Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, February 01, 2016: Looks like we’ll top 60 today ... more booms .... loads of readables ...


"Where are my frickin' fries, ma'am??!!!" 


Monday, February 01, 2016: Looks like we’ll top 60 today. The entire week will be mild to ultra-mild. It’ll be the next piece of bread for this sandwiched -- mild-cold-mild winter ... hold the mayo. I guess it’s all part and parcel to this heavily El Nino-ed season … unless you want to go with the entire climate change causative thing. I’ll stick with El Nino -- but might point to a messed up atmosphere as enhancing its impacts.

I took the ocean temps at a coupe LBI points and it was near freezing in Holgate, at 33 degress, up to 35.6, mid-Island. It proves that it doesn’t take much icy weather to knock the mildness mick outta the ocean – which had been mid-40s before the storm. Of course, I’m taking nearshore temps, which have to be showing the snowmelt runoff influence.

As I note after a decent bay freeze, it helps the bay to get at least one good smack of iciness to knock the bad things, bacteria and such, down to size. Baymen appreciate a cold helping hand to keep shellfish in top condition. However, an early warmup, prior to summer, can work in the other direction: fostering a too-early growth of algae and such.

BOOM REDO: Today, Facebook was again abuzz over some distant oceanic rumbles. I have to admit I didn’t feel them, though I type so hard my entire desk shakes. 

I'll be doing an entire segment of my weekly column on a boom-based phenomena that has been around since the time of early human hearing. 

I got some circuitous agreement from military types that I might be onto something with my guessing that the barrage of booms might relate to the testing of aggressive drone aircraft – or even manned wartime aircraft. 

Yes, we pretty much remain in what might be called an early state of wartime preparedness, i.e. defense readiness condition (DEFCON). In this case it’s based on an elevated terrorist threat.

 For many of us this DEFCON rating was the norm … and might be again if we don’t start getting along better with the nutso Ruskies.



Kil Song added 4 new photos.
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Even it is off season for rooster, we found lots of rooster today.
It is getting windy. We are going to try again tomorrow morning if weather is good.
Kil Song's photo.
Kil Song's photo.
Kil Song's photo.

Nice package in the mail from Michael Craig at Pranksterwoodenlures Saltwater and freshwater spooks thanks a bunch Mike can't wait to try these bad boys out I'm sure they are killer like all your other lures I have from you

Steve Cantalupo's photo.

Below you'll see the latest IGFA promotion. Make note of some of the caught/released fish. That takes some real eco-angling discipline. For more see: https://www.igfa.org


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Species: Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

Angler: Joachim Ochmann – Werbach, Germany

Record: Men’s 6 kg (12 lb) Line Class

Weight: 16 kg (35 lb 4 oz)

Date: 10-April-2015

Location: Baltic Sea, Rugen, Germany


Species: Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)

Angler: Steve Selway, DVM

Record: All-Tackle (Length)

Weight: 116 cm (46 in)

Date: 22-March-2015

Location: Puma Lodge, Yelco River, Chile


Species: Longfin crevalle jack (Caranx fischeri)

Angler: Marco Couto – Luanda, Angola

Record: All-Tackle

Weight: 16.5 kg (36 lb 6 oz)

Date: 04-June-2015

Location: Barra do Kwanza, Angola


Species: Spotted seatrout (Cynoscion nebulosus)

Angler: Luke Ledbetter – Boaz, Alabama, USA

Record: All-Tackle (Length)

Length: 86 cm

Date: 01-June-2015

Location: Melbourne, Florida, USA



Species: Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus)

Angler: Simon Smith – Devon, England, United Kingdom

Record: Men’s 15 kg (30 lb) Line Class

Weight: 50.5 kg (111 lb 15 oz)

Date: 25-October-2014

Location: Bodo, Norway


Species: Giant trevally (Caranx ignobilis)

Angler: Dr. Jan Forszpaniak

Record: All-Tackle Length

Length: 126 cm

Date: 19-September-2014

Location: Aitutaki, Cook Islands


Species: Lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush)

Angler: Michael Sadar

Record: All-Tackle (Length)

Length: 108 cm (42.5 in)

Date: 21-August-2014

Location: Great Bear Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada


Species: Opah (Lampris guttatus)

Angler: Joe Ludlow

Record: All-Tackle

Weight: 82 kg (180 lb 12 oz)

Date: 01-August-2014

Location: Baja Peninsula, Mexico


Ray Valley with Jim Rizzuto.
In 2015, Solly (my son) caught a 200 blue on this home-made lure we call the "EPIC" Its got a black glitter top and blue MOP insert. Wisdom c/o Rizzuto
Ray Valley's photo.


Jim Hutchinson Sr. updated his profile picture.

Jim Hutchinson Sr.'s photo.

Daniel Pauly Feeds Media the Wrong Story About Global Fisheries Decline; Other Scientists Object

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton - January 25, 2016

Last week the media was full of a new round of global fishery disaster stories, prompted by an article in Nature Communications by Daniel Pauly & Dirk Zeller affiliated with the Sea Around Us project.

Pauly and Zeller state that FAO global fisheries data has underestimated prior catch, and that therefore if this is taken into account, the decline in fish catch from the peak in the late 1990’s is not 400,000 tons per year, but 1.2 million tons per year.

“Our results indicate that the decline is very strong and is not due to countries fishing less. It is due to countries having fished too much and having exhausted one fishery after another,” said Pauly to the Guardian newspaper.  As a result, a new round of handwringing ensued about global overfishing.

But, the facts don’t support Pauly’s interpretation.  Catch rates are simply not a suitable measure of fisheries abundance.  In fact, declines in catch rates often are due to improvement in fisheries management, not declines in abundance.

Over at cfood, a number of scientists specifically rebutted the premise of Pauly’s article.

Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington says:

This paper tells us nothing fundamentally new about world catch, and absolutely nothing new about the status of fish stocks.

It has long been recognized that by-catch, illegal catch and artisanal catch were underrepresented in the FAO catch database, and that by-catch has declined dramatically.

What the authors claim, and the numerous media have taken up, is the cry that their results show that world fish stocks are in worse shape than we thought. This is absolutely wrong. We know that fish stocks are stable in some places, increasing in others and declining in yet others.

Most of the major fish stocks of the world, constituting 40% of the total catch are scientifically assessed using a mixture of data sources including data on the trends in abundance of the fish stocks, size and age data of the fish caught and other information as available. This paper really adds nothing to our understanding of these major fish stocks.

Another group of stocks, constituting about 20% of global catch, are assessed using expert knowledge by the FAO. These experts use their personal knowledge of these fish stocks to provide an assessment of their status. Estimating the historical unreported catch for these stocks adds nothing to our understanding of these stocks.

For many of the most important stocks that are not assessed by scientific organizations or by expert opinion, we often know a lot about their status. For example; abundance of fish throughout almost all of South and Southeast Asia has declined significantly. This is based on the catch per unit of fishing effort and the size of the individuals being caught. Estimating the amount of other unreported catches does not change our perspective on the status of these stocks.

In the remaining fisheries where we know little about their status, does the fact that catches have declined at a faster rate than reported in the FAO catch data tell us that global fisheries are in worse shape than we thought? The answer is not really. We would have to believe that the catch is a good index of the abundance.

Figure 1 of the Pauly and Zeller paper shows that a number of major fishing regions have not seen declines in catch in the last 10 years. These areas include the Mediterranean and Black Sea, the Eastern Central Atlantic, the Eastern Indian Ocean, the Northwest Pacific and the Western Indian Ocean. Does this mean that the stocks in these areas are in good shape, while areas that have seen significant declines in catch like the Northeast Atlantic, and the Northeast Pacific are in worse shape?

We know from scientific assessments that stocks in the Mediterranean and Eastern Central Atlantic are often heavily overfished – yet catches have not declined.

We know that stocks in the Northeast Pacific are abundant, stable and not overfished, and in the Northeast Atlantic are increasing in abundance. Yet their catch has declined.

Total catch, and declines in catch, are not a good index of the trends in fish stock abundance.

Michael Kaiser of Bangor University commented:

Catch and stock status are two distinct measurement tools for evaluating a fishery, and suggesting inconsistent catch data is a definitive gauge of fishery health is an unreasonable indictment of the stock assessment process. Pauly and Zeller surmise that declining catches since 1996 could be a sign of fishery collapse. While they do acknowledge management changes as another possible factor, the context is misleading and important management efforts are not represented. The moratorium on cod landings is a good example – zero cod landings in the Northwest Atlantic does not mean there are zero cod in the water. Such distinctions are not apparent in the analysis.

Also David Agnew, director of standards for the Marine Stewardship Council, said

It is noteworthy that the peak of the industrial catches – in the late 1990s/early 2000s – coincidentally aligns with the start of the recovery of many well managed stocks. This point of recovery has been documented previously and particularly relates to the recovery of large numbers of stocks in the north Pacific, the north Atlantic and around Australia and New Zealand, and mostly to stocks that are assessed by analytical models. For stocks that need to begin recovery plans to achieve sustainability, this most often entails an overall reduction in fishing effort, which would be reflected in the reductions in catches seen here. So, one could attribute some of the decline in industrial catch in these regions to a correct management response to rebuild stocks to a sustainable status, although I have not directly analyzed the evidence for this. This is therefore a positive outcome worth reporting.


FDA Bans GM Salmon Shipments to US Market Pending Final Labeling Guidelines

SEAFOODNEWS.COM by Michael Ramsingh - February 1, 2016

The FDA has banned genetically engineered salmon from entering the US market until final labeling guidelines for the product are published. 

Last week the FDA issued Import 99-40 that says: "the FDA shall not allow the introduction or delivery for introduction into interstate commerce of any food that contains genetically engineered salmon, until FDA publishes final labeling guidelines for informing consumers of such content."

In November the FDA approved the sale of genetically modified salmon from AquaBounty Technologies. The AquAdvantage salmon is produced from a transgenic Atlantic salmon egg that combines the genes of an ocean pout and a Chinook salmon. The end result is a modified salmon with a quicker grow out time versus the traditional farmed process. AquaBounty’s salmon is raised using a land-based, closed containment facility.

The approval ended a 20-year hold up by the FDA in permitting the sale of the product in the US market. 

However, Alaskan Senator Lisa Murkowski is a staunch opponent of the FDA's decision. The Senator has been specifically vocal about the lack of mandatory labeling required for the GMO salmon. In January, Murkowski helped block the final Senate approval of FDA Commissioner nominee Dr. Robert Califf. 

"This is a huge step in our fight against 'Frankenfish,' I adamantly oppose the FDA's misguided decision to allow GE salmon to be placed in our kitchens and on our tables, and I firmly believe that mandatory labeling guidelines must be put in place as soon as possible so consumers know what it is they are purchasing," Murkowski said in a press release. "It seems that the FDA has begun to listen, and I hope this is a sign that the agency plans to develop these necessary guidelines."

So far there is no specific date for when the FDA will publish labeling guidelines for genetically modified salmon. 

AquaBounty Technologies' AquAdvantage salmon is the only GM salmon or fish currently approved for sale in the US market. The fish is produced in farms in Panama and Canada. 


In Win for Omega Protein, Virginia Bill to Turn Over Menhaden Management Was Defeated

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Viginian Pilot] By Lee Tolliver - January 29, 2016 - 

A pair of Virginia House of Delegates bills designed to change how menhaden fishing is controlled were shot down Thursday in the General Assembly.

HB150 and 151 were tabled in the Committee on Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Chesapeake sub-committee.

Only Delegates Alfonso H. Lopez (D) and R. Lee Ware (R) voted to have the bills advanced.

HB150 was designed to turn the menhaden fishery over to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, which oversees every other species in Virginia waters. Menhaden currently are the only fish species controlled by the General Assembly.

HB151 would have pushed the menhaden fishery outside of three miles along the Virginia coast, and out to one mile of the shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.

Both bills were introduced by Virginia Beach's Barry Knight, who has for nearly a decade sought change in the state's menhaden fishery.

"You fight the the good fight," Knight said, disappointed with the outcome when he thought going in the his bills had a better chance than in previous years. "I want to put this in the hands of the scientists.

"But they (Omega Protein of Reedville) had all their big lobbyists they paid to keep their purview. But I don't back down from anybody and I'm going to represent my people and I'd do this again next year."


One of the Most Opulent Foods (Lobster) is Abandoning its Luxury Roots and Going Casual

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Business Insider] Hollis Johnson- February 1, 2016 
The newest trend in fast-casual dining may come from the bottom of the ocean.
Lobster, the delicious crustacean synonymous with bowls of butter and outrageous prices, is showing up in the fast-casual food sector.
Menu items with lobster have doubled in the past 12 months at limited-service restaurants, according to Fast Casual Magazine.
The price point for the lobster roll, the most common of the items offered, hovers around $17 at most of the chains. And the number of chains dedicated to celebrating this delectable seafood is growing. 
Luke's Lobster, started in 2009 in New York City, has seen tremendous growth. The chain has reached seven states and Washington, DC and continues to expand with another location opening this year in Miami, Florida. 
Another NYC-based lobster joint, Red Hook Lobster Pound, has spread to several locations in the city as well as Long Island and DC. 
The East Hampton Sandwich Co., out of Dallas, now offers lobster rolls, while larger chains like Panera Bread and Hale and Hearty often offer lobster-themed dishes seasonally. 
So how is such a prized and pricey food item making its way into the realm of fast–casual dining?
The much sought-after Millennial demographic may have something to do with it. 
Seafood, including lobster, fits neatly into several larger trends that Millennials — Gen Y, Gen Z, whichever catch-all buzzword fits — highly value. 
Exotic and adventurous flavors are important to this group of consumers, and seafood fits the bill nicely. Whether it's a spicy fish taco, mahi mahi fillets, or even an Asian take on the lobster roll, seafood is wildly versatile. 
Plus, fish and lobster are healthy and protein-rich in comparison to fast-food alternatives. Health and quality are at the forefront of the millennials' collective conscience, so burgers and Fillet-O-Fishes won't cut it anymore. 
And perhaps most importantly, the lobster industry has an ironclad focus on sustainability and responsible fishing – a key factor in marketing food to millennials. 
Thanks to a slightly mysterious jump in the lobster population off the coasts of Maine, the number one supplier of lobster in the US, lobster is plentiful — meaning prices are more palatable to diners.  
All of this comes together to create the perfect storm for the fast-casual sector to embrace the lobster — it's trendy, sustainable, and at a decent price point for consumers. 

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