Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Wednesday, July 25, 2018: It’s hard not to talk weather when it’s making such a pain of itself, especially wind-wise. The ESE onshore flow just won’t slow. The related wave action – with some longer distance swells mixed in – is fouling up surf fishing, while the wind itself is no bargain for fluke-seekers.
The wind/wave action is also doing a further number on the perpetually eroding Holgate beachline. While I no longer get into pissing matches over the nay/yea regarding replenishment, one has to wonder what that south end section of LBI beachline would look like had the sand not been dumped there. Feel free to retort. I’m simply off to other matters … like getting reads on how the Little Egg Inlet is faring – with the 49th Annual Beach Haven White Marlin Invitational running this week.
Speaking of which: Still time to sign up: Go to http://thewmit.com/.
URGENT TOURNAMENT INFO:
DUE TO SIGNIFICANT WAVE HEIGHTS PREDICTED FOR EARLY/MIDDLE OF THIS WEEK, THE TOURNAMENT IS BEING MOVED ONE DAY.TOURNAMENT PARTICIPANTS ARE NOW ELIGIBLE TO FISH THE FOLLOW DAYS: THURSDAY (7/26), FRIDAY (7/27), SATURDAY (7/28), AND SUNDAY (7/29).CAPTAINS MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED FROM TUESDAY (7/24) TO WEDNESDAY (7/25) (SEE ATTACHED MODIFIED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS)
Beach Haven Marlin & Tuna Club
420 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Beach Haven, NJ 08008
The following story will make many striperites highly unhappy but it's just what I've long been worrying about ... on a larger scale: Over protecting bass (especially small stripers) can all too quickly lead to ecological imbalances, if not mayhem. I'll once again openly suggest that the dying off of weakfish populations aligns with the micro-protecting of stripers. And, yes, I believe the answer is a highly increased allowance of smaller bass harvesting and a stringent protection of trophy bass. If that means an onerous slot, so be it.
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Bangor Daily News] by John Holyoke - July 25, 2018
Atlantic salmon camp owners on New Brunswick’s Miramichi River are pleading for the Canadian government’s help as an unprecedented number of striped bass are eating young salmon in the river.
The Miramichi Salmon Association has asked the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard for immediate action that it says would save salmon from predatory stripers, according to the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
“We need to get the ecosystem in balance,” MSA president Mark Hambrook said. “Predatory bass have exploded from 50,000 fish 10 years ago to over 1 million today. At the same time, Atlantic salmon populations are in crisis and at historic lows.”
A study 12 years ago showed that 70 percent of young salmon, or smolts, were successfully reaching the sea on their outward migration, Hambrook said. Today, less than 25 percent of salmon smolts are able to reach the sea, he said.
The Miramichi is a legendary Atlantic salmon river, and has long attracted salmon enthusiasts from the U.S. and around the world. The MSA represents 17 camp owners along the river.
The measures that camp owners are seeking to protect the salmon:
— Keep the striped bass fishery open from April 15 until Oct. 15 in non-tidal water and until Oct. 31 in tidal water.
— Increase the daily bag limit on stripers to six fish, and allow anglers to keep two days worth of their possession limit at any one time.
— Allow anglers to keep any stripers longer than 19.5 inches.
— Work with First Nations to allow them an unlimited catch of striped bass in their nets and allow them to commercially sell the fish.
— Allow anglers to keep stripers of any size in freshwater.
Longtime Miramichi guide Mervin Green said the arrival of stripers in certain parts of the river is unprecedented.
“Bass are a warm water fish and for the first time in my 70 years on the river, bass have migrated 80 miles north from the estuary,” Green said. “We’re seeing pools of 100 where there used to be salmon. We haven’t seen any salmon parr since the bass arrived.”
Editor’s Note: BDN publisher Richard J. Warren is past U.S. chairman of the Atlantic Salmon Federation.
Walt Johnson weighed the largest striped bass ever on the scale at Jingles Bait and Tackle (59 pounds). When ever he traveled he would send me pictures of what he caught. White water was his specialty and everyone knew the XYZ and Walters love for catching striped bass.
RIP my friend. My condolences to his family.
Yes, it's sadly true that Blue Bonnet, the one fledged peregrine chick born atop the Cuaseway Peregrine Falcon Castle/Igloo, technically a resting platform, is no longer with us. In what might have been a fledgling test flight effort, she mislanded on nearby eastbound Rte. 72, where she was reduced to ... Well, I won't go into details, though there were some pretty graphic photos on Facebook.
Blue Bonnet was born to a falcon pair named Bridgeboy and Jo Durt. Bridgeboy has long been a Big Bridge summer resident, having nested with other mates. When bridge-based, none of Bridgeboy's progeny made it, likely due to the excessive winds beneath the span. It was no place for a fledgling falcon to launch from.
For the whole story, check out the news story, written by Juliet Kaszas-Hock, on Page 25 of this week's SandPaper. By story's end, you'll get a sinking feeling for what it takes to survive as a peregrine:
Below: Jim V writes:
"Many an Islander has contracted Falcon Fever this summer, driving over the bridge and watching the Igloo on the Tower. The death of Blue Bonnet has struck the Island’s soul deeply. Investing yourself in the difficult lives of endangered Peregrine Falcon is surely not for the faint hearted. But life goes on. Together we navigate the twists and turns of our short lives and uncertain futures. Sometimes we see ghosts of the past, sometimes we discover new, unexpected places. We lose old friends, yet we make new ones. The BOIS Tower is the resurrection of the Shack, just as our Foster Baby Blue carries the spirit of Blue Bonnet across the Island."
Take some time to read Jim's entire, moving write-up at ...
This year has been hectic with regards to fostering young falcons all over the state. Just last week, on a busy Saturday morning, we were doing a very late fostering of two fully developed falcons on the Bonnet Island Tower who were rehabbed by Tri-State Bird Rescue in DE. I was skeptical that it would work, but after doing so I believe we gave these young birds a fighting chance, and hope for the nesting pair who lost their fledgling last week (hit by car).
Jim wrote up a great piece about this, with amazing photos, so hope you'll take the time to give it a read:https://exit63.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/second-chances/
780 pound Mako @ The Block Island Giant Shark Tournament 2018. Great catch!