Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, March 13, 2018: The flakes flew and then took flight, via melting. ... UFOs v. Lasers.

"Oh, you think this is really funny, don't you, lady?" 

Dog struggles with large ball through doggy door

"This is definitely going straight to the UN. ... CZE is a known 'neutral' nation!"

Speed skating oops

"Why it's important to know what you're doing before going after the other side at a political rally." 

Chick pepper-sprays herself

Tuesday, March 13, 2018: The flakes flew and then took flight, via melting.

Due to poor slamming-shut procedures on my part, I lost my front storm door at the height of northeast winds. Such de-doorings happens with aggravating regularity, especially since I disable the closure mechanism since it constantly slams shut too quickly when I’m rushing out with a quiver of fishing rods in tow. Back in surfing days, we’d disable the storm door closers since they’d slam shut on surfboards. Now I pay the storm door piper. Any storm door installers out there?

This protracted winter will likely slow the arrival of perch and early-striper fishing, though the Delaware is already showing fine looking bass. While the lengthening of days matters, water temps ranging from upper 30s (bay) to low 40s (ocean) aren’t overly inviting for bigger biomasses, like bass moving in from deeper ocean waters to spawn, feed, spawn some more, etc.

I’ll re-note that dredge work is about to proceed as part of the replenishing of beaches in Harvey Cedars, Surf City and parts of Brant Beach (LBT). As to how the upcoming work might affect surf fishing, it's predicated on good weather allowing fast and easy “spraying” … "spraying" being the word used by workers when talking about placing sand.

I can almost assure beach-fix work will be done before the first waves of mongo bluefish cruise the entire beachline, south to north. Sorry, but I have no faith in the spring run of beachfront stripers. Take away the near-beach clams and crabs – which has taken place – and the suds offer little of interest to the trophy bass. 

Speaking of bluefish, you might have read how the commercialites are fully bummed over the lack of bluefish during their bluefish netting season. For sure, we of a recreational ilk are stunned over the unprecedented showing of spring choppers. I bring that up since the odd arrival for us aligns with the loss of blues for commercial fishing. The ecological pot is seemingly being stirred. Increasing ocean surface water temps must be playing a role, most likely by shifting the comings and goings of essential forage fish?

I know it’s not huge on the minds of most modern nearshore anglers but what in bloody hell happened to what used to be one of the most reliable early-season bites: Boston mackerel!? Famed as one of the finest baits to freeze, easily lasting into fall gamefishing times, I luxuriated in their flavor when fresh cooked. They are incredible tasting, while near the top as a healthfood fish. The last I heard, foreign mega-ships had been free to harvest them, and herring, in our EEZ. I don’t know if that’s still true, but, even if those factory ships have been vanquished, they likely did everlasting damage.

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And now for something completely totally different ... 

Years back, I jokingly joined what is most kindly described as a UFO-seeking club, though the more I’ve chatted with its member the more I realize it’s more of a reality-seeking club -- of which many members have yet to succeed.

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That aside, the group has lately been flooding me with updates on what it calls a “Red Alert” UFO story, stemming from a just-released three-video UFO series, governmentally code-named “GO FAST.”

These official USG videos, freed by the Freedom of Information Act, were selected after official review. They were quickly acquired and forwarded to all public entities, including the news media, by the To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA). `

TTSA is itself a bit of a UFO – Utterly Freaky Organization. It was co-founded by Tom DeLonge, famed for his guitar and vocal work with the pop band, Blink-182. The group’s leadership gets heavier and headier via Dr. Hal Puthoff, a NASA and DoD adviser. Bringing TTSA into the realm of head-bangingly esoterica Jim Semivan, former senior intelligence member of the CIA. Talk about the potential for some weird-ass conversing.

The moving force behind the current “Red Alert” UFO condition is the third GO FAST video, from 2015. It seemingly shows unnamed U.S. Navy pilots, flying a Boeing F/A-18 Super Hornet at 25,000 feet, encountering a shout-worthy unidentified flying object. You can hear the boys-will-be-boys excitement of the fighter jet’s aerial observer and weapons system operator upon seeing the UFO -- and then locking onto it with a Raytheon’s Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pod

Per TTSA, the GO FAST video is “an authentic DoD video that captures the high-speed flight of an unidentified aircraft at low altitudes.”

Below is the YouTube link for the video. I’ll warn you right now, it won’t knock your extraterrestrial-seeking socks off on first viewing. However, I have known a slew of fighter pilots and they don’t get that excited unless there’s a damn good reason. I’d say they’re seeing something fully freak:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxVRg7LLaQA.

Seeing the odd hoopla caused by the release of the GO FAST videos, made famous through a related NY Times article, I had to throw in my cold-water two-cents worth. Those words sunk like bricks, expectedly.

After watching and re-watching the Super Hornet video, I balked at the seeming speed of the UFO – which it truly is, even if it’s not an extraterrestrial UFO. Nothing traveling at that speed could circumvent sound-barrier sound-offs, aka sonic booms. Breaking the sound barrier also entails a visual sky signature, similar to heat waves, surrounding the flanks of any Mach 1 aircraft -- which it truly is, even if it’s an extraterrestrial aircraft.

After dozens of viewings – and looking at a few other “irrefutable” UFO videos – I back-focused on something a local laser-miester professor told me not that many years back.

During an interview for a story, I was mind-boggled by the not-nutty professor, as he spoke of a headlong rush toward war-worthy laser imaging. The sky was the non-limit. He foresaw – or was he helping to work on? -- hologram warfare, one of the most futuristic efforts ever undertaken by the Pentagon.

Today, DOD-funded research on military holograms is being less militaristically advanced by the Non-Lethal Technology Innovations Center at the University of New Hampshire. A similar non-lethal lab is located at the University of Pennsylvania. Their academic focus is simple and spooky: find ways to project enormous holograms above battlefields, overwhelming images sure to scare the crap out of enemy forces. Fittingly, one such hypothetical application is being called “The Face of Allah.” You can guess where that face might be showing up.

As to what the lasered Face of Allah should look like, that’s quite the stumper. Just try to Google “Allah images,” seeking an insider look-see at his continence … assuming Allah is a he. Nary a suspected sighting, or even an artist rendition to be found. I’m guessing that’s due in large part to a tendency for militant Muslims to torture and kill any artists portraying Allah. That can quell the flow of oils and acrylics real fast.

I’m not sure why this jumps to mind, but I’ll bet the camel that a sky-sized Colonel Kurtz would send shivers up the spines of ISIS. ... 

But back to UFOs. I have it on above-average authority that experimental holograms are already lighting up our friendly skies. It would be beyond-easy to project eerie lights over Phoenix -- you know, just to get a feel for how the effect filters downward and into the public sector below. Maybe see www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/24264457.

My hologram splash of cold water almost made me a martyr with my UFO group, though I persist in saying that virtually anything now seen in the sky could have a laser source.

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PS: You experts might ask how holograms, like a streaking GO FAST UFO, can be locked onto by the likes of Raytheon ATFLIR pod. Notice that the ATFLIR is equipped with a “target laser rangefinder/laser designator” and also a “laser spot tracker.” What better way to fool lasers than with other lasers. Hologram aircraft will be radar-ready, dispersing laser signals to make them seem real as life. 

Hey, it has been a long winter. A man has to think about something ... right, Scotty? 


Mid-Atlantic Council Seeking Applicants for Advisory Panels


Applications Due by April 20, 2018

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is soliciting applications from qualified individuals to serve on eight advisory panels. Advisory panels provide information and recommendations to the Council during the development of fishery management plans, amendments, specifications, and management measures. One of the chief responsibilities of advisory panels is the development of annual Fishery Performance Reports. These reports provide the Council and SSC with information about the factors that influenced fishing effort and catch within each fishery during the previous year.


Advisory panels are composed of individuals with diverse experience and interest in Mid-Atlantic fisheries. Members include commercial fishermen, recreational anglers, for-hire operators, dealers, scientists, environmentalists, and other members of the interested public. Most advisory panels meet 1-2 times per year. Members are compensated for travel and per diem expenses for all meetings.  Individuals who are appointed to advisory panels serve for three-year terms. All current advisory panel members must reapply in order to be considered for reappointment.


The Council is accepting applications for the following advisory panels:

  • Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass 
  • Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish 
  • Surfclam and Ocean Quahog
  • Tilefish 
  • Bluefish
  • Ecosystem and Ocean Planning
  • River Herring and Shad
  • Dogfish (Jointly managed with New England Council) 

How to Apply

Anyone interested in serving on an advisory panel may apply online or download an application at www.mafmc.org/forms/advisory-panel-application. Applications can also be obtained by calling the Council office at (877) 446-2362.


Completed applications must be received by Friday, April 20, 2018.


If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Mary Sabo at (302) 518-1143, msabo@mafmc.org.



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Just to buff up on bass ... 

Life History of Striped Bass

On the Atlantic coast, striped bass range from the St. Lawrence River in Canada to the St. John’s River in Florida.  Migratory populations under Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission management range from Maine through North Carolina.This fish is a long-lived (at least up to 30 years of age) species that normally spends the majority of its adult life in coastal estuaries or the ocean, migrating north and south seasonally, and ascending to rivers to spawn in the spring. 

striped bass distribution map

*AquaMaps - Distribution of striped bass


Mature female striped bass (age four and older) produce large quantities of eggs (up to 500,000), which are fertilized by mature males (age two and older) as they are released into riverine spawning areas. The fertilized eggs drift downstream with currents while developing, eventually hatching into larvae. The larvae and post-larvae begin feeding on microscopic animals during their downstream journey. After their arrival in the nursery areas, located in river deltas and the inland portions of coastal sounds and estuaries, they mature into juveniles.

Striped bass larval development

*Scotton, L.N., R.E. Smith, N.S. Smith, K.S. Price and D.P. de Sylva, 1973. Pictorial guide to fish larvae of Delaware Bay: with information and bibliographies useful for the study of fish larvae


They remain in coastal sounds and estuaries for two to four years, and then they migrate to the Atlantic Ocean. In the ocean, fish tend to move north during the summer and south during the winter. Important wintering grounds for the mixed stocks are located from offshore New Jersey to as far south as North Carolina. With warming water temperatures in the spring, the mature adult fish migrate to the riverine spawning areas to complete their life cycle.

Seasonal Striped Bass Migration Map

striped bass migration

*From the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries

In general, the Chesapeake Bay spawning areas produce the majority of coastal migratory striped bass. Atlantic coast migratory striped bass use coastal rivers as spawning sites and the lower portions of the rivers and their associated bays and estuaries as nursery areas. Adult habitats include coastal rivers and the near-shore ocean. These habitats are distributed along the coast from Maine through North Carolina. Use of these habitats by migratory striped bass may increase or decrease as the size of the population changes.

Big shout out to Eric Davis for this killer pencil. This came out SICK. Cant wait to put this to some fish. Stoked on how this turned out !!! 

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2018 Spring Trout Fishing Information

Link to License Website
2018 Weekly Stocking Schedules
2018 Trout Allocations by Water and Day Stocked
2018 Bonus Broodstock Program
Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by County
Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by Name
Trout Fishing Facts & Information (pdf, 31kb)
2018 Trout Regulations
(pdf, 215kb)
Outdoors with Andre: Raising and stocking a half million trout (nj.com video) 
2018 Trout Stocking Meeting Information 


Each spring, approximately 570,000 rainbow trout raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery are stocked into the state's streams, ponds, and lakes. Nearly 1/3 of these trout, 184,140, will await anglers on April 7 when the season opens. The majority of trout being stocked will average 10½ inches but large breeders, measuring 15 - 21" and weighing up to 5 pounds are also distributed in the early weeks of the season.

The state's fourteen major trout streams are stocked every week following Opening Day and are closed to fishing from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of stocking to allow the trout a chance to disperse. All other waters are open to fishing on stocking days, following opening day, with most stocked at least three times. Since every county has waters that are stocked with trout, trout fishing opportunities are never too far away.

Angler with rainbow trout breeder

Giant breeders are among the Rainbow Trout stocked each spring.
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There are some significant changes in trout regulations for 2018, including those for wild trout. These changes include:

  • In-Season Stocking Closures Removed for Black and Walkill Rivers
    Anglers may now fish these streams immediately on the days they are stocked after opening day. 
  • Trout Stocking Discontinued on Three Waterbodies
    Beaver Brook (Hunterdon), Rockaway Creek, S. Br. (Hunterdon), and Trout Brook (Sussex)—will no longer be stocked with trout. These waterbodies have reproducing brown trout populations. Beaver Brook, which has a more robust brown trout population than the other two streams, will be regulated as a Wild Trout Stream. 
  • Hook Restrictions for Catch and Release Areas and designated Wild Trout Streams
    Lures used when trout fishing in the state’s two designated Catch and Release Only areas may have no more than three hook points, all of which must be barbless. These areas are limited to the use of artificial lures and flies only. 
  • Trout Stocking Discontinued on Uppermost Section of the Raritan River South Branch
    The uppermost section of the Raritan River S. Br., from Flanders-Drakestown Road downstream to the Bartley Wildlife Management Area, will no longer be stocked with trout. The remaining section of the river, from the dam 200 feet above Schooleys Mtn. Rd. downstream to the confluence with the N. Br., will continue to be stocked. The discontinued section will now be managed as a Wild Trout Stream. See map. 
  • Claremont TCA Is Now Part of Raritan River S. Br. Wild Trout Stream Section
    The Claremont Stretch will no longer be regulated as a Year-Round Trout Conservation Area. The minimum legal size decreases from 15 to 9 inches, along with a creel increase to two per day. See map. 
  • Trout Stocking on Rahway River Extended an Additional Two Miles Downstream
    Trout stocking has been extended two miles, from St. Georges Ave. to Lawrence St. in Rahway. This section offers great angler access along the Rahway River Park greenway. 
  • Catch and Release Only for Brook Trout Within the Brook Trout Conservation Zone
    Brook Trout caught within the Brook Trout Conservation Zone (delineated by I-287 to the east, Route 202 to the south, the New York state border and up to — but not including — the Delaware River), must be released immediately, unharmed. 
  • New Wild Trout Stream and Trout-Stocked Streams—Wild Brown Trout Managed Categories, and Other WTS Changes

Consult the 2018 Freshwater Fishing Digest (pages 6-8) for details on these and other important changes.


Ten Bonus Broodstock Lakes and the breeder stocking programs provide plenty of trophy size fish within a short drive from anywhere in the state. The Bonus Broodstock Lakes generally receive 30 - 50 extra large trout.

1000 trout have been jaw-tagged for the Hook-a-Winner program. Anglers who catch a tagged trout can claim their HAW prize (a certificate and patch) by contacting the Pequest Trout Hatchery at 908-637-4173 ext. 113.

QR Codes on trout stocking regulations signs bring up the entire spring stocking schedule with all seven weeks of stocking following Opening Day on April 7. The schedule includes day of the week and the number of trout stocked. This feature can guide anglers to other fishing opportunities throughout the state right from their favorite fishing spot.

The Buddy License offers a current and a new angler (or two new anglers) reduced price fishing licenses!

Happy young angler

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Share opening day with a youngster.
Brown and Brook Trout are still available, and new regulations are in place to keep it that way (see pages 6-8 in the 2018 Freshwater Fishing Digest). Waterbodies such as the South Branch Raritan River, Pequannock River and Big Flat Brook, (to name a few) have naturally reproducing trout in them that will surprise and delight many lucky anglers with their beautiful markings and coloration.

Anglers should be aware that most trout-stocked waters are closed to fishing during the 3 weeks leading up to Opening Day (March 19 - April 7, 2018 at 8 a.m.). There are several waters that remain open for catch-and-release trout fishing: Lake Hopatcong (Morris/Sussex), Mountain Lake (Warren), Prospertown Lake (Ocean), Lake Shenandoah (Ocean), Swartswood Lake (Sussex), and the section of Lawrence Brook from Davidsons Mill Rd. to Farrington Lake dam are open year round to fishing.

Catch and Release Only, Seasonal, and Year-Round Trout Conservation Areas and designated Holdover Trout Lakes are also open to fishing. However, trout caught in any of these waters during this period must be released immediately. Note that, fishing is not permitted on Seasonal Trout Conservation Areas from 12:01 a.m. to 8 a.m. on April 7, 2018. Trout can be harvested from the state's two Trophy Trout Lakes, Merrill Creek and Round Valley Reservoirs. Be sure to check the Freshwater Digest for regulations pertaining to these waters.

Don't forget that a fishing license and trout stamp are required to fish for trout if you are 16 years or older. Children under 16 and New Jersey residents 70 years and older can fish without a license. Licenses and stamps may be obtained through one of the many license agents statewide, or online.


No updates at this time.

Any deviations from the stocking schedule will be noted here, on the 2018 Spring Stocking Schedules page and on the Trout Hotline (609-633-6765).

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Comment by Zippy on March 14, 2018 at 8:08am

When will you be hunting for Sasquatch in S. Jersey....?

Comment by jaymann on March 14, 2018 at 1:02pm

The local Big Foot, known as Sasquatch111, tends to come out around Mother's Day, seeing that S111 is a mom and all, having birthed seven little Squatches -- all weened -- and another in the oven. I'll keep you posted should they decide to have a get-together this year. It often depends on the availability of morels. 


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