Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Sunday, December 26, 2010: Say it ain’t snow, Joe. I’m still pushin’ for the storm to suddenly veer out to sea and take its blizzardy attitude with it.
As of midday, roads on LBI are down to one lane – and that lane pretty much sucks. Lots of
DOT (and a few local) snow removal trucks are working but to increasingly
Also, as of midday, the winds are still NNW, which is NOT a big storm producing angle.
However, it’s slowly getting closer to going fully north, the worst wind
scenario for us. How so? If the wind went into a legit nor’easter angle, things
would switch to rain in a heartbeat. The ocean is an unseasonable 45 degrees.
However, a north wind keeps us in the offshore mode, albeit only slightly. We
get the air temps blown down from New England. Frigid. Making matters worse,
the north wind flow still allows the nearshore storm to explode off our coast,
hitting us nearly full-bore -- though Long Island, N.Y., gets royally ravaged
by this type set-up.
Weather Service note: The USWS is still calling for “onshore” winds, enhancing flooding. I’m not sure that’s going to occur.
At11 a.m., the side streets of LBI are already shot. There was some freezing fog early this
a.m., which placed a “black ice” layer on roads. That super-skid layer is now
hidden underneath the falling snow.
I always offer this snow warning to newbie 4WD owners – and there are always a number of
first-timers right around Christmas: It is nearly impossible to drive
snow-covered beaches. The combination of sinkage through the snow and then
loose surface sand below prevents even the best beach buggy from getting a bite
of solid sand. Sure, you can sometimes go downhill on beach entrance points,
then get momentum and reach the water’s edge, where the ocean has melted the
snow. However, when you go to exit the beach, you have to drive onto the snow,
uphill. Not only do you quickly bog down but also you’re SOL right where the
ocean will be rapidly rising due to the storm. Don’t call me. Call South Shore
Towing, Cedar Run, 597-9964.
There is lots of talk about the very positive legislative action to make Jersey a “Free State,”
when it comes to the federal Angler Registry. It sure seems destined to occur,
at least for 2011. I’m not sure about future years – after the fiscal reality
of N.J. footing the bill for running the registration begins to register in
Trenton. That brings up the apparent need to approach the big-picture battle to
modify the law (Magnuson Act) that requires the angler registry, in order to
collect the required recreational angler catch data. I’ll emphasize again: The
wholesale modifying of the Magnuson-Steven Act will run into resistance of
I was told last week that even if the gov signs the legalization to collect data without burdening
anglers with a new “tax,” i.e. a license, that the feds could put the kibosh on
the effort. I haven’t been able to confirm that, per se, though I know D.C
issues the final say-so regarding a state’s compliance – or noncompliance --
with the Magnuson Act. I believe it’s through the Department of Commerce.
As I oft mention in here, the DEP is not at all happy with the prospect of having more
responsibility – and no increased funding. Remember, the DEP Division of Fish
and Wildlife will be the sole agency checking anglers for proof of
And the DEP is right as rain to be irritated. Anglers and boaters using Garden State pay
literally billions of dollars into the economy yet the Division of Fish and
Wildlife is barely holding on fiscally -- and its Bureau of Marine Fisheries
received an insultingly paltry $700,000 this year. Insufferable.
Best battle to now focus on in Jersey is acquiring Treasury funding for outdoor sports-related funding, commensurate with what we put in.
And, as many of you know, there were huge revenue numbers bandied about if the state went with
the $15 fishing license. Just as fast, that extra money was seen as an asset,
not for anglers but for the state general find. That’s a double insult when one
realizes we should already be getting massive fiscal support for the revenue
angling adds to the economy – we’re not – and even when we expected to pay
directly into something called “Angler Registry,” that state could gobble up
the lion’s share.