Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

June 24, 2011 -- Sharking decent, Big Bass taken by blog regular


The ocean is all over the temperature scale/.  Ranges have been from 67 to 53, based on hpw an area is impacted by southwind upwelling. 

Boat angling has been fluke-based, with fair to poor action. If there is any up side to next to no take-home fish, the smaller (near 18-inch) fish are back to voraciously eating, when you're atop them.


I have had three emails regarding shark fishing, nearshore and even around LE Inlet. Getting better shark is a bit of a science, though far from complex. However, the roped regarding chumming, rigging, finding, hooking and releasing the gray suits needs some exacting explanations. There are a number of good watches on You-tube and countless Googelable sites. However, our tackle shops have the best insights into going gray hereabouts. Please learn the proper and legal way of dehooking sharks. By the bay, most outdoors writers refer to "sharks" when speaking about the big boys. Dogfish, quite obviously a type of shark, gets that name, led by either smooth  and spiny , the later having nasty spikes on both dorsal fins. 


A recent e-question referenced the utter lack of a Boston mackerel run this year -- essentially climaxing a decade-long destruction of this once hugely important nearshore spring fishery. They have simply been commercially harvested out of the hands of recreational anglers, given to foreign nations in a hideous unconscionable giving away of an all-American resource. Good luck getting anything done about it. 


I caught one small bluefish and had what looked like small weakfish to the surface -- off the bridges last night. It was more fun watching lightning carousing to the north. 

I had a response to my report of the rattlesnake bite down in Tuckerton. It was simply one of those "I've lived here my whole life and have never even seen a snake around here." I hear, ya. But if you really want to see the numerous herptile in the region, I can easily be talked into an educational hunt, though it has to be at night this hot time of the year. In fact, in many mainland cases, i can go without screaming distance of the homes of doubters. 

As we gear for what will be among the most insanely packed July 4s ever, I strongly suggest stealing Thursday and Friday off work next week. Those days will offer some peace and openness to area waters. 



Banning fisheries discards in the North Sea will promote fish stock recovery and increase fishermen's incomes, according to new research by scientists at the University of York.

In the North Sea up to 75 percent of fish are currently dumped after being caught, with the result that many fisheries are now badly overfished. In comparison, discards were banned in Norwegian waters in the late 1980s and their fisheries are now some of the most prosperous in the world.

The research, published in the journal Reviews in Fisheries Science, involved a comparison of long-term data sets on cod, haddock, saithe and herring in the North Sea with stocks of these species in the Norwegian North-East Arctic. Norwegian fisheries were in crisis when the discard ban was introduced, but have since rebounded dramatically. The researchers analysed catch rates in the Norwegian fisheries and the age structure of the fish stocks to demonstrate that much of this recovery was down to the discard ban. They also highlighted that current North Sea stocks have the potential to increase even more rapidly than their Norwegian counterparts did.

Lead author, Ben Diamond, who carried out much of the research during his MSc degree in the Environment Department at York, said: "Whilst widely regarded as both unethical and a waste of resources, the discarding of fish at sea has traditionally been considered a necessary evil to help conserve fishery resources. This research directly challenges that view. When combined with other measures, a ban on discards has been shown to be a much more effective means of ensuring fisheries are managed sustainably".

Dr Bryce Beukers-Stewart, co-author and supervisor of the study added "I have no doubt that a ban on discarding in the North Sea will benefit both fish stocks and fishermen. However, it will need to be introduced sensibly and with the support of all stakeholders. Closing areas with high numbers of young fish, and the use of selective fishing gear and electronic monitoring systems onboard fishing boats will be key tools in this regard."

The issue of fisheries discards has gained increasing prominence this year with the launch of the Fish Fight campaign by the celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. A series of television programmes in January launched a drive to secure a ban on discards through the current reform of the European Common Fisheries Policy and for consumers to dine on a wider range of fish species, many of which are currently discarded. The campaign has generated almost 700,000 signatories to date, sales of alternative fish species have soared, and the European Commission recently proposed plans to phase in a discard ban.

Welcoming these latest research findings Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: "This analysis provides a powerful argument for a seachange in the management of European fisheries. The banning of fisheries discards must be the first step in this process."

Nevertheless, some sections of the fishing industry are still critical of plans to ban discards, arguing that the measure will threaten fragile fishing communities by forcing them to land lower value fish.

But Dr Beukers-Stewart says: "Discards simply squander valuable resources. Our research demonstrates that while there may be some short-term costs, a ban on discards is essential if European fish stocks are to become sustainable in the long term.



 caught this one on my boat on Wednesday evening along with 13 others I released. The big one weighed in at 52 lbs. 4 oz. and the others ranged from 20-35 lbs., all were caught on bunker and I was the only boat out there due to the severe thunder storms in the area. It poured at times but the lightning was usually off in the distance.
The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are finding that the fishing action is changing into a summer mode. The hot striped bass action just off the beaches and the cod and ling action on the wrecks and reefs are being replaced by a nice fluke bite and some hot action offshore for tuna and sharks. 
The fluke and sea bass bites on the inshore wrecks and reefs have yet to get into high gear. 

Captain John Koegler of the "Pop's Pride" reports he had a good day last Saturday drifting along the Intercoastal Waterway from Beach Haven south to the inlet. Although he had to wade his way through quite a few throwbacks, his anglers managed 3 very nice fluke ranging from 18-21 inches. 
Captain John said that he experimented with a variety of baits and rigs to find the right combination. He explained that he was catching fish better on hi/lo rigs rather than the tradition fluke rigs. He managed to catch some fish on live minnows, but all of the keepers were caught on Gulp. 
On another recent trolling trip he managed to pick up some bluefin tuna about 45-inches in length. He also heard about some decent shark fishing in the same area. 
Captain John added that the reef and wreck fishing has been slow because of the cooler water temperatures on the bottom despite some warm water on the surface. He says a storm is needed to churn up the water and mix the water up to a uniform temperature. 
~Jim Hutchinson Sr

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