Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Boy, it didn’t take long for the honking southwest winds to brown-out the water for much of LBI.

Below: I'm a lumberjack and I'm OK ... Oh, my heart! 

Tuesday, October 20, 2015: Boy, it didn’t take long for the honking southwest winds to brown-out the water for much of LBI. The coffee-and-cream coloring doesn’t kill fishing but makes it tougher when trying to figure how best to present bait when surfcasting. 

If thinking bluefish, it’s best to go with the old red-float rigs, with steel leader and larger chunks of bunker bait. I greatly prefer wood or cork floats, aesthetically- and traditionally-speaking. However, I’ve seen just as many blues taken on rigs hosting ugly Styrofoam floats with nicks and scratches down to the inner ultra-whiteness. 

Improvisation 101:

All that points to having the freshest and smelliest bait on your hook when working stained waters. Also, if ever there’s a time to faithfully switch-out old baits for new, it’s when the fish are sniffing around more than looking around. And always remember, female bunker have more smell and oils. If you’ve lucked on a female bunker, literally smear the eggs all over the chunk/donut before casting it out. Ok, so maybe that’s just a theory but it was first just a theory that the Earth was round. 

Below: Boo ... it's a male.

While plugging goes south with south winds, deep-diving plugs or sinking plugs (allowed to drop down to the bottom) have the best chance of finding bass or blues in the darkness. Jigging also works in the dark. 

And it get dark down there. Back in my rampant diving days, I’d go down in turbid, brownish ocean water. Even six feet down, the visibility was maybe a foot or two, tops.

So why isn’t night fishing the same as fishing in turbid water? Because fish can readily see in the darkness of night, providing the water is clear. Dirty darkness, caused by turbidity, they must rely on smell – day or night – though always being on the lookout for edibles scooting out of the darkness and into their limited point-of-view.  

Below: How things look to a bass in night darkness.

Hey, a lot of you are in the dark about signing up for the Classic ... ASAP. ASAP is now running late. Per Yogi, it gets late early around here. The fast-and-furious fishing is actually waiting for just a few more folks to sign up. Please don't keep us waiting. If you think shops are going to drop all their weighing in duties, as bass and blues fly in, you're mistaken. You'll be standing next to the cash register, seeing massive fish being rushed toward the scales, waiting for someone to attend to your tardy sign-up paperwork. Just sayin'. 

Below: Late signers-up at a tackle shop anxiously waiting to sign up for the LBI Surf Casting tourney during a past bluefish blitz. 


On October 15, 2015, NOAA's Climate Prediction Center released its outlook for precipitation and temperature for December through February and the drought ou...

Damon Sacco 

Skip baits proved deadly at the northeast canyons this year. Nothing works better than a rigged spanish mackerel or skipjack in the short rigger position for all species. Blue marlin bites on every trip! Good way to up your game if you're presenting just ballyhoo and lures. We will have workshops and presentations on this very subject at the Castafari spring seminar March 5th and 6th at the Newton Marriott. www.castafari.com/fishing-seminar

Damon Sacco's photo.
Damon Sacco's photo.
Damon Sacco's photo.
Damon Sacco's photo.


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The benefits of global warming off of N.J. jumbo shrimp. No preservatives or Asian growth hormones.


SandPaper photographer Ryan M. captures this casual peregrine taking a tower-break in Surf City.


21 hrs

Not to often I do repaints on other plugs but here are some that I did. 
The four smaller guys are Bass Thumbs( Football Jack). 
And the bigger one is still a mystery on who acually made it, kinds looks like a older Lefty.

Keith Thomas's photo.
Keith Thomas's photo.
Keith Thomas's photo.

Matthew Iannotti


Ric Anastasi shared Eddy O'Kinsky's photo.

These young ladies are on their way to Key West, they're staying here on Long Beach Island until they can leave on Wednesday morning. I'm going to help them get their stuff together and get out of here Wednesday morning if anybody wants the paddle with all of us and lead them off into the inlet on Wednesday please contact me.

Ed O'kinsky contacted for support this evening, happy to help

Eddy O'Kinsky's photo.
Eddy O'Kinsky added a new photo to Atlantic Supergirls's timeline — with Julieta Gismondi.

Barnegat Light NJ Base camp


One-a-day ... hers and someone else's ... until November 16. Photo: Robert F Conroy



(15/P91) TRENTON - The Christie Administration today proposed a significant overhaul to the state's Water Quality Management Planning (WQMP) rule that will provide county and local planning agencies with common sense flexibility to maintain high standards of environmental protection while balancing opportunities for appropriate economic growth, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced.

The Water Quality Management Planning rule requires local planning agencies to identify areas suitable for wastewater infrastructure based upon the ecological capacity of water bodies to accept future wastewater, as well as other environmental factors. 

The proposed WQMP rule, published today in the New Jersey Register, will give county and local planning agencies more flexibility in making land-use decisions and evaluating environmental impacts when mapping areas suitable for wastewater infrastructure. It will also eliminate duplication of overlapping DEP regulatory requirements to provide for greater consistency and clarity as plans are developed.

"These revisions are consistent with the Governor's goals of reducing unnecessary red tape while maintaining the high standards of environmental protection New Jersey residents expect," Commissioner Martin said. "Through these rule changes, the DEP is adopting an approach to water quality protection that recognizes that sound planning can and does occur at the local level. We will foster better planning by providing county and local planners with the flexibility to consider a range of options to address issues and solve problems."

"Through these changes, the DEP will be able to work collaboratively - not as adversaries - with county and local planning agencies, who know their communities best, to achieve the shared goal of sound planning policies that protect the ecologically sensitive areas that ought to be protected and direct development to where it is appropriate," said Dan Kennedy, DEP's Assistant Commissioner for Water Resources Management.

The DEP is concurrently proposing a related Capacity Assurance Program (CAP) rule to ensure that wastewater treatment systems avoid overloads that could result in discharges that don't meet water quality requirements. While the WQMP rule takes a longer-term look at future circumstances and development, the CAP rule focuses on the near-term implementation of capital improvements or other measures to handle today's flows. 

The DEP has been meeting with stakeholders since 2012 to identify and correct numerous problems with the existing Water Quality Management Planning Rule, adopted by a previous administration in 2008. Many counties were unable to complete a requirement that they prepare extremely detailed wastewater management plans, which include detailed projections of growth and sewer capacity, in part because this required zoning impacts that could only be decided at the municipal level. This hampered the adoption of sewer service area mapping that is essential to sound planning and environmental protection.

This rule was also extremely complex, overly broad, lacked flexibility, was duplicative of existing planning requirements, and deterred economic growth in areas where development is appropriate. Despite additional guidance and time provided by both the Legislature and DEP, county planning agencies were having an extremely difficult time meeting deadlines and complying with the rule.
The current rule proposal has been deemed consistent with the goals of the State Development and Redevelopment Plan by the State Smart Growth Ombudsman. 
Specifically the proposed rule will:
* Provide for comprehensive planning of water quality infrastructure to better protect the environment in the long term;

* Limit where sewers can be located, thus allowing denser development only in those areas that are not environmentally sensitive and where it is consistent with local zoning;

* Protect groundwater quality by setting goals for nitrate dilution from septic systems;

* Allow counties and other planning entities more flexibility in preparing water quality plans;

* Promote more cooperation between the DEP and counties in finding solutions to environmental issues;

* Allow for the continuation of approvals of sewer service area amendments consistent with environmental standards and local planning objectives;

* Defer to management plans for the Pinelands and Highlands concerning development decisions in those regions; and

* Enhance the DEP's ability to resolve capacity issues at wastewater treatment plants.

County and local planning agencies will have a year following final adoption of the rule to adopt wastewater management plans. At its discretion, the DEP may choose to develop plans for any agencies that do not meet this deadline.

Today's publication in the Register triggers a 60-day public comment period ending Dec. 18, 2015. Comments may be submitted electronically atwww.nj.gov/dep/rules/comments or in writing to:

Gary J. Brower, Esq.
Attention: DEP Docket Number 10-15-09
Office of Legal Affairs
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
401 East State Street, 7th Floor
Mail Code 401-04L; P.O. Box 402
Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Public hearings will be held on the following dates:

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Freylinghuysen Arboretum
Haggerty Room 
353 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township, NJ 07962

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Gloucester County Clayton Complex
Clayton Auditorium
1200 Delsea Drive
Clayton, NJ 08312

Monday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
DEP Public Hearing Room
401 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625

For more information, including FAQs, guidance documents and the full versions of the WQMP rule proposal and concurrent CAP rule proposal, please visit:http://www.nj.gov/dep/wrm/wqmprule.html

Cape Cod Develops 10-Point Safety Plan to Deal With Far Higher Number of Great Whites

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Boston Globe] by Felicia Gans - October 20, 2015

Though shark research is winding down as the cold weather moves in, Orleans Selectman John Hodgson already has his eyes on next year’s shark population.

Hodgson is calling for the creation of a nonprofit organization called Cape Cod Shark Watch that would bring together federal, state, and local officials to implement “common sense ideas” to keep people safe from sharks in the waters off Cape Cod.

Though Orleans had no shark-related injuries among beachgoers this summer, Hodsgon said educating the public will be necessary to keep people safe as shark sightings increase.

Hodgson said in his proposal, which was released last week, that researchers have identified more than 100 great white sharks off the Cape coast this summer.

“This is not a swimming pool in Orleans, so it’s not just an Orleans problem. We’re talking about the Atlantic Ocean,” he said. “These sharks are not sitting at a toll booth, waiting to pass through and be acknowledged . . . We’re going to have to have a regional approach to this, especially on the communication side of things.”

Hodgson’s proposal lists 10 safety measures that the group would push, including the development of public education programs, a text-based messaging system to communicate with beachgoers, and other digital tools for the public to get information about shark sightings.

Greg Skomal, a shark expert for the state Division of Marine Fisheries, worked this summer with representatives from the nonprofit Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, heading out twice weekly on research trips.

Skomal said researchers contact individual towns when there are sightings. He said the communication system already in place works well.

Skomal admitted, though, that there could be some improvement.

“We do communicate quite frequently with the harbormaster at Orleans with everything we see . . . I don’t know if there is a missing step or just folks being unaware of what’s available to them,” he said. “But there may be incidents or sightings that slip through the cracks, and we certainly could tighten up that.”

Hodgson’s proposal also calls for beaches to create designated swimming areas that will be monitored by shark spotters, a plan Skomal said is “really tough,” given the current information available about Cape Cod sharks. With the last Massachusetts shark bite in 2012 and the last fatal shark attack in the state in 1936, Skomal said there simply isn’t enough precedent to determine which areas of the water are not safe to swim in.

“What we’re hoping to get in our research is finding out where the sharks spend their time,” said Skomal.

Hodgson said he wants to make shark research a priority, too. One of the items listed on his plan is providing additional funding to research groups, such as the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy. Skomal said Orleans had already taken the lead with fundraising for research over the past few years.

“In a perfect world . . . we need to all be communicating, meeting, and sharing information because that’s really what this is all about,” Hodgson said.


Tuna, Salmon and Sardines are Among the Best Fish to Eat

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Miami Herald] - SHEAH RARBACK - October 20, 2015 
What words come to mind when thinking about fish?
Lean protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and tasty would be among the top three.
But concerns about mercury have kept many people from reaping the health benefits so abundant in fatty fish. Clarity is now coming to this topic.
During the recent meeting of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I heard Dr. Nicholas Ralston, a mercury researcher, talk about how the mineral selenium has been too often overlooked in the fish/mercury discussion. Selenium is an essential trace mineral that functions as an antioxidant and promotes a healthy immune system. Selenium also helps fish get rid of stored and dangerous methyl mercury. So the more accurate way to evaluate a fish for safety is to look at the selenium-to-mercury ratio.
Fish with the highest selenium-to-mercury ratio, and thus safest to eat, are albacore, yellowfin and skipjack tuna. The traditional advice of limiting albacore tuna to six ounces a week needs a revision. Chinook, sockeye and coho salmon also have a favorable ratio.
Small healthy fatty fish, such as sardines, anchovies and herring, are very low in contaminants and not a safety concern. The most concentrated vegetarian source of selenium is Brazil nuts. Fish to avoid are pilot whale (not a problem), tarpon and swordfish.
It is the omega 3 fatty acids that make fish a desirable diet addition. Strong evidence has shown that fish consumption lowers risk of cardiac mortality, lowers triglycerides and blood pressure and keeps blood from forming clots. About 250 mg/day of the omega 3 fatty acids DHA+EPA provides heart benefits. This translates to about 1-2 servings a week of salmon, tuna, anchovies, herring, sardines or trout.
I hope anyone who gave up a favorite tuna fish sandwich feels comfortable putting it back on the plate.


Japanese Salmon Fishing Resumes in Tsunami-Stricken Fukushima Ending 5-Year Hiatus

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [The Asahi Shimbun] by Akifumi Nagahashi - October 19, 2015 

Traditional salmon "combination net fishing" returned to the Kidogawa river here for the first time in five years as fishermen hauled in about 120 of the cold-water fish.

With the evacuation order for Naraha lifted in September, members of the local fisheries cooperative association gathered around 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 18 to drive salmon from the upper reaches of the Kidogawa with a net toward another one set up downstream.

It was the first time the fishing operations took place since the nuclear disaster at the nearby Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which was caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Most of Naraha is located within the 20-kilometer-radius evacuation zone surrounding the stricken plant, but the evacuation order was lifted for the entire town on Sept. 5.

According to the association, some of the fish caught were salmon fry that were released into the Kidogawa in early March 2011 before the disaster, which had returned to the river as adults to spawn.

Authorities gave the green light to shipping Kidogawa river salmon after a survey conducted by the Fukushima prefectural government found that levels of radioactive materials detected in the fish were below the central government’s safety standard of 100 becquerels per kilogram.

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