Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, October 22, 2014: ... It’s frickin’ honkin’ out there; Dorland Henderson Interview flashback.

(Above: Look familiar??? A bit vintage.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Not that you haven’t noticed but it’s frickin’ honkin’ out there. If you’re inland, you might not be feeling it as much but here in my Surf City office, the whole building is swaying, which is a sure sign of gusts over 35 mph, in this case out of the north. However, there isn’t much east (onshore) to the winds, which helps a tad with beach erosion, n.b. a tad.

 The surf is huge. I’m calling it 10-foot-plus. It is also a medium-period swell, which means the entire storm system, as it moves out to sea, is generating the swells not just the immediate wind. That makes a huge difference. The longer the period, the more power behind the waves – and they’re on steroids as of now (3 pm). 

It’s going to take an aggravatingly long time for the surf to calm down. I can only look ahead to yet another forecast of calmness next week. That has yet to pan out, not that you can take long-range forecasts for anything more than a dice roll.  Ocean water temps remain near mid-60s. 

Once again – broken record time – I’m putting out an LBI driving alert. I predict solid right lane flooding on the Boulevard later this evening, mainly Ship Bottom south. The road crews are already out there gearing up with road barrels and even some flashing signs. We’re on a new moon, which can enhance the flooding a bit. 

Weather aside: This northerly tilt we've been seeing with the past few large storms can have a huge impact on winter storms by preventing the warming ocean effect we get from northeast winds off the water. That keeps us in the "all snow" window during snowstorms. Making matters worse, being along the coast we're closer to the low pressure systems, so they begin here first and leave here last, maximizing the accumulation. We gotta break out of this pattern, ASAP. 


DORLAND, THE MAN: The entire east side slope of the Causeway Bridge, officially the Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge, is now dark at night.

The famed in-rail lighting, created by master engineer Dorland Henderson, an African American, is out -- from the peak of the Causeway Bridge, eastward.

On the west slope of the big bridge, a few sections of lighting have refused to give up the glow; they're holding on, but to no bright end. Their once illustrious days as a “string of pearls” are seemingly numbered.  

Once dark, I fear the vintage Causeway lighting will never shine the same again. However, I’ll quote from NJDOT literature regarding the New Causeway: “Restoration of the ‘String of Pearls’ lighting that formerly graced the Manahawkin Bay Bridge is also planned on both the rehabilitated existing bridge and the newer parallel bridge.” Again, don't bank on it.

Those lights were truly Dorland’s prize, even more than the bridge itself, which he also designed -- thus the bridge eventually being named in his honor, via the state Legislature.  

Years back, I met and had an amazing talk with Dorland and his wife. By the by, he insisted I call him Dorland, thus my seeming familiarity with the master bridge builder.

For a solid couple hours we talked and talked about the bridge. I could tell the bridge – and more so its lighting --  was still his baby, despite having been away from it for decades.

What I found most amazing was the fact he had absolutely no idea if the never-before-tried in-rail lighting theme would even work. It wasn't until engineers literally threw the switch during the bridge’s opening ceremonies that he saw the “magnificent glow.” And he saw that from a different angle than the rest of the dignitaries at the opening. He was so nervous over the lights he had to excuse himself prior to the switch being thrown -- to be sick.

While I kept trying to talk about the bridge design itself, Dorland always ended up back at the lighting.

Dorland J. Henderson was a wonderful and very peaceful man, as was his always-smiling wife. To this day, that interview was a very memorable day for me as a journalist. He had a good time also. His wife told me he was telling me things about the bridge he had never told anyone else – including her.

Some place or another, I have a filled, 90-minute tape of our conversation. It is so damn historically important but I just don’t know where it is. I recall immediately writing on it: “Dorland. Historic!!!!”

Below is a photo right before my sit-down with the Hendersons. Somewhere, I have a great photo of him and I gabbing away. I gotta learn to store stuff better. 


Check out this captain I videoed this a.m. He wasn’t gonna let a little gale slow him down 



Jim Hutchinson Sr.

Despite some brisk winds and ocean swells, the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association were very pleased to see the season for black sea bass re-open. Trips to the local artificial reefs and inshore wrecks were very productive ones with large numbers of sea bass and porgies in evidence along with several other varieties of fish.

Captain Gary Dugan of Irish Jig Sportfishing began a trip recently in the Mullica River drifting live baits for striped bass. There had been reports of bass being taken in the river both by trolling Stretch lures and drifting live eels. Captain Gary came up empty handed and decided to head out into the ocean despite some rough conditions. That turned out to be the right move as his party ended up with some very nice porgies between 12 and 18 inches in length. They also caught a decent amount of sea bass and kept two of them for dinner.

Captain Carl Sheppard had the “Star Fish” booked last weekend for Eric Burr and a bachelor party of 11 members. Despite the rough seas, the group wanted to brave the conditions and was glad they did. Their first stop was a wreck about 7-miles out which showed fish on the fish finder but with little interest in biting. A couple more wrecks were pretty much the same although they used 6 different baits which did catch a couple of porgies and some small sea bass. Captain Carl decided to try the Little Egg Reef, and that proved to be the right choice. They drifted until they had hits on all the rods and then anchored up tide of that spot. Within 5-minutes they had continuous action. The sea bass averaged one keeper for every three caught and reeled in a large number of porgies, which also had many throwbacks. In addition they boated some skates, dogfish, and then bluefish ranging from 6-ounces to 2-pounds. In addition, they noticed a large striped bass rolling on the top of the water. By the end of the trip they had a cooler filled with fish.

Captain Fran Verdi decided to take the “Francesca Marie” north looking for stripers. He trolled all the way from Long Beach Island to Seaside Heights. They ended the day with no bass but did manage to pick up some bluefish. Captain Fran said the water was still a warm 63-degrees. He anticipates this weekend as the turn-on time for the bass bite to start.

Additional information on the association can be found at www.BHCFA.org


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Eating fish may help anti-depressants work 

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Nature World News] By Brian Stallard - October 21, 2014 - 

Past research has said that up to 42 percent of all treated cases of depression do not respond to antidepressants, although it has remained largely unclear why. Now researcher have found that diet can impact how a patient responds to their medication, where fish consumption can help.

That's at least according to a study recently published in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology which shows that increasing fatty fish intake appears to increase medication response rate in patients who do not normally respond to antidepressants.

According to lead researcher Roel Mocking, he and his colleagues took a closer look at "two apparently unrelated measures," the metabolism of fatty acids and the regulation of stress hormones - what is often unbalanced in people suffering from chronic depression.

"Interestingly, we saw that depressed patients had an altered metabolism of fatty acids, and that this changed metabolism was regulated in a different way by stress hormones," he explained in a recent release.

This was determined after the researcher took 70 patients with depression and compared how they responded to fatty acids with 51 healthy participants. They then gave the depressed patients 20mg of a daily antidepressant for 6 weeks, and in those who did not respond to the SSRIs the dose was gradually increased up to 50mg/day.

They found that patients who didn't respond to antidepressant treatment often had abnormal fatty acid metabolism. Those who ate fatty fish at least once a week had a 75% chance of responding to antidepressants, whereas those who never ate fatty fish had only a 23% chance of responding to antidepressants.

Fatty acid metabolism could be influenced by eating fish, said Mocking, "which may be a way to improve antidepressant response rates."

This adds to an already full chorus of health experts shouting for people to make fish a regular part of their diets. 


FAO's Food Security group endorses higher seafood consumption among pregnant women, children


SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - October 21, 2014

The FAO's Committee on World Food Security elected to prioritize higher fish consumption among its key dietary recommendations for pregnant women and young children, the latest contribution in a movement to promote seafood as a key part of a healthy diet.    

During its forty-first session, held in Rome this week, the Committee made “Encourage[ing] consumption of fish especially by pregnant and breastfeeding women, children…” a key recommendation in its report.  

This recommendation is in line with the very latest in nutrition science,” said Rima Kleiner MS, RD, Registered Dietitian for the National Fisheries Institute. “And while what the group says is important, where it’s said is also worth noting. It is literally found as part of the very first issue addressed. Encouraging maternal fish consumption should be a top nutrition policy issue for the public health sector and that’s reflected in this document.”

The report goes on to recognize seafood as a “primary source of protein and essential nutrients” and as a key contributor to “food security.”

The Committee is a group of renowned world food and nutrition experts that was created in 1974 as a forum for review of nutrition and food security policies. The NFI said the Committee's endorsement advances a push to get more Americans to eat more seafood as part of a healthy, well-rounded diet

In June the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its own draft of new advice to pregnant women on eating seafood. In their report the FDA said Pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children should eat at least 2-3 servings of seafood per week. This was the first time a a minimum seafood consumption standard has been set for this consumer group.

“This new recommendation makes it all that much more important that the FDA get its final advice right,” said Kleiner. “Here we have a world body calling for encouragement of maternal fish consumption as a global nutrition priority.  American women have been warned away from seafood with unclear, nuanced guidance for more than a decade. It’s time we come in line with volumes of published, peer-reviewed science and with the world’s top nutrition policy minds.”


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