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Tuesday, May 19, 2015: Here's a teaser from the upcoming weekly blog ...
RUNDOWN: what more can be said of this never-ending gobstopper of a bluefish run? It remains almost wearily consistent, bordering on bothersomely weird.
I had openly fretted that this gator-ish happening is overly inexplicable. But I’ve tucked away my ecological concerns in the face of so many folks having a total blast with endless bluefishing. In fact, the fun-factor offered by the ravenous raiders has dominated our fishing realm.
I, therefore, must tip my hat to the chopper/slammer/gator blues, even as they fatten on just about every sort of marine life they can bite into. I sure wouldn’t want to be another marine creature right about now.
While sharks inevitably get the “jaws” moniker, when you combine the biting power of likely tens of thousands of plundering bluefish, the overall chomp-down value greatly exceeds the overall impact of all the men in gray suits (sharks) combined. I rightfully picture shoulder-to-shoulder bluefish clear-cutting.
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A while back, I put out feelers on what folks are finding in bluefish bellies, knowing that most stomach contents are regurgitated by the hard-fighting fish, long before the fillet knife meets the bone. Everything, including pieces of aluminum cans, glass and the body of birds, has been found in the stomachs of take-home bluefishes.
Oddly, many anglers – actually a great majority --- never even go to the trouble of squeezing out the stomach stuff in the many bluefish they’re cleaning. That digestive data is damn important, if only in a what’s-down-there way. Sure, it takes a minute longer to clear the stomach (by running a thumb along it), but every iota of what was eaten adds to one’s future angling smarts.
I’m among at least two of us wildly wonder if there is any possible correlation between our sudden East Coast stock of spring bluefish and the famed West African stock of mega-choppers. So what if that’s a four thousand mile stretch. Weirder things have happened at sea.
As to why the bluefish are holding still pat hereabouts, even bluefish psychoanalysts, like myself, haven’t got a Skinner-ish clue. Obviously, the fish are finding food, while this relatively cool spring – along with ocean water in the upper 40s to low 50s – is ideal for their comfort level.
FUTURE BLUES: I’m about to change my mantra that you can’t judge the fall run of bluefish by the spring showing. How can we not imagine these slammin’ vernal blues not return this way in autumn, providing they ever leave. Any reappearance should occur during the Long Beach Island Fishing Classic; the same event that had next to no bluefish last year.
A few more mega-black drum have recently been caught, with a couple being kept -- and officially weighed in. That’s fine by me. May those huge fillets fly freely, though I think they’ll be outdated by Memorial Day BBQs. I now ask that those anglers simply wanting a photo of their enormous drumfish catch go the selfie route. A digital photo offers the visual wow factor and becomes a shoe-in for copious Facebook likes, as the fish swims merrily to its spawn.
Below: Black drum growth/age chart. 1000 mm equals just under 40 inches ...
As for any thoughts of achieving black drum fame, you might want to lift twice before thinking in terms of a state record. The current NJ record black drum fish is a spooky-large 109 pounds, caught in 2008 by Nick Henry, while fishing the Jersey side of Delaware Bay. The world record black drum is 113-1, caught in 1975 by Gerald Townsend, fishing the Delaware side of the Delaware Bay. In wow terms, that’s over 30 pounds larger than the world record striped bass. Ouch.
Above, lower: From Jingle's: "This one was too big for my scale. Steven and Maria Thompson from Holgate with their 76 pound black drum caught In the inlet on bunker. *Thank you Dave B. for the assist."
FLUKING COMMENCES: As I read it, fluke season begins this Friday and runs through September 26. The bag limit is five fish of 18 inches or longer, per angler.
The fluke bag limit in nontransferable. That means you can’t catch your five keepers then help out a buddy who has only bested two keepers. Oh, believe me, I’ve seen that done many a time.
Fortunately, I’m not a fish cop, though I always get a load of calls suggesting I do something, with words, to bag offenders. In Bob Dylan terms, “It ain’t me, babe.” Try: Operation Game Thief Hotline -- 1-855-OGT-TIPS. It’s confidential. I’m not, thus my reluctance to play the bad-ass.
HERE’S A FLUKE QUESTION FOR YA: …: I have been asked one compelling and admittedly confusing question regarding fluke bag limits, namely, can you cull out fluke being kept in a livewell; replacing smaller fish with just-caught larger ones.
“No,” per law enforcement.
Once you’ve committed to keeping a legal fish, that counts toward your bag. There’s no going back, even if a released fish seemingly takes off for all it’s worth. It all has to do with stress, a surefire killer for summer flounder. Just because it swims off to beat the band, it’s giving off all those vibrations that alert predators to its immediate vulnerability. Per many catch-and-release studies, fluke can keel over just from stress of being caught and released.
Below: Life can be stressful for fluke.
As to bag limits, here’s the law: Once an angler has reached his/her bag limit, that person can no longer even “target” the species. The instant you detain even a single fluke beyond your bag limit – as in, culling it out -- you’re in summons land.
In case you feel you can surely pull off a fluke switcheroo, the officer I recently talked happened to note, “We carefully observe before we do anything.” And they have some nasty binoculars.
There have been fluking citations given to anglers simply sporting tackle and bait with a fluking feel to them. When you’ve got your bag limit of fluke and the end of you line is still hosting a curved hook bearing a spearing and a long squid strip, you might as well just shut-up and sign the summons. Most often such tackle violations are for out-of-season angling efforts.
Kyren Dooley with the only fish of the day, 32 lbs, released. Good job Kyren!
New Wind Turbine Generates Electricity Without Rotating Blades
May 18, 2015 | by Caroline Reid
This new wind turbine wobbles elegantly in the wind, generating electricity without rotating blades. “It looks like asparagus,” says David Suriol, one of the founders.
A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless has produced a wind turbine that takes advantage of the vortices produced when wind moves around an obstacle.
If you put any object in the path of the wind, it will create an undulating vortex behind the barrier. This is a problem that has plagued engineers for years: bridges have fallen due to wind eddies.
Vortex Bladeless engineers have designed their turbine to take advantage of this vortex. The thin, cone-shaped turbine is made of carbon fiber and fiberglass with the motor at the bottom instead of the top (like traditional turbines) to improve sturdiness. The design ensures that the wind's vortex spins synchronously along the entire cone. “The swirls have to work together to achieve good performance,” Villarreal explains. There is also a ring of magnets at the base of the cone that give the rotations a boost regardless of wind speed
A foggy day on the water for my one man charter. The bass are slowly starting to pick up a little steam in our area. We boated 6 bass with one keeper that weighed in at 17.8 lbs. Boated a few blues and a couple of blackfish. Didn't venture to far today because of the fog, but a good morning non the less.