Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Saturday, November 13, 2010: What is with this surf? Talking with the Weather Service guys, that huge Atlantic storm kept churning its brains out while a northern high-pressure system added to the n…

Saturday, November 13, 2010:

What is with this surf? Talking with the Weather Service guys, that huge Atlantic storm kept churning its brains out while a northern high-pressure system added to the north-to-south fetch. In essence, the entire ocean was raised, riled and on the move, thus some nasty beach erosion in areas of coastal Central and South Jersey. Along with ravaging the beaches, road flooding has been a daily headache on the Island and back-bay mainland areas. I heard of some vehicles that got ruint on the mainland. Today will see a slow decline in churning and flooding. Tomorrow may even be a return to near-normal.

This entire mess has made both beach and boat fishing quite tricky – though far from impossible.

That said, it’s time to issue a bass alert for boat anglers. Headboats and hardier captains of private vessels are hitting bass in number to alert the media over. Much of that action begins with an exit through Barnegat Inlet and a turn northward. Believe it or not, I catch hell for giving to many detail when describing even boat fishing – which is easily detected by simply noting where everyone is motoring toward. If you need exactness of hotspots, ask at local tackle shops. Warning: Per above, there remains some seriously tricky wave and water conditions out there so don’t get too cocky when working shoals or near-beach locales. I know a number of boats like to toy with the front-beach sandbars when trolling.

Hey, you and the kids might want to consider doing a trip on a headboats. They’ve been knocking ‘em dead – the fish that is, not the kids. Bassing will remain excellent for many moons to come.

As for surfcasting, it’s a tough heavy-lead go but it is doable and blues are showing in the churned up suds. With all this churn, the baitballs are not forming off the beach so bass should be interested in the swash areas along the beach. I had a call from a buddy who did, in fact, have some luck with large poppers. No huge fish but two take-homes. He was right next to jetties, south sides.

The Classic bluefish showing over the past few days aren’t huge but present a handful when being fought in the pounding surf. While they’re being taken on chunk bait, the above popper-thrower had one on that broke him off – and took a new (now over-expensive) blue/white Atom’s with him.

I just got in an email of small bass being caught on Ava jigs complemented with teasers. I can see that. Those easy-throwing jigs fight rough water well and get down to where the smaller stripers will be feeding on crabs and such.

Holgate is tricky and then some. I’m afraid to even direct folks down there – lest I catch hell when it is either closed for high tide or traps anglers out there during rising tides.

Hopefully, LBI’s roadways will be less waterlogged this afternoon. Section of Barnegat Avenue, Central Avenue and the Boulevards have either been heavily puddle or downright impassable. A section of Barnegat Avenue in Surf City has been closed at high tide by the town.

!!! Buggyists be wary of cutaways, where wave action has left potentially deadly drop-offs !!!!

I haven’t talked to any duck hunters lately but it seems like a horrible season so far. My basis: Silence in the early a.m. From my Ship Bottom house, I can easily hear the sunrise shotguns blasts over on the sedges. I’ve been hearing them for more years than I want to count. This year there’s been barely a blast here and there. Some years it sounds like the taking of Baghdad (exaggeration).

ON THE HUNT: Despite this BS about coyote killing all the deer fawns, the woods are loaded to the gills with whitetails.

Per the past few years, the shift of deer to backyard and near-road venues has many shooter placing blinds just feet into the legal firing zones. In fact, I’m seeing more and more state signs reading, “Don’t shoot in direction of homes.” They’re green and white, maybe 12” x 12” signs. It doesn’t mean the area can’t be hunted, it simply means that you have to shoot with the signs to your back.

If you woods it a lot, you might also be seeing the bright red “Semi-Wild” signs, often in association with existing “No Trespassing” signs. They’re a tad misleading – and actually somewhat inviting to hikers and naturalists. This means a well-marked zone have been stocked with gamebirds, though wild fowl are often mixed in since sites favorable to gamebirds is usually chosen.

Here’s the exact legal language: N.J.S.A. 23:3-29 provides the authority to the Division of Fish and Wildlife to issue a license to operate semi-wild shooting preserves for pheasant, quail and partridge. The applicant must be the owner or bona-fide lessee to the property to be licensed. Only one contiguous tract of land may be covered under one license.

DEFINITION: A semi-wild preserve is defined as an area of land, 50 acres or more, with the boundary clearly defined and posted along all boundary line at intervals of not more than 200 feet with signs containing the following wording:

“Semi-Wild Shooting Preserve – Licensed under N.J.S.A. 23:3-29”

There’s more info at: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/semi-wild_preserves.htm.


[St. Petersburg Times] November 11, 2010

One way to keep tabs on the real impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster on the Gulf of Mexico, a scientific conference decided Tuesday, is to watch what happens to the lowly bait fish: the menhaden, the mullet, the sardines.

The deaths of dolphins and sea turtles due to the oil spill have garnered a lot of headlines. And there are concerns the spill may push sharks and bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction.

But they're not the basis of the gulf's food chain.

On the other hand, 'the bait fish are so important to the whole ecosystem that if something happens there, it will have a cascading effect right up to the top predators,' said William Hogarth, dean of the college of marine sciences at the University of South Florida.


November 12, 2010 - More than a week into scallop harvesting season, East Hampton fishermen dredging for bay scallops have said it might be the best in more than a decade.

East Hampton fisherman Dan Lester said he and his brother Paul had the best opening day in the Peconic Bay that he's had in along time, and the scallops have been plentiful throughout the first week. 'This was the first time we caught our limit on the first day since 1994,' Lester said.

Scallop fishermen must have licenses and are limited to ten bushels per licensed man a day, as well as twenty bushels per boat. Scallop season runs through March 31. Lester said that all their scallops from the first day were sold out in two. The Lester brothers shuck their own scallops at the dock and sell all of their catch by local word of mouth.


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