Wednesday, May 20, 2009:
Some warmer water moved in with yesterday’s east winds and the stripers followed it. Along with three entries into the simply Bassin’ tourney by midday (see www.fishlbi.com) , I had five reports of briskish bassing. Here’s a recent email. “J, Finally shirked all of my responsibilities long enough to fish today and contribute a report. This morning I caught one 26” fish in BH on a pink fin-s in my kayak as high tide ebbed, and then switched to the surf where I landed two more about the same on clam. After the tide started moving in the bite stopped. Heard of other fish taken in the morning, but saw no fish caught. Good to be out. Bring back the slot fish. Paul.”
Another: “Jay, I decided to go mid-Island instead of north. Within five minutes after casting out clams, I had a fish on each rob, both 28 on the nose. Seemed like they were out of a mold. I ran out of clams – some bait stealing going on – and switched to bunker only to have a bite off. Work took precedence but I’m fired up for the arrival of the really big bass.”
Here’s an email I’ll work on answering: “Thanks very much for all you doo.. you must be a great typist too!!!!!! I have only been in High Bar Harbor on a lagoon for 3 winters 2 summers and I trap minnows at my dock and in the marsh to the west of HBH park.. WHAZZUP ?? I have seen no minnows this spring yet.. there used to be balls of them roaming the lagoon. The only ones I have are the 4 doz that I wintered over in the lagoon.. they are nice and juicy now!!!!!!.. 1. Can you point me to the live line rigging for fluke??.. 2. I did get two 18" eels this week.. I would like to pickle in salt/sugar brine and then cold smoke.. like I do fish.. got any hints.. .I have eliminated 117 jellyfish so far, TIA.. Bob
(I’ll note at this point that my weekly column referenced this minnow lack. I have to think the potentially deadly increase in nitrogen is forcing this essential baitfish into areas they don’t usually inhabit – or they’re overpopulating areas after having to abandon some zones where the nitrogen is too much to handle. Could the snotgrass be the culprit – and the snotgrass the result of over nitrification? Very possible.
I was taught both the dropper loop and standard fluke rig techniques. The dropper loop has the lead at the tag end and about a foot up from it a dropper loop with the hook for the livelined offering. I personally prefer to clip the dropper loop so it’s a single strand, then tie the hook to the tag end of the clipped dropper loop. It offers less line to be seen and also allows more ease of movement for the livelined bait. The other technique is to have the sinker up the line and a foot (or more) or trailing line with hook and swimming bait, i.e. a standard fluke set-up.
I have great recipes for eel. I’ll put those in my weekly blog. J-mann)
Important press story: NOAA's Fisheries Service reported to Congress yesterday that four stocks - Atlantic bluefish, Gulf of Mexico king mackerel and two stocks of monkfish in the Atlantic - have been rebuilt to allow for continued sustainable fishing.
This is the largest number of stocks to be declared rebuilt in a single year since the fisheries service declared the first stock successfully rebuilt in 2001.
“Rebuilding these four stocks so they can support the highest sustainable harvest for future generations of Americans is a significant milestone,” said Jim Balsiger, acting NOAA assistant administrator for NOAA's Fisheries Service. “And while we can claim success with these stocks and 10 others we've rebuilt since 2001, this year's report also shows the major challenges we face to end overfishing on other domestic fish stocks in 2010, as we are ordered to do by law.”
Three stocks - thorny skate, Atlantic blacknose shark and Atlantic shortfin mako shark - were added this year to the list of those that are being fished unsustainably. A fourth stock, Gulf of Mexico pink shrimp, was also listed as subject to overfishing but the stock assessment is being reviewed.
“NOAA is working with the eight regional fishery management councils around the nation to end overfishing through annual catch limits and accountability measures,” said Balsiger. “NOAA strongly supports establishing catch share programs that allocate the annual catch to participants in the fishery to give fishermen an economic incentive to conserve fish stocks for the long term.”
Yesterday's report to Congress, 2008 Status of U.S. Fisheries, is the latest annual update on stocks that are subject to overfishing or stock populations that are overfished - too low to ensure a maximum sustainable yield. Ending overfishing allows the fish population to increase over time if conditions are favorable and the stock responds as predicted.
In the report, NOAA scientists reviewed 199 stocks and stock complexes to determine if they were overfished - a population too low to ensure a maximum sustainable harvest - and found that 153 (77 percent) are not overfished, and 46 (23 percent) are overfished.
NOAA scientists also reviewed 251 stocks or stock complexes to see if they were currently subject to overfishing - currently being fished at a level that would threatened the stocks - and found only 41 (16 percent) are.
Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, NOAA and the regional fishery management councils are required to end overfishing, and prevent future overfishing, through annual catch limits and accountability measures.
Federal fishery management plans must establish annual catch limits and accountability measures by 2010 for stocks subject to overfishing, and by 2011 for all other stocks.
The new report to Congress, 2008 Status of U.S. Fisheries, which gives listings of stocks that are overfished or undergoing overfishing by region, is available online.
Latest tourney announcement: 2009
6th Annual BERKELEY STRIPER CLUB
June 5th -June 14th
Over $7500. in Prizes!
Including $2,025. in Cash and
$5500. + in Merchandise
Cash prizes based on 150 entrants
Merchandise Guaranteed regardless of the number of entrants
Entrance Fee - $25 per person.
Entrance Fee also includes refreshments and door prizes at our awards ceremony
Striped Bass 1st - 14th place
Bluefish 1st - 14th place
Weakfish 1st - 3rd place
Optional Pools/Calcuttas for all three species
Tournament Boundaries - All Ocean and Monmouth County waters
Shore only - No boats All entrants will be mailed a copy of our tournament pamphlet and a collectible button in mid-May. Weigh-in stations will include: Bahr's Landing, Barnegat Light B&T, Betty & Nick's, The Dock Outfitters, Grumpys, Fisherman's Headquarters, Fishermen's Supply Co., Jersey Joe's, L&H Woods and Water, Oceanside, T he Reel Seat, Scott's, Surf City and Surf Side Bait and Tackle Stores. Go to www.berkeleystriperclub.org f or rules, prizes, etc. Any questions? Call Paul at (973) 943-8201 or email email@example.com.