Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday Aug 1 -- New Barnegat Inlet channel??

Wednesday, August 01, 2007:

Some technical stuff as I finish my weekly blog – with tons left over.

I didn’t want the following to go into The SandPaper because I’m still getting info from my buddy Walt P, who tells of a significant opening in the tidal flood plain inside Barnegat Inlet.

A channel of considerable depth has formed from roughly the start of the “No Wake” zone south of Double Creek (outside Myers Hole) and extending in a straight line to Andy’s.

It can be seen on the above aerial view.

I can’t suggest using it until you’re exceedingly comfortable with the veracity of the channel. However, it sure could cut off almost the entire “No wake” zone, that can be very frustrating coming and going from the inlet. Walt has been using it and says some pretty big boats have taken to traversing the flood plains via this “shortcut.”

As to the geographical significance of this developing channel, it could prove quite interesting.

First, odds are it’s just a quirky thing and will shut off in short order – as in, this winter. However, should it widen and deepen, it would be nature building what a number of us have long sought via human effort: an east-west channel aligned with the inlet jetties.

With such a channel would come a greatly enhanced flow of water into the bay – and the likely erosional demise of The Dike as we know it.

Despite such a land loss, the improved tidal water exchange would be hugely beneficial to bay waters, as far away as Brant Beach and beyond. It could ameliorate algal blooms in Manahawkin Bay. It would also increase the introduction of larval marine life from the ocean, including bunker and mullet.

I’ve been reading closely some significant work being done by Tom Fote on the freakish – and potentially catastrophic – phenomena whereby pollution is causing winter flounder to produce only female offspring. You can get more by going to a news broadcast at http://video.wnbc.com/player/?id=133971 then head to http://www.JCAA.org and find the article on Release on fish sex proplems.doc (147.3 KB).

This is totally disturbing considering the number of marine organisms that could be pollution (chemically) induced to create unnatural percentages of females.

And, no, that wouldn’t be a good thing.

Sure, it might seem that the remaining males would still be able to impregnate the females but imagine the impact should genetically weak or even unfit males contribute so heavily to the gene pool. By genetic tabulations that would lead to the inexorable decline and eventual demise of a species.

I am still reading over Tom’s lengthy article and will try to apply the data to our bay regions. Hopefully, understanding the problem might allow us to head it off before it advances to the dangerous point it has in some New York waters.


Hi Jay,

I'm down for the week. Although the water has finally warmed up, the surf fishing remains in the doldrums here in the mid island area. Beach walkers who stop and chat inform me that other fishermen, up and down the beach, are having the same results that I am. I have fished each of the last four days (morning high tide) and until today had nothing to show for it. Today I got two small cocktail blues and on, of all things, the live minnows I had out there for fluke. I have not yet this year had, the very easy to identify 1 - 2 - 3 tugs, the trademark bite of the northern kingfish. I keep hoping that now that the water has warmed that the three quick tugs will soon hit my rod. “


Hi Jay. I went down to Wildwood this weekend to do an offshore 
overnight trip with some friends. We left via Cape May inlet around 
1pm and started fishing the Washington Canyon around 5pm. At 7:30
pm, the man in the blue suit arrived. The fish hit a ballyhoo with
blue/white Islander on the longest rod from the boat. On the initial
run, the blue almost emptied a Shimano Tiagra 80W (the drag was set
at 20lbs at strike). What a demonstration of power! It took me a
half hour to recover the lost line and get the fish within tagging
range. We estimated the fish to be in the 250lb class and it swam
off in great shape after the tag placement. Best part of the
story... it was my first blue marlin!

We set up to chunk overnight and managed to catch and release 3
makos, one around 80lbs and the other two less than 20lbs. Even
though the pups were small, they still have that menacing looking set
of dentures that you have to respect. We also caught 2 schoolie
sized dolphin, but failed to catch any of the tuna we were looking for.

Up on the troll in the morning, we quickly found an enormous pod of
feeding skipjack tuna. After catching a few skipjacks, we rigged up
two to troll in the general proximity hoping for another shop at a
blue. No blues showed, but during the troll we had 3 white marlin
come up to check out our ballyhoo offerings. Each fish was spotted
before going for a bait, but despite that fact, we still managed to
go 0 for 3. What a tough fish to stick. Still it was great to see
them. The trip ended with another small dolphin captured trolling
around a ball.

All in all, a fabulous trip with wonderful weather and plenty of
action. I got my first blue marlin and two others on the boat, on
their first canyon trip ever, caught their first makos and got to see
blue and white marlin in action. That's what I call one hell of
introduction to canyon fishing!

Take care.


NMFS Shark Meeting Manahawkin Public Library
128 North Main St.
Manahawkin NJ

Date- Wednesday August 8
Time - 6 PM to 8:50 PM

NMFS proposed to require recreationals to release
all the following shark species in future years.
Sandbar, Dusky, bull, blacktip, spinner,
porbeagle, blacknose and fine tooth sharks.
None of the above will be allowed to be possessed
by recreational fishermen in future years.

NMFS proposed the commercial landings of sandbars be limited to
selected research commercial boats with a yearly quota of
116.6 MT or 257,056 lbs per year.

Recreationals are being restricted because they are estimated to have
5,784 sandbar sharks total during 2002, 2003 and 2004.
at 100 pounds each that is 578,400 pounds for 3 years.
That is less than 200,000 pounds per year while the
commercials who are totally responsible for the
decimation of the all sharks are being permitted to land
257,056 lbs per year.

The commercial shark destroyers get a quota and
recreationals get eliminated.

Does NMFS intends over time to remove all recreationals
from HMS fisheries? At this time they have already stated
they are issuing too many recreational HMS permits.

So much for justice from NMFS.
The Magnuson law says commercials
and recreationals must be treated equally.


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