NMFS has in the past, NMFS will automatically augment the Reserve category quota with any available underharvest from 2014, consistent with ICCAT limits, when complete Atlantic bluefin tuna catch information for the prior year is available and finalized (likely June 2015). NMFS may allocate any portion of the Reserve category quota for inseason or annual adjustments to any fishing category quota pursuant to regulatory determination criteria described at 50 CFR 635.27(a)(8), in addition to using the Reserve category quota for scientific research.


NMFS also is proposing minor modifications to the regulatory text concerning Atlantic tunas purse seine transfer at sea to clarify that while transfer at sea is prohibited, an auxiliary vessel (i.e., a skiff) may conduct limited assistance activities for its associated purse seine vessel in catch operations for BFT. This clarification would be administrative, reflect current practice, and would have no environmental impacts or effects on current fishing operations.


See the table below for the proposed 2015 Atlantic bluefin tuna quotas. To view the proposed rule and supporting documents, seewww.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/news/breaking_news.html.



Public comment requested 


You may submit comments (identified by "NOAA-NMFS-2015-0011") throughJuly 13, 2015, by using any one of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0011, click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Sarah McLaughlin, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930

Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and generally will be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).


NMFS will hold a public hearing conference call and webinar on July 1, 2015, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, to allow for an additional opportunity for interested members of the public from all geographic areas to submit verbal comments on the proposed rule. The public hearing conference call information is phone number 1-800-779-5379; participant passcode 1594994. Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in 15 minutes prior to the meeting. NMFS will show a brief presentation via webinar followedby public comment. To join the webinar, go to:  https://noaaevents2.webex.com/noaaevents2/onstage/g.php?d=990480432.... Enter your name, e-mail address, and password "webtuna" (without typing the quotation marks) and click the "JOIN" button. Participants who have not used WebEx before will be prompted to download and run a plug-in program that will enable them to view the webinar.

This notice is a courtesy to fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. For further information, contact the HMS Management Division at (978) 281-9260. 



Mid-Atlantic Fishery Council Votes for Area Bottom Trawling Ban to Protect Deep Sea Corals

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] By James Gorman - June 11, 2015 - 

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council voted Wednesday to protect deep sea corals from most bottom fishing over about 38,000 square miles of ocean, running from New York to Virginia.

The corals form fragile ecosystems hundreds of yards underwater that support a variety of fish. And bottom trawling, mostly by the squid fishery, posed a threat, according to scientists and conservation organizations that have lobbied in recent years to protect the corals, which are slow-growing and long-lived, and therefore do not recover easily from damage.

The squid industry, which initially objected to many of the restrictions, worked with scientists and conservationists to establish boundaries for 15 discrete deepwater canyons and other sites where bottom fishing would be prohibited. And in the end, said Gregory P. DiDomenico, the executive director of the Garden State Seafood Association, he supported the broader area that overlaps most of the canyons.

Mr. DiDomenico, whose group represents the New Jersey squid fishery, said the change would protect ''the most valuable and unique habitats in the region,'' although he objected to the push for an even larger area by environmentalists. Brad Sewell, the fisheries policy director at the Natural Resources Defense Council, which lobbied for the change along with groups like Oceana and the Pew Charitable Trust, said the vote ''marks a milestone in ocean-protection efforts.''

Fishing regulations are labyrinthine, combining federal and state rules. The fishery council does not have jurisdiction over lobster fishing, and it also voted to exempt red-crab fishing from the regulations for at least two years. Protections do not extend to oil and gas drilling, or the laying of cables or other underwater activities. Those are all regulated by different agencies. Although other rules may apply for those activities, the council has no say in matters other than fishing. In January, President Obama proposed opening an area of the Atlantic to drilling that overlaps the southern part of the protected area.

In recent years, submersible dives have revealed much about the ecosystems of deep-sea corals. Armed with that information, conservation groups have pushed to stop the kind of trawling that can dislodge or break the corals.

Mr. Sewell said after the vote that fishing regulations offered only some protections and that he hoped that the decision would send a signal to agencies that regulated other activities.

The vote had been postponed until now because of disagreement at a council meeting in February. The industry objected to many of the rules, and a workshop was held in April in which scientists, activists and industry representatives participated.

That workshop produced a compromise on boundaries for the 15 discrete areas, although there was still strong disagreement about the broad zone, which was voted on Wednesday.

Before the meeting, Mr. DiDomenico said the squid fishery supported the effort to save the corals despite disagreements with conservation groups on many issues, and he pointed to his industry's willingness to support many of the restrictions. He said, ''If we stay in business and protect corals, we've done our job.''


RFA Encouraging Fishermen to Take Action on Pending EPA Ethanol Mandate

The RFA is encouraging its members to read the action alert below from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Boating United initiative and weigh in on the EPA's plan to increase the percentage of ethanol in fuel we use in our boats.  NMMA is a corporate sponsor of the RFA and holds a seat on the RFA Board of Directors.  RFA has been working with NMMA and Yamaha in DC to stop the increase of ethanol in fuel which has been proven to be highly destructive to marine engines and outboards.   


The EPA recetly announced its plans to increase the country's ethanol mandate to historic levels. That's right, despite the science and facts about the harms of ethanol, the government is doubling-down on its handout to corn farmers and ethanol producers. 

But the government can't just quietly inflate the levels of ethanol in our fuel without hearing first from the public. They have to collect comments until July 27th-the easiest way to submit a comment, and tell the EPA to reverse course, is right here, right now with Boating United.

To make matters worse, in a gift to the ethanol industry, the White House is handing them a $100 million check to install blender pumps across the US. These are the pumps equipped to dispense E15 and higher blends at your local gas stations. You've got that right; the government is doing everything it can to force E15 into our fuel.

Unless we stop them.  

If you are afraid of what ethanol can and will do to marine engines, water quality and the environment, then you need to comment. (And while you're at it, you'll be asked to send a quick note to your legislators to encourage them to step in and stop the EPA.)

If our industry fails to speak up now, you better believe E15 will be at your corner station before you know it. And that's bad for boating and for business. 

Tell the EPA: No More Ethanol


Nice way to spend your birthday. Have to love New Jersey
Alex Oliszewski's photo.

Jay Mann Many/most folks like this smoke-free beach concept, especially with kids around. I fought for it. However, I cringe a bit when pondering either lifeguards or beach badge checkers enforcing the law (not likely) or alerting police (probable). There are some/many smokers who are very belligerent. Even after being forced to snuff it, they'll be wise to the fact they were turned in. Tension. I'm still hoping for the smoke-free best.

Jay Mann's photo.


Excellent day on the Key West, FL Keys, reefs with Diego Toiran. Black groupers to 21 lbs, mutton, mangrove and yellowtail snappers. In town shooting a 2016 episode for NBC Sports. With Kevin Tierney, Rob "The Swede" Greene and Captain Mark Schmidt.

George Poveromo's photo.
Cod fishing was just OK today, lots of shorts and some keepers. However,Bill Browne pulled up this 34 1/2 lb jumbo. With Don Marantz and Kyren Dooley
Paul Haertel's photo.

This might be one of the greatest auctions ever held hereabouts. The selection is insane ... from Harleys to Roseville like you've never seen. You gotta check the items going up for bid this Saturday June 13, 2015, 9:00 AM EST.
Eagleswood Fire Hall
219 Railroad Avenue
West Creek, NJ
Dual Estate Auction (154 Lots)...

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