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Thursday, September 26, 2019: Southerly flow of air seems to be settled in until the middle of next week ...

High tides remain aggressive along the beachline of the Holgate Refuge area. 

Thursday, September 26, 2019: Southerly flow of air seems to be settled in until the middle of next week. The winds speeds will be in flux with SE ranging from light (even nil at night in the the a.m.) to brisk then honking late day. Per usual, for boat anglers it’ll be catch as catch can for those preferring calmer conditions. As to running offshore, high chance of running out sweet and bouncing brains out coming back in.

The ocean has been pissed off at something. It has been banging it head against the beach for days on end and remains testy to the max. What’s more, high tides have been really high. Astronomically, there’s nothing overly impactful. I’m betting it’s the overall water push from a series of tropical systems off to the east, pushing in swells then holding the water along the coastline. I’ll go broken record by appealing to surfcasters to both stay safe and also keep an eye out for any nearby bathers who bite off more ocean than they can chew. As you know, we’ve had a very scary – and tragic – postseason regarding bathers. Now, the beach is invitingly offering summerish air and ocean temperatures. I took a 73.4 ocean reading yesterday. As I noted last blog, we’ll be into the 80s and maybe near 90 by this coming Wednesday. While those highs are mainland, they spark folks to head shoreward.

Can’t we get just a small round of applause for the bluefish. With fluke off the table, they are truly saving many a fishing day from nothingness. There are still tons of blowfish flitting around Barnegat Bay. I don’t know if they’re migrating from the north and mustering near Barnegat Inlet or are the remaining local spawn class. The puffers have already received rounds of applause from those who have thoroughly cashed in on them. It was surely the biggest blowfish season in maybe 50 years.

Quick blowfish note: When I used to regularly go down to Merritt Island, Fla., I’d catch blowfish and eat them – going against a local mandate to never done of them due to the possibility of ciguatera. I never had so much as a jot of bad reaction. However, I was never down there in the summer when I can see problems arising from downright hot river (Banana) waters.

EVENT (Per Fisherman Magazine): The World Series of Surf Fishing 73RD ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT

Presented by Long Beach Island Fishing Club

Date: September 28, 2019 ¦ Time: 5:30AM - 3:00PM

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The Long Beach Island Fishing Club will be hosting our 73rd ANNUAL WORLD SERIES OF SURF FISHING TOURNAMENT on Saturday September 28th, 2019. We are offering both team and individual competition.

Registration: 5:30am to 6:30am. Fishing Time: 7:00am to 9:30am and 10:00am to 12:30pm

Entrance Fee: $80.00 per team received before September 1st $100.00 per team received after September 1st $20.00 per individual received before September 28th.

Registration form is available on the Association of Surf Angling Clubs homepage.

Coffee and donuts are served during registration. After fishing, return to the clubhouse for a hearty lunch, trophies, prizes and more!

Mail registration checks payable to LBIFC to the following address:

Frank D'Ambrosio 1 Fairhill Ct Marlton, NJ 08053

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In case you don’t frequent my weekly column in The SandPaper (https://www.thesandpaper.net, here’s a try-it concept for seafood lovers (of an exploratory ilk): 

Having spent many a decade behind the spatula, I like to think of myself as more than your flash in the pan seafood cook. I also pride myself on culinary experimentation. That said, this fall I might have my culinary parameters sorely tested, to see if they run more than skin deep … as in bluefish skin. I’ll explain.

Through a fellow seafood aficionado, I was alerted to a group of international chefs committed to using every iota of a fish. After hearing what they’re cooking up, I believe a couple of them really should be committed, beginning with the ones plugging boiled fisheyes as a delicacy of the highest order. Fisheye soup is already, as the song goes, big in Japan. As I immerse myself in creative use-it-all culinary experimentation, eyeballs are out. I’ll eat my pride before I’ll eat, say, broiled striped bass peepers. Of course, exporting eyeloads of eyes to Tokyo for eye-openingly big yens, that’s a matter I’ll have to look into, pun intended.

Prepping myself to better utilize the entirety of a fish, I’ll grudgingly admit I’ve been guilty of wasting a goodly portion of what a full fish body has to offer. This might be most obvious with bluefish, a personal favorite of mine when of “eater” size. I fast fillet them, likely not slicing as close to the bone as I should. 

With that filleting abuse in mind, this fall will see me going skin deep as part of my emerging effort to let no fish part go unused. But am I ready for … fried fish skins? My first forays into fish skins will be bluefish in nature. And, yes, I’m serious. Fish skin appetizers are already being blackboarded in some upscale establishments, expensively so. Spanish-speaking countries call them chicharrons, relating the final product to pork rinds. Check out this recipe website: honest-food.net/fish-skin-chicharrons-recipe.

You ready to fry up some skin? Again, I’m experimenting with blues.

Scrape off a bluefish’s easily removed scales. Once scales have flown – and they do take flight – proceed with typical filleting, separating flesh and skin into separate piles. I’ll note, merely in passing, that full-utilization fanatics make a third pile comprised of heads, bones and even innards. Those go toward more complicated usages, like sausages. For now, let’s be tasteful and just stick with skin.

Turning to what can become a sizable pile of skins, rinse the pieces quite well, in a de-sanding way. Lay flat on paper towel and pat dry. Move to cutting board and slice into 3-inch-wide pieces.

It’s the next step that makes the skin chips. With the help of a little oil or egg whites, coat each skinette with sundry seasonings or maybe a very light seasoned batter. I’ll likely go with Bay Seasoning or my homemade Cajun spices. It’s then off to frying.

To cook up a slew of skins, go with one of those home-grade deep fryers. Almost as good is a cast-iron skillet, sporting maybe an inch of grapeseed oil – with a few dashes of sesame oil. Sorry, olive oil can’t take the heat so don’t try it.

Hot cook skins until crisp, turning once. Total fry time is less than a couple minutes. Remove skin chips, paper towel excess oil and get ready to munch away. OK, for the taste test it might not be as much a munch as a tiny cautious nibble. If your taste buds respond, as other buds have done worldwide, you’ve found yourself a new seafood delectable. If fried skins move you, some worthy contributors include tog, black seabass, fluke, weakfish … and those blues. Striped bass skin has low potential due to the wicked scales that need to be removed. Of course, it might be worth the descaling effort to fully appreciate all of a bass.

But what’s in a fish skin that makes it appetizing? I’m betting it’s not the actual skin side of things that make the chips pop. Having worked as fish filleter in a Dallas fishery, I can say with assurance that even the sharpest of knives and craftiest of fillet moves still miss a thin layer of fatty flesh attached to the skin. In the cases of lousy or lazy filleters – and they’re legion – there’s weighable meat left on the skin. That’s from whence comes a fish chip’s succulence.

Wow, I’ve thoroughly talked myself into trying this.

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John Bushell Jr. to  Betty and Nicks Bait and Tackle Fishing Club9/26/19 UPDATED 7:10 AM One of my first customers of the day is on the beach for literally a 1/2 hour max and already landed a nice fat bass. Almost looks keeper sized.
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Tony Maja caught this oddball while blowfishing in Barnegat Bay using the usual clam baits associated with back bay “mixed bag” fishing this week. Many folks are encountering these cigar-shaped critters this season. It’s an inshore lizardfish (Latin name, synodus foetens) which according to NJDEP, is a bottom-dweller that ranges from Massachusetts south to Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico. NJDEP says lizardfish like sandy or muddy bottom and they’ll burrow into sediment. The average size is 11 inches though they can get up to 18 inches. Edible? Don’t know, I’ve never tried ‘em. You? C’mon, someone’s gotta be the first!

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The world's most widely used insecticide has been linked to the dramatic decline in songbirds in North America. A first ever study of birds in the wild found that a migrating songbird that ate the equivalent of one or two seeds treated with a neonicotinoid insecticide suffered immediate weight loss, forcing it to delay its journey.

Although the birds recovered, the delay could severely harm their chances of surviving and reproducing, say the Canadian researchers whose study is published today in Science.

“We show a clear link between neonicotinoid exposure at real-world levels and an impact on birds,” says lead author Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan Toxicology Center.

Spring bird migration occurs when farmers are planting, and most crops in the United States and Canada are grown with neonicotinoid-treated seeds. Birds may suffer repeated exposure at successive stopover sites where they rest and feed. That may extend migration delays and their consequences, the study concludes.

Neonicotinoids, introduced in the late 1980s, were supposed to be a safer alternative to previous insecticides. But study after study has found that they play a key role in insect decline, especially bees. The EU banned the use of the chemicals in 2018 because they were killing pollinators. This study is another link in the chain of environmental problems, one showing that the use of neonicotinoids is harming birds, and that bird populations are at risk as a result, Eng said in an interview.

It's the first proof of “behavioral effects in free-living birds as result of neonicotinoid intoxication,” says Caspar Hallmann, an ecologist at Radboud University in the Netherlands.

The results are likely to apply to other bird species that consume pesticide-treated grains, said Hallmann, who was not involved in the Science study. Hallman’s own published research has linked widespread declines in insect-eating birds to neonicotinoid use.

The populations of more than 75 percent of songbirds and other birds that rely on agricultural habitat in North America have significantly declined since 1966. The new study reveals how neonicotinoids, also known as neonics, could be directly contributing to the die-offs. Just last month a comprehensive study concluded that the widespread use of neonicotinoids had made America’s agricultural landscape 48 times more toxic to honeybees, and likely other insects, than it was 25 years ago.

Skinny songbirds

To investigate the potential impacts on wild birds, researchers captured white-crowned sparrows during a stopover on their spring migratory route from the U.S. to the boreal region of Canada, which spans the top of the country. Individual sparrows were fed either one very small dose of the most commonly used neonicotinoid, called imidacloprid, or a slightly higher dose, or one with no insecticide.


Each bird was weighed and its body composition measured before and after exposure. Birds given a higher dose of the pesticide had lost 6 percent of their body mass when weighed again six hours later.

The high dose given is comparable to a bird eating one-tenth of a single sunflower seed or corn seed treated with imidacloprid, or three or more wheat seeds, says co-author Christy Morrissey, an ecotoxicologist at the University of Saskatchewan. “It’s a minuscule amount, a tiny fraction of what these birds would eat daily,” Morrissey said in an interview.

Imidacloprid, even at extremely low doses, has an appetite-suppressing effect on the sparrows. They were lethargic and not interested in eating, she said. “We saw the same thing with captive birds in a previous study.”

That study was published in 2017 in Scientific Reports.

This isn’t surprising since neonicotinoids are chemically similar to nicotine and stimulate nerve cells, killing them at high doses. Nicotine poisoning in humans is rare because consuming too much usually makes people too sick to take more. At low doses nicotine suppresses appetite in humans. The same thing appears to be happening in birds.

Neonicotinoid hangover

The captured sparrows were released shortly after their second weigh in—and after a tiny tag transmitter was glued between their wings. The tag allowed tracking of their movements in the wild. The dosed sparrows didn’t immediately continue their migration like the undosed ones. The high-dose sparrows hung around the stopover site for an extra 3.5 days recovering from their intoxication and regaining their lost weight, the study concluded.

Fortunately, imidacloprid metabolizes fairly quickly in birds. But an extra 3.5-day delay in migration can mean the sparrows might miss their chance to breed, says Morrissey. “Small birds may only breed once or twice in their lifetimes and missing out could lead to population declines.”

“When birds migrate, they desperately need to gain weight at stopover points along the way to fuel their journey,” says Steve Holmer of the American Bird Conservancy.

The new study showed that sparrows lost crucial body fat amounting to an average of 9 percent for low-dosed birds and 17 percent for the birds that received higher doses. This exposure to a neonicotinoid may leave them without the “energy to successfully breed after flying to their breeding grounds,” Holmer wrote in an email.

David Fischer, Chief Scientist for Pollinator Safety, Bayer Crop Science, the leading manufacturer of imidacloprid, says there is no evidence that the dose levels administered in the study “are representative of exposures songbirds likely receive at real-world agricultural fields.”

Small songbirds like white-crowned sparrows are “incapable of swallowing large seeds such as corn or soybean,” Fischer wrote in an email.

However, Charlotte Roy recorded different species of sparrows and other birds along with mice, deer, and even black bears eating treated corn, soy, and wheat seeds in a new study published Sept 10 in Science of The Total Environment. Roy, a wildlife ecologist at Minnesota’s Department of Natural Resources, says small birds cracked open large seeds and ate either what was inside or fragments of it.

“They don’t necessarily have to consume the whole seed to be exposed,” she said in an interview.

In her study Roy and colleagues simulated seed spills during spring planting to see if wildlife would be attracted to this food source. Birds found the spills within a day and half on average. They also found neonicotinoid-treated seeds on the soil surface in 35 percent of the 71 recently planted fields examined.

It was the first look at whether treated seeds were readily available to be consumed by wildlife in North America. “The rate of seed spillage was much higher than anyone expected,” she says.

Farmers are generally unaware of how bad these treated seeds are for wildlife, Roy says.

At 56.5 Million Fish, Bristol Bay’s 2019 Salmon Season Smashes Expectations

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By Isabelle Ross
September 25, 2019

More than 56 million fish returned to Bristol Bay this summer. That’s far more than predicted and the sixth-largest run ever recorded.

At $306.5 million, the preliminary exvessel value for the salmon season is the highest in the fishery’s history. The exvessel price is the amount of money fishermen get when they sell their salmon to a processor. But the key word here is “preliminary.”

“That total value will only go higher,” said Garrett Evridge, an economist with the McDowell Group, an Anchorage-based consulting firm.

Evridge explained that the price the Alaska Department of Fish and Game provided only includes this year’s base price of $1.35, not bonuses for things like icing and bleeding fish.

“That average price of $1.35 is only going to increase,” he said. “We don’t know what the final price will be, but it will be higher than a buck thirty-five. And then that will influence the total exvessel value for the 2019 Bristol Bay harvest.”

The final number, due out sometime next spring, will determine whether this year’s price will exceed previous seasons.

That price tag is just one in a series of big numbers from this summer. The Bristol Bay fleet hauled in 43 million fish – the second-largest harvest on record.

Tim Sands, an area management biologist for Fish and Game, says part of why the catch was so large this year is because more of the returning fish were 1-3s – that is, they had spent one year in freshwater and three in the ocean, and so had more time to grow.

“A higher percentage of older fish this year,” he said. “We had bigger fish in the Nushagak, but also fishermen adapted a little bit by using smaller-mesh gear.”

The enormous catch was harvested during one of the hottest, driest summers ever in Bristol Bay. In some rivers, the run was halted by thermal barriers – pockets of water that were too warm for the salmon to swim through. Sands said that was the case in the Igushik, on the west side of the bay.

“We did see and hear reports of many, many sockeye dying in that river,” Sands said.

Still, all rivers ended up meeting or exceeding their escapement, meaning enough fish went on to spawn in their natal streams and lakes. Fish and Game expects to release the final numbers for 2019 this spring.

Photo Credit: Scott Steindorf/iStock/Getty Images Plus

NASA admits that climate change occurs because of changes in Earth’s solar orbit, and NOT because of SUVs and fossil fuels

Image: NASA admits that climate change occurs because of changes in Earth’s solar orbit, and NOT because of SUVs and fossil fuels

(Natural News) For more than 60 years, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has known that the changes occurring to planetary weather patterns are completely natural and normal. But the space agency, for whatever reason, has chosen to let the man-made global warming hoax persist and spread, to the detriment of human freedom.

It was the year 1958, to be precise, when NASA first observed that changes in the solar orbit of the earth, along with alterations to the earth’s axial tilt, are both responsible for what climate scientists today have dubbed as “warming” (or “cooling,” depending on their agenda). In no way, shape, or form are humans warming or cooling the planet by driving SUVs or eating beef, in other words.

But NASA has thus far failed to set the record straight, and has instead chosen to sit silently back and watch as liberals freak out about the world supposedly ending in 12 years because of too much livestock, or too many plastic straws.

In the year 2000, NASA did publish information on its Earth Observatory website about the Milankovitch Climate Theory, revealing that the planet is, in fact, changing due to extraneous factors that have absolutely nothing to do with human activity. But, again, this information has yet to go mainstream, some 19 years later, which is why deranged, climate-obsessed leftists have now begun to claim that we really only have 18 months left before the planet dies from an excess of carbon dioxide (CO2).

The truth, however, is much more along the lines of what Serbian astrophysicist Milutin Milankovitch, after whom the Milankovitch Climate Theory is named, proposed about how the seasonal and latitudinal variations of solar radiation that hit the earth in different ways, and at different times, have the greatest impact on earth’s changing climate patterns.

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The below two images (by Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC) help to illustrate this, with the first showing earth at a nearly zero orbit, and the second showing earth at a 0.07 orbit. This orbital change is depicted by the eccentric, oval shape in the second image, which has been intentionally exaggerated for the purpose of showing the massive change in distance that occurs between the earth and the sun, depending on whether it is at perihelion or aphelion.


“Even the maximum eccentricity of the Earth’s orbit – 0.07 – it would be impossible to show at the resolution of a web page,” notes the Hal Turner Radio Show. “Even so, at the current eccentricity of .017, the Earth is 5 million kilometers closer to Sun at perihelion than at aphelion.”

For more related news about climate change and global warming from an independent, non-establishment perspective, be sure to check out ClimateScienceNews.com.

The biggest factor affecting earth’s climate is the SUN

As for earth’s obliquity, or its change in axial tilt, the below two images (Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC) show the degree to which the earth can shift on both its axis and its rotational orientation. At the higher tilts, earth’s seasons become much more extreme, while at lower tilts they become much more mild. A similar situation exists for earth’s rotational axis, which depending on which hemisphere is pointed at the sun during perihelion, can greatly impact the seasonal extremes between the two hemispheres.


Based on these different variables, Milankovitch was able to come up with a comprehensive mathematical model that is able to compute surface temperatures on earth going way back in time, and the conclusion is simple: Earth’s climate has always been changing, and is in a constant state of flux due to no fault of our own as human beings.

When Milankovitch first put forward his model, it went ignored for nearly half a century. Then, in 1976, a study published in the journal Science confirmed that Milankovitch’s theory is, in fact, accurate, and that it does correspond to various periods of climate change that have occurred throughout history.

In 1982, six years after this study was published, the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences adopted Milankovitch’s theory as truth, declaring that:

“… orbital variations remain the most thoroughly examined mechanism of climatic change on time scales of tens of thousands of years and are by far the clearest case of a direct effect of changing insolation on the lower atmosphere of Earth.”

If we had to sum the whole thing up in one simple phrase, it would be this: The biggest factor influencing weather and climate patterns on earth is the sun, period. Depending on the earth’s position to the sun at any given time, climate conditions are going to vary dramatically, and even create drastic abnormalities that defy everything that humans thought they knew about how the earth worked.

But rather than embrace this truth, today’s climate “scientists,” joined by leftist politicians and a complicit mainstream media, insist that not using reusable grocery bags at the supermarket and not having an electric vehicle are destroying the planet so quickly that we absolutely must implement global climate taxes as the solution.

“The climate change debate is not about science. It is an effort to impose political and economic controls on the population by the elite,” wrote one commenter at the Hal Turner Radio Show.

“And it’s another way to divide the population against itself, with some who believe in man-made global warming and some who don’t, i.e. divide and conquer.”

You can read the full Hal Turner Radio Show report at this link.

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