Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, June 22, 2018: I guess it’s typical that this we start summer with hard NE winds and temps almost cool enough for long sleeves.

It's not just outhouses falling victim to a growing number of weird wind events in out nation, i.e. the winds they are a'changin' .

Dust devil hits baseball field


This is so bad ... it's good, easily qualifying it for the corniest Facebook poster of the year. Vote now. 

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Friday, June 22, 2018: I guess it’s typical that this we start summer with hard NE winds and temps almost cool enough for long sleeves. But today/s chill is not long for this Island, likely gone with the wind by tomorrow when things go more southerly – though E to SE winds can still make things very dicey for boat fishing tomorrow. As to the weather, it keeps getting iffier by the minute. Where it looked like we might salvage a decent overall weekend, it’s looking a lot drippier now. Again, the winds won’t be giving up the ghost, with SCA in-place through tomorrow night.

For hardcore surfcasters, the riled ocean might offer some stripers, at least in theory. It’s possible this quick chill might have bass toying around the inlets and even further inside Barnegat Bay. Just inside inlets might be best for boat anglers who don’t have to make a long run to reach them. Fluke will likely be in those inlet areas. Whether they’re eating or not needs to determined.



I wanted to mention that the very dedicated LBI Surf Fishing Classic committee is working it combined ass off to make this year the best event yet. Orange is the theme color and will show with the hates and T-Shirts – the later going to the early entrants. I’ll keep you posted on the earliest possible sign-up dates so you can jump in early – and often … by getting friends, kids and family member signed up.

The money and gifts will once again be kickin’ it.

This year’s weigh-in slips will have a separate listing for red drum as more attention is being paid to its likely arrival as ocean waters warm, drawing the species back this way. As I’ve written, our waters used be a prime location for these hard-fighting drum. Once they get back here, I’m betting they’ll make a habit of returning. For this year’s Classic, there will be a $100 cash prizes for the largest red drum for each segment. It must be kept in mind that Jersey has a slot on this drum; only fish between 18” and 27” can be kept. A tie at 27”?

The dates this year: Oct. 6 through Dec. 9.

Right now the search is on for businesses to jump on as sponsors. There’s a good chance banners will come back this year as a bonus to sponsors – to go along with the other high-viz perks on the Classic’s brochure and such. There should also be an enhanced website. Again, I’ll keep folks apprised.

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Jim Hutchinson Sr. 

Black sea bass season is temporarily on hold, but fluke fishing action continues to remain steady for the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. A few bluefish are around the inlets, and offshore reports are very good for both yellowfin and bluefin tuna. Sharks are also making their presence known offshore. 

Captain Ray Lopez and mate Liane Lopez on the “Miss Liane” reported some great family type fishing for black sea bass on inshore structure. The Occhipinti family celebrated Father’s Day in great style with “drop and reel” action. 

Captain Carl Sheppard reports he too has been running family trips of up to 12 anglers on mostly half-day trips. His groups have been averaging 25 fish per trip. He has been blaming cool water for the slow action but anticipates increased action as the water has starting warming. On one recent inshore trip Captain Carl had bluefin tuna breaking water around the boat, but he was unable to coax any to his lines. 

Captain Brett Taylor of Reel Reaction Sportfishing reports a definite improvement in his fishing trips over the past few days. As the water temperatures have warmed, the slime grass on the bottom is leaving, making fluke drifting much easier. Weather conditions made fishing touch recently for Ian Habich and his wife Tracey. Using the S&S Bigeye, they managed to put 3 keeper fluke in the box up to 5.5 pounds along with a catch and release short striper. The finished the day with 3-6 pound bluefish caught in the inlet. Other trips resulted in 20 short fluke along with one keeper and another with five keepers to 22-inches. The bluefish in the inlet have been completing his trips. 

This is a good time to book an offshore tuna trip. The weather is decent and the fish are there. For information on tuna fishing and the boats of the BHCFA go to the website at www.bhcfa.net.


Jay, targeted black drum near the area we were talking about. Nabbed two right off then it went dead. Moved off and drifted deeper water and got two doormat fluke. One over five pounds. Took them both on hooks for drumfish. The fluke also stopped instantly. Plenty for BBQ this weekend. Drum fillets were clean with not a spot or mark on them. 


Timothy Brindley
Plenty of skates in the ocean. Early morning tow. NE wind 20 knts,


Fished Wednesday on the outgoing along the north jetty. Had seven 20” bass and four blues on a storm shad. Ran out to the

tires and did nothing and saw nothing come up even on the head boats. Ran back inside and had one bite and catch

of a 19” fluke by the red turn buoy along the north jetty channel. WP



We ran out to the Wilmington Canyon early Saturday morning. We met at the dock at 2:30 AM and threw the ropes by 3 AM. The chart plotter displayed 88 miles to our destination and I thought that's a lot further than my Seaside Piers or Lavallette run. Ocean was flat calm and the marine forecast was for more of the same all weekend. Hoping this was going to be redemption time for last weeks zero we pulled at the Spencer Canyon. I had a full Open Boat trip of four guys, Stuart Lombardi of NYC, Alan Smith of Manahawkin, NJ, Craig Kelley and his son-in-law Jarrett Powell both from Tuckerton, NJ. We arrived at the Wilmington around 7:30 AM and put out an eight rod spread. Three spreader bars, three squid chains, a cedar plug, and a Yummee Flying Fish I attempted to fish from a kite. There was not enough wind and the helium tank did not deliver enough gas to the assist balloon so I wound up with a whirling dervish instead of a stable square kite. It wrapped around one of the other lures and I spent the next 20 minutes untangling. When we started we had 63 degree water and some pilot whales. During my untangling, I gave the wheel to Stuart and gave him a heading to bring us deeper and more southerly. In that 20 minutes, the radio was lit up with boats hooking up yellowfin in 68 to 69 degree water. I grabbed the wheel back from Stuart and noticed the spike in water temp as well as a dozen circling boats and whales and porpoise. He brought us right to the spot! We trolled around that area seeing and hearing boats hooked up, but not a touch for us. I started second guessing our spread, our speed, .....me. I dropped the RPM's a little and that dropped us from 6.3 to 5.8 knots. I started checking the lures for grass as there was a little on the surface but they came in clean and alas...as I was checking the last lure we watched a yellowfin crush a rainbow spreader bar, and another hit the greenh machine bar, and another hit the flatlined cedar plug, and another on the second rainbow spreader bar......four on! We boated three of the four, all about 20 something pounds but over the legal size so they went in the cooler. We beat up that area some more and got a double header of slightly bigger fish and then we tripled up with a 20 pounder and two others that were taking more line and a little longer to subdue. They wound up being 40 and 50 pounders.
Here's a video of that hookup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65qGkX2xTII
We were all boxed up and headed for the barn feeling great about the day and about halfway home I saw schools of bluefin airing out. We put out a quick four rod spread and a 50 pound bluefin crushed the flatlined red and white cedar plug. Forty five minutes on a 20 class, Jarrett decked a 50 pound bluefin. Got back to the marina by 6:30 PM and all was right with the world.
We will be running offshore to the tuna grounds from time to time. Either the canyons or hopefully the mid range grounds, like 40 to 60 mile range will heat up in the coming weeks. These trips will always be announced with short notice, sometimes only a day or two before, as we are looking for perfection weather to run offshore. If you would like to be on our email list for these and all of our trips, as well as our fishing reports you can email us from our website. 

As always we will also be fishing for bonita, albacore, bluefish, stripers, weakfish, fluke, kingfish and all of the mixed bag bay fishing. We will also be light tackle shark fishing within five miles of the inlet for two to four foot browns, dusky, and spinner sharks. All catch and release and a lot of fun.
Pics: (left to right) Craig, Jarrett, Stuart, Alan. Color on a yellowfin. Stuart and Craig with our bigger yellowfins.
Hi Flier Sportfishing
Capt Dave DeGennaro

Todd Avery is with Todd Avery and Mark Jones.

Great night new spot

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Anyone else in Tuckerton have raccoons this size?

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(18/P55) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection is advising recreational users of northern Barnegat Bay to exercise caution following confirmation of the presence of clinging jellyfish, a non-native species with a powerful sting, in this estuary that is popular for boating, fishing, swimming, crabbing and other recreational activities.

The DEP and Montclair State University this week performed additional surveys in the northern bay and Metedeconk River after clinging jellyfish were confirmed in the river earlier this month. The Metedeconk flows into the northern bay.

In addition to advisories for northern Barnegat Bay and the Metedeconk River, the DEP reminds recreational users of the Shrewsbury and Manasquan rivers - Monmouth County waterways where the clinging jellyfish had been confirmed in recent years - to also be alert to its possible presence.

The clinging jellyfish is not known to inhabit ocean beaches or other sandy areas but tends to attach itself to submerged aquatic vegetation and algae in back bays and estuaries, areas not heavily used for swimming.

For a map of locations where clinging jellyfish have been confirmed and sites that have been investigated but no clinging jellyfish were found, click here.

The DEP and Montclair will be conducting additional monitoring in Barnegat Bay and the Metedeconk. There is no method to effectively control clinging jellyfish populations in the aquatic environment. The recent findings include locations in the bay off F Cove in Brick, and along Wardells Neck along the Metedeconk River, also in Brick.

The clinging jellyfish, a native to the Pacific Ocean, is small and very difficult to spot in the water. A sting can produce severe pain and other localized symptoms and can result in hospitalization in some individuals.

The DEP encourages the public to use common sense and caution in areas where the jellyfish are suspected. Anyone wading through these areas, especially near aquatic vegetation, should take precautions, such as wearing boots or waders to protect themselves. Swimming at lifeguarded beaches is always encouraged.

The clinging jellyfish was first confirmed in New Jersey in 2016 in the Manasquan River at the Point Pleasant Canal. The DEP has been working with Montclair in studying the possible distribution of clinging jellyfish in New Jersey.

Sea nettles, another type of jellyfish with a less powerful sting, are common in Barnegat Bay but are much larger. They prey on clinging jellyfish. The clinging jellyfish ranges from the size of a dime to about the size of a quarter. It has a distinctive red, orange or violet cross across its middle.

Both the adult, or medusa, and polyp stages of the clinging jellyfish are capable of stinging, a mechanism the species uses to stun prey and to defend against predators. Each jellyfish can trail 60 to 90 tentacles that uncoil like sharp threads and emit painful neurotoxins. Tentacles grow to be about three inches long. Clinging jellyfish primarily feed on zooplankton.

If stung by a clinging jellyfish:

* Apply white vinegar to the affected area to immobilize any remaining stinging cells.
* Rinse the area with salt water and remove any remaining tentacle materials using gloves or a thick towel.
* A hot compress or cold pack can then be applied to alleviate pain.
* If symptoms persist or pain increases instead of subsiding, seek prompt medical attention.

Clinging jellyfish do not swim or migrate but can be spread by boats and in ballast. They were first observed in the eastern Atlantic at Woods Hole, Mass. By the 1920s, they had spread to other waterways in Massachusetts and Connecticut, likely through introduction by ship ballast or from Pacific oysters containing polyps.

If you see a clinging jellyfish, do not try to capture it. Take a photograph if possible and send it to Dr. Paul Bologna at bolognap@mail.montclair.edu or Joseph Bilinski at joseph.bilinski@dep.nj.gov along with location information.

For a fact sheet on clinging jellyfish, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/docs/clinging-jellyfish-factsheet.pdf

For a PowerPoint presentation on DEP clinging jellyfish research, visit: www.nj.gov/dep/docs/clinging-jellyfish-distribution.pdf


Amazing year for cactus blossoms (LEHT): 


Jay Mann
Hidden gold-ish beauties. The kidney bean-sized dogbane beetle, Chrysochus auratus, is an amazing looker on sunny summer days, when dozens can be brightly dining on a single dogbane plant. The plant’s light green leaves make a perfect backdrop to the insect’s wild iridescence. 

But, to me, dogbane beetles are far more than just a coolly-colored Coleoptera. I once assigned the beetle a huge literary significance. In college, I penned a rather intense thesis on why the dogbane beetle was assuredly in the mind’s eye of Edgar Allen Poe when he penned his famed story “The Gold Bug.” 
While Poe’s fanciful beetle definitely took some creative liberties, like a symbolic spot on each wing, every other descriptive in “The Gold Bug” points to a dogbane beetle. Most telling, it was an insect the author was surly familiar with from his naturalist outings near his homes in New York, Massachusetts and Virginia. 
My paper had a load of other proof points, pointing to the dogbane beetle as the “gold bug,” but back then I was inclined to argue about things far more than remembering them. 
While these smallish beetles can do a number on dogbane plants, it’s never enough to wipe them out. That would obviously be counterproductive to long-term survival. In fact, they appreciatively utilize the plant’s toxin for protection against predators. Yep, that’s identical to monarch butterfly caterpillars, which do a similar gnaw number on milkweed plants. 
To find colonies of gold bugs, look for stands of dogbane, which are very tall, showy and plentiful right about now.



(18/P53) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection is asking motorists to drive with caution this summer because New Jersey's turtles are active and moving across roadways to find places to lay eggs.

All of New Jersey's turtle species lay eggs by digging a hole in the ground, depositing the eggs, and then covering the nest with soil. Turtles sometimes travel long distances, crossing roadways to find just the right spot to lay eggs and ensure their survival.

As a result, turtles are at significant risk of being struck by vehicles. Turtles are particularly vulnerable because they are slow moving and their defense mechanism is usually to stop and withdraw into their shell when feeling threatened.

"With summer approaching, New Jersey's turtles are on the move looking for nesting sites to lay eggs," DEP Acting Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said. "This puts them in great danger as they frequently have to cross roadways to find the right location. We encourage motorists to drive cautiously so the turtles can cross roads and arrive to their nesting destination safely."

Some of the species that are moving around now include Eastern box, Eastern painted, wood and snapping turtles. One coastal species that is particularly at risk is the diamondback terrapin, New Jersey's only saltmarsh turtle. Summer brings more traffic to shore areas where these turtles live, increasing risk of strikes.

Once abundant, terrapins decreased dramatically by the 1930s, due primarily to harvesting for food. Numbers started increasing again by the 1960s, but in recent decades the terrapin has been at risk again due to habitat loss, drowning in crab traps, and vehicle strikes.

This unique species is the only turtle to inhabit New Jersey's coastal estuaries year-round, living exclusively in brackish water. During this time of year, adult females emerge from their aquatic habitat to find suitable locations to lay eggs, seeking areas with sand and gravel above the high tide line.

Loss of coastal habitat has increased mortality risk as diamondback terrapins search for these nesting areas. Terrapin nests are often along roadsides, increasing the risk of vehicle strikes.

Helping turtles get safely across roads is vital to protecting their populations. Motorists can help by driving with extra caution and following these tips:

* Keep a safe distance between your vehicle and those ahead, to see any turtles in the roadway.
* Use caution to avoid hitting a turtle in the road, but do not swerve suddenly, leave the lane of travel or stop abruptly. Always keep your safety and the safety of others in mind.
* Watch for oncoming vehicles, signal properly when pulling over and activate vehicle hazard signals if you decide to pull over to assist a turtle crossing a road. Allow turtles to safely cross roads unaided if a lack of oncoming traffic allows them to do so.
* Handle turtles gently and avoid excessive handling if it is necessary to pick them up. Most turtles can be picked up by the side of their shells near the mid-point of the body. Do not pick up a turtle by its tail, as doing so may frighten or injure the reptile. Wear gloves or wash your hands after handling a turtle.
* Move the turtle in the direction that it is heading. It may seem helpful to assist the turtle by moving it to a nearby waterbody, but the turtle may not be heading toward water. A turtle will turn around if it is put in the wrong direction.
* Only experienced handlers should ever attempt to lift a snapping turtle. The safest way to assist snapping turtles is to use branches or similar objects to prod them along from behind.
* Never take a turtle into your personal possession. All native turtles are protected in New Jersey.
* Do not disturb a nesting turtle and keep children and pets away from it. Most turtle eggs will hatch in 60 to 80 days. A small cage can be placed around the nest to offer some additional protection for the first 30 to 45 days, but it must be removed before the hatchlings emerge. The DEP does not relocate turtles found in yards or turtle nests.

To learn more about New Jersey's turtles, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/herps_info.htm

To report a state endangered, threatened, or special concern species, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/ensp/rprtform.htm

For a list of wildlife rehabilitators, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/rehab_list.pdf

Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP


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