Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, August 09, 2010: Waves continue to pound away at the beachfront, leading to rescues and some injuries to folks being driven head-first into the sand. Still, the water remains very chilly. I…

Monday, August 09, 2010:

Waves continue to pound away at the beachfront, leading to rescues and some injuries to folks being driven head-first into the sand. Still, the water remains very chilly.

I have to admit I dropped the garbage fish ball when I wrote how poor angling has been. I don’t know where my junkfish head was at. I’m fully into tapping into those species that are considered – at very best – also ran, make that also bit. I got poltiely reminded of my angling shortsightedness by the man behind the garbage. Here’s his email: “Hey Jay - Brian from garbagefish.com here. I read your post yesterday regarding what's a catching and I concur. It's slim pick'ins out there as far as bringing home meat - but don't forget about those lovable skate which are blanketing the ocean right now. Dogfish have been making another showing too. Check out what I did with this tasty 12 pound doggy: http://www.garbagefish.com/images/pics/dog4.jpg If people want meat - there's meat for the taking.”

Pro report:

Well nothing new to report. Still averaging 15-20 fluke per hour and boxing 1 keeper for every 40-50 fish landed. For instance, on a recent trip we landed over 150, probably closer to 180, and brought home 3. I have seen a lot of kids with big smiles during trips. The fish are very aggressive often chasing your bait/lure in when reeling up. Sometimes they have even hit the baits at the top of the water. Attached is a picture of young Miles with one of the 20 or so fluke he caught and released in about three hours. He came all the way from Oregon and fished with his Pop Pop and Aunt Alison.

Good times and tight lines.

Capt. Alex F. Majewski

Lighthouse Sportfishing

Barnegat Bay, NJ



This blog lost a great friend and a beyond-dedicated surfcaster, Brant Beach area. Here’s the email I got:

“It is with great sorrow and sadness that we are writing to let all of our
friends and extended family know of the passing of our wonderful husband and
father Bob Tait. He passed on Sunday, August 8th around
3:30 am in the
morning after a courageous and heroic battle against cancer. Throughout
his battle, Bob never lost his positive attitude and his gusto for life
exhibited by his many and varied interests. He continued to put
up an unwavering fight until the very end. Typical of Bob, he was
more concerned with the well-being of his family, friends, and
professionally, the people he dealt with in his business world throughout
his entire ordeal.

He will be sorely missed by us. The memories of his
love and caring will help sustain us in this very difficult time.
Details of funeral arrangements will be announced. Please keep
us all in your thoughts and prayers.”


New wires:

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich., A 3-foot-long Asian carp discovered in a Chicago waterway near Lake Michigan appears to have spent most of its life there and may have been planted by humans who didn't know what type of fish it was or the environmental risk it posed, researchers said Thursday.

Tests of chemical markers in the bighead carp suggest it was not a recent arrival to the waterway and probably did not get there by evading an electric barrier meant to prevent the species from infesting the Great Lakes, said Jim Garvey, a fisheries biologist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

He acknowledged the findings were not certain because of incomplete data and were based on a number of assumptions.

'But it is very plausible that this fish originated in the Illinois River and then moved or was transported to Lake Calumet or Lake Michigan during the early portion of its life,' Garvey said.

The 20-pound bighead was netted June 22 in Lake Calumet on Chicago's South Side, about six miles from Lake Michigan. It was the first actual Asian carp seen above the barrier, although scientists have reported numerous findings of their DNA in waterways between the barrier and Lake Michigan.

The discovery intensified calls by environmentalists and neighboring states to close shipping locks on the waterways and separate the man-made connection between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have filed a federal lawsuit seeking those actions.

Shippers and other Chicago-area industry groups say such measures are unnecessary and would damage the region's economy.

Tests on the bighead carp found in June were conducted at the university's Fisheries and Illinois Aquaculture Center. Researchers examined its tiny inner ear bones, known as otoliths.

Otoliths contain fingerprints of calcium and other chemicals that are unique to the waterways in which they live, Garvey said. Layers of the chemicals build up in othliths similarly to tree rings, enabling scientists to identify a fish's age as well as the water bodies in which it has lived.

The analysis suggests the bighead spent most of its life in Lake Calumet or even Lake Michigan, which have similar water chemistry, Garvey said. But chemicals in the part of the otolith that developed in roughly its first year came from another waterway - one with chemistry similar to the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, he said.

The exact water body from which the fish originated hasn't been pinpointed, he said.

John Rogner, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said the report reinforces the possibility that humans placed the carp in Lake Calumet.

Releasing live fish is a cultural ritual for some people, he said. Or it might have been dumped from an angler's bait bucket.

'We're not suggesting that anyone did this maliciously,' Rogner said. 'At that early age, it's very easy to misidentify Asian carp with other commonly used bait fish.'

The agency will be testing for Asian carp DNA at about 60 Chicago-area bait shops in September and teaching owners how to spot young bighead and silver carp - the two species threatening to reach the Great Lakes, he said.

Some biologists say if they become established in the lakes, the voracious filter feeders could starve out prey fish on which popular sport and commercial species depend.

Joel Brammeier, president of the Alliance for the Great Lakes, said the findings about the bighead did not mean the barrier was blocking the path of other Asian carp.

'One fish did not leave behind the clouds of DNA that have been turning up in the Chicago waterway the past year,' he said.

Lisa Frede, regulatory affairs director for the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois, said the university's discovery 'should serve as yet another warning to alarmists calling for the total shutdown of the Chicago locks and complete hydrological separation, that perhaps their knee-jerk reactions are unwarranted.'


Medilexicon] - August 9, 2010 - Unknown to most non-scientists, the nation's oldest mollusk collection resides four floors above one of Philadelphia's busiest tourist areas and is now being pressed into action to determine the impact of the nation's worst oil spill.

Scientists recently borrowed a sampling of oyster shells from the Academy of Natural Sciences' malacology collection, the third largest in the world with some 12 million specimens, for their study of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico. California Academy of Sciences Curator Dr. Peter Roopnarine, along with Laurie Anderson of Louisiana State University and David Goodwin of Denison University, want to find out how marine life in sensitive marshlands along the Gulf coast will be affected over time.

The study centers on how quickly it takes the hydrocarbons and heavy metals in crude oil to affect marine food webs, something scientists know very little about. In order to track the changes in the specimens that will be studied, many previous samples collected from similar locations and from different time periods are required. Roopnarine said only the Academy of Natural Sciences has suitable specimens from every decade of the 20th century.

'We often think of our collections as storehouses of past knowledge,' Roopnarine said. 'The collections, however, are tremendously important assets for scientific research on the present.'

By using the Academy's oyster shells as a baseline, Roopnarine and his colleagues will be able to determine the quantities of hydrocarbons and heavy metals that were already present in the Gulf mollusks before oil drilling began and then track how much has accumulated as a result of the recent oil spill. The scientists also will look at tellinid clams and periwinkles. Each of the three species uses a different pathway to feed.

If their findings reveal that the shells are adopting hydrocarbons at the same speed, it means they are all drawing these compounds from the water column. If, however, they are being incorporated at different rates, it would mean the animals are receiving contaminants from their food sources. Mollusks are being studied because, as 'primary consumers,' shellfish are likely to be the first to show traces of hydrocarbons and heavy metals that could later be passed on to creatures that feed on shellfish. Given the carcinogenic nature of hydrocarbons, the concern lies with the physiological damage to marine life once the materials have spread through the food chain.

'There is little use saying 'the BP spill will pollute the Gulf' unless you can demonstrate how polluted the Gulf was to begin with and how long it's been since it wasn't polluted at all,' said Paul Callomon, the Academy of Natural Sciences' malacology collection manager. 'While much of the oil spill's impact is unknown, Dr. Roopnarine's research using the Academy's collection will create a foundation to answer some of these questions.'

On a related note, Academy Malacology Curator Dr. Gary Rosenberg documented more than 1,700 species of mollusks from the Gulf of Mexico for a book published last year on the fauna and flora of that region. Rosenberg said 'about 10 percent of the species of mollusks in the Gulf are endemics, known from nowhere else on earth. Such species are the ones at greatest risk from the oil spill.'


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