Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Wednesday, August 20, 2014: Onshore winds have kicked up a 2- 3-foot short-period easterly swell. If we were more into September, this slight stir would be a striper stirring wind. In this instance, it’s just muckin’ up the fluking a bit.
Speaking of winds – the main player in coastal fishing – it’s gonna get odd again. You recall we had a prolonged stretch of east wind last week. Direct easterlies are odd. But check out later in this week, days of fairly brisk onshore out of the east. These are not to be confused with somewhat common nor’easterlies.
East winds are the bringers of water warmth, even more so than NEs. One advantage to direct onshore is the lower incidence of eelgrass invasions. There’s some but not those totally unfishable eelgrass mats from NE’erlies.
Yes, all this means fishing this coming weekend might be kinda unpredictable, though I see a bit of a decline in east winds by Saturday, possibly allowing some early-day glassiness. However, the gusty 20 mph winds on Friday will easily kick up a 4- to 5-foot swell. Hey, we sure had some fine weekend this summer, the upcoming one is going to be a lot more challenging for anglers and beachgoers.
A GOOD TIME IS NOW: Another friendly reminder to renew – or get – your Saltwater Recreational Registry Program’s “Individual Certificate.” That’s the technical name for what we’re routinely calling the free saltwater fishing license. It’s a breeze to get. Go to
http://www.nj.gov/dep/saltwaterregistry/. On the far right side of the homepage you’ll see four dark blue boxes. Click on the one for you, probably the “Renew any registration.” From there, answer some questions and when you’re done you can print the certificate out right from your computer, otherwise it’ll be mailed to you. Voila.
While I know of very few people being checked for their saltwater fishing certificates, it can actually become a dire essential. I’m not playing hard-ass here but not signing up for this mandatory registration could lead to problems if you enter a fishing contest – and frickin’ win! Virtually all tourney rules state you must be in full compliance with any and all state laws and regulations -- or you’re disqualified. Ouch. Just sayin’.
Note: If you are registered but simply don’t have a form with you when demanded --and you’re supposed to have it on your person, just like a clamming, freshwater fishing or hunting license – that ain’t the worst thing. Everyone from law enforcement to tourney tenders can access a state database showing who’s in and who’s not in the registry.
If you're gunshy, skip the following editorializing on my part:
The beheading-happy, subhuman creatures in the Middle East, who literally delight in openly killing any man, woman, child – of any nationality or race or creed -- might want to carefully take note of the very-late Osama bin Laden.
If you look closely at the perfectly-orchestrated sneak attack that killed bin Laden, there is irrefutable evidence that the terrorist leader actually “looked shocked” to see he was about to be killed by American commandos. It was what might be called a “Duh!” moment, his last to be sure. Who ever heard of such a retaliatory thing from dumb and lowly Americans?
As cold-blooded murders and assassinations are taking place in places like Syria, America is now fully willing – and highly able – to reemploy the same payback principals loosed on bin Laden – and long espoused by the Israelis.
To this day, few are aware of the “Wrath of God” operation, whereby Israel loosed revenge upon all those who perpetuated the murder of Israeli Olympic athletes. Every one of those terrorists was hunted down and killed, many having nonchalantly gone back to their normal lives, as if “That was easy.” Bam!
There is an abiding sense among those in the mysterious Middle East that the world remains an massively ideal place to hide. Oh, yeah? How could anything be more mysterious and distant and unreachable than a tiny compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan? Knock-knock. Who’s there?
The maggots of war in the Middle East have this delusion of invincibility. But you can nix that notion they also feel protected by Mohammed. That’s nonsensical rhetoric. They know they’re breaking every law in the frickin’ Koran. As noted above, they simply believe they’re somehow out of reach. Au contraire, mon ami.
In simplistic terms, basic enough for even a terrorists to understand, paybacks are a bitch. That’s العوائد هي العاهرة in Arabic. Truth be told, we’re finally speaking their language.
As things so painfully play out in the Middle East, American black ops forces and CIA assets are on high alert – and champing at the bit.
While sure-to-come covert retaliatory actions might not be enough to squelch worldwide terrorism, it will assuredly take some of the happy-go-lucky feel out of being a terrorist.
Below are some pro reports.
Important: I thoroughly enjoy putting pro/charterboat reports in here. While I’m sure it helps the businesses (which is doubly fine) I do it primarily to show what is being caught by the folks far more in-the-know than I am. In a couple weeks I’ll be back on the angling trail, so I’ll be doing a lot more hands-on reporting, mainly extreme south and north ends, surf and inlet reports.
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What a fishing event this is gonna be for 2014! For all you regulars, welcome back. For folks who have entered before but not in recent years, you just gotta try it out this year. For newbies, the event has a history of first-timers winning big. And we highly welcome new entrants, especially women and kids.
60th Annual LBI Surf Fishing Classic Kicks Off October 6
Striper ‘Flu’ Expected To Hit Jersey Shore on $500 Opening Day
August 20, 2014 - Long Beach Island businesses should prepare for a busy day on Monday, October 6 – and a much smaller work staff!
The 60th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic is set to begin on Monday, October 6th, 2014 - the long-running surfcasters only event runs all the way through Sunday, November 30, with three special ‘daily prizes’ to be awarded this season totaling $2,000. At the 6 p.m. weigh-in deadline on October 6th, the largest striped bass of the day is worth $500; there will also be a $500 daily cash award given to the largest striped bass weighed in on October 25th by the 6 p.m. deadline. A special $1,000 prize will be awarded to the largest striped bass of the tournament day ending November 16th in honor of Frank Panzone.
Be sure to check with the participating tackle shops and review complete rules regarding weigh-ins to cash in on these special prizes!
The eight-week tournament boasts thousands of dollars in other daily, weekly and grand prizes, with $1,000 cash to the angler who beaches the largest striped bass of the contest and $1,000 for the top bluefish. Those winners will also get a CTS custom surf rod with matching Penn reel to boot. In total, there are eight, weekly $125 cash prizes for each species, along with $400 prizes for each of three tournament segments, not to mention various daily prizes.
There are various juvenile prizes (14 and under), ladies’ prizes, seniors’ prizes, along with special daily door prizes just for entering the tournament. A $100 cash award will also be given to the first legal red drum of the tournament, and $500 will be awarded for the 60th striper weighed in (tie broken by time of catch) to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Classic!
This year, the Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic committee also voted to limit the number of striped bass entered by anglers in 2014, with only one striped bass allowed per day, per contestant, and at a minimum length of 34 inches. The bluefish size limit in 2014 has also been dropped to 30 inches to encourage ‘chopper’ entries.
Adult tournament entry remains just $30, and special incentive to attract more local youth in surfcasting drops the price for kids 17 and under to just $15. Plus, registration also includes the commemorative tournament button, a 2014 LBI Surf Fishing Classic hat, decal and a free slice of Panzone’s Pizza (while supplies last). A free “Super Surf Casting Seminar” will take place on Saturday, October 11th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. starting at the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce location at 265 West 9th Street in Ship Bottom.
Tournament registration is set to begin during the week of September 15th at participating weigh stations including Viking Outfitters in Barnegat Light, Surf City Bait & Tackle in Surf City, Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Captain’s Quarters Bait and Tackle in Brighton Beach, and Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven.
Title sponsors of the 60th Annual Long Beach Island Surf Fishing Classic include AFW/Hi-Seas fishing line, Penn Reels, CTS Custom Rods, Surf City Bait & Tackle, Fisherman’s Headquarters, Jingle’s Bait and Tackle, the Recreational Fishing Alliance and The Fisherman Magazine.
Local supporting sponsors include Barlow Buick/GMC, the Beach House Restaurant, Anderson Agency, Surf Taco, Drifting Sands Motel, the Greenhouse Café, Bageleddi’s, Bonanni Realtors, the Engleside Inn, Panzone’s Pizza, S&S Bucktails and the Long Beach Island Fishing Club.
For more information, visit a participating tackle shop or go to www.lbift.com.
Captain’s Quarters Bait & Tackle, 8201 Long Beach Blvd. Brighton Beach - 856-313-0562
Fisherman's Headquarters, 280 W. 9th St., Ship Bottom – 609-494-5739
Jingles’ Bait & Tackle, 1214 Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven – 609-492-2795
Surf City Bait &Tackle, 317 Long Beach Blvd., Surf City – 609-494-2333
Viking Outfitters, 19th & Bay Avenue, Barnegat Light - 609-361-9111
Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce – 800-292-7211
I had Barry Uber and his wife Kathy of New Hope, PA and their 5 1/2 year old grandson Max Valee of Bedford, MA on a 4hr blues and fluke charter. We first hit the inlet for blues and after some searching we were finally rewarded with some nice 2-5lb bluefish for young Max. Max had enough bluefish fun and wanted to catch his first flatfish - so it was on to fluke. We fished a nice area that had fish biting on the downslope of a bar and we picked fish up on every drift - Max caught his first New Jersey fluke with a nice fat 17” that was released after a short biology lesson. We continued to pick up short fluke until the trips end. Max was well-behaved, did a great job, and hopefully will be back at the salt in the future. It is always a pleasure to see our youth becoming involved in fishing. Great job!!
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
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Lots of nice fish caught today by the 2014 Beach Haven Charter Fishing Asso Junior mates on their graduation fishing trip.
One year ago today. Hope to head up and try again next summer.
Marcy Dahl and I at the fish cleaning station with a few bonito before filleting. I think this is my new favorite fish.
On September 9, 2014, the Hudson River Fishermen's Association will host a public hearing on Striped Bass at our general meeting. The purpose of the hearing is to inform, discuss and obtain public comment on Addendum IV to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) management plan for striped bass. The draft addendum contains new reference points and management options to reduce fishing mortality over the next one to three years for both the recreational and comm...
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August 10, 13, 17, 20, 27, 31
Time: 9am to 12pm
Barnegat Bay was once a commercial hub for market gunners, baymen, and salt hay farmers. Learn about the people who lived here long ago, and how they utilized the natural resources of the bay. Today, the Sedge Islands are a Marine Conservation Zone. Come join Park Natural Educators to learn more in depth about this unique ecosystem.
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