Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday Dec. 19 -- My stipering hopes slashed; many messages

Friday, December 19, 2008:

Awaiting the next batch of lousy weather – in pain. No, not in pain over the weather, in pain over pain. The first day of by one vacation a year and don’t I go out digging an old dumpsite and slice my finger to the bone on broken glass. What’s worse, it’s on my right hand -- and the forefinger I need for typing and, most of all, to guide my computer mouse. I sliced it on the first joint north of the knuckle, top side. I shoulda guessed by the way it went geyser that it had gone deep but I kept on digging. I was wearing gloves or I might become Old 9.5 Fingers. It wasn’t until I was up at Harker’s Auction last night that the swelling commenced. I was walking around with a finger that looked like it had overdosed on Viagra. This is gonna put a huge crimp in my fishing since it’s impossible to do anything with the blasted finger, much less tie knots or such.

Anyway, I guess most of you heard about the whale that came ashore mid-Island. I got word from Stu D. shortly after the stranding of the still-living leviathan. Bob C. (Subogies) was out there trying to right the animal so it wouldn’t drown. I was in the woods butchering my finger so I couldn’t check the action but I was updated by the boys. The Stranding Center sent an expert up post haste. Since The SandPaper is asleep for the next couple week I didn’t really have to drop everything and hit the news trail but I appreciate all the calls and details.

There are small bass in the system, not far from an area I suggested. Bob T. was using small plastics to get them. Maybe I sounded the quitting bell too soon. I’ll gladly accept that responsibility.

Thanks for the various emails suggesting winter topics. Please feel free to shot them to me. I had one fellow ask about compiling all the various fish stories I know or can accumulate. Sounds good providing folks will send them in. In the meantime, https://jaymanntoday.ning.com/ has a great archiving system so any days that were missed since many moons back can be caught up on.

Here are ome more personalized emails that offer a read on angling and what web readers are up to:

“Hola Jay. Brian from Forked River/west side here. Sorry I haven't shotten any emails/reports in a while but it's been a blur. My second child was born August 1st (due October 15). ouch. 7 weeks in the NICU at Jersey Shore in Neptune - 7 weeks driving up there every day - and we are very relieved and happy to say we now have a 15 pound amazingly healthy and bouncing baby boy at home. Needless to say - fishing and those types of things suffered. All worth it though.

Anywho - it's actually my favorite time of year. Sadly it seems the bald eagle pair that had nested somewhere near the banks of the Forked River - who visited our spot on a somewhat regular basis are gone. As are the Ospreys we see near here. But, back are the Red Wing Hawks who I watch cruising the west side marsh daily - looking to nab a mouse - hopefully - so they don't invade my garage again this year. (mice, not the hawks) A great time all around though because the go-fast-boats and PWC's are gone and it gets very quiet, except for the occasional pop pop of a shotgun.

I've gotten used to that. Last year we had an interesting experience. Duck hunters were just off our house when a small flock of geese flew over them, (westward) towards our house. They both opened up on the them - missing them - but their pellets went up, and then we heard what sounded like a very quick and loud rain storm - yes - the pellets came down and rained on our house. Now, I've got a 3 year old in the house, my wife, and what I realize as bullets hitting my house because I saw the whole thing. I call the Lacey police who come out and say, is anyone hurt, is there damage? (no) Then they say, nothing we can really do. The guy actually looked out and said, nope, I don't think I can hit them with a shot from my pistol from here. (he was joking, obviously). Not every day your house gets hit with shotgun shells. Maybe it was Bobby Knight.

Saw some bait jumping in the lagoon today. Very small. Must have been some...? spearing?”

(Pellet showers are usually more annoying than dangerous -- until someone loses an eye (I just had to use that one, this time of year and all: “You’ll shoot your eye out.” Juts my luck a pellet would go right into my new slash. “Doh!”)


Its hard to believe that with all thats wrong with this world and
during this holiday season of joy and thanksgiving for many religions,
someone would be so incredibly petty to call you out on that.

He should exercise his God given right of free will and either choose
to continue to read your blog or take a pass on it. Its been my
experience that those who complain the loudest are usually those that
have the most to hide.

Happy holidays,

Ron K

(Ron is referring to a gentle chide I got for cussin’ a bit much on my blogs. Ron always has a unique read on things, always interesting. Te one comment that gets me is when folks say something like “You use those words and then you go to church?” Hey, why the hell do you think I NEED to go to church? Gesh. J-mann)


Jay, Thanks for bringing up that “bad zone” for stripering on the Island this fall. I thought it was just me. I do want to mention that a number of anglers I know suggested I drive somewhere else to fish. They don’t realize that for many of us time is limited and nothing is more fun than getting down the shore, kicking off the work shoes and just cruising to the end of the street, all simple like. That was the wife and kids (when they finally visit) can also just walk down the street and hang out.

(Nicely put, J. As I drive the beach I can actually tell what street I’m on – all the way from Surf City to Holgate -- by the folks I pass who live to fish their street ends. Quite cool. Truth be told, I miss that simplicity -- since I used to do just that prior to buying a buggy back in the late 70s. j-mann)


“Jay, Quick question: Can seagulls overpopulate?”

(Actually, they have and are overpopulated. The only good side is the fact they’re sorta plateau-ed in their over-populating. They obviously perform a vital role in beach cleanup, especially considering large sharks are so diminished that a lot of organic {dead} stuff floats ashore nowadays. The super down side is the horrific toll gulls take on threatened and endangered shorebird species. I think they’re the prime culprit, next to mankind, in the ugly decline in duck species. As one can tell from the over-proliferation of Canada and snow geese, gulls are no threat to them (even brant), which will annihilate, as in tear to pieces, even a huge black-backed gull if it comes anywhere near its young. I bring that up since it gives merit to the concept of gulls killing smaller species, i.e. the species that can fight gulls off do very well. By the by, it remains illegal to kill gulls for any reason in N.J. So mankind is part of the overpopulation of gulls in ways other than just over-garbaging. J-mann)


Off the wires:
Copyright 2008 Medical Letter] - December 18, 2008 - [The Washington Post reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the White House are considering easing the official advisory cautioning women and children about mercury in certain fish. Scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency reportedly are concerned about the move to relax the warning. The move is one of several 'midnight' rules and policy changes in the pipeline in the waning days of the Bush Administration. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), long a leader on mercury pollution policy, issued the following comments:]

'The issue of mercury has become Exhibit A of the cozy way the Bush Administration has put special interests above the public's health when it comes to environmental policy. They have done the bidding of the big polluters, even effectively letting them write clean air and water rules. Once again the Bush Administration seems intent on ignoring sound science on mercury poisoning. First they tried to ignore the Clean Air Act to go easy on mercury and other harmful pollutants spewed from power plants. Congress and the courts had to step in to halt that effort. Now, in the administration's 11th hour, they are quietly trying to water down advisories for women and children about the dangers of mercury in fish, disregarding sound science on this issue. Mercury is a potent neurotoxin capable of impairing childhood development at very low levels. This backroom bouquet for special interests should be stopped in its tracks. If they slip this through, I will work with the incoming Obama Administration to restore science-based decisions on mercury.'


[Content Works] - December 18, 2008 - Washington, DC, The overall condition of the nation's coastal waters has improved slightly, based on a recently released environmental assessment.

The National Coastal Condition Report III (NCCRIII) is the third in a series of environmental assessments of U.S. coastal and Great Lakes waters.

The report, a collaboration of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; coastal states; and the National Estuary Program, assessed America's coastal conditions using five indicators of condition: water quality, sediment quality, benthic community condition (the health of the water's bottom-dwelling invertebrate species), coastal habitat loss as indicated by changes in wetland area, and fish tissue contaminants.

The overall condition of America's coasts is rated as 'fair,' based on these five indicators. Comparison of the condition scores shows that overall condition in U.S. coastal waters has improved slightly since the 1990s. Coastal conditions improved in the Northeast and the West, but there were slight decreases in conditions in the Southeast and Gulf of Mexico. The conditions in the Great Lakes and Puerto Rico remained the same.

The next National Coastal Condition Report is expected to be released in 2011 and will provide an assessment of the status of U.S. coastal waters from 2003 to 2006, along with trends in condition since the 1990s.

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