Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thursday, Feb. 7, 08 -- Some emails, picking up some pickerel and tog non-compliance

Thursday, February 07, 2008: Man, am I getting a load of guesses on the human remains found recently at Holgate. It was actually nice to know folks are still out there – and reading my blogs – since it had gotten astoundingly quiet on the email front (for good reason).

One emailer thought the lower mandible might be Amerind (American Indian) remains, cleverly relating that possibility to that Lenape canoe found in Beach Haven last year. Interestingly, deceased tribe members of import could have been buried with canoes -- or even shoved out to sea in one. However, the bones that were found didn’t seem to have the color of primitive bones.

Other emails recounted just about every missing person incident folks could recall, including a few I had never heard of, one offered by a police officer.

I do want to keep complete respect for the situation. It goes without saying that the remains are most likely those of a beloved family member. I’m sincerely hoping even those small bones might bring closure to those who have to live with not knowing for sure what happened to a missing family member.

OUT THERE STUFF: I did some woods time today and for the second day in a row I found a tick or two after I came home and went through my meticulous de-ticking process. It’s nothing new that ticks are ready to get back to their bloodsucking ways at the drop of a hat – or a rise in the temps, even an unseasonable rise. I just wonder if this is a sign of a bad tick year. I’ll soon be doing a blog on tick safety in the woods – or at least how to try being safe enough to avoid Lyme Disease.

Per tradition, I made a couple throws for pickerel, which are of the same fast-start ilk of ticks. Using a very small Spook in a couple hidden ponds, I had a take or chase on just about every cast. All the fish were small, due to poor fishing practices -- as in god-awful catch-and-release techniques that often include just yanking a “swallowed” plug out of a pickerel’s gills. There are very few larger pickerel left because of this type of deadly abuse by half-assed anglers.

I was told that clamming has improved (occasionally) down Holgate way. Looks like I’ll give it a try tomorrow since I’m going up to see my nephews on Sunday (both little guys) and they love steamers.


Below is the bad news about tog, namely N.J. is out of federal compliance, having failed to come up with a plan to reduce this year’s catch by 26.5 percent. The deadline for presenting such a plan was January 1 (08).

Here’s what Tom Fote had to say after getting involved with the management process. Following Tom’s remarks is the official Atlantic Sates Marine Fisheries Commission statement.


To All,
It was not a close vote at the tautog board or policy board meeting. I tried to make the case but I was the only one there doing that -- besides the state. I was the only recreational person that also said anything at the summer flounder meeting….
Tom Fote

FEBRUARY 7, 2008

ASMFC Finds New Jersey Out of Compliance with the Tautog FMP Noncompliance Finding to be Forwarded to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has found the State of New Jersey out of compliance with the mandatory management measures contained in Addenda IV and V of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog. The Commission will be notifying the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior of its finding. This action is taken pursuant to the provisions of the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act of 1993.
The State of
New Jersey has not implemented Addenda IV and V's mandatory harvest reductions, which require the state to implement a management program that will achieve a 25.6 percent reduction in exploitation by January 1, 2008. This reduction is necessary to initiate rebuilding of the overfished tautog stock and to maintain effective cooperative management of the tautog resource. According to the 2006 peer-reviewed stock assessment, the tautog resource continues to be at low biomass levels. Since the mid-1980s tautog has undergone a substantial decrease in total and spawning stock biomass, with both currently at levels about one-third of their historical averages.

To come back into compliance,
New Jersey must implement management measures that reduce fishing exploitation by 25.6 percent. Upon notification by the Commission, the Secretary of Commerce has 30 days to review the recommendation and determine appropriate action, which may include a federal moratorium on fishing for tautog.

For more information, please contact Robert Beal, Director, Interstate Fisheries Management Program, at (202) 289-6400.

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