Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: I’ve got more bad-wind news, as you likely know.

In case you missed this viral "I quit" :



Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Playing the overworking man part today.

Not much e-input from the fishing world this week, as many folks are now seriously back at work, post-summer. Many had extended their post-season stay-around before committing to their other homefronts. Just as many are now putting in the extra hours to free up time for the Classic.

I’ve got more bad-wind news, as you likely know. We’re once again in for a northeast blow. This batch looks like it’s really gonna blow. Starting tomorrow, we’ll see serious easterly winds – straight onshore – getting up to 35 mph. Soaking rains will come by tomorrow night and soak up one good through Thursday.

Then, as if the ugly easterlies are just a warm-up, things will go full-blown northeast, though drier.

This erosional scenario will play out all the way through Friday, after which it’ll stay NE, but back off a bit. Saturday should shine, sky-wise.

This wind assault is sorta suckacious since the bass aren’t around enough for the onshore conditions to blow up a big bass bite, as will happen later in fall. In fact, the arriving winds will hold the way-warm water in place, despite fairly cool air temps.

I’m starting to see a storminess pattern developing, as some long-term forecasts had suspected. This still doesn’t assure snowiness, as is also forecast. However, the table is being set for us to be totally susceptible to a winter brutalization.  I still stick with my belief that the snow will stay to our west – and sometimes not that far west, as close as Chatsworth and such.

I’m pulling the following from my weekly column since it is timely.

HOLGATE HAPPENNINGS: Buggy, how many frickin’ times do I have to warn you to not squash the bleedin’ gulls?!

Stu had to bag three road-kill herring gulls just this past week. I disposed of another, along with a more exotic bird brand, though that rarer bird had no visible signs of tread marks. It might have been a natural DNS (did not survive), though it wasn’t weather worn.

I’ll be the first to acknowledge I’ve never seen a hatch of herring gulls this large, Island-wide. On a natural note, these greedy gulls can be real bastards when it comes to harassing the crap out of other bird species, especially hatchlings.  But ours is not to do some extemporaneous de-gulling via de-tires. As I’ve said before, seeing that all Holgate birdlife lives oo fly another day is good PR.

As to why some gulls will allow themselves to be run over by slow-moving vehicles, it has to do with slow-learningness. Young gulls are often the epitome of birdbrains. I often have to lay on my horn in hopes of blast said birdbrains out of my path. However, this is the first time I’ve also needed to come to a complete stop for lounging birds, as they moronically look toward my approaching truck trying to register what’s happening.


Why coastal retreat is not the only solution

When running through the list of solutions for coastal erosion problems, one item always needs to be retreat – the willful abandonment of the coast to the forces of nature causing the erosional issues. It needs to be on the table with all the other engineering and management approaches because, frankly, you cannot eliminate any choice from consideration if you are trying to be a good coastal steward.

However, contrary to the strongly held views of a very small but very vocal coastal minority, retreat cannot be the only answer... and here’s why.  Retreat is not always:

  • Cost-free, but few of its proponents are willing to talk about the economic consequences of abandonment. These consequences cover the loss of revenue via property taxes, tourism taxes and sales taxes currently being generated, which would not be replaced if the coast were abandoned. It also means the literal cost of retreat – taking away all the things now along the shoreline to really allow nature to take its course.
  • Environmentally sound.  Due to legal restrictions on municipalities’ ability to condemn and remove structures, retreat often leads to dilapidated buildings and their associated infrastructure (electric, water, sewage/septic) on the active beach.  Compare this scenario to the hundreds of restored beach/dune systems created by nourishment projects all over the U.S.
  • Realistic. People clearly want to live and play along the coast. Where has population growth been highest? Along the coast. Where is economic activity the strongest? Along the coast. When people are given a choice where they want to live, where do they go? Along the coast. To think you’re going to change that behavior is folly.
  • Politically viable. Not when a majority of your populace lives near the shoreline. Again, when more than 55% of the U.S. population is on or near a coastal area, any smart politician is going to work to protect the interests of that bloc whenever possible. That’s just pragmatism – and those interests usually don’t include the idea of retreat.
  • Legally viable. Particularly in places where failure to protect private property carries a considerable cost to government. Many coastal management programs came into being because the alternative was to allow each property to do whatever they wanted (or needed) to do to protect an eroding shoreline. And they have that right by the law of the land… in fact, in many states anything the government does that takes away value from a property can be subject to a lawsuit to require that government to pay the property owner for that loss of value. So the millions governments spend in coastal protection is cheap compared to the billions they might have to pay to compensate owners for a “taking”… and that’s not even imagining a scenario where all that private land would be bought and turned into public property that would be left to the waves to decide its fate.
  • Desirable. Coastal retreat would undermine one of our country’s biggest industries – tourism. Studies have documented that U.S. beaches generate billions of day visits and trillions in revenues -- contributions which would be severely reduced if retreat was the norm and the coastal infrastructure necessary for a viable tourism economy was dismantled. Yes, the beaches would still be there post-retreat – but people’s ability to get to them would be severely diminished, and many of those tourism and travel dollars would simply go to places where one could easily get to the beach. If that meant another country, that’s a huge hole in the U.S. economy where tourism is the third largest contributor.
  • Necessary on many coastlines, because viable and affordable management is possible. By encouraging “soft” protection measures such as more sand and coastal marshes, combined with sane coastal building policies and preserving or restoring natural coastal elements, it is possible to achieve an equilibrium between human desires and natural forces in a majority of locations, without having to abandon the coast altogether.
  • Going to stop coastal management, dredging and other activities its proponents find so abhorrent. Inlets and channels will need to be maintained, harbors and waterways will need to be navigable and, unless every piece of structure and infrastructure is removed, coastlines will still need to be managed.

This is not to argue that coastal retreat should never be considered. As we said before, it needs to be part of any list of options when coastal problems are being analyzed. There are places where retreat is likely the best solution, where due to geologic and hydrologic forces the best answer is to remove (or not rebuild) structures and infrastructure rather than spend more money and material protecting things that just should not be there any more.

But when so-called “experts” routinely push retreat as the only solution to coastal problems, discounting all the other viable options and even denying reality itself… well, they may just be more interested in provocation than in problem-solving. That’s simply not sound coastal management or policy.


Mike Laptew added 3 new photos — with Toby Lapinski.

Last night I was on assignment for The Fisherman Magazine and working with Toby Lapinski. I'm producing a series of three surf fishing videos that feature Toby demonstrating tips and techniques for wet suit fishing and wader fishing. With high surf and dangerous conditions on the ocean front, it was the perfect night to demonstrate how you can still score from the shore by working back bays and calmer, more protected areas. This isn't going to be a "where to" video (so if you know the spot, keep it to yourself...or view my posts below on Shinny Inlet) it will focus instead on "how to" work these inland waterways that exist up and down the coast.

High surf like this can make fishing the entrance to a pond or harbor dangerous and unproductive. It was worth a quick try and then we retreated to the safer and more productive channel.
Big surf can sometimes mean big bass, but when there has been prolong seas of 5-7 feet you need to consider safer, more productive options.
Incoming tide isn't always the best fishing, but when the bait is stalled in pockets and eddies you can bet that bass will be feasting on them.

US scientists visit China on Asian carp mission

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [China daily] - September 23, 2014 -   

In China, Asian carp is considered a delicious dish, but in the United States, it is seen as a dangerous invasive species that threatens rivers, lakes and indigenous species.

In early September, US scientists came to China to explore ways to prevent the fish's spread in their country and explore the possibility of exporting the invaders back to China.

"Chinese love eating the fish, and the US has too many of them, which makes exploring a business plan a win-win solution," said Yang Bo, a freshwater expert from The Nature Conservancy who accompanied the US scientists during their visit. Yang made her remarks in an interview with China Daily on Monday.

But implementing such a plan won't be easy, Yang added.

Barriers to the plan include the high costs of transportation, the tariffs and the Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act, a US law that makes transportation of the live fish across US state lines illegal.

"Although difficulties exist, we are looking for high-level discussion between the two countries," she said.

One of the scientists, Jim Garvey, director of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale said he hopes that research and collaboration between the US and China will lead to greater demand for the fish and enhanced economic opportunity.

Yang said that in addition to the fish products trade, China and the US will strengthen cooperation in Asian carp research, including the water temperature and flow related to breeding, so that the US can control fish reproduction and China can boost its own.

China has made various efforts for years to protect the fish.

Asian carp were first introduced into the US from China in the 1970s to help enhance water quality in ponds. Within the past four decades, the fish escaped into major waterways, including the Illinois and Mississippi rivers.

Although it lives on plankton and algae, Asian carp are a strong competitor of native fish species because of the invasive species' large size and rapid rate of reproduction.

Garvey expressed concern that Asian carp will eat freshwater mussels into extinction. The US has the greatest diversity of freshwater mussels in the world.

The US government has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent the spread of Asian carp, including electric barriers, water guns and scent-based lures to try to catch them.

Garvey said the US government has spent nearly $100 million on research in the past four years to determine ways to impede movement and reduce carp density in rivers.

Photo Credit: Great Lakes Fishery Commission


Brooklyn lawmaker to propose bluefin tuna sales ban across NYC


SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Post] by Yoav Gonen - September 23, 2014

One fish, two fish, out with “blue” fish.

A city councilman who formerly pushed the state to pass a law banning the sale of shark fins is now angling to aid another at-risk breed — bluefin tuna.

Alan Maisel (D-Brooklyn) is set to introduce a measure on Tuesday that would ban the sale in New York City of any tuna “advertised or labeled” as bluefin – a delicacy that’s largely confined to high-end restaurants.

“The problem with the bluefin tuna is that about 90 percent of the stock is depleted,” Maisel told The Post. “The population needs to have a chance to recover.”

Before joining the City Council this year, Maisel led the charge against shark fin sales in 2013 as a member of the state assembly.

The law that went into effect on July 1 this year threatens violators across the state with up to 15 days in jail and
$100 in fines for each fish.

Maisel said it was environmentalists familiar with his work on that bill that came to him with the troubling facts on the status of bluefin tuna.

“The city doesn’t have jurisdiction over this in terms of fishing, but the city does have jurisdiction over what can or can’t be sold,” he said.

In recent years, popular Manhattan restaurants such as Nobu, Blue Fin and Masa have at times featured bluefin tuna on their menus.

Asked about the availability of bluefin on Monday, a reservationist at Nobu said it was served seasonally, while a maitre D at Blue Fin restaurant would only confirm serving “sushi-grade” tuna.

A receptionist at the bar affiliated with Masa in Columbus Circle confirmed that bluefin is on the menu.

Seafood guru Eric Ripert, executive chef at Le Bernadin, said he hasn’t served bluefin tuna at his midtown mecca for a number of years.

But he said an alternate solution to banning its sale would have been to label the fish’s origin – to distinguish between parts of the world where it’s endangered and parts where it’s not.

“If there’s no labeling, then maybe it’s a good idea to give the fish a break,” he said. “If we see a quick recovery, I’m sure everyone will be happy that it happened.”


Ocean Trust to hold major sustainability forum in New Orleans on certifying management systems



Ocean Trust and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists are holding the 4th Science and Sustainability forum focusing on the Gulf of Mexico, with senior FAO personel and fisheries scientists.  The forum will meet in Louisiana to review the status, trends and advancements in seafood sustainability, with particular emphasis on the Gulf of Mexico.

 The forum lineup features a who’s who list of presenters on fisheries sustainability as well as new initiatives that aim to validate the fishery management systems and the sustainability of seafood managed under those systems.  Speakers include Prof. Ray Hilborn, Dr. Steve Cadrin, Dr. Brian Rothschild, Dr. Grimur Valdimarsson, Dr. Steve Otwell, Dr. Lahsen Ababouch Policy and Economics Director of the FAO Fisheries Program, and Dr. Dick Beamish of DFO and the Pacific Biological Station in BC.

“Sustainability is the result of a well-designed and implemented management system and sustainability assessments should focus on the system, not on a snapshot of individual stock status or fishing level at any given point in time,” said Thor Lassen, president of Ocean Trust and co-host of the forum.

“We need to rationalize seafood sustainability assessments by taking a systematic approach on a national and international level as we did in assuring seafood safety with HACCP.”

The Science & Sustainability Forum will include global sustainability reviews by FAO and independent scientists  as well as a special focus on the Gulf of Mexico with presentations from Gulf based organizations and scientists.

NOAA and CONAPESCA are expected to participate and address US and Mexican fisheries.

The forum will also address bycatch, forage fish, all tunas, Antarctic and Southern Ocean fisheries, FAO Regional Fishery and Fishery Management Bodys’ fisheries, and fishery and aquaculture partnerships addressing sustainability.

A special presentation will be given by the new Chair of FAO’s Committee on Fisheries on FAO’s current global initiatives.

The forum is open to all nations, scientists, managers, seafood industry representatives and companies, stakeholder organizations and press.

Bonefish Grill is a sponsor of the program, and has worked with Ocean Trust on red snapper conservation and research in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hotel discount rates end October 6, 2014, so register now.

Forum registration closes October 20, 2014. 

To view information and consider registration, click here


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Southern Ocean County Marines 9TH Annual
United States Marine Corps 239th Birthday
Golf Outing and Birthday Luncheon
Mark your Calendars & Make your reservation Today
Date: Monday November 10th 2014
Location: Sea Oaks Golf & Country Club, Rte 539, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
0730 Tee time for those playing in Golf Outing ($50.00 per person includes Golf, Cart & Prizes)
1200 – 1300 Registration Cash Bar get together and reception prior to luncheon
1300 USMC 239th Birthday Luncheon & Ceremony in Sea Oaks restaurant ($25.00 per person)
We are now taking reservations for both the Golf and the Birthday Luncheon.
See attached 2nd page reservation form
Southern Ocean County Marines 9TH Annual
United States Marine Corps 239th Birthday
Golf Outing and Birthday Luncheon
9th Annual Southern Ocean County Marines
USMC Birthday Golf Outing and Luncheon
Sea Oaks Golf Resort, Route 539 Little Egg Harbor
Monday November 10, 2014
Lunch: $25.00 per person (1200-1300 Registration), (1300 Lunch & USMC Birthday Ceremony)
Golf: $50.00 per person (Green Fee & Cart) 0700 muster, 0730 Shot gun start (Scramble format)
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If you are registering more than one Marine make an additional copy for each guest.
Any questions about the Golf groups or lunch call Doug Rattazzi at 609-296-2345
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