Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, August 22, 2014: well, those testy easterly winds have moved in as planned, though they have a lot more north (NE) than originally expected. That’s bad eelgrass news if the winds last long en…

Friday, August 22, 2014: well, those testy easterly winds have moved in as planned, though they have a lot more north (NE) than originally expected. That’s bad eelgrass news if the winds last long enough, though they might actually be increasing a bit by tomorrow. That “a bit” is the bugaboo. It doesn’t take NE’erlies long to chop things up one good/bad.

Making long-term matters worse, the onshores will surely last throughout the weekend -- and even into next week, though finally backing off to under 10 mph by Monday. Tomorrow night could get to gusty again. Despite sky-high humidity, we’re going to remains below to well below normal on the air temperature front. To date, summer temps have been far below normal.

Interestingly, I’m seeing the first indicators that some other weather computer watchers and even professional prognosticators are seeing a mild pattern building for the fall.

If it seems a tough call for angling from now through Monday, it is. It’ll be a catch as catch can for nearshore and bay fishing. If you’re going long (canyons) you’re on your own, it’s gonna be windy out there also.   Even nearer trips for mahi and such are not going to be a breeze – closer to SCA. 


"Hope all is well. Renters gone. Down on weekends until Christmas. Went out and was surprised at how many bluefish are out there. I know you're another fan of them. I'll be putting them in my smoker again this fall. I found this in one of their stomachs. Is it a small lobster? ..."

That's the famed mantis shrimp, actually quite common hereabout but seldom seen due to their burrowing lifestyle. They become a beloved foodstuff of bass, blues and fluke when they are either changing burrowing venues or get uncovered by fast-moving waters -- where they prefer. I have also heard that bass will blow water on the bottom to expose one after snifffing it out. However, it must not be easy because you'll seldom find a bass or blue with more than one shrimp in its belly.

I caught the biggest mantis shrimp I have ever seen --  it was lobster-sized --  while pulling a trebled Hopkins along the bottom at the north end of The Dike, after bass. I cooked it up and it was scrumgulious, easily on par with fresh wild shrimp (which most folks have never tasted) and lobster. I went back to the same spot with a nasty-ass snag hook but couldn't foul-hook another one. 


Mantis Shrimps (right) are not true shrimps. These 10" predators have powerful pinching forelegs which can lacerate a finger. They have flattened bodies and 8 pairs of legs all together, but most are small and weak. Mantis Shrimps are secretive burrowers in mud bottoms from coastal shallows to the deep. They are seldom seen, but are reportedly good eating.


A wowwer for Paul H. And this is just what I've been writing about: Loads of small stuff than these eye-opening gigantoes. 

Paul Haertel 


Finally a true doormat! Caught my personal best 10 1/4 lb. fluke last night.

Paul Haertel's photo.
Paul Haertel's photo.


Good day on the water
Good day on the water

From NJ.com

What happened to summer? N.J. likely to be spared from excessive heat this year

A lack of excessive heat hasn't stopped people from enjoying the New Jersey shore. 
(Frances Micklow/The Star-Ledger)

For better or worse, heat and humidity are generally hallmarks of the New Jersey summer. Just not this year.

With just a few weeks to go before Labor Day, the unofficial end to summer, there is little sign the temperate pattern that has gripped the Garden State for the last several months will ebb. While the odd hot day isn’t out of the question, this likely means that for the first time in several years New Jersey will escape summer without the sweltering, excessive heat that so often accompanies it.

“At this point I would think a notable summertime heat wave is not in the cards,” said Ken Elliott, a meteorologist at Hackettstown based WeatherWorks. “This summer it’s been pretty hard to get more than four to five days in the 80s, let alone upper-80s and 90s.”

It hasn't been the summer without a heat wave — parts of the state reached heat wave criteria twice in early July — but it's not far off. Temperatures have largely been below normal across New Jersey for much of the last several weeks, making high temperatures even in the upper 80s a relative rarity.

That’s not to say it's necessarily a bad thing.

The forecast for the next week, not unlike much of July and August, is decidedly pleasant. Temperatures may not climb out of the upper 70s this weekend under sunny skies and will likely only reach the low 80s next week under similar conditions. Humidity is expected to be low and, apart from a stray shower or thunderstorm tonight, there is no rain in the forecast.

While there a possibility that warmer conditions creep northward in the next seven to 10 days, it should be short-lived. Long-term forecasts show another shot of cooler conditions spilling across the country over the next eight to 14 days.

“The story of this summer is really one of comfort,” said David Robinson, the state climatologist at Rutgers University. “It’s not been a summer of extremes.”

The origin of the region’s less than scorching summer can be traced back to January. While there has been some minor fluctuation, the United States has been more-or-less stuck in the same weather pattern since the dead of winter.

A large ridge has been locked in place across the west coast, while a trough has often been present across the east. This allowed record-breaking cold to spill into New Jersey from the Arctic last winter while producing decidedly more pleasant conditions over the last few months.

The trough over the eastern half of the country just blocks the heat,” Elliott said. 
And it doesn’t look like it is going anywhere soon, according to Elliott.

“I don’t think this pattern really wants to reverse itself in any meaningful way,” he said.

As long as it does, the potential for spells of cooler than average conditions will persist into the early fall, forecasters said. While it’s far too early to draw any conclusions about what this may mean for winter, it certainly bears watching


This is what I call earning your stripes.

This is what I call earning your stripes.


This photo speaks for itself ... I think. 


 August / 22 / 2014    

NMFS Announces a Final Rule to Adjust the 2014 North and South Atlantic Swordfish Quotas 

This final rule establishes the 2014 adjusted North and South Atlantic swordfish quotas taking into account the carryover of allowable underharvest and international quota transfers, consistent with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Recommendations 13-02 and 13-03.  This action also modifies regulatory text such that underharvest of North Atlantic swordfish accrued in 2014 and beyond is limited to 15 percent of a country's baseline quota, consistent with Recommendation 13-02. 

The final North and South Atlantic swordfish adjusted quotas are 3,653.2 and 75.1 mt dw, respectively.  Specifics on landings and quotas can be found below.

 + 2013 underharvest carryover is capped at 25 percent of the baseline quota allocation for the North Atlantic and 75.2 dw (100 mt ww) for the South Atlantic.  Starting in 2015, for the North Atlantic only, underharvest carryover will be capped at 15 percent of the baseline quota allocation.

* Under Recommendation 13-03, 100 mt ww of the U.S. underharvest and baseline quota, as necessary, was transferred to Namibia (37.6 mt dw, 50 mt ww), Côte d'Ivoire (18.8 mt dw, 25 mt ww), and Belize (18.8 mt dw, 25 mt ww).

 This notice is a courtesy to the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of Federal actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of Federal Register. For further information on this final rule, contact Alexis Jackson at 301-427-8503 or Steve Durkee at 202-670-6637.  Copies of the final rule are available upon request from the Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone: 301-427-8503, fax: 301-713-1917). The information will also be posted on the HMS website at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/s


We are here and we have donuts!! Stop by the Surf City Firehouse and get your bike registered with our PD, as well as inspected for free compliments of Walter's Bike Shop. Also, take the challenge and see if you can beat the Chief's time in our bike course.
Surf City Police Department's photo.
Surf City Police Department's photo.
Surf City Police Department's photo.


Tropical Storm Cristobal to Form, Impact US Eastern Beaches

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An expert analysis on the tropics is given in the above AccuWeather.com video.

While a tropical low is expected to brew into Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend, the East Coast of the United States is being monitored for future impacts -- even if the storm remains well offshore.

The low has been struggling to develop tropically since emerging from the coast of Africa due to dusty air, disruptive wind shear and, more recently, interaction with the Caribbean Islands.

As conditions become more conducive, AccuWeather.com Tropical Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski expects the low to become Tropical Storm Cristobal this weekend.

Regardless of when the low strengthens, torrential downpours and gusty squalls will continue to spread across the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola and to the Turks and Caicos Islands through Saturday.

Similar impacts will reach eastern Cuba on Saturday, while lingering downpours over the Windward and Leeward islands will diminish by Friday night.

"The downpours will raise the risk of flash flooding, road washouts and mudslides but can also ease dry conditions on some of the islands," stated AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

Track of Future Tropical Storm Cristobal

Beyond Saturday, there are several pieces of the puzzle that AccuWeather.com meteorologists are monitoring which would influence the future track of the low and future impacts to the U.S. East Coast.

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According to Kottlowski, latest indications point toward what should be Cristobal passing over or near the Turks and Caicos Islands on Saturday, east of the Bahamas through the remainder of the weekend and then in between Bermuda and the eastern U.S. early next week.

Downpours and gusty squalls will continue to accompany the low along its path with damaging winds and rough surf becoming an increasing concern as Cristobal takes shape.

"There is opportunity for the evolving Cristobal to become a very strong tropical storm and perhaps even intensify into a hurricane as it passes just east of the Carolinas early next week," continued Kottlowski.

The low has been guided westward by the large Atlantic ridge of high pressure this week. As the jet stream drops southward along the U.S. East Coast, the low is expected to get pulled to the north and then northeast -- in similar fashion to Bertha from earlier this summer.

"If the [jet stream] were to be weaker and the high stronger, this system could move on a track much closer to the U.S.," added Kottlowski.

"However, these southward dips in the jet stream into the tropics have been fairly persistent this year and we feel this particular situation will be similar."

"Even if a tropical storm or hurricane was to stay east of the East Coast of the U.S., a strong system would generate swells that propagate outward that could reach the shoreline in the form of rough surf and strong rip currents during the last week of August," warned Sosnowski.

Such danger could create hazards for beachgoers trying to get in one last vacation before summer comes to a close.

While the above scenario for Cristobal is what the latest indications are pointing to, it is not the only scenario.

"There is an outside chance that the low ends up stalling off the East Coast next week, which could lead to it getting drawn back westward toward the coast," stated AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity.

This scenario would unfold if the low misses getting totally picked up by the jet stream and then guided back to the west around the backside of the ridge that is currently baking the central and southern U.S.

Future Cristobal could also take a sharper turn to the northeast over the Atlantic and take aim at Bermuda.

As the window of possibilities is narrowed down over the next few days -- well ahead of the storm, interests from the Caribbean to the Bahamas, Bermuda and the East Coast of the U.S. should closely monitor the situation.

Kottlowski added that the low should turn to the north and northeast before making a run at the Gulf of Mexico.


Check this nonsense out ... The Fire Challenge ... 

Safety officials: ‘Fire Challenge’ not a good idea

KIMT News 3 – Internet video challenges like the “ice bucket challenge” are taking over the internet. Some are for a good cause, but one is becoming popular where that is not the case.

It is being called the “fire challenge” and it is becoming popular among teens. People are setting themselves on fire and recording it.

As you can imagine, many of them are burning themselves, some severely.

“There’s so many things that can go wrong. Skin burns so fast. If you get close to a candle with your hand you can feel the heat, and that’s just a tiny bit of flame,” said Captain Lee DeVries with the Albert Lea Fire Department.

He said you can be charged for arson by doing this. It fits the statute that says you are choosing to light something on fire that should not be while endangering people’s lives and property.

“There’s so many ignitable things in a residence or any type of structure. You get close to any type of furniture, curtains, carpeting, anything like that. It can be almost instantaneous where it’s out of control,” DeVries said.

He said there have been a few cases of the challenge taking place locally, but none that have needed the fire department’s assistance yet.


Bill's Surf and Tackle added 2 new photos.

I had to post my first official weigh in at my shop with my new scale. I love catching blues so its fitting that my first weigh in is a blue weighing 1.8 lbs., 18" long.

Bill's Surf and Tackle's photo.
Bill's Surf and Tackle's photo.

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