Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
If this kinda makes sense ... you were brought up in a cool home.
This, on the other hand ...
Tuesday, May 09, 2017: Tough day. Putting out paper while jamming in a board meeting with Coastal Volunteers in Medicine – a great group serving underprivileged and under-insured.
It’s now after dark (9pm) and for the first time in a long time the wind is light – and somewhat variable, though I see westerlies puffing away early tomorrow with light to breezy NE winds building.
Then, wind things go downhill rather acutely, as onshore E/NE winds kick up to 35 knots for the weekend. In fact, get your fishing in over the next couple days. I see no escaping the winds by late Friday. Rain will also factor in.
I don’t want to jinx it but boat bassing could be hot tomorrow, with those lightish winds
I’ve sidestepped mentioning the fun bluefishing to be had from bayside docks in certain LBI towns. Crowds have been a tad too much for the limited space. The conditions on the pier closest to my home is packed to problematic levels of peopleness.
After I get off, I plan on sidestepping the diurnal crowds by nighting it, looking for sparklers. By the by, I seldom write much about my own casting times. Not only are those sessions usually kinda boring but I feel safest when I keep my casting on the QT, as to not somehow piss off this person or that. It goes with the blog-writing territory.
TROLLING GONE BATTY:
TROLLING TURNED BAD: How can anyone get royally pissed off after watching a YouTube video showing a basketful of golden retriever puppies joyously frolicking, as only fluffy little puppies can? But there I was, furiously pushing back from my computer … pissed to bloody hell and back.
I wondered how many other fellow dog softies have eruptively responded in the same manner – after all, the puppy video has gone mildly viral, with well over 100,000 hits. However, the popularity count becomes meaningless when, just below the tally, the famed thumbs-up/down “likes” and “dislikes” columns glares “97” dislikes! Who in bloody hell would dislike a frickin puppy video?!
In a full-blown WTF instant, I felt the need to head over to my new Dick’s punching bag; the store is named after the person who prices its products. It’s a good thing I had yet to fill the Century® Wavemaster® bag with water, so I just nudged it one good and walked away … still pissed, though.
Upon calming a tad, I tried to rationalize that, just maybe, a couple/few folks got so teary-eyed over the pup video that they accidently clicked on the thumbs-down “dislike” column, instead of the thumbs-up one. I further imagined a “dislike” or two over the pups tumbling out of a big wicker basket and rolling along the floor, like hairy bowling balls. I then attributed a few negative votes as stemming from folks feeling the video outpoured too much attention upon obviously pure-breed pups, while the best dogs ever sit dejectedly in animal shelters.
Even with my generous tally of semi-reasonable “dislikes,” that left something like 90 folks just maliciously down-thumbing the pups-at-play. You sick SOBs!
Turns out that might be true.
Driven to researching the subject, it turns out dislikers are legion – and, as often as not, sorta sick-ass. There is even a name for the cantankerous actions of chronic dislikers. It’s called trolling, thusly offering a dubious angling angle.
The first-and-foremost interpretation of “trolling” is obvious to us. It’s fishing folks happily travelling in a boat with lures trailing seductively in the sea behind. And a troller? Obviously, it’s he/she who trolls, often with big-game fish in mind. But such sunny fishing concepts are far from the essence of trolling when within the muddled waters of internet slang.
I herein humbly bow to the fine Urban Dictionary’s definition of trolls and trolling: “Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.”
Well spoken, my Urban Dictionary friends.
Looking further into thumb-downers, I discovered a slew of ongoing investigations into chronically negative web prowlers. Some researchers aren’t mincing words. An article on psychologytoday.com, written by Jennifer Golbeck, was headlined “Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists; Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.”
Sounds like a well-balanced article to me.
Golbeck was a bit more refined in her definition of the condition. She wrote, “An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved.”
But puppies! You good for nothin’ …! But I should remain scientific. In doing so, I can logistically offer a Canadian study on trolling, as presented in sciencedirect.com, under the “Personality and Individual Differences” genre. There, it is objectively suggested that “It might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”
They came to this conclusion after studying 1,200 people, via personality tests. One announced aim was to establish trolling connections to certain personality traits, including “narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism,” clumped into something called the “Dark Tetrad.” Wow, I can all but picture these researchers wearing Darth Vader-type outfits and bandying about laser swords. “Repent, trollers … or meet your certain doom!”
Long and short of it, many of those chronic thumbs-down dislikers on YouTube and other websites might simply be sick-ass individuals getting off on anonymously making social-media mayhem. Or, in the words of the Canadian study, they reflect “themes of boredom, attention seeking, revenge, pleasure, and a desire to cause damage to the community.” Meaning they’re total numbnuts. Am I right? And there is no escaping them, even for puppies.
Put off by the fishingesque term of trolling being exploited by the internet slang realm, I can’t help but see its similarity to the neologism (new term) phishing, a homophone of our sport, yet meaning the use of baited trickery to attract, hook and swindle a victim. Almost seems the internet is picking on us. Let’s see what they plug next.
Enclosed is a progress report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your help,
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
As the weather cooperates. the fishing action in the Beach Haven area continues to improve. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are ready to take advantage of some of this action. For the past couple of weeks the bay waters have been full of small striped bass. While keeper bas are still difficult to come by, these smaller fish are great fun on light action gear. In the past week large bluefish have been racing around the bay waters and inlet and providing a real challenge for anglers targeting them or as a bycatch. A recent addition is the arrival of table sized black drumfish.
Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” had a group out recently who managed 14 stripers up to 26-inches. Another trip did not have the action of the first trip, but Captain Gary’s crew managed two keeper bass of 28-inches.
Captain Matt Curtis of “Get Reel Sportfishing” reports his 24 and 26 foot center consoles are in the water and ready for some linesiders and drum to hit the deck. Captain Matt has installed new underwater LED lights on his 37-foot Sportfish which will be in the water very soon for some offshore adventures.
Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” is in the water with newly overhauled engines. The boat passed its annual US Coast Guard exam with flying colors and as an inspected vessel can carry up to 19 passengers. Captain Carl is accepting charters for the bass in the bay and the offshore wreck fishing.
Like the other captains, Captain Fran Verdi has been spending time scouting some of his local hot spots with the “Francesca Marie” in anticipation of some upcoming trips.
Captain Bob Gerkens reports the “Hot Tuna” is still fishing down in Morehead City, NC and will be making the trip north to Beach Haven in a few weeks. He plans on fishing all of the local canyons in early June.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.