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JCAA's 23rd Annual Fluke Tournament - August 5, 2017
Awards Ceremony - Thursday August 10 - Starts at 7pm - Registration at 3pm

 $50,000 Doormat Fluke Cash Prize 

Angler weighing in biggest fluke in excess of 12 lbs wins 50k! (For entrants that enter $25 Doormat Category, See Rules.)

Dog vs. automatic door

One small example of why not to use unlicensed tree-removal companies ... 

Tree cutting fail

Moms know how important it is to keep their kids hydrated ... 

Baby drinks while dancing

Tuesday, August 01, 2017: We’re into a smooth-sailing wind phase, kinda odd for summer when we usually have brisk to honking prevailing southerlies. The winds will hold a south tilt but with low vigor, especially in the a.m. This is fine news for our charter and headboat captains, many of whom are cashing in on hot fluking areas.

Also headed our way is clean water, as in, acrylic clear. Did you know that Plexiglass and Lucite can be buffed to be clearer than glass? I learned that during my saltwater aquarium days.

I got word there are, in fact, snapper blues aplenty down on the bayside of BL. There are bulkheads and street end you can fish thereabouts. Bobber fishing works just fine, per those catching the little blues. Of import, those baby blues make one of the finest fluke baits known to man. For anglers fishing the BL public bulkhead, you can nab some snappers and immediately throw them out for serious fluke.  

Above, you saw the JCAA event – and that $50,000 doormat. We’ve all seen that our waters can produce a fish large enough to win that.  Get signed up, ASAP. 

Dante Soriente

The BL public bulkhead for fishing is seen adjacent to the condos.  

Below is a sample from this week's SP column, soon to be up at  https://thesandpaper.villagesoup.com:

... Which brings us to Uber and Ubering. Yes, it does. Just go with the flow.

Despite my media job, I only recently found out what Uber is even about. Sure, I heard the word and concept being bandied about, sometimes in front-page style. Still, I idly figured it was just some business guy’s name, one you called when you needed a ride. But when people openly chuckled at my naïve notion, it got me to researching.

Well, lo and behold, it turns out I was right as rain. It really is a name. So, there. Of course, the Uber name of which I speak has nothing to do with the Uber. But, there are a goodly number of Ubers in NJ.

I can all but hear you thinking like me: How dang much fun would it be to randomly call them and ask in a shaky, real-old-man’s voice, “So, how much would you charge to take me, my 18-year-old girlfriend, and my schnauzer, Heir Otto, over to church Bingo?”

Hey, I didn’t name them Uber. If they can’t take a joke …

Knowing my luck, I’d ring up a Santini Uber, who happens to be a made-man with a nearby crime syndicate. His particular Uber name is a prison-shorted form of Uberini, of the notorious Sicilian Uberinis. Yep, the supposed olive oil importers.

Curse you, caller ID! How do you say, “I was just kidding” in mob-speak?

“Yo, Sonny. It’s me again. How’s it hangin’? How’s the family? Whoa, I don’t mean the family family, I mean the wife and kids family!”

Fuhgeddaboudit. I’m screwed.

On that subject, I’m sure our clever mobsters will move in on the Uber drive-about racket, using their black sedans to pick up folks. I can hear it now: “That’ll be $14.50 for the ride to the Acme … and twenty bucks more for the Johnny 'Bags' Memorial Fund.”

And Johnny “Bags” isn’t even dead … yet.

Believe me, you don’t want to get word the boys are Ubering a memorial fund for you. And if you do: “Hello, Uber? This is Johnny ‘Bags.’ How much to drive me to Tierra del Fuego? … Oh, Santino. Sorry, wrong Uber.”

Well, that shoots Tierra del Fuego, now don’t it, Johnny? Dumb ass.

But I egregiously digress.

I have it on excellent authority that Ubering is alive and well on LBI.

Not that I’d choose Uber over our hardworking LBI taxi services, but, the whole Uber thing makes me wonder if LBI is ready for a four-wheel drive Uberification.

Ponder this, entrepreneurial thinker. What if an angler needs an Uberesque Holgate drop-off for, say, a $20 spot? Talk on, right? Let’s hypothetically say I whisk Uber customers and equipment down to the Rip, then turn-and-burn, to pick up more Uberers at the parking lot. Cha-ching. Just maybe, drive them down to the Rip for a pittance … then soak the hell out of them to bring them back – with the tide rising real fast. Not that I’d ever do that, mind-you.

Oh, there you go, asking about needing a NJ excise tax form. Uh, call my Uber rep. Besides, who’s to know that I’m Ubering if all parties involved use Uber codes? I foresee this common email: Jay, I’ll be needing help transporting another bottle of eel milk this weekend. In fact, with Lou and Sal, that will bring it to three able-bodied bottles of eel milk that needs transportation (wink-wink, nod-nod.) If you can deliver at $7.30 (a.m.) and come for the empties at $3.00 (p.m.), we can Pay that Pal of ours just like last time. Sam.”

Well, you certainly fooled ’em that time, Sam.

By the by, I’m not totally unserious about seriously Ubering to the Rip from the parking lot, once Holgate opens. Just my luck, LBT will zip on out and buy a 4WD shuttle bus.

Anyone want an Uber license, unused?

Paul Haertel
Improved fishing today with a boat limit plus of fluke and sea bass. Looks like great conditions and fishing for the JCAA fluke tournament on 8/5. Sign up at  www.jcaa.org for a chance to win $50,000 in our doormat fluke category.


(Below, you'll see a bit of hubbub over another man o' war, this one coming ashore in Beach Haven. That's interesting, though most summers see a couple/few of these nasties hit NJ beaches. Now, however, social media keeps a spirited eye on such arrivals, putting forth, through pics and videos, anything deemed sexy.

The sexiest part of a man o' war, other than the spookiness of its nasty ass sting, is its remarkable hue of blue -- which, by the way, can vary quite a bit.

Tiny MOWs present very little sting threat. That said, some of the large ones down south can wrap three-foot, dangling tentacles around a bather of surfer, issuing enough stings to require an immediate ER trip. I saw a gal almost die of stings on the beach down near Patrick Air Force Base in Brevard County, Fla. Those of us helping her got secondary stings (my expression) just lifting her onto a stretcher. j-mann)

Another Portuguese Man O'War found at Jersey Shore

BEACH HAVEN -- A Portuguese Man O'War has washed up on the Jersey Shore for the second time in July.

The creature was found Wednesday in Beach Haven on Long Beach Island, according to a video shot by WPDH, a radio station in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

A Man O'War is not a jellyfish, but rather a siphonophore that's closely related to jellyfish and can also pack a sting that's extremely painful. Though the video above says otherwise, experts say the sting is not fatal.

It's made up of several smaller organisms.

The Portuguese man-of-war is back: What you need to know

The Portuguese man-of-war is back: What you need to know

Long Beach Island is once again seeing Portuguese man-of-war washing up on its shorelines

Mostly found in tropical and subtropical waters, they only move by winds and ocean currents, the National Oceanic Service says. 

Their strands of tentacles can extend 30 feet, and can reach as far as 100 feet.

Several days earlier in nearly the same spot, a man pulled a sand shark out of the waves with his bare hands and returned it to deeper waters with the help of a lifeguard on a personal watercraft.

On July 7, beach-goers in nearby Havery Cedars also spotted a Man O'War.

Jeff Goldman may be reached at jeff_goldman@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeffSGoldman. Find NJ.com on Facebook.



Jersey Shore.

AUGUST 01, 2017

Survey: Two Jersey Shore towns named among most expensive beaches in the country

For all of us without a summer beach home to run off to, a summer vacation can be a pricey setback.

Though a weekend trip down the shore may not seem as extravagant as a trip to Nantucket, two Jersey Shore towns are among the most expensive beach areas to visit in the country, according to a survey from Cheaphotels.org.

The site looked at U.S. beach towns that had at least 10 hotels or inns to their name, considering only hotels within walking distance to the beach and finding the average price expected from Aug. 1 to Aug. 31, 2017. The site also cross-checked with Kayak for accurate rates.

Montauk, New York, and Nantucket, Massachusetts, took the top two places for most expensive beach towns, with average minimum hotel rates at $312 and $285 a night, respectively. 

New Jersey’s own Long Beach Island and Cape May also found places on the top 20 list, coming in at No. 6 and No. 13, respectively.

For LBI, the average minimum hotel rates for August are $225. In Cape May, you can expect average minimum rates around $202. LBI’s rate even beat out the beaches of Poipu, Hawaii, and Santa Barbara, California.


Zachary Michot 

Solid day of fluke fishing with Captain Paul Haertel and Bill Browne, good action finished with a 3 man limit of fluke and seabass and a handful of fluke keepers released to be caught another day! #magictail


Real heartbreaker today fought a true monster yellowfin on the jig with spinning tackle for over an hour but the fish eventually popped off 30 feet from the boat. Besides that stuck yellowfin up to 50# with one coming on a 4000 Daiwa Ballistic paired with a light Mojo Inshore on a pink 6" RonZ. Can't win them all, tough break. Also went 0-1 on wahoo, 15 monster false albies as well.


Ladies All-Tackle World Record Swordfish Approved

According to the IGFA, the New Zealand broadbill is the heaviest ever landed by a female angler

World-Record Catch Certified by IGFA

Nicky Sinden's 794.2-pound swordfish caught off New Zealand was certified by the International Game Fish Association as the new all-tackle ladies word record. It tops the 758-pound swordfish that held the record for 65 years.

Sinden, host of a popular New Zealand fishing show, caught the broadbill swordfish back in March. It's the largest broadbill ever caught by a female, according to the IGFA.

Read Sinden's full account of the catch below.

world record swordfish

New Zealand gives up a beast of a swordfish for angler Nicky Sinden. Courtesy Andy Farrant

Nicky Sinden, host of a popular New Zealand fishing show, had no idea what lay ahead when she took her new vessel out for a day of swordfishing off Whangaroa, New Zealand, on March 22, 2017. with friends Dave Woodman and Matt Haliday. The day ended up being one she will never forget: she returned to port with a potential ladies all-tackle world record swordfish aboard. This is her recap of that remarkable catch.


Below: Crab larvae leaving a mark. 

These tiny Guys can make misery out of an Ocean Swim... they got Zack's bathing suit, & he came running out of the ocean complaining that something was biting him... in his er, vitals.... when he shed his suit beneath a towel we found these little Devils..

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Fluke-Catching Quota Costing Fishermen Thousands

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [News 12 New Jersey] - August 1, 2017

Dozens of commercial fishermen say they are losing out on pay after they reached their state-imposed limit on how many fluke they are allowed to catch.

Captain Roy Diehl says he and dozens of other commercial fluke fishermen are docked because they caught their allowed quota for the July-August season just two weeks after it opened. He says he blames the 30 percent quota reduction set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission for this year.

“What it does is it takes seven weeks of income out of everybody’s paycheck for the year,” says Diehl. “It’s pretty tough because there’s a lot of fluke out there and we can’t have them.”

The coolers at the Belford Seafood Co-op are empty until fisherman are able to resume catching fluke Sept. 3.

“Every boat is losing $2,000 to $3,000 a day. I’ve got close to 20 boats fishing out here losing fish in the market,” says dock manager David Tauro. “Customers are coming in for the fresh fluke. We don’t have any more.”

Customers say that the fluke they do find are priced high.

“The regulations have kind of created crazy bureaucratic hurdles where prices have just done through the roof,” says Eric Morris with Local Seafood Market. “It’s not even cost effective to sell New Jersey fish in Jersey. We have to source out of state.”

A spokesperson for the state DEP says that the agency is aware of the commercial fishermen's concerns and will encourage the commission to get new fish number data offshore. But the process could take at least a year.

Fishing groups like the Jersey Coast Anglers Association have joined federal representatives in a push to stop the restriction.


NJ assembly approves bill to close governor's beach house during shutdowns


  • The bill would close the governor's beach house during shutdowns
  • Christie's office would not say if he would sign the legislation

Washington (CNN)New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may soon be confronted with the thorny political decision of whether to sign into law a bill that appears to be designed, at least in part, to reprimand him personally for relaxing on a state beach in early July while state parks and beaches were shut down over a budget impasse.

The state's General Assembly approved a bill Monday by a vote of 63-2-2 to prohibit use of state-owned property that is "exclusively or primarily for the use of the governor" during budget-related government shutdowns.
Christie's office would not say if he would sign the legislation, which now goes to the state Senate for consideration.
"As always, we have a long-standing policy of not discussing pending or proposed legislation until a final bill reaches our offices and we have had ample time to review it," Brian Murray, a spokesman for Christie, told CNN in an email.
The bill was sponsored by assemblyman John S. Wisniewski, who was the third place contender in the Democratic Party's 2017 gubernatorial primary.
"If a beach is closed because of a state shutdown, it ought to be closed to everybody," Wisniewski said in a statement. "Having it open to the governor and his guests while it's closed to all the other New Jersey residents who are paying for them to be there isn't right and it isn't fair."
Christie had a brazen response to a reporter's question after the photos were published.
"That's just the way it goes," he said during a news conference. "Run for governor and you can have a residence."
A separate bill that would keep state parks open for seven days in the event of an appropriations-related state of emergency also passed the Assembly on Monday.


Offshore Construction of Wind Platforms, Oil Rigs May be Aiding Jellyfish

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New Scientist] By Kate Ravilious - August 1, 2017

Jellymageddon is upon us – and we might be partly responsible. Vast blooms of moon jellyfish and other related species are being reported with increasing frequency in the media. Evidence now suggests that our offshore constructions, including oil and gas platforms and wind farms, may be aiding these gelatinous invasions.

Jellyfish form an important part of the ocean’s ecosystem, but create problems when they appear in large numbers. Such groups shut down beaches for swimmers, clog fishing nets, cause the closure of power plants and desalination facilities by blocking their water intakes, and alter the marine food chain by gobbling fish larvae and food for plankton feeders.

Many jellyfish, including the harmless purple moon jellyfish, start life as “polyps” that need to attach themselves to a surface – often preferring overhanging ones. Such surfaces are fairly rare in nature, but some researchers think the increase in number of marine constructions may have inadvertently helped jellyfish to thrive by providing polyps with the ideal home.

Moon jellyfish have become increasingly common in the Adriatic Sea in recent decades. They were first observed there in 1834, but tended to be a rare occurrence. Between the 1950s and 70s they appeared once or twice per decade, and by the 80s and 90s were present around eight years in every 10. In the last two decades, they have been present every year. This surge in numbers has coincided with a rise in gas platforms in the Adriatic, from its first in 1968 to around 140 now.

Martin Vodopivec from the National Institute of Biology in Piran, Slovenia, and his colleagues investigated the influence of these platforms on moon jellyfish, using a computer model to simulate their life cycle and dispersal patterns over the course of five years. The model included accurate representations of the ocean currents and positions of gas platforms in the area.

Platform link
The model results suggest there is a link between the platforms and the rise of the jellies. The platforms have increased connectivity between gatherings of moon jellyfish in the Adriatic, helping to sustain populations that might otherwise be wiped out during times of hardship – when one area of the sea becomes heavily polluted, for instance.

More specifically, the results indicate that platforms close to prominent ocean currents have had the greatest influence on jellyfish numbers. “Our simulation shows that jellyfish can travel up to 1000 kilometres in a strong current like the western Adriatic current,” says Vodopivec.

Lisa-ann Gershwin, a jellyfish researcher for CSIRO in Hobart, Australia, thinks Vodopivec’s findings present a strong argument, but are not the only explanation for the increase. “Right now, we are seeing multiple factors creating the ideal conditions for jellyfish, including overfishing [reducing jellyfish predators], increased nutrient run-off and more offshore constructions,” she says.

Offshore construction is booming worldwide. For example, the power capacity of European offshore wind installations has more than doubled in the past three years, and right now there are over 500 offshore turbines under construction in UK waters. Vodopivec is concerned that this boom could result in a rising tendency for jellyfish plagues to occur in some areas, though he thinks that careful positioning of platforms may help to minimise the effect.

But Gershwin is sceptical that adjusting the location of platforms will make that much difference. “I suspect that platform position won’t make that much difference because jellyfish larvae can drift over long distances and jellyfish live a long time.”

Jellyfish takeover

The Chinese construction boom may be partially responsible for the massive increase in Nemopilema nomurai, one of the world's largest jellyfish. This 2-metre-wide, 200-kilogram beast, which lives and breeds in the South and East China seas, used to bloom very rarely (only three times during the 20th century). But since 2000 it has bloomed almost every year, resulting in plagues in which half a billion or more of these monsters drift into the Sea of Japan each day.

“We think that the polyps have benefited from the coastal construction around China, plus the nutrients entering from Chinese cities and the overfishing of jellyfish predators,” says Lisa-ann Gershwin, a jellyfish researcher for CSIRO in Hobart, Australia. They are now such a problem that the Japanese government has been looking for ways to use the jellyfish, she says – even seeking good recipes involving N. nomurai.



Ocean County Residents Will Soon Be Able to Recycle Tires for Free


Do you have old tires that have been hanging around in your garage or backyard for years but you haven’t gotten around to getting rid of them? If so, read on, because you now have a chance to save some money while doing so.

It is well known that old tires are one of the favorite breeding grounds for the types of mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus, which can cause birth defects including microcephaly in the babies of mothers infected with the virus. So the CDC added Zika funding to its Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Building Efforts grant program, designed to help state and local government agencies battle and prevent infectious diseases. Ocean County, under an agreement with the Ocean County Mosquito Extermination Commission, will use $23,082 of CDC money that had been distributed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Office of Mosquito Control Coordination to help convince residents to recycle their used, worn-out tires.

Starting Aug. 1, county residents can bring up to five tires a day to the Ocean County Southern Recycling Center in Stafford Township, or the Ocean County Northern Recycling Center in Lakewood. They will not have to pay the normal $2-a-tire recycling fee because the grant money will cover that expense until the grant funds are depleted and the free tire recycling ends.

“This program will help our efforts to be good environmental stewards and to reduce the risks of mosquito vectors known to transmit the Zika virus,” said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as the liaison to both the Ocean County Board of Health and the county’s recycling program. “We need to be vigilant especially this time of year and raise awareness to help control the mosquito population for the health and safety of our residents.”

“We are hopeful this program will help encourage our residents to clear their property of old tires and bring them to our recycling centers, where they will be discarded properly,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

Ocean County collects about 3,000 tires a year for recycling and hopes to increase that number with the waiving of the fee.

Could it be that the Zika virus has already burned itself out? After all, through July 19, the CDC had only reported 175 symptomatic Zika virus disease cases in the states so far this year, with no local mosquito-borne transmission. Remember, though, that the CDC didn’t report the first local mosquito-borne virus transmissions until July 29, 2016. The season is just revving up.

And even if Zika seems to be in retreat, remember, mosquitoes can transmit many other dangerous and even deadly viruses, such as West Nile, Eastern equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis.

— Rick Mellerup


A Real Fixer-Upper: 144-Year-Old Bay Lighthouse for Sale

If you're looking for a cozy home with great views and major privacy from neighbors, look no further.

Photos: US General Services Administration

Photos: US General Services Administration

A 144-year-old lighthouse, two miles off of North Point State Park, is up for sale to the highest bidder. But the place needs some work.

Craighill Channel Lower Range Front Light Station is a cylindrical structure that was built in 1873. It is one of the lights that mark the Craighill channel, from the Bay to the mouth of Patapsco River. 

The keeper quarters inside are 1.5 stories, with a deck that stretches all the way around. The cast iron lantern room sits on top of the lighthouse, about 25 feet above the water's surface. A keeper and an assistant lived there until 1964, when the light became automated. 

The federal government decided to sell it after a non-profit group's plans to restore it didn't work out.

The unique waterfront home is listed on the U.S. General Services Administration website for a price tag of $15,000. That doesn't include, of course, the boat that would be required to commute home.

The website Lighthousefriends.com reports that the exterior of the lighthouse is in fair condition, and has been maintained over the years. But the inside has been open to the elements, and several birds have made it their home.

The online auction runs through September 15th


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