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May 31, 2019: You heard if here first: The new Causeway sports frontage sidewalk will be one of the finest crabbing stretches in all NJ

It's this wooden-handled old-timer's last bridge build. You've done yourself proud, Mr. Barrow.  

May 31, 2019: You heard if here first: The new Causeway sports frontage sidewalk will be one of the finest crabbing stretches in all NJ. The finest blue claws in the state are in those Manahawkin Bay waters. 

What’s more, that bulkhead like stretch is has enough deep water all along it to offer good to excellent fishing.

Also, not far from the wall-way is a west-east channel easily within casting distance for those who still fish winter flounder.

Other fishable species sure to become available at this new spot will be  panfish -- namely, blowfish, snappers, kingfish, spot, spike weakies and even some exotics like sailorfish. I know there are also loads of world-class sheepsheads within yelling distance. I picture some jumbo-sheepsheads swimming along that wall when going between the West Trestle Bridge and the main Big Bridge spans. The Big Bridge is where the largest Sheepshead ever caught in Jersey was taken. Huge tog are there also. I'm betting some trophy eels also slime past there. 

Thinking after-dark, that 1/4-mile stretch will likely offer stripers, eater bluefish, larger weakies and (dare I mention it?), serious sharks.

As for any artificial light, either end of the walkway has leak-over light from the trestle bridge and the west end of the Big Bridge. I have to think there will be some added lighting (eventually) for the fishing wall are itself. I don’t see any yet but there is still a goodly amount of finishing touches yet to come.

Get this: There is also a secret spot. On the east side of the North Big Bridge, at the endn of that road that runs parallel to the causeway, there is also a small stretch of wall. Look closely at this pic … but don’t tell anyone. It’ll be out secret.

More Causeway info: There walkway over the north sides of all the spans is wider than I expected. easily enough room for walkers and bikers. Also, the protective barrier between the road and pedestrians could hold back a freight train. 

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Wonder what those Causeway overhead light look like? (Those are anti-gull wires devices on top.)

Below: This couple is fishing and crabbing beneath the West Trestle Bridge, where a partition/fence makes it a tough cast/throw ... unless you hop over, like this fellow. The gal kinda passed on hopping over. 

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Nurse Crouchett had an unusual way to forward her opinion against vaccinating children ...

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Jim Hutchinson Sr.

 

The captains and mates of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association experienced a great deal of success over the Memorial Day Weekend. Captain Jimmy Zavacky on the “Reel Determined” mugged up the sea Bass, while Captain Ray Lopez on the “Miss Liane” boated a 47-pound striped bass. Former and current Junior Mates also had some good trips. Jonathan Kelly boated an 83-inch bluefin tuna one day then went back out to limit out on more bluefin the next day. Zack Michot limited out on fluke two days in a row. Fishing is hot.

The “Starfish” under Captain Carl Sheppard and first mate Marlyn Graham has sailed several times fishing the inshore wrecks and structure. One recent trip with a group of six anglers caught a total of 70 fish. Of that total three lingcod were kept along with another 15 nice black sea bass. The largest sea bass was 14-inches long. Also keeping the anglers hopping were both smooth and spiny dogfish. Although that trip was the most productive of the past week, all the other trips produced action throughout the trips.

Captain Alex Majewski of “Light House Sportfishing” continues to be excited about the varied action he is experiencing. He is catching bass up to 30-inches on artificials just inside the inlet. In the ocean larger bass are being trolled up on spoons and Mojos. Captain Alex has also caught a few fluke, but he says the action slows when colder water from the ocean comes through the inlet into the bay waters.

Captain Brett Taylor of “Reel Reaction Sportfishing” had Jerald Gilbert and wife Kerrie from Scranton on a bay-inlet multi-species trip. They began with bluefish to 3-pounds and shifted to catch and release on stripers. They then headed to the backwaters for another 25 fluke, seven of which were keeper sized to 6-pounds.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.

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Dave DeGennaro <hiflierfishing@verizon.net>
Thu 5/30/2019 11:49 AM
 
Inshore we are catching schoolie and sometimes big stripers, 1 to 5 lb bluefish, and now we will start targeting fluke in the bay, as well. Trolling bunker spoons for the bigger bass, though the bunker snagging should start any minute. Casting soft plastics for the blues and schoolie bass in the inlet. We drift and jig with the light tackle for fluke in the bay to round out the mixed bag.
 
We made our first offshore run this past Monday looking for bluefin tuna. These fish are anywhere from 30 to 50 miles from our inlet (Barnegat Inlet). We got to the grounds at 6AM and trolled for over an hour with no hits or surface life. Our good friend Brian on the Dora Lee was the first boat to find the whales, dolphins, and life in general. We headed his way and our first pass over one of the whale pods resulted in a bent rod and a screaming 50 class reel. We decked him and continued to pound the whales until we had our four fish limit from 50 to 100 pounds. It was all on spreader bars, three of the four on Chatter Side Tracker Bars.
The other on a Sputterbird Bar. We were all boxed up and heading for home by Noon. On board was Jim and Brady Trainor, Chip DePaul, and Chris Witting, all from Cherry Hill, NJ. All but Jim had never been offshore before. They were blown away by the show the whales and dolphins were putting on. If you have never experienced this, it is something to see. Catching fish is a bonus compared to this Nat Geo display. No experience required! We will talk you through it. Here are two video clips from our trip with these two young guys who had never been offshore or fished for tuna:
 
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Available Friday May 31 for a Noon to 5PM bass, blues, and fluke Charter or Open Boat trip, $125 person, 4 people max.
 
Sailing Open Boat Tuna on Sunday June 2, 4AM to 4PM. $300 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared.
 
Pics:  
Brady Trainor and Chris Witting with 100 lb bluefin tuna.
Jim Trainor with 50 lb bluefin tuna
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Mike DiSanto
The girth on this fish should have been measured- she was released safely...Loaded with eggs—caught on a Commander/Ct. River.

Nice to get out of the shop - my first time out! I love this time of year!

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Woody’s Burgers owner Pete & son Munson got this bluefish early Wednesday morning.

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Surf City Bait and Tackle
 

There is still quality fish being caught & still time to sign up for the Store Tournaments and The Spring Derby.

Spring Derby Striper Leaderboard has Aaron 38.20 lbs, Rich 37.48 lbs, Lew 35.50 lbs
Spring Derby Top Bluefish
Kevin 16.34 lbs

Currently the top 3 for the Shop’s Stripers are:
Aaron 38.20 lbs
Lew 35.50 lbs
Tim 31.90 lbs
( see pics below)

The top 3 for the Shop’s Bluefish are: 
Kevin 16.34 lbs
Mike 14.30 lbs
Jay 13.02 lbs
(see pics below)

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DEP ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO TAKE STEPS TO IMPROVE NEW JERSEY AIR QUALITY

(19/P43) TRENTON - The Department of Environmental Protection reminds individuals that making basic changes in their daily routines can improve air quality across New Jersey while also protecting public health and saving money.

"Spring is the perfect time of year to review our daily routines and see what we can do to help improve the quality of the air we breathe," DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said. "Everyone can do their part to take simple steps that will help reduce emissions and greenhouse gases and protect public health, like turning our cars off when we're not driving."

Some simple changes include combining automobile trips, eliminating car idling, keeping your car's maintenance current, purchasing an energy-efficient vehicle, and checking the state's Air Quality Index before heading outside.

New Jersey is a national leader in clean energy and controlling sources of air pollution in the state, resulting in significant progress in improved air quality, including:

* Electric vehicle registrations have increased from about 500 in 2011 to more than 23,000 today.
* New Jersey has selected its first round of clean air projects from the federal Volkswagen settlement - 533 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state and eight new electric, zero-emitting, NJ TRANSIT buses that will operate in the City of Camden.
* New Jersey ranked first in the United States for total installed solar photovoltaic capacity per square-mile basis.

Transportation is the largest source of ozone-forming pollutants in New Jersey and contributes nearly half of the greenhouse gas emissions in the state. Vehicles emit nitrogen oxides that react with other pollutants to create ozone.

Ground level ozone, or smog, is formed through a reaction involving warmer temperatures, sunshine and certain types of pollutants. The young, the elderly and those with respiratory conductions such as asthma are especially vulnerable to the effects of ozone.

Greenhouse gases contribute to global warming, which causes more floods, droughts or intense storms, as well as more frequent and severe heat waves. The planet's oceans and glaciers have also experienced big changes - oceans are warming and becoming more acidic, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising.

As warmer weather approaches the Garden State, residents are encouraged to take steps to reduce air pollutants include:

* Consider an electric vehicle when it's time for your next vehicle. Visit www.drivegreen.nj.gov to assess affordability, find state and federal incentives, and learn about charging options.

* Keep vehicle tires properly inflated to increase gas mileage, thereby reducing the amount of pollutants emitted from the engine.

* Turn the engine off while waiting in line. This will save fuel and money, as well as benefit health. Do not idle your car.

* Combine automobile trips to reduce "cold starts" or choose a cleaner commute by carpooling, using public transportation, bicycling or walking when possible.

* If your check-engine light is on, get your car emission codes read to determine what type of maintenance your car needs. Ensure your fleet or personal vehicles are properly maintained and inspected at licensed inspection facilities when required. Visit www.njinspections.com/ for more assistance.

* Do not ask a mechanic to remove or change emission control features on your car or truck to improve performance or create "puffs of black smoke." State and federal laws prohibit tampering with the emissions system of any vehicle.

* Install solar in your home and offices. Participate in the Community Solar Pilot Program.

* Use DEP's mapping application to know the facilities in your neighborhood, their emissions and how DEP controls their emissions.

Everyone, especially those with health problems, is encouraged to check out DEP's Air Monitoring Alert System, which uses color codes to plan daily activities around current air quality conditions. Conditions are updated daily on the DEP's Air Monitoring Web site, www.njaqinow.net/. Overexertion on poorer air quality days can be harmful to your health.

Consider subscribing to EnviroFlash, an online alert system that delivers air quality information to your email inbox or cell phone. You can also see air quality forecasts on Twitter and through RSS feeds through the federal Environmental Protection Agency's EnviroFlash system. Visit www.enviroflash.info.

For all of New Jersey's air quality facts visit www.cleanair.nj.gov.

Like the DEP Division of Air Quality, Energy and Sustainability on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NJDEPAQES/.

Follow the DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP.

US energy department rebrands fossil fuels as 'molecules of freedom'

Press release from department said increasing export capacity is ‘critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world’

America: land of the freedom ... gas?

 America: land of the freedom ... gas? Photograph: Eric Gay/AP

America is the land of freedom, as any politician will be happy to tell you. What you don’t hear quite so often is that the stuff under the land is also apparently made of freedom as well. That is, at least according to a news release this week from the Department of Energy (DoE).

Mark W Menezes, the US undersecretary of energy, bestowed a peculiar honorific on our continent’s natural resources, dubbing it “freedom gas” in a release touting the DoE’s approval of increased exports of natural gas produced by a Freeport LNG terminal off the coast of Texas.

“Increasing export capacity from the Freeport LNG project is critical to spreading freedom gas throughout the world by giving America’s allies a diverse and affordable source of clean energy,” he said.


actual Trump admin quote: "Increasing export capacity from the Freeport [liquid natural gas] project is critical to spreading freedom gas" https://slate.com/business/2019/05/freedom-gas-molecules-of-freedom-department-of-energy.html 

The Department of Energy Is Now Calling Fossil Fuels “Molecules of Freedom” and “Freedom Gas”

The concept of “freedom gas” may seem amorphous, but it’s actually being measured down to the smallest unit.

“With the US in another year of record-setting natural gas production, I am pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of US freedom to be exported to the world,” said Steven Winberg.

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Comment by Dave Nederostek on May 31, 2019 at 8:01pm
Crossed over the bridge today for the first time since last year. They did a fine job. Easily navigated. Engineering excellence .

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