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Tuesday, August 16, 2016: Ever feel you’re nearing a

After giving up 6 first-inning runs, pitcher be thinking what next ...

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What part of "Can I go on that ride?" weren't you sure about, kid? Can I get a "MOM!!!!!!!" outta you? 

Below: Obviously a college town: 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016: Ever feel you’re nearing a breaking point but can’t tell where the break is actually going to occur?

Say what?

That’s just my typical had-enough-of-this production day pressure at the paper -- hampered by a finger I broke many weeks back. It has waited until now to suddenly, well, give me the finger – swollen and a-pain. No, I never get a lone broken finger set -- unless it’s an ugly compound fracture, poking out. Next break I might rethink that.

Bitching done, I work with a great crew that makes things as easy as they can get – before those little things arise that I alone need to do.

This week’s top time-stealer was highlighted by a mom aggressively wanting a “cover photo” focusing on her daughter’s upcoming wedding. Gospel truth conversation.

Her hook: “There will be a really famous person attending.”

“Who?” I asked.

“Oh, I can’t say. Besides the place (no “place” location given) would be overrun with photographers if anyone was to know.”

“So, can I send a SandPaper photographer to the wedding?”

“Oh, we’ll have our own photographers.”

“So, you’ll send us a photo of this famous person with the couple?”

“Oh, we can’t use his face.”

“Then what are we supposed to put on the cover?”

Irritated. “A picture of the wedding couple!”

Again, that was an actual conversation – and not far from others along the wedding theme line. I only went as far as I did in this case after having had Christina Aguilera and Taylor Swift attend separate private LBI events this summer. Boy, did I hear it from aggravated readers when we didn’t have exclusive photos for either VIP showing. So, now, if you hear about a wedding attended by a really famous person and we don’t have a photo of said famous person, my bad.   

Just my luck the call-in mom reads this column ... and her daughter and brides maids (below) get wind of it, too. "Uh, I was actually thinking about using your wedding pictures on the next four or five covers of The SandPaper." Famous guest was Ted Nugent.  (Not serious about either those cover shots or Ted Nugent.)

Hey, you can often tell a person more by the enemies made than the friends kept.  For example, Trump just ripped all media as “assholes.” Hey, if anyone should intimately know assholes … You just made an enemy, numbnuts.

But onward to fishing, which took a bit of an oddish turn with the taking of some surfside Spanish mackerel, a species for which I held the state record after landing a monster mack in Holgate. I took it on a three-oz Hopkins meant for bluefish. I recall it was so stormy that day it was approaching head-home conditions. The fish hit the metal at the top of a cresting wave, where I got a glimpse that told me this wasn’t your usual bluefish. I had never seen a Spanish mackerel prior to that.

Thanks to Bruce and Pat, my fish was registered with the state. For a few years, I saw my name on the state record list. I was to later find out, my fish was likely close to a world record. I kid you not. I was eventually beaten out -- by mere ounces -- when Donald Kohler caught a 9-12 in 1990, while fishing from a boat off Cape May. That fish became an IGFA world record.  Oh, well, I would have lost to him in both record-breaking cases.

Oh, I should mention my mack fought like a sommabitch, on par with an equal-size bluefish – and then some. I was using seriously heavy fishing gear due to weather and marauding blues to 20 pounds. Anything lighter and I’d never have gotten in that mega-mack.

The Spanish macks I’m seeing pics of now are real small. I hear they’re delicious at that size. My jumbo mack was far from delicious.

Below:   www.northcarolinasportsman.com 

Mackerel are mainly caught on metals – zipped in like crazy. In fact, when I caught mine (none since), I was reeling in the Hopkins in a give-up/go-home mode, i.e. as fast as I could get the line in.

TRIGGER HAPPY: Now to an expected, somewhat late, showing of triggerfish.

See local trigger photos below.

Almost exclusively boat-caught fish, I have taken triggerfish surfcasting; a few near the Holgate Rip while using kingfish rigs.

I have also taken a couple using sandcrabs, while balance-fishing off beachfront jetty rocks -- back in the pre-replen days, when togging could be excellent off the rocks.

I was, in fact, togging when I sight-targeted the triggers. I could easily see them casually plying the rocks of a larger jetty. I dangled a sandcrab bait (on a 1/0 blackfish hook) in front of them. Double score.

Below: For whatever reason, sandcrabs bounce back after a replenishment like gangbusters.

Triggerfish is one of the only species I always keep – to gut and later cook whole, in the skin; peeling away the oven-crisped skin and forking out wonderful white meat to dip in melted butter. You might guess that any triggers I might get this summer are coming home with me. The biggest I’ve caught was boat fishing, anchored and chumming grassies, off the Barnegat Inlet North Jetty.  

I’m not counting real small triggerfish, including a couple queens, I caught bobber fishing shrimp on the edge of Myer’s Hole, High Bar Harbor.

Queen triggerfish ... 

 Water conditions: Just did a late-day look at the beach in Surf City. A lot of folks are surfcasting since high tide is aligning nicely with when lifeguards go off duty.

The water remains real clean. It cleaned up late yesterday.

While I hear of beachside water temps elsewhere in the mid to upper 70s, I could only muster a 70.1, via infrared.

The winds are brisk south. We might get hit by a period of rocking south winds into tomorrow. Here’s hoping it’s not enough to taint things. Then, we go into a compass spin of winds, with southerlies dominating, though nothing overly hard. I even see a land-and-sea breezes situation possibly setting up, meaning light winds in the a.m. and sorta brisk into late afternoon, before dying down after dark.

Lots of grass washed up on the beach yesterday but very little remains in the water; at most, some in the swash. 

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Trigger fish for dinner tonight!!

An when you get atop a huge school of triggerfish. 

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Ray Kerico a 'Big Nutz Required' Sportfishing.

8/13 JCSA & Bergen County Fluke Tourney Report.. We just got the call from JCSA! 1ST PLACE FINISH and tie for the BNR! We went right to where we left them last week.. Good action for most of the morning with some decent fish but as soon as the south wind picked up that went bye-bye.. Battled the condition all afternoon and picked away.. Decided to call it quits a little earlier than we wanted. Still had a healthy box of fish with 20 Keepers up to 7.75lbs which landed us in First Place in JCSA and tied with our boyJerry Postorino of the Fish Monger! Congrats pal! We weighed in for Bergen but missed the mark. Congrats to all the winners! Glad we were one of them this week! The beat goes on....

Ray Kerico's photo.
Ray Kerico's photo.

Below: This is a good thing in as much as our commercial fishermen have to jump through more hoops than a dolphin at Sea World, so their competition in other countries should need to also play by those strict rules. And if we run low on seafood for America? The price gets upped a bit, closer to the real worth of seafood -- which is astoundingly under-priced in the US, leading to over-fishing to meet fishermen's profit margins. 

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NOAA Fisheries Establishes International Marine Mammal Bycatch Criteria for U.S. Imports
NOAA Fisheries has issued a final rule implementing import provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).

The United States is a global leader in marine mammal conservation and sustainable fisheries, with U.S. fisheries abiding by some of the world's most robust conservation practices, including measures to reduce marine mammal bycatch-a global threat to many populations of marine mammals.
  
This rule implements aspects of the Marine Mammal Protection Act that aim to reduce marine mammal bycatch associated with international commercial fishing operations, by requiring nations exporting fish and fish products to the United States to be held to the same standards as U.S. commercial fishing operations.

The rule also establishes the criteria for evaluating a harvesting nation's regulatory program for reducing marine mammal bycatch and the procedures required to receive authorization to import fish and fish products into the United States. To ensure effective implementation, the rule establishes a 5 year exemption period to allow foreign harvesting nations time to develop, as appropriate, regulatory programs comparable in effectiveness to U.S. programs.

For more information about the rule and for the schedule of public webinar meetings, please go to: 
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/slider_stories/2016/08/mmpafinalrule.html
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New Jersey firefighter and policeman land $767,000 tuna

The big fish led to a big payout in Maryland


There is fishing for riches and then there is actually hooking the big one.

A firefighter and police sergeant from New Jersey teamed to catch a 236.5 pound bigeye tuna in the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Maryland, NJ.com reported.

Thanks to the size of the fish and the tournament's purse money the catch earned them a check to the tune of -- tuna -- $736,091.

Rich Kosztyu, the firefighter, and Brian Suschke, the policeman, will share their riches with lifelong friend Damien Romeo, who owns the boat they were fishing on for the tournament.

"He fought the fish for about an hour," Suschke said of the catch on Aug. 10.

Their tuna edged one that was 233 pounds. First prize in the tournament, which carries prize money of more than $4.4 million, was $400,000 and the collected.

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Kentucky Chefs Praise Invasive Asian Carp for its Versatility in the Kitchen

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Lexington Herald-Leader] by Janet Patton - August 16, 2016

The next farm-to-table dinner at Table Three Ten will leave the land for the sea and the lake. Owner Daniel Marlowe will feature the wares of fishmonger Kelly Probst, who ia scheduled to be at the Farm Dinner on Aug. 25.

But they won't be serving ordinary fish.

"We are different. We supply 'weird,'" Probst said. "We specialize in sustainably caught, sustainably sourced or bycatch items."

Bycatch is fish that weren't what the fishermen meant to catch, Probst said. And it's often something people tend to think is ... less than appetizing.

Probst, who pursued his master's degree in Kentucky State University's aquaculture program, has researched a lot of fish. And often what people think about a fish doesn't match how it tastes.

"As a graduate student, I was curious, and I went and ate everything: carp, gar ... some of it was disgusting, but some stuff was delicious," he said. "The number one thing has been these carp."

He doesn't mean the native, bottom-feeding carp, but the Asian carp that have invaded Kentucky's lakes and waterways, the ones often seen making spectacular leaps out of the water as a boat goes by. Those are surface-feeders that eat the same zooplankton and phytoplankton that native bass, bluegill and crappie eat, Probst said.

The silver Asian carp can out-compete the young native fish, driving down their numbers. And the carp get huge, much bigger than the 5 pounds they achieve in their own native waters.

"Here ... they grow like crazy," Probst said. "It's not uncommon to catch 40- to 50-pound fish; most are around 20 pounds."

That makes for a fish that is surprisingly versatile and appealing, once chefs and diners get past their preconceptions.

"When we bring it to chefs, we say, 'Get a knife; try it raw,'" Probst said. "And every time they say, 'It's so clean!' ... Chefs say it's very versatile on the grill. As sashimi, raw, it's very clean, with no muddy or fishy flavor. Pleasant on the palate. When you cook it, it's very firm, almost tunalike, but with a nice flake. It cooks up extremely white. ... Our only challenge is trying to get people to try it."

Probst works with Fin Gourmet out of Paducah, which specializes in the carp. Owners Lula Luu and John Crilly moved to Kentucky from New Orleans because of the easy accessibility to the carp. They buy the carp from "Captain Ronnie," who fishes daily in Lake Barkley.

"It comes in at 7 in the morning and is out to the restaurants that afternoon," Luu said.

That freshness, and their ability to produce a bone-free filet of the meaty fish, has created a growing market in Kentucky and elsewhere, she said, and that has helped them create jobs for people who need second chances, including those recovering from addiction.

Right now they are delivering about 1,000 pounds of carp fillets (and 3,000 pounds of surimi, or fish paste, often sold in the U.S. as imitation crab) a week. By the end of the year, they expect to add a second shift and more than double capacity. The expansion is possible because they have worked to build a market for this fish that nobody seemed to want.

In Lexington, Fin Gourmet and Kelly n' Kris Seafood work with Table Three Ten, Lockbox, Holly Hill Inn and Smithtown Seafood, among others.

Crilly said they hope to sell their carp at Good Foods Co-op soon and are working with a distributor in Nashville.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for us," he said. "We see this as another Kentucky Proud product we can showcase internationally, like the bourbon industry. This is very much a unique Kentucky product."

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Former New Bedford Scalloper the Lady Gertrude Sinks While Fishing for Fluke Off NJ Coast

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [APP] By Dan Radel - August 16, 2016
 
Early Monday, before the sun was up, the Lady Gertrude was about 35 to 40 miles southeast of Sandy Hook in a fishing ground called the Chicken Canyon when she started to take on water.
 
The canyon is a deep depression on the ocean floor and a ground known for scallops -- what the Lady Gertrude, a 78-foot commercial fishing vessel from Point Pleasant Beach, was after when she left Manasquan Inlet on Sunday night.
 
By 2 a.m. though, something had gone wrong as the boat’s hull started filling with water.
 
Capt. Jim Lovgren was far away on the boat Shadowfax, towing his nets for fluke two miles off the beach when he heard the Gertrude’s first emergency call over the VHS radio. His heart dropped into his stomach. His 34-year old son Keith Lovgren was on the boat.
 
“I’m worried, but I do know my son’s been through this before and he knows what to do,” said Lovgren, whose boat Viking sunk in 2012 with both him and his two sons on board.
 
They all made it home safe that day. Keith, who was back at his Brick home by Monday afternoon, made it home safe this time, too.
 
He declined to talk to a reporter, however.
 
The three-member crew, including Capt. Erik Mykelbust of Brick, was rescued by the 85-foot commercial boat Mazey James, which also home ports at Point Pleasant Beach. The Mazey James was scallop fishing five miles from the Lady Gertrude when Capt. Brendon McCarthy heard the distress call over the radio. He picked up his boat's outriggers and steamed to the location to rescue the crew.
 
“When Brendon got there the crew was already in the lifeboat,” said Capt. Jimmy Elliott who co-owns the  Mazey James, with McCarthy.
 
By 5 a.m. the boat had rolled over, its hull facing the stars. By then though, the three-member crew were safely aboard the Mazey James.
 
"They would have done the same for us,” said Elliott. “I’m just glad everyone got back safe and sound.”
 
Jim Lovgren estimates the boat sunk in 130 feet of water. Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier, U.S. Coast Guard Station New York, said before the crew had abandoned the craft they put on their survival suits and activated the boat's emergency radio beacon.
 
Elliott said McCarthy brought Lady Gertrude's crew back to the Fishermen’s Cooperative Dock in Point Pleasant Beach. Strohmaier confirmed that all crew members were accounted for and safe. The third crew member has not been identified.
 
Strohmaier said what caused the vessel to sink is still under investigation.
 
Former crewmen and other area fishermen with knowledge of the sinking believe it was the main shaft that broke on the boat, causing the water to rush in with more force than a fire hose.
 
According to Lovgren the ocean conditions were in the crew's favor because it was a relatively calm morning, with a light southwest wind at 10 mph and three-foot seas.
 
The boat was owned by Erik Myklebust's father, Hans, a Toms River native, who purchased it from a New Bedford, Massachusetts, fishermen in 2013, according to Press archives and Coast Guard Vessel Documentations. The boat was built in 1979 and was made of a steel hull.
 
Mykelbust kept it at the Fishermen’s Cooperative Dock.
 
The New York Police Department's Aviation Unit and the U.S. Coast Guard both responded to the sinking vessel.

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