Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday February 1, 08: Quiet -- but picking up, issue- and event-wise

I'm trying to figure out whether or not there's a fishing angle to this image.

Friday, February 01, 2008:

Needless to say, it’s been amazingly quiet on the local fishing front. At work, I’ve been around a load of issues that could trickle down to the fishing realm but very few direct-affect happenings.

A quick weather note. So far we’ve had a very mild winter –short of a few nasty cold nights. I was just mulling over the computers and the outlook is for very mild weather well into February. As you might recall, last February was one of the coldest on record after record warmth for January. Very low likelihood of a freezing-February repeat. However, there are distant signs that March could be real cranky, storm-wise. I always hate seeing that with March’s track record for meteorological brutality. Obviously, we’ll take wet – to nicely fill the aquifers for summer (which is going to be sizzler, just you watch), it’s the wind we can do without.

PLUG NOTE: As you all know, this site is purely not-for-profit – and, believe me, it has no trouble living up to that title (It’s amazing how much a single trip to the Holgate end costs with my huge-engine truck) but I did want to offer an invitation to any plug-makers to give me info (and a photo or two) of their artwork (and that is what it is to me regardless of how utilitarian these items are). I’ll run them in here and let folks know where they can buy some. I bring this up now because a lot of plug-makers are rounding out their winter stock -- and because the SRHS Fishing Flea Market is coming up (see below), which marks what might be called the buying season for anglers, though I’m not sure when that buying season ever really ends, as I glance over at a stack of just-arrived fishing catalogs, led by Cabella’s and Bass Pro.

Issue alert:

Just today I got the following email from my buddy Captain john Koegler, Pop’s Pride. I’ll be looking into it and obviously John will be writing something in the not-to-distant future.


Homeland security has gone off the edge.
Transportation Workers Identification Certificate/Card TWIC .

This applies to ALL USCG licensed Captains.
Deadline to have one is
Sept. 25, 2008.

It takes about 6 weeks to clear you.
All your information is encoded on their
new smart card, even your fingerprints.

Maybe even Jay Mann's cell number?


I would like to write an article on this subject
before Memorial Day because it affects so many.

The reason for my concern is TSA has processed 50,000 cards
as of
12-31-07. They expect to issue more than 800,000 cards.
What more can I say.

Reread the classic book "1984".
Big Brother and Jay Mann are both watching.


I did a spot check (call) and I’m still not sure how much this will apply to boat captains but in the following description the phrase “all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials” is of import.

From the Transportation Security Administration:

“TWIC is a common identification credential for all personnel requiring unescorted access to secure areas of MTSA-regulated facilities and vessels, and all mariners holding Coast Guard-issued credentials. TSA will issue workers a tamper-resistant "Smart Card" containing the worker's biometric (fingerprint template) to allow for a positive link between the card itself and the individual.

How will the TWIC be used?

“During the initial rollout of TWIC, workers will present their cards to authorized personnel, who will compare the holder to his or her photo, inspect security features on the TWIC and evaluate the card for signs of tampering. The Coast Guard will verify TWICs when conducting vessel and facility inspections and during spot checks using hand-held scanners, ensuring credentials are valid. A second rulemaking will propose enhanced access control requirements, including the use of electronic readers by certain vessel and facility owners and operators.”

Happenings: Most of you probably have this info memorized but here it is:

Feb 6 - 10, 2008 Atlantic City Convention Center
Atlantic City, NJ

Show Hours
Wednesday, February 6, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 7, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday, February 8, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 9, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 10, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Adults: $15
Youth (ages 13-15): $8
Children (under 12): FREE when accompanied by an adult
Special Two-Day Ticket: $25

Flea market alert:

Southern Regional Fishing Rams

Fishing Flea Market

Saturday, February 16, 2008 8:00a.m. – 2:00p.m.

Where: Southern Regional Middle School Cedar Bridge Rd, Manahawkin NJ

Over 80 Tables of New and used fishing related stuff!!!

$4 Donation at the door to benefit the Southern Regional High School Fishing Club


Directions: GSP to exit 63, Rt. 72 East to Rt. 9 N. approx 1 mile to Cedarbridge Rd. left on Cedar Bridge Rd. School on left.

More info and Vendor Application: http://www.srsd.net/schoolevents/default.asp#fishingFlea

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