Thursday, September 25, 2014: So, what should we talk about? Rainy day drivel is the worst.
Undrivelish is the need to get signed up for the 2104 Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic. If nothing else, your signing up early helps the folks running the event to get a bit of a read on how things will go.
Personally, I don’t expect a load of big bass early in the contest – but that is actually excellent news for average Jays contestants, like me. Anyone might just happen upon that first cow. And the first Classic bass of 34 inches or larger is worth a pretty penny – when it does come. Remember, that opening day $500 prize for the first bass caught carries over to as many first-days as it take to catch one. Please go this site for details: http://lbift.com/rules-prizes.html. For more info, click on blue “rules” section or got to http://lbift.com/2014-LBI-Surf-Fishing-Classic-Rules-Prizes.pdf.
I’m still in bad bluefish state of mind regarding Classic slammers. Even my dominant optimistic side can’t see a showing of big blues entering the Classic picture. Again, that does not even remotely diminish from the event whatsoever. Once more, it levels the playing field for all levels of entrants. Hey, choppers can show up on any piece of beachfront at any moment, though I have to say I like the BL end best for any early-Classic bluefish weigh-ins.
As for the prize for any red drum caught first, well, we’ll dub that a cast in the dark. All in good fun.
I’ll look through today’s draining rain and jump ahead to the very sunny and oddly mild weather arriving this weekend. Talk about a pendulum swing. Again, don’t look for the winds to drain away to nothing but conditions, at least skin-deep, will fell a helluva sight better than today.
Then there’s the weirdness way out west where areas of Montana, some of which have already seen snow, will get into the 90s. I take those freaky weather things very seriously, especially when trying to get a read on our upcoming winter. Harkening back to those mild winters of a few years back, they were highlighted by just such odd temperature swings across the country. No, I’m not going as far as predicting a freaky mild winter; I’m just seeing indicators that it could be a fully freaky winter. Makes for excitement – if you’re into such unpredictable sky things.
New line tipped to be replacement for braid
A new line so thin and strong that it could replace braid is about to be launched into the market.
The company behind the development is World Fishing Tackle(WFT), which has been working on the secret project for two and a half years.
The line, called Gliss, is made from extruded hmpe fibres and according to WFT’s Managing Director, Christian Dibisch, combines the qualities of both a monofilament and a braid.
“Gliss looks like a mono, but has huge advantages, including almost zero stretch. Other lines have at least three times more stretch,” Dibisch told Angling International. “It also has extremely low diameter-to-breaking strength ratios. At 0.010 diameter, it has 4kg strength.
“These exceptional properties give it multiple applications. The low stretch means it is incredibly sensitive and you always know what is happening under the water.”
The potential for Gliss is further boosted by the fact that it can be produced far more quickly and cheaply than braid. Dibisch estimated that it takes around 100 hours to produce 1,000 metres of braid, depending on the type. But he can manufacture the same length of Gliss in a matter of minutes.
“Production is so fast that I am sure it will replace braid in certain fields of fishing,” said Dibisch. “It is ideal for any application where low stretch is an advantage, such as lure fishing and long range fishing. Light lures can be controlled more sensitively than ever before.
“What we have introduced is actually a third generation product,” added Dibisch. “The first and second generations were developed during the testing phase as we worked to make the line as good as possible.”
Wilbur K makes some hot “sputnik” sinkers. Those are the torpedo-ish sinkers with the crawly wire legs. The plug’s legs, when tension-loaded, are held in place via beads that fit within dimples on the sinker. Anglers manually load the legs by placing the beads into the dimples.
A sputnik’s loaded grabs a current-heavy, sandy bottom and anchors the sinker in like nobody’s business.
To break out the sinker, angler pressure on the line causes the bead to break out of the dimple, allowing the legs to go loose. The torpedo shape of the sinker then allows the angler to easily loosen it from even a deep burial.
I used to use sputniks a lot, going back to when I faithfully bait fished. They rocked in moderately rough conditions. I only abandoned them when parallel beach currents were out of control – when I opted for casting out Hatteras sinkers, allowing them to roll down the beach until they fell into a hole, often only feet from the beach – but 50 yards from where I was standing.
With sputniks, I quickly learned the need to tune each sinker. This entails slightly bending the legs near the bead to adjust how hard or easy it’ll be to break them loose. Most sputniks arrive with the wire legs loaded for bear. I’ve even lost a few to the bottom simply because no amount of pulling on my part could force the beads to let loose. I’ve also over loosened the bead’s holds to where a sputnik is little more than a wiry bank sinker. But when I got rod, reel, line and sputnik aligned – and it really isn’t that hard – what a super hold and a deadly hooking capacity.
I’ll also add that sputniks and circle hooks love each other. Talk about terminal gear doing all the work to thoroughly hook a fish. With a sputnik and circle hook combo at work, a fish will first hook itself then even go to the trouble of pulling out the sputnik.
Guest commentary: Sports anglers just as keen to have healthy fish stocks
My Dad Capt George when he was building the Red Baron. This boat was build in the big metal building at 18th street dock in Barnegat Light. I remember the unveiling of it 1971.
Yes, great fishing and it was in Seaside Park. Did not want to throw back a heavy short bass at 27". But, it's the
biggest one I ever caught in September according to my log book. Caught it on mullet. Blues dominate but I knew this fish was not a blue after the way it ran down the beach. Fished until sunset 10+ blues, a shark, Striper and a 16" fluke that hit a white teaser above my H/L rig. Not bad for a 3 hour trip after work. Only saw two guys fishing from the distance. Wind was cranking 15-20 in the face. East. Another reason why I went before the rain.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Wall Street Journal] By Sarah Nassauer - September 25, 2014 -
Farmed salmon is becoming the surprise darling of top chefs and food-loving home cooks.
The pink fatty fish has long been dismissed as environmentally harmful, chemical-laden or simply not that tasty by many fish lovers. Now farmed salmon producers are courting high-end chefs and improving some aspect of how they farm to win over naysayers.
Restaurants from Red Lobster to New York's revered Le Bernardin say they must have some version of salmon on menus.
"It's the chicken of the sea," says Eric Ripert, co-owner and executive chef at Le Bernardin where a prix fixe seafood dinner is $135 a person. The restaurant splits the difference, serving farmed at lunch and wild for dinner, says Mr. Ripert. He prefers the clean, sea-like taste of wild, but his lunch menu's lower price can't support it, he says.
Whole Foods Market Inc. cut the number of farmed salmon suppliers it worked with to three from about eight in 2007 when it instituted rigid environmental and quality standards for its farmed fish. The grocer is now back up to five suppliers and plans to add more soon, says David Pilat, global seafood coordinator for Whole Foods Market. A blog post about farmed salmon on the grocer's website starts, "MYTH: All fish farming is bad."
Salmon has been a tricky topic for chefs and shoppers who keep the environment in mind at the seafood counter. Fresh, never frozen, wild salmon is primarily a seasonal product, caught in the summer months. It has a complex flavor beloved by chefs and often clear sustainability credentials. Alaskan wild salmon, protected by that state's laws, is widely considered one of the most sustainable fishing areas in the world.
Farmed salmon has mass appeal. It is often less expensive, fattier, and available year round.
While U.S. seafood consumption overall is falling because fish is expensive compared with other protein sources such as chicken, salmon is becoming more popular and farmed is leading the charge. Both farmed and wild salmon have a rich flavor and healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which attract diet-conscious diners.
Farmed seafood, broadly, is becoming a larger part of the global seafood diet, now eaten on average nearly as often as wild. In the U.S., most shrimp, salmon and tilapia are farmed and imported.
Criticism of farmed salmon in the U.S. has been intense partly because Alaska is home to one of the largest wild sources of the fish and it holds a hallowed place on many restaurant menus.
Still, farmed salmon is needed to meet booming global demand for protein, says Ola Brattvoll, chief operating officer of sales and marketing at Bergen, Norway-based Marine Harvest, the largest farmed salmon company globally.
Having won over the masses, the farmed salmon industry has recently set its sights on the fish elite, those chefs and environmentalists who have resisted the rise of salmon aquaculture. Though prices shift, wild salmon typically costs about $10 more a pound than the farmed variety.
About four years ago Grieg Seafood B.C., a midsize farmed salmon producer in British Columbia, Canada decided to target top chefs with a premium brand. After surveying chefs around North America, the company created Skuna Bay.
To appeal to chefs looking for consistency and an ingredient that doesn't hurt the environment, the company started growing fewer fish in each of its open water pens, says Dave Mergle, manager and director of marketing for Skuna Bay.
Less crowding cuts down on diseases and parasites, reducing the need to douse fish in chemicals, he says. Skuna Bay also hired design firms to create a logo and slick website, he says.
Skuna Bay salmon aren't grown separately from Grieg's other fish, but picked for their quality and shipped out to restaurants in branded sealed boxes, he says. Chefs' approval can influence the wider public, says Mr. Mergle.
Chef Rick Moonen put farmed salmon on his menus at RM Seafood and RX Boiler Room in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas for the first time in over a decade after being courted by producer True North. True North wanted a "chef ambassador" to smooth any worries about farmed salmon and teach people to cook it, says Andrew Lively, director of marketing at True North Salmon Co., the premium salmon brand of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., one of the largest farmed fish companies in North America.
Mr. Moonen is paid by True North and now posts about its salmon on social media, and he lists it by name on menus. True North and Mr. Moonen declined to discuss specifics.
The company has reduced the amount of wild fish needed to produce farmed salmon, says Mr. Moonen.
Most farmed salmon is still a concern for people and ocean life, environmentalists say. Often salmon farms raise fish in open water "net pens," use antibiotics to fight disease and pesticides to kill sea lice, a common farmed salmon parasite. Those chemicals go directly into the water and it isn't well understood how they may impact other sea life or human health.
Salmon that escape from farms' nets could affect the genetic makeup of the wild population in some regions, says Peter Bridson, aquaculture program manager at Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, an organization that hands out well-followed rankings on seafood sustainability.
The "net pen system has remained largely the same for 20 years," says Mr. Bridson.
But there have been recent improvements in salmon farming. Almost all producers are using less wild fish to feed farmed salmon, a worry for scientists concerned about overfishing.
Technology is improving the still less than 50-year-old industry. Expensive land tank systems prevent fish from escaping and cut down on disease because clean water is always filtering through.
Whole Foods buys all of its farmed salmon for Midwest stores from a land-based salmon farmer in Iceland, says Mr. Pilat of Whole Foods.
Another farm uses a genetically modified yeast that has omega-3 fatty acids as a replacement for some wild fish in feed. Consumers still confused at the fish counter might get a bit more help soon.
The Aquaculture Stewardship Council has begun certifying several types of farmed fish with environmental impact and other issues in mind, similar to the labels that already appear on wild fish from the Marine Stewardship Council.
Some fish favorites in grocery stores already have the logo, including salmon, tilapia, and pangasius, a type of farmed river catfish produced mostly in Asia and often sold as catfish in the U.S.
The council is still reviewing other types of farms, including shrimp, the most often eaten seafood in the U.S., most of it farmed and imported.
Photo Credit: True North Salmon Facebook
Family Cleans House, Finds Pet Tortoise Missing Since 1982
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It's no secret that tortoises are among the most resilient animals on Earth, perfectly adapted for life in natural environments that others would find inhospitable. But for one particularly tenacious pet tortoise, that hardy sense of survival allowed it to endure for decades in the most unnatural of places.
Back in 1982, the Almeida Family was saddened to learn that their beloved pet, Manuela, a young red-footed tortoise, had gone missing. Their house was under renovation at the time, so the family just assumed that the slow-moving animal had slipped out through a gate left open by the construction crew -- disappearing into the forest near their home in Realengo, Brazil. But they couldn't have been more wrong.
The true fate of their lost pet remained a mystery for the next 30 years, that is, until recently.
Earlier last month, after their father Leonel passed away, the Almeida children returned to help clean out his cluttered storage room upstairs. As it turns out, Leonel was somewhat of a horder, so the room was jam-packed with things that he had found on the street, like broken televisions and furniture. Deciding it was mostly junk, the family set about moving it to the trash out front.
But while son Leandro Almeida was making a trip to the dumpster with a box of broken records, a neighbor asked him if he was intending to throw out the tortoise that was holed up inside.
"At that moment I was white and did not believe," Leandro told Globo TV.
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That's when the Almeidas learned that, amazingly, the hardy turtle had managed to survive three decades in storage.
The family suspects she had been able to sustain herself grubbing on termites which, thanks to all that unwanted furniture, was likely in abundance. And although she seemed to be surviving just fine in the dank confines of the storage room, Manuela is no doubt pleased (in her own tortoisey way) to be reunited with the family that had so long thought her gone forever.
But in the end, it's hard not to be impressed with the resiliency of life and the slow-and-steady approach to survival taken by tortoises -- both in living with us, and perhapssometimes in spite of it.
Please note, the photos show a red-footed tortoise, though not the actual one from the story, as that image was not available to us.
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- Great for reading a book in the dark
- Light up campsite by hanging on tree or rope
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- Power outages at home or office
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