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Wednesday, August 05, 2020: Never trust a tropical cyclone with a name you can’t pronounce. ... Tim's DOA shark.

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The master of black fish, Jetty Jeff here with his nice weigh in & report that the bite IS on down at the rocks. Just shy of 10 lbs. 


Sweet job opening for highly qualified captain:  

I need a captain to help run trips on Star Fish. Any ideas? He must have a USCG Master's license. Star Fish runs out of Morrison's Marina. Probably best if the person lives locally, due to all the stop lights in summer.
 Capt. Carl Sheppard

Wednesday, August 05, 2020:

Never trust a tropical cyclone with a name you can’t pronounce. It’ll do things you didn’t expect, like sucking power out of most homes in Southern Ocean County. Energy hog!

I’ll leave the slowness of the power return to LBI in the hands of government officials, who’ll surely scream we got the short end of the repair crew stick. I can quantify that by noting that when repair crews finally hit LBI today, they got the juices flowing again within just a couple hours, meaning there was nothing wrong that couldn’t have been fixed quickly – had the crews shown us some love. I know that’s Island-centric, but I always try to look out for our Mother Island.  

As to why so many poles and trees came down, it might have been a combo effort by nature. The wicked derecho that sent 90-mph winds across the region not that many weeks back likely weakened many upright objects, leaving them ready to tumble from TS Weird-Name.  Ok, it was called Isaias, which is pronounced just the way it sounds. And, it seems, she was a he -- a transgender tropical system of sort. The hurricane before Isaias was Hanna while the following one is Josephine, thus in-between Isaias is a he-name.

As the sea settles fairly quickly, it is always a crap shoot when it comes to what fishy will follow even a quick blow like the I-man. Odds are very little will change, especially with so little rain falling. No deluges, which fill the bay with road gunk and cooler water, both of which can throw a wrench into fluking. And fluking had been running quite sweetly before things got a bit cyclonic.

Naturally, seeing it's August, shorts have gone gonzo in numbers, proving the bays, inlets and some ocean areas are paved with flatties. Good luck to any other fish species small enough for the multitudinous fluke to inhale.

DEAD SHARK RISING: My weekly column speaks of the major great white hoisted up by commercial fishermen Tim Brindley. It caused an expected social stir due to the blood the DOA issued forth when it was lifted up adjacent to Capt. Tim’s boat. Such blood flow is not always an indicator of a just-died fish, especially when considering it had been down in the cooler water toward the bottom.

Tim now doubly wishes he had brought it back to the docks for experts to toy with. Not only would their findings  debunk suspicions that he had anything to do with its demise but it might have found the bullet I think was in its head. Believe me, there are high-powered crazies who won’t think twice about offing a great white. That said, it could also be a case of the shark ingesting something even its rock-solid construction couldn’t handle. Finally, as I write in my weekly, it could even be a female that suffered a catastrophic delivery. The only way to know is if it washes ashore, which it still might – if the sharks don’t get it first.


Email: That close!

"Apparently there was a tornado on LBI this morning. My son and I got caught in the middle of it as we were walking from the high ground of the Heron Street bridge, where we had just parked our car, back to our vacation rental on E. Mallard Dr. We’re OK, but it was quite the experience; and to be honest, we didn’t even realize it was a tornado till we got back to the house and a neighbor shouted out, ‘Hey, did you guys just get caught in that tornado’. In any event, if you’re planning to do a story on the tornado we’d be happy to share our experience. And we’d be curious to hear about other peoples experience of it as well. Kind regards, Barry P. "


Greatly switching gears, it seems the coyotes living in the northlands, what we call Barnegat Light, might now have a price on their heads. Some cat lady said here beloved Fifi was put upon when out back. Fish and Wildlife is setting traps – or, more likely, hiring someone to trap the wild canines. I knew it would be cat people bringing the coyotes down to protect their free-roaming semi-pets.


The northwest Atlantic, i.e. us, is experiencing something called a marine heatwave, or MHW.

No advanced degrees are needed to decipher that lingo. A group appropriately called marineheatwaves.org explains, “These marine heatwaves, when ocean temperatures are extremely warm for an extended period of time can have significant impacts on marine ecosystems and industries​ …”

This climate watchdog group further advises, “Marine heatwaves clearly have the potential to devastate marine ecosystems and cause economic losses in fisheries, aquaculture, and ecotourism industries. However, their effects are often hidden from view under the waves until it is too late. By raising general awareness of these phenomena, and by improving our scientific understanding of their physical properties and ecological impacts, we can better predict future conditions and protect vulnerable marine habitats and resources.”

While I’ve tenaciously fought efforts to abandon the coast on the basis of purely anecdotal projections of sea level timetables – knowing the astounding variables playing into coastal submersion  – I’ve fearmongered that the planet’s warming seas will have a far more immediate impact on us long before seas envelope us.

Impacts from warmer seas are already upon us in an ecosystem way. Take for long and shiny instance, southerly houndfish. They’re showing at every turn for nearshore boat anglers. Weirder still is the unprecedented showings of frigate mackerel. Those are the speedy pelagic-looking fish that have many Jersey anglers asking, “What the hell is this fish.” My first read on seeing one had be thinking husky Spanish mackerel. However, anglers who spend time down south immediately knew what they were, passing on takes of their deliciousness – as highly opposed to false albies, for which some fishermen have mistaken the frigate mackerel.

I have to think that greater and greater summer showings of sheepsheads and maybe even kingfish have a warming-ocean angle to their numbers. As to the couple/few tarpon showing up, I need to see more of those caught before labeling them as riders of the MHWs.

By the by, I was told many years ago that birds are also among the many indicators of not just warmer weather overall but particularly warming seas. The most indicative species is the pelican, of which we’ve had summer flocks for, what, 25 years now. None had been seen before, going back eons. Yes, they’re losing habitat to the south but these fish-eaters are also topnotch detectors of large shifts in available fish forage, like that being spurred by warmer ocean waters.  

Here's is a highly telling excerpt from the Tuckerton Historic Society book Tuckerton: A Newspaper History, 1852-1917 by Steve Dodson. It highlights a study that exposes the fact that the science behind fishery management pretty much stunk up the place back in the day, for instance, “The report of the scientists after years of study is that the fisheries have no appreciable effect upon the number of fish left.”

(I’m leaving the caps in to pass on the story as it appeared on April 2, 1908.)

“INVESTIGATING SCIENTISTS PROVE MAN CAN’T AFFECT SEAFISH SUPPLY/ MANY YEARS STUDY IN NORTH SEA, LEADS LEARNED MEN TO EXPRESS THIS OPINION in view of the long continued discussion in New Jersey, based on the belief held by many sportsmen that the fishes of the north Atlantic are being depleted by the ocean fisheries, particularly by the pounds, the following statement is of peculiar interest. The North Sea is fished as no other body of sea has ever been; yet the report of the scientists after years of study is that the fisheries have no appreciable effect upon the number of fish left. The general law was deduced from the astonishing wandering of many fish species that they can never be seriously affected by merely local conditions. The observers believe they have proved that the growth and productiveness offish is a subject to such a mighty natural influences, such as climatic changes in the various regions which they frequent, that they may be regarded as independent of the interference of the fisheries of man. It is certain that man has considerably reduced the number of plaice, haddock, cod in some waters, but not to such an extent as to have more than a temporary effect.” 

PHOTO NOTE: There are still many many Smartphone users who do not realize that simply turning their phone horizontal when recording will remove those unsightly black bars on both sides of the recording when played back. Considering how many amazing and occasionally historically important many smartphone videos have become, they would have been twice as showy if the camera had been turned sideways. Where those black bars reside, a captured image will show that much more of a scene. Yes, the image on the screen will correct and show just what you’re recording.

 This is called the "landscape mode." Use it for not just live recordings but also wide-angle still shots. 

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Jim Hutchinson Sr.

The fishing over the past week in the Beach Haven area has been very strong. However, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter fishing Association are casting a wary eye at the development of Hurricane Isaias. Although the storm is still south of the United States, Isaias is sure to influence the fishability of local waters for the next few days. 

The water temperature in the bay waters behind Long Beach Island have been reaching 80-degrees and even warmer. As a result, most of the fluke have made their move into the ocean. That is where the captains have been concentrating their efforts with much success. 

Captain Frank Camarda reports the party boat “Miss Beach Haven” has been finding some nice sized fish on both its ocean and bay trips. One recent pool winner took honors with a 25-inch fluke. Their 6-hourtrips on Saturdays and Sundays have proven to be very popular and advance reservations help secure a spot at the rail.   

The “Starfish” with Captain Carl Sheppard has been fishing inshore structure regularly. A recent trip with a local family experienced action-packed fishing all day. The crew fished many wrecks and caught over 60 fish including sea bass, sea robins, and fluke. The crew kept sea bass and fluke for dinner. Some sea bass have measured up to 16-inches. 

Captain Gary Dugan has seen the rods on the “Irish Jig” bending with large numbers of short fish with some fluke making it into the cooler along with some sea bass and even a ling. Early trip had decent action on short fish with these 2 keepers. Captain Gary had a shark charter for the birthday girl Kim, and they managed a4-foot tiger shark among other fish. 

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing continues to experience excellent action with up to 30 fish on a tide, although most are throwbacks. Recent trips have seen up to 5 keepers along with some sea bass and even a short striped bass on one trip.  Captain Brett says his trolling motor was pivotal in keeping them on the edge between the wind and tide. 

Captain Dave Wittenborn had the Smale group on the “Benita J” offshore on a tuna trip. The crew put together a nice catch of 50-60-pound class yellowfin tuna. By mid-morning everyone was tired from reeling in tuna, and they headed back home. Captain Dave stressed it was a great group that never once complained about the sporty conditions. 

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


Woman gets pulled underwater, bitten by ‘muskie’ fish in Ontario lake

While shark sightings have ratcheted up this summer and a New York City fashion exec was killed off the coast of Maine by a great white shark —many people have turned to lakes. But one woman in Canada found out the hard way, there are predators even in the lakes.

Kim Driver was standing chest-deep on the beach at North Star Village along the Winnipeg River near Minaki, Ontario, when she was attacked by a muskellunge fish, commonly known as a “muskie,” which have heads resembling alligators and can grow up to six feet long and weigh more than 50 pounds.

“All of a sudden she just said, ‘Someone’s got my leg,’ and then started screaming and her arms went up, and she went underwater and we all kind of stood there in complete disbelief and didn’t know what was going on,” Kim’s husband Terry told Vice.

Kim suffered extensive damage on her right leg and was taken to hospital.

“It completely engulfed her calf from pretty much knee to ankle,” Terry told the news outlet. “Nobody’s ever seen [a muskie] T-bone someone’s calves.”

A recovering Kim told Vice the attack left her in “total disbelief” and horrible pain, recalling: “I looked down and I saw the fish’s head, which looked like an alligator, and it just grabbed it and it moved me from side to side and then it pulled me under.”

Meanwhile, Terry is out for revenge. The couple plan on visiting the lake this weekend and while Kim said she will stay out of the water, Terry said: “I might throw a couple of muskie lures in that particular area and see if I can get a little bit of payback.”


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Kristy Schwabe
Am I the only person who hasn't heard of "cooler corn"?

Over the weekend I was blind-sided by the simple genius of this method for cooking loads of corn on the cob perfectly.
A Coleman cooler appears from the garage, is wiped clean, then filled with the shucked ears. Next, two kettles-full of boiling water are poured over the corn and the top closed.
Then nothing. 30 minutes later open it, the corn was perfectly cooked. My mind was blown. And I'm told that the corn will remain at the perfect level of doneness for a couple of hours.
Turns out, Cooler Corn is pretty well known among the outdoorsy set. But for those of us who avoid tents as much as possible, it's perfect for large barbecues and way less mess than grilling. In fact, I may even buy another cooler just so I'm ready for next summer. Now that I'm in the know.


Had the Fellin family down for the weekend. Plenty of blowfish, short fluke and a variety of other panfish

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Joseph D'Agostino
False false albies and a ton of them. You decide Albie or something else? I know the answer and get some 1/2 & 3/4 oz Joebaggs resin jigs. Size does matter and Joebaggs for the win again. #joebaggsnation
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Comment by Glenn Mattern on August 11, 2020 at 9:59am

That is really too bad they are going to trap the coyote.  Viewing the camera that first captured the coyote the few years ago, in the past year we are now seeing more different cats than we have ever seen before and quite frequently.  I think we are trapping the wrong critters. 


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