Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Another fine-ass day … on a whole. ...

"Wow, that's was fun! Can we do it again??" 

Below: "Knock it off ..... Knock it off ..... Knock it off  ... I said ..." 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016: Another fine-ass day … on a whole. The late-day south winds kicked up a bit, expectedly.

Winds will be highly changeable for the rest of the week and into the weekend. At the same time, I see no systematic winds higher than 15 mph. In fact, early morns should be excellent for angling. I’ll again note that late-day winds – in this case, non-systematic – could gust to near 20 if there is enough mainland heating. That will surely roughen the ocean and bay. For surfcasting that won’t be the worst thing since the roughed up water might urge bunker-stalking bass closer to the beach to dine on crabs and worms being stirred up. Yes, those are usually smaller bass drawn to close-in crabs but schoolies keep the lines active.

Below: Joseph P Gahrmann Sonia hits that magical number with this big girl.. released
Joseph P Gahrmann's photo.
Wilbur Kuntzi
1st. trip on my boat this year. two shorts and a big blue. plenty of gnats when the wind laid down. fished about 3 hours and quit when the bugs came out.catch and release.
Wilbur Kuntzi's photo.

Recent actions by Egg Harbor City (Atlantic County) and Washington Township (Burlington County) to force anglers off the Lower Bank Bridge over the Mullica River have many locals fired up! The Pinelands Commission which shoulders much responsibility in this recent action will hold a regular meeting of their Policy and Implementation Committee on Friday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Richard J. Sullivan Center’s Terrence D. Moore Room 15 C on Springfield Road in New Lisbon. There is a public comment portion of the meeting for those who would like to be heard. We'll have more information on this in future editions of The Fisherman Magazine.


My thoughts are: And will all Mullica bridge fishing soon be outlawed. I got buddies on those bridges. Could this move be because those anglers are often minorities ?????

Here's  pickup from upcoming weekly blog. Some things repeated, some new. 

RUNDOWN: It’s the never-ending bluefish story, sans dragon. The blues are happily emerged in the cooler ocean waters we’ve had all month.

Surfers, who knows water temps like the back of their neoprene, are griping over the current bootie-demanding low 50s in the suds. Hell, a few waveriders are still wont to shed their gloves, a traditional first shed as waters warm. Not that far back, I recorded May ocean temps in the low to even mid-60s.

While we’re not overly far from normal, more than a few of us are awaiting one of the few upsides to climate change: warmer waters.

Hey, if we’re eventually going to go down in a bowl of scalding sea soup, how about our being able to enjoy the changeover to tropical conditions. I’m ready for some 80-degree sea.

Also, hardly liking the cooler water are fluke.

The summer flounder season began last weekend and even though the sharpies had a decent showing of take-home meat, many a drifting vessel wasn’t so lucky, short of some shorts. I think it’s too early for shorts showing up at the rate they’re coming up. It could spell real low keeper percentages come the heat of summer.

Despite that whininess, I think the coming fluking-heavy holiday weekend will shine, providing we get some shining help from above. I’ve always had this sense that summer flounder get rockin’ when things are bright and sunny. Of course, that could be because brightness gets more anglers out and about.

Seeking striped bass is a real interesting call this week. With seas calming, bait balls are become easier to sniff out using fish finders to listen around in nearshore zone. There should also be some early-day sight-fishing on nervous water. Once the bait is below, snag’n’drop-style kicks in, though many a jig -- or some deep-diving plugs and metals -- can readily draw hits when the bass are thick below. Still, the few 50-pounders I saw caught recently were taken live-lining. 

Bob Misak 
Found one... Outta 20...yep...Bill came through:
Bob Misak's photo.

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Finally...finally... made it outside the inlet Friday afternoon for our first ocean fishing this season. We didn't throw the ropes until 2PM. Made it up to almost the Bathing Beach by 3PM when we put the Maja bunker spoons out in 55 feet of water. Ocean was flat, light breeze, crystal clear water. Set out two of the big #4 Tony Maja spoons, one chartreuse and one white. Thirty minutes into our troll north the white one gets freight trained. Ten minutes later Gary Paulino of Absecon, NJ had his personal best striper, a 38 pounder: https://youtu.be/vRiL3LDu1L0

We put the rods back out and fifteen minutes in, the white spoon goes off again. A thirty pounder hits the deck. This was like robbing a bank, so rather than hang out in the getaway car with the radio on, we trolled for another twenty minutes and headed into the bay for some blues on poppers. 

Saturday, I returned to the same place and beat up that same area for two hours without a hit. I chalked it up to the impending massive storm system that we fished just hours and minutes before. Sometimes the front will make them eat their heads off and sometimes it gives them lockjaw. 

Sunday was too rough for my boat to go outside so we fished the bay. In the morning I had Tom and Jenn Kopsie of Plymouth Meeting, PA along with Matt Polito of Phila, PA. They caught a bunch of big bluefish early in the trip so we headed over to Oyster Creek Channel to soak the fresh clams I had on board in hopes of a striper. Nada. We did catch a few more big blues on the clam baits but no bass. They jumped off the boat and Gene Linder and his son Aiden jumped on along with their friend Shawn Zacconi, all from Phila, PA for the afternoon trip. These guys have their own 35 foot catamaran sportfishing boat out of Cape May and all they wanted was to put 11 year old Aiden into some gator blues and go home with a bunch of mako shark bait for the tournaments coming up. "No problem" I assured them, "Sit back and enjoy the ride". Two hours into our trip and I can't find a fish. Sweating big bullets, I start trying some different places. Nothing doing at the inlet. We set up a drift in Oyster Creek and we had our first few hookups, (thank God), but nothing came to the net. We finally found them on the east side of the bay and we had blitz fishing for over two hours. We wore that kid out! We weighed one of Aiden's fish on the Boga grip at 16 pounds. 

On Monday I had Bob Danyluk and Roberto Calderon of Branchburg NJ. We started out with red hot bluefishing on the east side and then it was time to catch the tide over at Oyster Creek with the clams again. We anchored up and about an hour in Bob hooks up on the weightless flatline he was working with a whole fresh clam bait. A little while later we netted his 20 pound striper. That was that. No more hits. One hit, one fish, but a worthwhile addition to the cooler and a good size striper for the bay. That has been the saving grace for all this clamming effort we are doing, is the size of the fish. They are all between 15 and 25 pounds, averaging 17 or 18 pounds. That is a healthy size run for May in the bay. We're not catching big quantities but I'll keep fishing for that size fish. 

I have room on our Open Boat Thursday afternoon for one more person. Depart at Noon. The early look at the marine forecast looks like a very good chance of getting out into the ocean to troll for the big stripers. If they change it or they are wrong, we will stay in the bay and target the big blues and stripers on clams. We will be sailing twice a day every day, from Sat, May 28 through Tues, May 31. Departure times and decisions about ocean or bay fishing will be dictated by both weather and the tide. $150 person for our 5 hour bay trips, $175 person for our 6 hour ocean or ocean/bay combo trips. Three people max (flexible on charters), all fish are shared. Call to reserve a spot. 


1. Gary Paulino of Absecon, NJ with his 38 pound striper on Maja bunker spoon

2. Bob Danyluk (with cigar) of Branchburg, NJ with his 20 pound striper on clams in Barnegat Bay 

3. Jenn Kopsie of Plymouth Meeting, PA with her 15 pound bluefish in Barnegat Bay

4. Aiden Linder of Phila, PA with his gator blue from Barnegat Bay

Capt. Dave DeGennaro

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  1. Barry just now 33" blue off the surf. North end of love ladies. . On bunker. . Dusk is magic hour

  2. Marty Supsie takes over 1st place in our store tournament. 25#, 1oz Bass from the North end surf of this AM

Photo: Geoffrey McMichael

Vandals Release 100,000 Salmon from Netted Pen in Washington State

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [King 5 ] Drew Mikkelsen - May 24, 2016 
Vandals illegally released an estimated 100,000 Chinook salmon from a netted rearing pen on Mayfield Lake. 
Lewis County investigators said several nylon straps holding up the net had been cut sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The state raises salmon in 20 netted pens on Mayfield Lake.
The others were not damaged.
The state planned on transporting all of the fish in trucks later this week down the Cowlitz River.
Using trucks prevents the salmon from traversing through the more dangerous and stressful Mayfield Dam, said Fish & Wildlife Hatchery Operations Manager Sam Gibbons.
He said the fish released over the weekend will have a much harder time making it to the Pacific Ocean than the other penned juvenile salmon.


Is It Safe To Eat Seafood?

Eating Seafood Once a Week Slows Cognitive Decline

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Natural Products Insider] by Judie Bizzozero - May 24, 2016 
Eating seafood or other foods containing omega-3 fatty acids at least once a week may protect against age-related memory loss and thinking problems in older people, according to a new study published in the journal Neurology. What’s more, cognition may decline more rapidly in people who eat seafood less than once a week.
Researchers at Rush University Medical Center and Wageningen University in the Netherlands  followed 915 people with a mean age of 81.4 years for an average of five years. At study enrollment, none had signs of dementia. The participants were recruited from people already taking part in the Rush Memory and Aging Project, a study of residents of more than 40 retirement communities and senior public housing units across northern Illinois, plus older adults identified through church groups and social service agencies.
During the course of the study, each person received annual, standardized testing for cognitive ability in five areas: episodic memory, working memory, semantic memory, visuospatial ability and perceptual speed. The study group also completed annual food frequency questionnaires, allowing the researchers to compare participants’ reported seafood intake with changes in their cognitive abilities as measured by the tests.
The questionnaires included four types of seafood: tuna sandwiches; fish sticks, fish cakes and fish sandwiches; fresh fish as a main dish; and shrimp, lobster and crab. The participants were divided into two groups: those who ate at least one of those seafood meals per week and those who ate less than one of those seafood meals per week.
Participants in the higher seafood consumption group ate an average of two seafood meals per week. Those in the lower group ate an average of 0.5 meals per week.
Seafood is the direct nutrient source of a type of omega-3 fatty acid (docosahexaenoic acid) that is the main structural component of the brain. While epidemiologic studies have shown the importance of seafood and omega-3 fatty acids in preventing dementia, few prior studies have examined their associations with specific types of cognitive ability.
Researchers report associations between seafood consumption and two of the areas of cognitive ability that they tested. People who ate more seafood had reduced rates of decline in the semantic memory, which is memory of verbal information. They also had slower rates of decline in a test of perceptual speed, or the ability to quickly compare letters, objects and patterns.
The study did not find a significant difference in the rate of decline in episodic memory (recollection of personal experiences), working memory (short-term memory used in mental function in the immediate present) and visuospatial ability (comprehension of relationships between objects).
The results were the same after researchers adjusted for other factors that could affect memory and thinking skills, such as education, physical activity, smoking and participating in mentally stimulating activities.
Further, the protective association of seafood was even stronger among individuals with a common genotype (APOE-ε4) that increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. The APOE is a gene involved in cholesterol transport to neurons. About 20 percent of the population carries the APOE-ε4 gene, although not everyone who has the gene will develop Alzheimer’s disease.
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Growing Numbers of Octopuses, Squids in World's Oceans

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Newsweek] By Douglas Main - May24, 2016

The global population of cephalopods—a group of animals that includes octopus, squid and cuttlefish—has been slowly but steadily growing for more than 50 years, new research shows.

The growth of these populations may be due in part to increasing temperatures, says Bronwyn Gillanders, a researcher at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Warmer waters allow some cephalopods to grow more quickly, get bigger and live longer, she says.

For example, Humboldt squid, (Dosidicus gigas), also known as jumbo squid, have increased in size and may live twice as long now than they did decades ago, a trend which scientists think is due to warmer water temperatures caused by the El Niño climate oscillation. Prior to the late 1990s, fisherman in South America sought jumbo squid that generally reached weights of four pounds. But since that time, there are many more large Humboldt squid, which can weigh more than 80 pounds, Gillanders says, and those can live two years as opposed to one year, as they used to.

The increase in world cephalopod populations may also be due to the decline in some fish species that prey upon the creatures, says Gillanders, lead author of a study describing the finding, published May 23 in the journal Current Biology.

It’s unclear exactly what effects this may be having in different areas of the ocean, and whether or not these effects are positive or negative. On the one hand, the animals are “are voracious predators and could impact many prey species,” Gillanders says. But “increases in cephalopod abundance may benefit marine predators which are reliant on them for food, as well as humans” who fish and eat them, she adds.

Most cephalopods are also cannibals, so it’s possible the cannibalism may help check further increases in growth, Gillanders adds.

Ocean acidification, which is caused by the increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, may hurt cephalopods, but research is just beginning to address this topic, she says.

Steve George eating seafood.
OMG , that time of the year again in Jersey. Late brunch - fresh ~ Soft Shell CRABS
Steve George's photo.

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