Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: I did a quick low-ride run to Holgate. The width of beach for the first quarter mile is remarkable.

This is taking the "Bang ... Play Dead!" thing a bit too far

How this white man overcame not being able to jump ... 

Check out my custom reel from Spyron Alexakis:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: I did a quick low-ride run to Holgate. The width of beach for the first quarter mile is remarkable.

It shows what two big doses of dredged sand can do when allowed to run free.
It was a real low tide so I sloshed through stink-mud to nab a few dozen clams. And it wasn’t a breeze. It took some serious scratching. I guess folks have been heavily working the area nearest the parking point at the back cut. I thought about hiking back to the old mudflats but wanted to zip over to the mainland for a quick dig-about. And I found a couple better milk bottles today. Photos when I clean them.
After Holgate, I fully inflated my truck tires for the first time since September. I’m now riding higher but feeling every little bump in the road. The better gas mileage should be worth it when I head to some more distant treasure hunting sites I recently got wind of. One site is on private property ... which I have permission to hunt ... at 50/50.
Google Earth is an astounding way to reconnoiter areas while stuck behind a desk. One thing I’ve learned the hard way is seemingly passable sand roads seen from above can be little more than paths, fully impassable in a full-sized pickup.
I have to again share the absolutely bizarre look of the saltwater wetlands (marshes) near Manahawkin, as seen from above. It's weird and highly artsy.


This is the time of year I get an odd form of revenge on all those folks who give me the song and dance about driving on the beach and getting all that salt on my vehicle. I have living, breathing chemical proof that the stuff they’ve been pouring on frozen/snowy roads recently makes sea salt looks like diluted kid’s play. I’ll go as far a betting it would take me 50 trips on the beach to match the caustic qualities of just one drive through the undiluted/undissolved rock salt (NaCl) and calcium chloride (CaCl2) placed on roads and in parking lots. What’s more, you can see by the dusty slat residue on your vehicle that the slat gets amazingly fine, meaning it can enter even tucked away areas of a cars workings.

That said, it’s doubly important that buggy owners rinse off road rock salt. We can’t overlook the fact we’ve got what might be called a jump start on corrosion. I really like to save a lot of “Wax” time at the car wash. I think a slid soaking in that liquid wax helps the preservation cause in hard to reach buggy places. 

Also, remember that it's take possible weeks for all the road salt to wash away so after every rain there could be another dose finding your undercarriage. 


Oh, very funny ... Nerds!


RE-REG TIME: It’s 2017. It took me under 60 seconds to renew my free registration with the Saltwater Recreational Registry Program.

Just go to: http://www.nj.gov/dep/saltwaterregistry. Then, on the right side of the opening web page, click on the deep blue box reading, “Renew and Registration” It’s then wham-bam.  I bring this up as a lead-in to the headier stuff below. 

Emaileed this:

Dear Saltwater Angler,

Since you provided an e-mail address during the saltwater angler registration process, you have been automatically sent this e-mail. If you did not print your registration card from the confirmation screen, you can go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/saltwaterregistry/ and click on the Access Current Registration link. That link will allow you to generate a duplicate registration card.

If you have any questions on New Jersey's saltwater angler registration program, please go to http://www.nj.gov/dep/saltwaterregistry/faq.html

Please do not reply to this e-mail, as the reply e-mail address does not accept messages.

Thank you for complying with the requirement to register for saltwater angling in New Jersey.


Below is a press release announcing the "New Report" regarding the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP), the follow-up to Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS).
I've downloaded a copy and have begun reading it. It is both interesting and boring at the same time. The more interesting angle is the use of electronic devices to collect real-time data. With landlines dwindling by the day, the need to go high-tech is upon NMFS. Here's a segmented read:
"Recently there has been a great deal of interest throughout the recreational fishing community in identifying scientifically sound, statistically robust methods for using electronic reporting (e.g., using smartphones and tablets) of recreational fisheries data. The use of these new technologies could potentially improve the timeliness and accuracy of recreational fisheries data, as well as reduce costs and paperwork burdens (e.g., nightly submissions of data collected to increase the timeliness of recreational catch and effort estimates to the public)."
It seems the mail survey is still alive.
"The mail survey includes a relatively short, questionnaire, a cover letter, frequently asked questions, a prepaid return envelope, and a small cash incentive. The questionnaire contains 10 household-wide questions regarding whether anyone in the household has been fresh- or saltwater fishing in the past 12 months and other household details. Six questions regarding demographics, whether they saltwater fished from shore or boat, and the number of days fished
by location in the designated preceding two-month period are asked of at most five individuals within the household. ..."
News from NASEM


New Report Finds Significant Improvements in Methods to Collect Data on Recreational Fishing

WASHINGTON – Although individual anglers – people who fish recreationally – generally take small numbers of fish, collectively, a large number of them can have a substantial impact on the overall stock. For some species, the recreational catch even exceeds the amount taken by the commercial sector. Because recreational fishing involves so many individuals fishing from many different locations, it is difficult to estimate the number of fish caught – a crucial piece of information required for assessing and managing fisheries.
To collect this information, the National Marine Fisheries Service started a survey program in 1979 – the Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS). In 2006, the National Academies reviewed the MRFSS and called for a significant redesign. Over the past decade, the National Marine Fisheries Service has been responding to the recommendations made in that report with a redesigned program, the Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP).
Now, a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says MRIP has made significant improvements in gathering information through redesigned surveys, strengthening the quality of data. Although many of the major recommendations from the 2006 report have been addressed, some challenges remain, such as incorporating technological advances for data collection and enhancing communication with anglers and some other stakeholders.
To estimate the number of fish taken recreationally, MRIP employs surveys that collect data regarding anglers’ fishing trips and the quantity and species of fish caught. Using statistical analysis, the data collected provide fishery scientists with catch estimates that can be used to assess marine fish stocks and make management decisions.
One of the main components of MRIP is the Access Point Angler Intercept Survey (APAIS), which gathers information via interviews at shore or boat access points. APAIS collects information about fishing locations, the species and number of fish caught, the gear used, and the length of the trip. The report notes several APAIS improvements, including a standardized schedule for interviewing anglers at access sites during the day as well as night. The interviewers may examine the catch for species identification and may also weigh and measure the catch. In some cases, interviewers accompany anglers on for-hire boats to collect data on the catch.

The other primary component of MRIP is the Fishing Effort Survey (FES), which estimates the number of trips taken by anglers. The committee that wrote the report found that new methodologies used in the current FES, such as the address-based mail survey, resolve many of the shortcomings associated with the random digit dialing approach used in previous phone surveys. To enhance the quality of this survey, the report recommends adding a specific question on fishing location, such as whether private or public-access sites are used.
The report states that the overall statistical soundness of the redesigned program is expected to lead to better estimates of total fish caught. However, there are still some statistical challenges to address, for example those related to missing data such as refusals to complete the interview during a survey, language barriers, or lack of response to the mail survey by some anglers. Such missing values may affect estimates if the behavior of non-responding fishers is different from those who participate in the survey. The report also notes that communications with anglers about the role of the national program have not resolved the anglers’ lack of confidence in the survey methodology. The committee recommended that MRIP develop a national communications strategy involving state and federal partners to educate fishers and stakeholders on the role of MRIP.
The study was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. They operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.


Jeremy Oberick

Nothings as obnoxious in the water as a Loudmouth. Probably run not several versions of this Swimmie Hendrix pattern bonita.

My kitchen counter for the last 2 days. I really have the most amazing and understanding girlfriend.

 Trollers. Up for adoption. $35 each.paypal. $6 shipping priority. Will combine shipping on multiples.

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