Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, August 08, 2016: You likely can’t hook more fluke ...

Below: Yeh, but you oughta hear her play the piano ... 

In North Korea, they deal with folks wrongly using handicapped seating by, well, making them handicapped. 

 Monday, August 08, 2016: You likely can’t hook more fluke over a weekend than anglers did this weekend past. I got a real good read via reports to me, reports from shops, radio chatter and social media. 

I have a bit of a trick with radio gab. I use a voice-activated tape recorder -- set at "high" pickup -- while I'm off playing volleyball or whatever. I keep both the scanner and recorder plugged in so no battery waste. As scanned angling/marine reports are exchanged, they get recorded. Hell, I can come in and leisurely listen to an entire day's worth of gab. There really isn't that much to wade through since the long pauses aren't recorded; just the good stuff. It's best to leave a "delay" on the record, since most gab comes in clusters. 

Fluking-wise, we’re back to the low ratio of keepers, similar to what we've seen in recent summers. Nonetheless, the take-home count has often been stellar. Yes, I take into account folks who don’t communicate because they got skunked. I know enough anglers that I get a feel for that no-fish percentage. It’s simply not all that high. More telling is the ongoing showing of huge fluke.


Gary Thompson caught this 15-pound, 3-ounce monster fluke aboard the Captain John out of Keyport.

I hesitate using the term doormat because that’s a lot like those school tests based on a sliding scale. Many a summer fluke test would have a doormat rating at six pounds – and that weight might be the average doormat starting point – this summer a six-pounder almost withers when lain side-by-side with the dozen-plus 10-pounders strutted about in photos. Eights and nines are a daily occurrence. Obviously, that can also reflect a massive angler pool. 

Worth a post mortem mention, I’m seeing a number of  reports listing belly contents A “empty.” Fluke are among the fastest and most proficient regurgitaters in the business. It goes along with their tendency to inhale foodstuff -- literally waiting until a downed item is well inside before deciding if it’s a keeper or a throwback, as in a throw-up. A large fluke is a fighting handful. By the time it hits the deck, it has usually blown out any and all stomach contents. Sure, some flatties will have stuff inside, that is often the mucky material, well into the digestive system; not high in the stomach, or even in the gullet.

 MUD STICK: I’m pretty sure we have nearly reached our recreational fluke quota for 2016. I’m not suggesting backing off one bit. You fluke until the fat fishery manager sings. I just forever fret that quota overages might eventually come back to bite us. 

It’s probably only hearsay, but I’ve been told that fishery management quietly takes overages into consideration when making a coming year’s quotas – without letting on that overages were factored in. I hesitate to think that way only because the released numbers are so well displayed -- and micromanaged -- there would surely be an entry reading something like “overage compensation.” Gotta be. Right?


SEEKING A KING: Kingfishing is there – and not. Once again, if you’re on a kingfish-chosen beach, you’re rolling in these delectable panfish.

Seeking kingfish? While this is not the best time of year to trek the beach while ferreting out a hot fishing hole, it is well worth at least a quick north/south exploratory beach walk when kingfish searching. Just stroll along, casting and slowly retrieving worms along the way. The schools can be that close to where you came on.

Also, my best luck with kingfish comes when the water is clear and you don't need the floats. 

By the by, kingfish aren’t big on jig presentation. Oh, they’ll go for a worm on a leadhead, you simply have to allow it to roll. You can’t jump it. Kingfish aren’t that aggressive when eating. In fact, they startle easily should something jump up in front of them. I've seen small fluke, or even a snapping crab, send them scooting a few feet away. Think of kingfish as nose-down, sorta casual feeders. I've watched feed when diving. The only time I’ve seen them move fast is when zipping over to a fellow kingfish pulling something kinda large out of the sand. I’ve seen two of them fight for a long worm like humans trying to speed eat the same strand of spaghetti.  

Below: When being a numbnuts gets real ... 


Below: I had thought this might happen. Waters out near the nearshore buoys are in the low 80s. I hope no warmth-hungry tropical system read this. 



Angler gets pulled into the inlet ... to be saved! From Cometa ...

the north end just had another interesting rescue. 74yr old male fell from south jetty trying to dislodge his fishing line. minor injuries but stuck down between rocks. super slippery, and after assessment we decided to swim him off tge rocks to the coast guard fast boat. Two b.l. firefighters , who happen to be b.l. lifeguards helped tge victim into a life jacket and Helmet and then using a lbtwp bp paddleboard swam tge victim to the cg.

Bl first aid, bl fire, bl lifeguards, twp lifeguard and uscg all worked together to accomplish the rescue ... Cometa Copal 


"Follow me! I hear there's something going on in the bay off Ship Bottom." 


With the Olympics in mind ... sorta.

seaside surf weakie..today..007 diamond jig..

This could prove interesting ...


Scratch that one off the list! Thanks Dan Schafer.


So, I was nominated by my friend John Parzych to post a fishing pic for 10 days and nominate another person to do the same.I nominate my brother 
Nick Handley to post some good ones.


Geri and her 3rd and 4th keeper of this summer !! Beautiful day on the water !!


Dante Soriente 
Yesterday had the pleasure to fish with 
Frank Crescitelli and the president of Buddy Davis, as well as the head builder and the man the myth the living legend 
Dave Rooney. As you know for fluking is not something Frank or I do much but we wanted to test out some of the rattle head Bucktails. The bite was not on fire but we managed to pick a decent catch and end up taking second place in the Barnegat light port for Jcaa Tourney!! 
Bob Duckenfield of Jims Bait and Tackle 
Chris Baliban of 24/7 bait and tackle, and 
Greg Cudnikof Fishermans Headquarters all currently stock the rattle heads! This week Grizzlys bait and tackle, Absecon bay bait and tackle and Sue of Surf City bait and tackle will all be carrying them! Please support your local shops!! Thanks


Over the last four days, we caught a ton of fish and made some memories that should last a lifetime. Our fishing/camping trip was a blast, but I'm looking forward to a hot shower and a soft bed. 
 at Parvin State Park.


Photo #7 in the Fishing Photo Challenge features a bluefish that went nuts when it realized the 'fish' it ate was a new Sébile Stick Shadd.
It's always interesting to see what the camera captures at 1/2000 of a second. I'm nominating Ron Arra to join in the fun, blow some dust of past photos and maybe post a few new ones over the next 10 days.


Chris Martin with Bill Veldof.

Got my biggest brown shark last night! What a fun night! We went 6 for 9 on sharks. Bill didn't want to cuddle with any sharks for photos.


Abe Pieciak

The green Maria's do damage on the albies so I am working on a Maria inspired clouser. I will trade art for Maria's if anyone has any kicking around. New or used.


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Jeff Silady has spoken to Samantha Gilbert, who will be getting our bay scallops from the hatchery on Long Island. She was prepared to go tomorrow but was informed by the hatchery that the seed was not yet ready. She is hoping to go this Wednesday but must get the ok before she makes the trip. We will let you know as soon as we find out when they will be ready. Also the spat-on-shell are ready to be counted and we will need some help with this task. Stay tuned for time and place.

Frank Vives


I want to throw in this upbeat article from https://www.thedodo.com

It’s easy to become disheartened when perusing the endangered species list. However, conservationists are making  strides to keep these animals from disappearing forever. Their hard work, and dedication are making enormous progress each and every day.

1. Bald eagle

One of countless victims of the egg shell-thinning effect of DDT, the bald eagle population declined from an estimated 300,000-500,000 to just 412 nesting pairs in the lower 48 states in the 1950’s. The national bird of the U.S. was helped by the 1940 Bald Eagle Protection Act (which banned trapping and killing them), and then by the eventual ban of all uses of DDT, and the bald eagle was removed from the "threatened" list in 2007.

 The American Bald Eagle Foundation and the state of Alaska have teamed up to create a 48,000 acre preserve to protect the world's largest population of Bald Eagles.  You can read more about the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve and make donations 


2. Swift fox

Swift foxes were decimated by 1930’s predator control programs that were aimed at wiping out gray wolves and coyotes. Though populations are now stable and no longer listed as endangered in the United States, the species only inhabits 40% of its former range and are still endangered in Canada. Numerous state agencies have pooled their conservation efforts to form the Swift Fox Conservation Team with the aim of restoring their population to its former size.

The Endangered Wolf Center works with the Swift Fox Conservation Team as well as other groups collaborating to preserve and increase swift fox populations.  You can read more about them and sponsor their efforts by "adopting" a swift fox here.

3. Peregrine falcon

Like many species, the peregrine falcon was moved to the endangered species list prior to the restriction of DDT, which weakened the calcium content of eggs and thus dramatically decreased the percentage of falcons that survived until they hatched.

With pesticides more closely regulated now and captive breeding operations enormously successful, the peregrine falcon was removed from the endangered species list in 1999. Captive bred falcons are fed via a chute or a peregrine hand puppet (so as to prevent them from imprinting on the human trainers). Over time, feeding is reduced and the falcons are forced to learn to hunt before being fully released into the wild.

As the world's largest member-supported raptor conservation organization, Hawk Mountain in Kempton, Penn., offers international conservation training and plays a large role in scientific research.  You can join their organization by purchasing a membership here or volunteering at the preserve.  

4. American alligator

Threatened by over-hunting and habitat loss, the United States Fishing and Wildlife Service has teamed up with state wildlife agencies to restrict and regulate legal commerce of alligator meat and products. Their efforts have resulted in the American alligator being removed from the endangered species list in 1987, and they are now listed in the “Least Concern” category, indicating a profound comeback.

The National Parks Conservation Association seeks to protect America's national parks, including ones with important American alligator habitats such as Biscayne National Park, Everglades National Park and others.

5. Black-footed ferret

The black-footed ferret was thought extinct, their population ravaged by plague and human contact with their main food source, the prairie dog. Then a Wyoming woman's dog showed up with a dead black-footed ferret in its mouth in 1981, leading to the discovery of a few dozen.

In 1987, 18 black-footed ferrets were artificially inseminated with the hopes of reviving the species. Reintroduction began in 1991 and as of 2013, a total of 1200 is believed to live in the wild. Despite their monumental comeback, they are still listed as endangered and efforts to protect them are fought by ranchers seeking to control prairie dog populations on their land. 

The Black-footed Ferret Recovery Implementation Team is tracking the progress of countless state and federal agencies, non-profits, universities, and conservation groups as they strive to bring back black-footed ferret populations. You can follow along with the ferret's recovery and learn more about how you can help here.  

6. California condor    

The California condor was nearly wiped out by effects of the pesticide DDT, lead poisoning from feeding on carrion with bullet fragments inside, power line collisions, and human contact.

In 1987, the 22 remaining members of the species were captured and put into captive breeding operations. The newly bred population were trained to avoid humans and power lines, which aided in their survival. As of 2013, there are believed to be 435 California condors (237 in the wild and 198 in captivity). They are still critically endangered and extremely rare, but scientists have gathered evidence that they are breeding in the wild so there remains hope for the species, especially with groups like the Center for Biological Diversity spearheading efforts to protect this rare, slowly rebounding species.   

7. Florida panther

By the 1970’s, the panther population had been reduced to an estimated 20 remaining in the wild. Conservation efforts have boosted the population to 160 as of 2013, but this species still faces countless challenges in its fight for survival.

Human encroachment has devastated the Florida panther’s habitat. Each breeding unit (one male with anywhere from two to five females) needs a wide, 200 square mile expanse to establish their territory. So, our population of 160 panthers needs 32,000 square miles. We have made available an estimated 3,800 square miles for them.

Additionally, vehicular collisions, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, inbreeding, and contact with chemicals that feminize male panthers and decrease their likelihood of reproducing are also contributing to this species’ struggle.

Conservation efforts have centered around maintaining their habitat in the face of a rapidly developing south Florida real estate market. Numerous conservation groups have proposed the Florida Panther Protection Program to establish a large, contiguous habitat for the species.   

8.  Przewalski's horse


Their population of this never-domesticated horse declined as its habitat was lost or degraded due to human interference. The last sighting of Przewalski's horse in the wild was in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia in 1969.     

The Przewalski's horse has endured a long road to recovery, rebounding from a captive population of only 15 in the 1970s to more than 400 in the wild today (with another 1,500 in captivity). Reintroduction programs in China, Khazakstan, and Mongolia are proving fruitful so far, but genetic diversity and inbreeding remain a serious concern.  

Overseeing efforts to restore this wild horse to the fields it once roamed is theConservation Centers for Species Survival.  Their successful conservation efforts -- and the never-ending works of others -- prove that it's never too late to save a population from the brink of extinction.  


ASMFC Will Vote Again on Possible Menhaden Quota Increase this October

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [APP] By Dan Radel - August 8, 2016
The coastwide menhaden quota for next year was not set in Alexandria, Virginia, where the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission had convened this week for its summer session.
The commission's Atlantic Menhaden Management Board deliberated all Wednesday morning but was not able to get a majority vote on any of the several options it had been presented with.
It could have raised the coastwide harvest by as little as 20 million pounds to as much as 165 million pounds. Or it could have left it at the status quo of 415 million pounds. There were no choices to reduce the catch.
"They were throwing out all these options, a 20 percent increase, a 10 percent increase...but when it came time to vote they kept coming to a tie over and over again," said Paul Eidman, a recreational charter boat captain, who listened to the hearings via conference call.
Atlantic coastal states where menhaden aren't as plentiful or where there is less demand for the bait, voted against any quota hike more than 5 percent.
Tina Berger, ASMFC spokesperson, said the board will vote again at the annual meeting in late October.
What this means is all the competing interests up and down the East Coast will have ample time to reload and butt heads again.
The science supported an increase to the quota — which, in the case of most any other fish would be music to a fisherman's ears. Especially since four short years ago the ASMFC came out and said menhaden stocks had declined steadily and were experiencing overfishing.
In 2012 it set the first ever coastwide catch limits on the fish and reduced the harvest by 20 percent. It began to reverse course after a 2014 stock assessment found menhaden were not overdfished. In 2015 it increased the catch by 10 percent for this year.
Commercial bait men and reduction fishermen, however were not in unison over next year's harvest. Furthermore, recreational fishermen and environmental groups were pushing to keep as many of the fish in the water.
Jim Donofrio, the Recreational Fishing Alliance's executive director, said increases to the harvest shouldn't be made until after a new stock assessment, which is planned for 2017, is done.
He said the assessment will include ecological reference points that will reflect menhaden’s important role as a forage fish.
"(They're) expected to take into consideration...at what level the menhaden stock needs to be maintained to ensure that other species such as summer flounder, striped bass, and bluefish are able to meet their conservation objectives while producing maximum socioeconomic benefits to both the commercial and recreational fishing industries," Donofrio said.
New Jersey commercial bait fishermen, though were hoping to see the quota raised so they could have a longer season to supply trap bait to crabbers and lobster men. The purse seiners had to close down around July 4 this year after having reached their allocation.
They were leaning on ASMFC's report that the quota increases would present zero probability of overfishing and looking for as much as a 20 percent bump. In the same breath however, the commission did advise that projections of fish stocks are highly uncertain.
"We're optimistic that the 10 percent option will get enough support in October," said Jeff Kaelin from Lunds Fisheries, a commercial fishing operation in Cape May.
A ten percent increase to the quota would raise Jersey's harvest level from 45 million pounds to 50 million pounds.
In October the ASMFC will also set the allocations of menhaden — meaning how much each state will get of the resource. That could go along way to determine how the states from Florida to Maine will vote.
As it is the lions share of menhaden go to Virginia where the lone reduction industry Omega Protein is situated. In 2016, Virginia was given 350 million pounds of the 415 million pound coastwide quota.
Eidman said the fish need to be more equally distributed between commercial bait fishermen and the reduction industry. Then, he said, the bait fishermen wouldn't need be calling for a quota.
"We have to shift the pie," he said.

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Comment by Dave Nederostek on August 8, 2016 at 4:00pm

I've grown weary of these water temperature warnings. It was 73 yesterday on 56 th. It will NEVER hit 80. NEVER. 

Comment by jaymann on August 9, 2016 at 11:45am

Dave, It makes no never-mind to me if it's 73 or 83 in the waves. It does matter when speaking in terms of tropical systems. That's why I look with trepidation on the buoy temps not that far out ... and they are pushing 80-plus. By the by, I have often seen warmer water at the north end of the Island, possibly due to 85-degree bay water flushing out through the inlet and being blown south by NE winds ... as was the recent case. LBI surf HAS passed 80 degrees on many occasions. Check with beach patrol records. 

Comment by Dave Nederostek on August 9, 2016 at 8:48pm

Inlet waters with the outgoing tide? Perhaps. I saw the Noaa buoy report . With 4 days of east winds I was expecting a warmer greeting when  I ventured in. I must be there on the wrong days for I have never encountered 80 degree water at the Jersey shore. Chincoteague Virginia, yes. Hurricanes  don't slam into the east coast at these latitudes aka Andrew. They skirt by, quickly, while waving at us. What you don't need is a 6 high tide loadup like 2012. Just my take.


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