Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, October 13, 2020: On LBI, virtually all the remaining still-cycling traffic signals are now on the blink ... photos galore

Below: This Holgate entanglement is odd since the lure itself doesn't enter into it, only the line. I can only wait for the gull to get weak and remove the spoon. 

Pleasure boaters are so much fun ... Numbnuts doesn't cut the engine as woman goes overboard -- toward props.
See it all here -- and a wet flash of nudity. ... https://www.facebook.com/livinofftheland2019/videos/1100933367019445/
 This blog has become a compendium of whatever enters my blogacious life, thus a likely over showing of photos ... 
Settled in for all of fall ... with a kid under wing.  (Yep, LBI ... with a Florida look to it.)


Tuesday, October 13, 2020: On LBI, virtually all the remaining still-cycling traffic signals are now on the blink Some Ship Bottom signals related to the Causeway remain on for good reason.

KITES AND BLINKS: As colorful and carousing as the kite gala was, it had an intrinsic downside for local motorists. I’ll bet the eelgrass farm that, heretofore, the traffic signals from Ship Bottom southward will annually remain cycling, i.e. on, until the passing of this well-into-October event. The lights used to be placed on a driver-friendly blink after Chowderfest, which is scheduled to run a week earlier than the kitefest. Oh, well, loads of business folks surely profited by the sudden showing of kiteseers, a fiscal godsend in this troubled day and age. Packed restaurants proved these Octoberites were doing more than just looking upwards.


Ocean water temps are dropping into the low 60s. That is a turn-on temp for gamefish in the suds. It is also when hypothermia kicks in for ocean bathers who might get in over their heads. While the current ocean temps don’t lead to instant brain freeze, someone caught in a rip loses steam very quickly, as adrenaline takes over, increasing the speed that energy drains. Stay alert for bathers in trouble.

BUGGY BANTER: Holgate remains a sinky drive, though this protracted wind and rain might finally force the air out of the torn-up sand. It’s the air in disturbed sand that sucks in buggies. I won’t get down there until Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll report back.

Make sure to stay stocked on buggy essentials, including two shovels, one for you and one for someone helping. Always have a tire gauge readily available, to keep track of air being released or refilled (at free air sites like Holgate parking lot and Fisherman’s Headquarters). Never leave home without a tire inflator, be it lighter-powered or battery-powered. There are many fine inflaters on the market.

One of the new godsend essentials for a buggy is a battery booster, powered up to jump a dead battery. I own a larger one, the rechargeable BOOSTER PAC ES5000. However, I discovered – and have used -- the highly compact NOCO GB70 Boost HD Jump Starter. This little thing fits in a magazine holder behind my seat. It looks so puny you wouldn’t think it could jump the battery in my 8-cylinder big-ass engined Silverado. It can … and has. The times I’ve needed it, I’ve clamped it on in nothing flat. Then, by the time I was behind the wheel, I turned the key and the engine started as if it had just gotten a new battery. It recharges via a USB cable and holds a charge. I likely had it in the truck for a year before I needed it. Bam! It was a package of power. By the by, I deadened my battery by hooking up way to many things to it.  

CLASSIC CHAT: The 66th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic got a bit of a jumpstart itself – before the blustery conditions set in. One striper and something like seven kingfish have hit the scales. Keep close track of weigh-ins at lbisfc.com.

As to the kingfish, I used to heavily fish them, mainly in summer. Sometimes, I’d pre-locate them during my morning swims, wearing goggles. While stroking away parallel to the beach, I would come across impressively large and scattered schools of feeding kingfish along the bottom. I’d mark the spot by noting landmarks. At swim’s end, I’d grab my light fishing gear and drive to the schooled areas, parking on the nearest street end. I’d be hooking them before my hair had even dried, using then-affordable bloodworms. Kingfish hold long and hard to any bottom contour that offers worms and sandcrabs.

On the stiped bass front, this fish making the scale are local linesiders. There might be a load of them out there, it’s hard to tell how many oversummered here. We could see any influx of out-of-area bass any day now. The lack of a solid near-beach mullet run will have the migrating stripers taking their good old time to reach here. The current reign of rainfish doesn’t seem to overly interest outsider bass.  

ROUGH SEA TIMES ARE HERE: A barely detectable sea thing has been taking place in the past, let’s say, 30 years. The Island’s surf has gotten rougher, mainly summer and fall. I’m serious as rip currents and rideable waves. I surfed religiously for the larger part of my life, following waves around a good chuck of the planet. I have a far above-average ability to speak on such an overall increase in wave regularity.

Many a primordial LBI waverider, like myself, can recall entire summers, into fall, when the ocean was flat to the point of lakeness, nary a ripple, sometimes for weeks on end. Fall, often ditto. But NJ’s wave consistency has taken off. Tragically, drownings have matched the overall wave increase. 

The waves aren’t always rideable for surfers due to winds, but the roughness is definitely a constant consideration for surfcasters. The trend toward a steady surf pound especially impacts angling for kingfish. It’s far easier to target these panfish when seas are down to a crawl. As tough as kingfish can be for panfish, they barely register when things get rough and tackle is pinned to the bottom with four ounces of lead – on 25-pound line. In fact, circle hooks are the way to get kingfish in stirred surf conditions.

Repeating something from the last blog, you will quadruple your take of kingfish by letting your rig roll the bottom. If you want to some power kingfishing, repeatedly cast out and slowly reel in, almost fluking-like. If you get adept at it, you’ll find the kingfish school are hanging at a certain point within the reel-in zone, target that spot.


Stick a fork in the mullet run, make that more of a non-run. It was the worst in years, if not decades. As a net casting buddy once explained to me, the last thing you want during the mullet run window is hurricane influenced waters. Not necessarily a hurricane hitting us but the swells and sometimes periphery winds from a tropical system is all it takes to seemingly drive the mullet off the beachline and out to the sandbars. Returning to my surfing days, I would be surfing hurricane waves and mullet schools would be out there, passing in not just schools but by the trainload. I’d then be forced to drag myself from the waves to go beachward to throw net, but finding nary a mullet close in.

All that in play, we literally had five, count ‘em, tropical systems impacting our surfline since Holgate (where I throw) opened, all of them issuing long-period swells from well out at sea. Often adding to the surf stir were honking winds, making a mess of the front beaches. We got scant few throws in at the far south tip of the Island. The mullet take was abysmal. Tackle shops needing to fill the coolers for the upcoming fall fishing will now need to turn to what I’ll call a highly inferior frozen mullet product from down south, which seemingly had a normal to above-average mullet showing, once again indicating the mullet snuck passed us, just off the beachline.


The rainfish clouds are gathering, though greatly surpassing the normal showing at the Holgate Rip. They just kept coming and coming, as tiny snapper blues mugged them, followed by diving birds -- and even lard-ass herring gulls. Technically bay anchovies, these spearing-like forage fish have made powerful showings in recent falls, though in this case they're not a sign of gamefish, short of those mini-blues. Which brings up a name gap we have with blues. The big ones are drenched with nicknames, including gators, slammers, choppers and so on. Next we have the "eater" blues, also know as cocktails, tailors and further so on. But we lose it with the term "snapper," a name that covers young-of-year five-inch fish right up to a couple pounds. A snapper goes from nearly meatless tiny snappers -- nipper blues? -- up to large filletable snappers, significantly smaller than cocktail blues. These tweeners need a name, maybe sandwich blues


HONORED: A young osprey lit on this sign about 20 feet from me, seemingly unconcerned with my seated presence. Lousy fishing and no mullet had led me to plopping down to take boring photos of some sanderlings. It was the tiny bird taking off like bats out of hell that alerted me that something was in the air. Then, there was a shadow passing over me followed by the very dark osprey performing a talented two-point landing under very windy conditions. The was the darkest osprey I have ever seen -- in my very limited experience with these large raptors, in this case it was made larger by its nearness.
I expected it to have a leg band since it seemed anything but shy of humans. There was none. 
I excitedly got down to photographing, using two cameras (Cannon EOS 7D and my all-purpose Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV).
Quickly, the osprey was thoroughly into eating its bunker bounty. Oddly, it seemed to spit out more than it swallowed, taking small beakfuls at a time. Soon, a gull cautiously moved under the sign and grabbed the spit-outs.
As one shot shows, the osprey of the day did look straight over at me, almost "What you lookin' at dude?!" Uh, nothing, sir. "Click." 
I sat there for maybe ten minutes before a buggy (no permit) came speedily around the bend causing my new bunker-eating buddy to take flight. I was hoping the people inside the Jeep Renegade (how firckin' many of them are now out there !?) enjoyed seeing it impressively take flight. The folks inside only waved, so I reluctantly -- but civilly -- waved back, soon noticing it was three giggly gals who seemingly wouldn't know an osprey from hair spray. Oh, stop it, Jay! They were having good fun. What's more, they were not speeding, which I noticed as I saw them driving back toward the parking lot. That always gets a big thumb's up from me. Parent brought them up right. 
Meet Ozzy ...
Thinking smaller, here's a huddle of sanderlings, standing staunchly against a 25 mph south wind ... 
Trying to get shots of diving terns showed my weak side when it comes to nature photography. I'm just not patient enough to capture speed like that.

Jim Hutchinson Sr. 

The boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are tied up securely as the remnants of Hurricane Delta blow through New Jersey. Once conditions calm by the end of the week, however, the recent hot fishing action is sure to continue. 

The top success recently has been bottom fishing on inshore wrecks, reefs, and other structure. Black sea bass season resumed with a 10 fish per angler daily limit, and captains have been having little trouble filling that limit. Adding to the torrid sea bass action has been above average action on both triggerfish and tautog. 

While fishing for these bottom fish, there have been visits by 1-pound bluefish, small weakfish, and other pelagic species. 

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing had one charter trip and a personal one over the weekend demonstrating this fishing action. Alex Gal and son Jack quickly boxed a limit of sea bass in an hour and a half along with a few porgies and a triggerfish mixed in. They switched to tautog with quick limits and then found a pile of small weakfish and blues. When a negative forecast cancelled his party on Sunday, Captain Brett and son Luke ventured out. The ocean was flat early in the day and they limited out on sea bass and tautog along with some huge triggerfish. According to Captain Brett, the best part of the trip was letting Luke drive in. 

A few striped bass have started to appear in area waters, but the main migration from the north has not arrived yet. With the extraordinary amount of bunker around right now, this could shape up to be an excellent fall for bass. 

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.bhcfa.net


If a big porgy is called a dinner plate, this is a serving platter. 14-pound, 14-ounce - 26 inches from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail and had a girth of 24 inches. North Carolina record 2015.
There was one good weather day over the weekend, so we headed to the Triple Wrecks on Saturday where the never ending yellowfin tuna bite has been going on. I delayed our departure to 4AM as not to hit the last of the outgoing tide into any residual swell coming in against it. That scenario in the daylight can be ominous enough, I don't risk it at night. We broke the inlet by 5AM and made it to the grounds by 8AM. The radio was alive with chatter of guys with their fish boxes full already. I wasn’t panicking, I was just going to make some drifts and do our thing. We couldn’t buy a hit. I even dropped to 30 lb  fluorocarbon leader just to try and get a bite. Finally at 11AM one of our guys hooks up on a 200 gram Nomad Streaker jig. He fights him for 20 minutes and the hook pulls. I up the leaders to 40 lb and in the next few hours we go 2 for 6 on big yellowfins. Managed to boat a 75 and 80 pounder. Both hit live spots on weighted lines while we drifted the whales. So while we didn’t hold our own, we couldn’t have been happier with the two fish on ice. Both were epic battles on 50 class.
Sailing Open Boat to Barnegat Ridge this Friday, October 9, 10AM to 6PM. Bonita and albacore on light tackle. We’re going to anchor up and chum. I am expecting other visitors to our slick but I don’t want to jinx it. $250 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared. Call me on my cell to reserve a spot. You can call right up until “go time”.
Tim Walton of Abington, PA with dark shirt (Capt Nick DeGennaro in slickers)
Matt Tengi of Pequannock, NJ with white shirt (Capt Nick DeGennaro in slickers)
Sashimi platter made from tuna at Makoto Japanese restaurant in Manahawkin. Wow!
Dave DeGennaro
Back Bay Adventures
732.330.5674 cell


Is this a bad sign or normal carnage at this time of year? I thought it was a pile of small shells, but realized the bulk of the pile were the backs of sand crabs (AKA sand fiddlers)

Bird sanctuary.

-Julie Winter 

This is for freshwater but the saltwater potential for this so balled "Bionic" plugs seems high. 


While travel may be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, folks around the country are opting for local getaways, staycations, and more because of the ability to adhere to social distancing guidelines. But driving requires its own set of safety measures to consider—there were 36,560 deaths as a result of motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. in 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Reviews.com looked at the NHTSA’s most recently released data and used analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to find out the most dangerous states for driving.

New Jersey statistics:

#48 most dangerous state to drive

- Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles: 0.73 (-66% change since 1975)

- Total fatalities: 564 (-46.0% change since 1975)

- Percent of fatalities related to speeding: 20.2% (#41 highest of all states)

- Percent of fatalities with a driver over .08 BAC: 22.2% (#45 highest of all states)

- Deaths by road user type: 54.2% car, 26.1% light trucks, 3.5% large trucks, 14.3% motorcycles, 1.9% other or unknown

New Certification for Plant-Based Seafood Created By GFI, World Sustainability Organization

October 13, 2020

The World Sustainability Organization (WSO) and The Good Food Institute (GFI) have joined together to create a new certification for plant-based seafood.

According to WSO, the plant-based seafood retail category presently stands at around $9.4 million, compared to $939 million for the plant-based meat retail category. Those numbers show that there is potential for growth in the future for the plant-based seafood industry. With consumers more conscious about the products they’re buying and the impact that these products might have on the planet, a certification for plant-based seafood is more important than ever.

This certification will be part of the WSO’s Friend of the Sea certification program, under a new “Golden Standard.” In order to obtain certification, companies must meet the following requirements:

-A well organized environmental management procedure

-A system to protect the ecosystem, with implementation of areas dedicated to the conservation of wild flora and fauna. The reduction in the use of chemically synthetic substances according to the principles of organic or integrated agriculture

-Biological control, the rational use of water resources

-Minimization of mechanical operations on the ground and its compaction

-The use of energy from renewable resources

-List ItemControl of gas emissions, greenhouse effect and the implementation of the systems to reduce them

-Social responsibility

“Plant ingredients form the entirety of inputs used in the preparation of plant-based seafood,” explained Dr. Paolo Bray, Founder and Director of the World Sustainability Organization. “Our standard, which is applicable for these products, is based on Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture systems (SAFA) guidelines set by UN-FAO. Intensive agriculture practices contribute to the loss of agricultural and natural biodiversity, degrading ecosystems and causing a reduction in animal and plant species. Such activities are also resulting in increased greenhouse gas emissions, among other concerns. The Friend of the Sea Golden Standard for plant-based seafood will assure consumers that products have been made by adopting sustainable practices without harming the environment.”

“Having a globally accepted sustainable certification ecolabel on products will support companies achieving true trust from consumers,” added Amod Ashok Salgaonkar, a WSO Advisory Board Member and project leader of the plant-based seafood and meat initiative. “It will open more roads for doing sustainable business in the global market. 

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