Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Below: Tell me and we'll both know ...  Tuesday, April 21, 2015: Dropping waves and clearing water point to small stripers in the swash. Gotta watch for upcoming south winds – and more stormage.…

Below: Tell me and we'll both know ... 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015: Dropping waves and clearing water point to small stripers in the swash. Gotta watch for upcoming south winds – and more stormage. The south winds will perk up the Graveling bite. Get those bass bloodworms. Below: Scott measures one. 

Per usual, I’ll overlook another day off (Wednesday) rained the hell out by realizing the amphibians in the woods are loving it. I’ll begin my serious frog counts soon. It climaxes with the Pine Barrens tree frogs, though I’d like to locate some new colonies of the very rare Cope’s gray tree frog (below, Hyla chrysoscelis). Only the spring call differentiates Cope's from the seemingly identical gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor).  

Here's a 2104 video of a more common gray tree frog.



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Below: A look at the upcoming competition at this year's LBI sand castle-building contests. 


Graveling ... 

Beats working
John Mury's photo.

I had mentioned that a snake, photographed recently in Barnegat Light State Park, might be a "plant" -- a snake translocated there by officials. I now hear it most likely is not a plant.

I had also suggested it might be a swim-over from the mainland but, more likely, Island Beach State Park.

I should also note that the delicate bird nesting season at the park is well underway. Participants can be piping plover, other plovers, oystercatchers, skimmers and  least terns. Per Audubon literature, "During the breeding season, a portion of the beach at the state park is fenced off to protect beach nesting birds including federally listed Piping Plovers and Least Terns. "

I looked in on some nesting plover and oystercatchers last year and was stunned -- and a bit put off -- by how close the birds nested to the park's concrete inlet-front decking and its imposing jetty. That jetty and deck area entertains a nonstop flow of folks walking about. And the tourists drawn there from literally around the world are hardly tiptoeing about. They are often noisy and astoundingly rambunctious. And yes, untamed kids often lead the raucous way.  

Below: 1,000-foot concrete decking at Barnegat Inlet. 

While there are often park personnel and bird researchers in the vicinities of the nests, the only constant bit of protection comes from informational cards, technically interpretive signs. The signs beg folks to keep their distance from the nests and warn not to harass the nesting birds as they forage near the nests.

Those interpretive signs work about as well at the “Carry In, Carry out” trash signs. Many folks obey, some couldn’t care less.

During my few trips to see nesting plover and oystercatchers late last summer, I saw heinous disregarding of the signs – and further disregarding of some symbolically protective twine fencing, strung to show folks not to go any further toward known nesting sites.

The ultimate example of touring ignorance came via a fully obstinate woman with two younger kids. She had a pair of nesting oystercatchers pointed out by some nearby birdwatchers. Gospel truth, she lifted up the twine and told her kids to go run over and stand next to the bird sitting on the nest.

To the total credit of the kids, they said they weren’t supposed to go in there. She insisted but was then appropriately overruled by the bird folks – and, to a lesser degree by, me. My only input, as the gal and birders exchanged unpleasantries, was aimed at the birders. “If the kids go in I’ll videotape it and take it to the office.”

You’d be amazed by the power of a poised camera. On second thought, I guess just about everybody fully comprehends the ominous power of an unblinking lens. That gal sure did. But, lo, within days I found footprints all around the nesting zone.


Nick Honachefsky

6 hrs · 

Smallest surf bass ever caught thanks to Andrew S Grossman at riptide bait and tackle! Mighty Micro Striper shouldn't be in the ocean playin with the big boys!

Nick Honachefsky's photo.

Regarding the long lack of surf clams, I got this email from Tom R: 

Tom Rizzo Hi Jay, I'm going to go out on a jetty here to say that a very possible reason we no longer have surf clams close in has to do with the washing in - Barnegat Light beaches, and washing out of sand - elsewhere on the island - due to the construction of the new south jetty. What was once very productive water on a pretty constant basis is now very hit or miss. The holes, eddies, bars, etc., are mostly gone. Instead of many fish attracting places there is now a long, flat without much contour shallow area. The once very plentiful surf clams have been gone for a decade, and we no longer have a consistent bite on the bar. Is pollution the culprit? I wonder what the close-in clam life is like to our north on Island Beach?


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Commercial Atlantic Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna Landings Update
January 1 - March 31, 2015

Below are the preliminary landings estimates for the Atlantic bigeye, Northern Albacore, skipjack, and yellowfin (BAYS) tunas commercial fisheries. These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through March 31, 2015. These estimates include U.S. BAYS tunas landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  Also, these estimates are subject to late reporting and do not include discards.  Totals are reported in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) round weight (rw); 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.

Species 2015 Quota Estimated Landings in 2015 Percent of 2015 Quota 2014 Landings in the Same Time Period
Bigeye NA

81.20 mt rw

(179,029 lb rw)


73.94 mt rw

(163,019 lb rw)

Northern Albacore

527 mt rw

(1,161,824 lb rw)

108.02 mt rw

(238,347 lb rw)


107.42 mt rw

(236,823 lb rw)

Yellowfin NA 211.91 mt rw
(467,157 lb rw)
161.09 mt rw
(355,147 lb rw)
Skipjack NA

0.21 mt rw

(467 lb rw)


0.32 mt rw

(701 lb rw)


This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic BAYS tunas fishery interests to keep you informed about the fishery.  Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.  To view catch statistics from previous months, please visithttp://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/tunas/landings/bays_landin... or contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at (978) 281-9260.


Recreational Fishing Alliance  
Contact:  Jim Donofrio / 888-564-6732  
For Immediate Release
April 21, 2015     


You Could Win a Yamaha-powered Contender Boat/Ameratrail Fishing Package!



New Gretna, NJ - The Recreational Fishing Alliance is pleased to announce an exciting fundraising effort that gives members and the general public the opportunity to support the RFA while taking a shot at winning an awesome prize-a special Contender 22 Sportcenter console fishing boat powered by a Yamaha F300 outboard riding on an AmeraTrailcustom aluminum trailer valued at over $85,000!


"We're thrilled to be able to offer tickets to win this beautiful Contender/Yamaha fishing package as part of our fundraising efforts for 2015," said Jim Donofrio, RFA Executive Director. "We would like to thank our friends at Contender Boats, Yamaha Outboards and AmeraTrail Trailers for helping make this raffle possible.


Tickets are available NOW through a special page on the RFA website (www.JOINRFA.com/win-a-22-contender) and cost $25 each or you can increase your chance to win by purchasing five for $100. The site accepts credit cards and PayPal payments and ticket stubs will be sent those who enter online. If you would like to obtain bulk tickets for club meetings or events please contact the RFA office at 888-JOIN RFA for details.


The RFA is a political action organization with a 19 year track record of working to protect your right to fish. Its mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs and ensure the long-term sustainability of U.S. saltwater fisheries. Now more than ever the RFA needs the support of a growing grassroots army of anglers and this raffle is just one of the ways you can be involved.




All proceeds from the raffle benefit the Recreational Fishing Alliance (Registration Identification: 22-5-39533 RL# 3957-2015). The drawing will be held on February 20, 2016 at the New Jersey Boat Expo in Edison, NJ.


You must be 21 years of age to win and all applicable taxes are the responsibility of the winner. If gambling is a problem for you or someone in your family dial 1-800-GAMBLER.


To learn more about the RFA and to join go to www.joinrfa.org.

About Recreational Fishing Alliance
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The RFA Mission is to safeguard the rights of saltwater anglers, protect marine, boat and tackle industry jobs, and ensure the long-term sustainability of our Nation's saltwater fisheries. For more information, call 888-JOIN-RFA or visit 
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Dear Jay,

Rob Stewart is a leading conservationist, biologist, wildlife photographer and award-winning filmmaker whose first documentary SHARKWATER is one of the great success stories of the conservation movement, illustrating the power of film to make a difference.

Now Stewart has an important new documentary titled REVOLUTION opening worldwide on Earth Day, April 22. Using Earth Day to jumpstart a global conservation fundraising, Stewart is offering the film to the conservation community as a fundraising tool for their own campaigns, a first in the film industry (details in the attached press release).In addition to theatrical screenings the film releases digitally on April 22 and DVD/Blu-ray on June 2, 2015. People can download, stream or purchase the film via this link: ykr.be/2042asgrjq

REVOLUTION takes the fight to save the oceans to the next level and Stewart hopes it will inspire audiences to help save our oceans and our planet. Filmed over four years in locations spanning 15 countries, from the coral reefs in Papua New Guinea to the rainforests in Madagascar, REVOLUTION is Stewart’s response to the pleas of leading scientists who told him that the bigger picture of the planet being in jeopardy needed to be told: by the middle of this century, we could have no fish in the sea, no coral reefs, no rainforests and a planet that can’t sustain many forms of life. Two thirds of the world’s species could be gone by the end of the century if we don’t act now. Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21hGAKv_0Bs

REVOLUTION is an empowering firsthand look into the most important issues facing humanity, the story of how we got here, the ecosystems we depend on for survival, and the dawn of the largest movement that’s ever existed rising to the challenge of saving our planet. The film includes some of the world’s leading scientists and takes on ocean acidification, Canada’s tar sands, deforestation, over-population, pollution and food scarcity. Details are in the attached press release.

We ask for your support of this important new environmental documentary.  You are welcome to use film clips and high res-images to share news of the Earth Day launch with your readers, links are below. If you would like to interview Rob Stewart, we can arrange one quickly. 

Executive produced by Gus Van Sant (MILK, GOOD WILL HUNTING), REVOLUTION made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and has already won 14 awards at some of the biggest film festivals in Canada and abroad.  The spectacular cinematography — much of its filmed by Stewart — includes never-before-seen marine life and endangered wildlife in remote areas, such as dancing Lemurs, lynx, pygmy seahorses, and flamboyant cuttlefish. 

Stewart’s first documentary SHARKWATER is credited with igniting a global movement to protect sharks, changing government policy worldwide and spawning shark conservation groups. Today, shark fin imports have dropped  an astounding 70% and shark finning has been banned almost everywhere. The documentary has won more than 40 major international film festival awards and been seen by over 124 million people.

Film footage: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/llnitotczdgkx7a/AAA2Uf5leC0hIuBZ7m2Vowtq...

High res photos – from marine and wildlife to Canada’s deadly tar sands — https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vl3s6gwowg616i2/AABYKk6l3Y9nxaqO_9MWJnh9...

Thank you in advance for your consideration,

July Lim



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Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update
January 1 - April 17, 2015

Below are the preliminary landings estimates in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) dressed weight (dw) for the Atlantic shark commercial fisheries; 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.  These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through April 17, 2015.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2015 shark research fishery participants.  


Management Groups

2015 Quota

Estimated Landings in 2015

% of 2015 Quota

2014 Landings During The Same Time Period

Gulf of Mexico

Blacktip Sharks

328.6 mt dw

(724,302 lb dw)

250.4 mt dw

(551,945 lb dw)


97.7 mt dw

(215,356 lb dw)

Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

156.5 mt dw

(344,980 lb dw)

119.3 mt dw

(263,047 lb dw)


90.9 mt dw

(200,298 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

25.3 mt dw

(55,722 lb dw)

10.4 mt dw

(22,829 lb dw)


4.1 mt dw

(9,101 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

45.5mt dw

(100,317 lb dw)

8.0 mt dw

(17,579 lb dw)


0.5 mt dw

(1,062 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

1.8 mt dw

(4,076 lb dw)

0.9 mt dw

(1,880 lb dw)


0.5 mt dw

(1,111 lb dw)


Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks

168.9 mt dw

 (372,552 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)


0.1 mt dw

(290 lb dw)

Hammerhead Sharks

27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)


0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks

176.1 mt dw

(388,222 lb dw)

70.3 mt dw

(154,987 lb dw)


48.2 mt dw

(106,338 lb dw)

Blacknose Sharks

17.5 mt dw

(38,638 lb dw)

5.7 mt dw

(12,579 lb dw)


3.3 mt dw

(7,296 lb dw)

No regional quotas

Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)

50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)

7.6 mt dw

(16,801 lb dw)


 0.8 mt dw

(1,749 lb dw)

Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)

116.6 mt dw

(257,056 lb dw)

32.4 mt dw

(71,531 lb dw)


5.9 mt dw

(13,008 lb dw)

Blue Sharks

273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)

0.4 mt dw

(889 lb dw)

< 1%

4.2 mt dw

(9,348 lb dw)

Porbeagle Sharks

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

Closed 1

0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)

Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue

488.0 mt dw

(1,075,856 lb dw)

21.5 mt dw

(47,296 lb dw)


45.3 mt dw

(99,926 lb dw)

Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on December 17, 2014 and will remain closed for the 2015 shark fishing season (79 FR 75068).



This notice is a courtesy to the HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information on this landings update or the closure, contact Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Guý DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  The information will also be posted on the HMS website at: 

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