Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
It’s that humbling time of the year where I ask for donations to keep this blog up and running. It is a time consuming enterprise but I enjoy it. It’s kinda therapeutic. I hope you find it fun – and functional. I’d also like to take this time to sincerely thank those who email or phone me with tales, fishing reports and questions. It’s energizing. Donations can be mailed to: Jay Mann, 222 18th Street, Ship Bottom, NJ, 08008-4418. Being Type A I don’t always have the time to mail Thank-you note but, believe me (!), your donations are fully appreciated. J-mann. Update: I’m PayPal ready for donations. Just go to PayPal, click “Send Money,” type in my email (email@example.com), enter amount and click “Services” box. It’s a snap and I’m grateful beyond measure. Thursday, November 19, 2009: Waves: Still a north swell to 4 feet or so. Holgate note: Long Beach Township public works has placed plenty of sand over the chunks of concrete crap at the entrance. It’s a fairly easy on and off. The Rip can easily be accessed at low tide. Rising, high and dropping tides can be problematic, heavily based on waves and astronomical phases. Regarding all that debris near the entrance, it’s mainly rock, cement and concrete. No concrete and cement aren’t the same thing, concrete containing rocks and often rebar. Regarding that always frightening rebar – capable of skewering even the finest steel-belted radial tire -- there is a bare minimum of it among the Holgate debris. Over many years, I’ve only seen a few bars and those are related to larger chunks of concrete toward the jetty. Obviously, should a piece become exposed right where we drive it would ruin tire after tire. Myself and folks like Stu D and the rest of the Holgate gang are constantly on the look for heavy metal dangers like that. It is highly fishable for just about the entire length of LBI. The angling has not responded yet. Yes, there are a few fish but more at a mid-September rate than height-of-the-season pace. The problem is no major forage fish flurries are showing to our north, from whence comes our blitz potentials. Still, rogue fish are better than no fish. I hate to jinx it but December could be kick-ass in terms of schoolie action. Keep that light gear handy – while keeping the elephant guns at work as a 50-pound bass is still possible for a couple more weeks. A seriously ill juvenile seal came ashore in Surf City this a.m. Bill M alerted Standing Center reps. The little guy does not look good. It allowed me to move in within a couple feet for cellphone shots. By law, that’s a no-no but in this case it was in conjunction with the Standing Center. Regarding seals, we’ll be seeing a load of them this winter. That’s based on a huge repopulation up north, in the Canadian maritime. What’s more, public outcry against sealing has reduced demand to an all-time low – though the Asians are still scarfing is down. The fiscal loss (sometimes for native peoples) from lost seal-blubber and fur sales is so severe in Canada that just this week that nation’s parliament began eating seal meat in some sorta showing of seal-eating of solidarity. No, not one of those trying the meat said it tasted like chicken. And though the following news story doesn’t spell it out, a couple folks eating it gagged and spit it out in front of news cameras, one gal needing to run for a nearby bathroom. News report: OTTAWA–Governor General Michaëlle Jean declared it to be "absolutely delicious." To others it is absolutely disgusting, not to mention morally reprehensible. Members of Parliament and senators soon will be able to decide for themselves when seal meat comes to their swishy private restaurant on Parliament Hill. "I think it's going to be an attractive addition to the menu when it's available," said Quebec Liberal MP Marcel Proulx, a spokesman for the Board of Internal Economy, which oversees administration of the parliamentary precinct. The board, made up of MPs from all parties, was first asked to add seal meat to the restaurant's menu in 2008 by senators wanting to show support for the small commercial seal hunt as Canada stared down a European Union trade ban that was adopted this year. The only problem was finding a reliable supplier of seal meat. Most firms still involved in the hunt make their money from furs sold to Russia and China, and from seal oil, a source of omega-3 fatty acids that help in a child's brain development and can reduce the risk of heart disease later in life. The board was approached again in June by Bloc Québécois MP Michel Guimond after the EU ban passed. This time they located a supplier in the Magdalen Islands, a tiny outpost off the southeast coast of Quebec's Gaspé Peninsula. The Magdalen Islands seal hunt, one of less than half a dozen centres for the annual cull, begins in March, meaning parliamentarians could be feasting on the traditional dish in the early spring of 2010. "The harp seal that they are talking about and are so excited about, it tastes horrible," said Liberal Senator Mac Harb, a former municipal politician in Ottawa. He said he was told by people who have tried seal that it tastes bad, but has not tried it himself. "If they were to do this, it would be important for them to take a leadership role and have a feast first before any other members of Parliament so they can see first-hand how tasty it is. I'm sure they'll conclude quite quickly it's not edible." The harp seal that they are talking about and are so excited about, it tastes horrible," said Liberal Senator Mac Harb, a former municipal politician in Ottawa. He said he was told by people who have tried seal that it tastes bad, but has not tried it himself. "If they were to do this, it would be important for them to take a leadership role and have a feast first before any other members of Parliament so they can see first-hand how tasty it is. I'm sure they'll conclude quite quickly it's not edible." ((((((((((((((())))))))))) There is more gastronomically disturbing news sure to rock the early-rising angling realm. Kellogg Company has timidly announced that there will be “severe shortage” of Eggo waffles from now right through the winter. This is due to storm temporarily knocking out the company’s prime waffle-making plant in Atlanta, while another factory worked so hard trying to keep up with Eggo demand that it literally began falling apart. It is closed indefinitely for repairs. This sudden need for breakfast material in America has caught the eye of the Canadian government, which is toying with the idea of a product called Seal-Os, a meaty toaster delight that comes six to a package – that a seal balancing a beach ball on its nose. Over the top of the package is the product’s motto “It’s kinda good and stuff, eh?” Nay.