Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Below: About-face on repo-man. This is not staged. I watched longer version.  Sunday, April 26, 2015: Winds have been a spoiler for bass anglers ... not to mention bizarre chilliness. There are st…

Below: About-face on repo-man. This is not staged. I watched longer version. 

Sunday, April 26, 2015: Winds have been a spoiler for bass anglers ... not to mention bizarre chilliness. There are stripers being taken. I got two smalls on plastic ... but left the wind chopped beachline suds for woods time. It was quite nice in the outback, where the trees knock down the winds. 

I went to an old abandoned tree farm. These trees were once sized for transplanting into yards. They're now thru the ceiling, so to speak. Disturbingly for me, I recall them when they were being sold as easily taken home transplants. 

Here's a video of the old farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32hfYe0AI6U&feature=youtu.be

Some blossoming fruit trees, mainly pears, took a beating with this weird cold – record breaking in some areas of NJ. I fear my blueberry filed might have felt a wilt-down. I’ll know more in a couple/few weeks. I’m hoping my cranberrying buddies fared OK. I don’t think the blooming had begun on those vines.

I don’t think the nighttime frostiness was deep enough to impact emerging frog and salamander populations. With the lengths of the days and the amount of solar heating of the ground, herptile would have simply buried themselves under some leaves to retain body heat.

On the up side, the ongoing rains – even when I comes in short bursts – have the springtime ponds bursting at the seams. I’ve been hiking freshwater wetlands a lot and they’re wonderfully soggy. They should easily hold that water until frog spawns are over and the tadpoles have come of legs. Of course, all it takes is a week or mild and honking west winds to suck all the juice out of even a soaked spring.

The Weather Service, very aware of the wildfire potential due to the compacted underbrush – from snow and ice weigh-down – has been issuing regular fire danger warnings when the humidity is low and winds high, even for a day.

The newly formatted and updated Smokey Bear – NOT Smokey the Bear (no “the”) – has a new song. Let the kiddies know. Here’s the official video of said song. Really catchy – or way-not. Still, it’s done hoping a new generation of fire-stoppers will be arise from the jangly notes.

By the by, there is a more mature aspect of the smokeybear.com website, namely its working-wildfire map. It shows where the hot spots are around the US. See, http://www.smokeybear.com/wildfire-map.asp. In fact, I see there’s one going today in eastern Pa.


Below: Blue crab by one of my favorite LBI artists, Aylse Droge: 

You'll see below that blueclaws are out and about in the bay. This is great news for the legion of folks who love the thrill of the chicken-neck chase, especially always out-and-about bankside crabbers.

In my wide-ranging shoreline travels, I'll often come across crabbers happily tucked into some mighty wild out-there places. In fact, just about anywhere a creek meets the bayside meadows, I'll find signs of crabbers. Which brings up one obvious downside to the pervasiveness of crabbing. Those folks can leave behind some trash like you wouldn't believe.

Some states dish out serious penalties for littering while crabbing ... 

While it's likely just a few slack-offs royally mess things up for everyone, the scat (litter) left behind by those junkers is certainly noticeable, especially those yellow foam trays that hold chicken parts and such. They can blow far and wide, while holding onto the split plastic wrap, telling how much the parts cost. 

By the bay, I got word that the first hippocrabs of the season are now being taken near Manahawkin. 


I got interesting word on the infamous Rocky the Bobcat, formerly of Manahawkin, now permanently residing at Popcorn Park Zoo. The escapist wildcat has happily adjusted to life at the zoo. He struts his stuff for visitors and is a hit attraction. However, he has assumed a wild attitude -- as in, well, a wild attitude. You don't mess with Rocky any longer. His behavior has quickly reverted to it wildlife roots. Not only is petting way out of the question but most of the zoo's caretakers are afraid to go into Rocky's new domain. The Rock won't even allow his former owner to get close and personal. My guess is the bobcat is aggressively taking over its new digs and isn't about to give it up any time soon. 

Nonetheless, stopping by to say "Hey" to Rocky -- from a safe distance -- is a fun thing. And make sure to donate to the zoo, which is the last hope for so many creatures -- great, small and escape-ish. 

      • Map of popcorn park zoo
  1. Popcorn Park Zoo
    Zoo in Lacey Township, New Jersey

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  2. Popcorn Park Zoo is a small 7-acre zoo located in Forked River, New Jersey, within Lacey Township. According to the Associated Humane Societies, the zoo is "a sanctuary for abandoned, injured, ill, ...
  3. Address
    1 Humane Way, Forked River, NJ 08731
  4. Opened
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    7 acres (3 ha)
  6. Hours
    Open today · 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  7. Phone
    (609) 693-1900
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Another NO-HUGS! ... I don't like the looks of this little seal's face. Might need a Stranding Center helping hand. 

Odins first seal encounter. He wanted to give it a hug.
Eric Setzer's photo.
5,284 miles from Dutch Harbor the Debbie M is on the crabs. With a three day soak in warm back bay waters the first blue claws of the season started hitting the deck.
Lighthouse Sportfishing's photo.


First bluefish!!

Greg Kopenhaver's photo.

Michael Dringus Fun time on the water with Mallory Rose and our children! ShaleenRosemary Joey Simone

Michael Dringus's photo.
Michael Dringus's photo.
Michael Dringus's photo.
Yay!! Finally got a pair on this new platform (right off E. Bay Ave and visible from Mud City) that I installed with some Boy Scouts in late 2013!
Ben Wurst's photo.

George Nettie Finck

Sparetime almost ready to be put into its slip at Morrisons Marina Captain George getting ready for 2015 fishing season !
George Nettie Finck's photo.


John Hurst at G. Anderson Agency

I can not wait for this event

It is with great pride that we announce Hop Sauce Festival 2015. After a phenomenal turnout and amazing support in 2014, The Jetty Rock Foundation, Spice It Up and Shore Point Distribution are excited to bring this epic gathering of craft beer and hot...

Today as my son was working in Holgate a woman came over to him and was talking about what he was doing and then she said she was a medium...she started to tell him he had a older father figure around him...my Dad. She went on to say that he (my Dad) doesn't want the old picture of him...because he does not look like that anymore...she proceeded to say that he is 33 and that's the picture he wants up in the house....so here it is, my Aunt Susan's wedding 1966. Stay close Dad...I love you! 
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Vickie Ann Moritz-Sippel's photo.

The Cornell Lab's partnership with the Nature Conservancy in California created temporary habitat for shorebirds, including more than one-fifth of the Dunlins in California. Your support makes this work possible. 
Dunlin by Ian Davies.

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Using eBird data, the Cornell Lab produced bird migration models for the Nature Conservancy in California to forecast the timing and locations last year for more than 20 shorebird species—a suite of species of significant conservation concern. These models informed TNC’s placement of temporary flooded habitat among privately owned rice fields. As a result, the temporary wetlands created habitat for more than 220,000 birds, including more than one-fifth of the entire wintering population of Dunlins in California.

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Cornell Lab of Ornitholog

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