Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Thursday, May 29, 2014: I came that close to inviting home a 28-incher but, as usually happens, he looked me in the eyes and sent me a message “Don’t do it, dude … please.” I repented and released … then realized that fish isn’t so kind when he’s sucking down begging bunker and cringing crabs.
Lightish winds tomorrow and not-bad winds over the weekend could make this another just-fine fishing stretch.
While I’m getting more bass info from just to our north (IBSP up to Seaside), I also continue to get info on fun surfside stripering on LBI.
The winds make it seem the fishing has cooled but that is likely due to fewer anglers in action.
BEACH GRAINS: The beaches are lookin’ mighty good right about now, especially Ship Bottom, which has accrued the littoral drift benefits of sands formerly pumped onto Surf City -- and even Harvey Cedars -- beaches. It also abuts with the Brant Beach replen, though there is very little grain drain from the south, heading northward.
For those wondering about the scheduled Island-long beach replenishment, there isn’t a whole lot new going on. Chatting with Army Corps folks this weekend, the project will likely go out to bid in October and begin in November. It is at the discretion of the winning bidder as to where the work will begin, be it north, south, both or middle. I’m big on a shotgun start at both ends, working toward the middle.
As to any last-minute variations to the established profiling of the replenished beaches, i.e. the shape of the finalized replenished beaches, it all comes down to expense. For whatever technical reasons, even simple tweaks and variations can cost, big time. That’s not to say there isn’t some waggle room but I sure wouldn’t bank on big changes. There’s absolutely no harm in trying, though.
Here’s a contact point/petition pushing for a redesign of replen plans: http://www.change.org/petitions/new-jersey-dep-and-usace-modify-the...
Some fine lures at Viking Outfitters: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXYBXk-J0AU&feature=youtu.be
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Examiner] - May 29, 2014 -
The Atlantic bluefin tuna catch limit has once again been readjusted for the summer.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration is announcing in the Federal Register of Thursday, May 29, 2014 that it is increasing the general category daily retention limit for Atlantic bluefin tuna from the default level of one medium or giant fish all the way up to four fish. The new limit takes effect June 1 and runs through Aug. 31.
The tuna involved measure at least 73 inches (185 cm) curved fork length. NMFS reminds fishermen that the limit applies per day or trip – four bluefin per day if a boat takes two trips a day, or four fish if it stays at sea overnight.
The tuna are now swimming north toward the northeast coast fishing areas, as they do this time of year. Based on fishing patterns over the last few years, NMFS figures that boats could take up to four of the tuna without exceeding the quotas assigned under the Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan. In fact, NMFS figures that with a lower limit than four, it might have to increase the catch limit substantially for the rest of the year. The agency reserves the right to alter the catch limit if circumstances warrant.
But if it allowed a five-fish limit, it would have to cut back for the fall, the agency figures. Besides, fish caught in the summer tend to taste better. NMFS notes that it will collect more data over the summer to assess the fishery.
Because of timeliness, NMFS says it could not put the rule up for public comment before implementing it. It based the decision on information that came in right up to the last minute. And delaying the increase could result in underharvest.
For Immediate Release Contact: Bailey Hall (202) 225-4765 runyan.house.gov 05/29/2014
Runyan Amendment to Protect Fishing Communities Passes Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C.-This afternoon, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed Congressman Jon Runyan’s (NJ-03) amendment to H.R.4742, the Strengthening Fishing Communities and Increasing Flexibility in Fisheries Management Act. H.R. 4742 would reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act for 5 years.
The amendment, which passed by voice vote, would require the Secretary of Commerce to publish the estimated cost of recovery for a fishery resources disaster no later than 30 days after declaring such a disaster.
“I am pleased that the Committee has passed my bipartisan, straightforward amendment that is needed so that when the next natural disaster decimates a fishing community, that community will receive timely data and not be forced to suffer like the fishermen in New Jersey and New York had to in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy,” said Runyan. “It should not take months and months for NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to release damage estimates, and my amendment will help protect fishing communities so that they can receive the appropriate amount of aid in a timely manner.”
On November 16, 2012 the Secretary of Commerce declared a fisheries resource disaster for the States of New Jersey and New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
In December of 2012 Rep. Runyan requested NOAA to provide the estimated cost of recovery for New Jersey fishing communities.
On January 15, 2013 Hurricane Sandy recovery legislation passed the House with only $5 million in fisheries disaster aid. This aid was originally going to be split amongst every state in the country with a fisheries disaster, but Rep. Runyan added an amendment to restrict the money to New Jersey and New York.
On March 15, 2013, four months after declaring a fishery disaster, NOAA finally released its cost estimate for the fishery disaster in New York and New Jersey, and much too late to be included in recovery legislation
Memorial Weekend greeted the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association with beautiful weather, and a wide variety of fish were available to make fishing trips productive. Although a nor’easter has hit this week, the upcoming weekend in Beach Haven promises to be a nice one.
Captain John Koegler had a party out of “Pop’s Pride” on a back bay trip and found some nice striped bass and black drumfish. On Sunday afternoon Captain John took the “Starfish” out in the ocean looking for stripers to no avail. He finished the day up on the Garden State South Reef where he caught mostly spiny dogfish up to 37-inches along with some smaller sea bass. Captain Carl Sheppard will be skippering the “Starfish” now and says the fishing is just getting started.
Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig” Sportfishing opened the fluke season in Great Bay where he reports he had to weed through a bunch of small fish but did manage to put 2 fat fish in the cooler. The next day he went out for drumfish, and despite finding no drum, he managed some nice fluke, bluefish, and nonstop big dogfish. Captain Gary had two trips on Sunday. In the morning his charter put 5 nice fluke in the box, and his night drumfish trip resulted in a 50-pound black drum.
Captain Dave Kreines had Jim Anderson and son Larry out on the “Byte Me” for a post-Memorial Day of fluking. They fished Great Bay using Gulp and spearing for bait. They picked up three keepers to 23-inches along with about a dozen shorts. They also had action on skates and dogfish making it a fun day topped by a fish dinner.
Captain Bob Gerkens brought his boat “Hot Tuna” back to Beach Haven from Morehead City last week, a “50 hour canyon fishing trip” as Bob calls it. In the southern canyons a number of nice Mahi were caught of which 4 were gaffers. They also caught some blackfin tuna and released a 4-foot mako.
He reports that he reached a nice warm eddy of water in a more northern canyon which is regularly fished out of Beach Haven. They found schools of both bluefin and yellowfin which they worked until dark. Three former US Marines from North Carolina crewed and fished on the trip north. This might be a good time to look into an offshore charter before the crowds start sailing to the canyons.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.
THIS WILL IMPACT ALL OF US:
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Los Angeles Times] By Alana Semuels May 23, 2014
Not the target species, but I'm not complaining. The top-water hits are insane!