Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Saturday, October 23, 2010:
I went 0 for 100. That’s the number of casts I put in the water as I traveled from Ship Bottom to Holgate. I was using a super popping TW plug. It had great motion so I have to think there was simply nothing out there. The dozens of surfcasters I talked to during my cruise agreed fully. Nobody had squat, not even junkfish.
I did hear about a goodly number of boat bass taken as part of the two tourneys today: Redman’s and BHM&TC club contests. I heard of 47-pounder and a slew of other smaller fish, many toward Wreck Inlet and just inside LE Inlet.
I talked with Ray Sullivan about his 57-pounder. He told me the hooked fish ran straight out, taking line so fast that Ray helplessly watched his reel drain off to just a few remaining wraps. He knew the only option at that point was to batten down the drag, always an iffy proposition. Feeling the line go dangerously taunt, Ray girded for the fish’s pull and was all but pulled into the water. He was forced to within a few feet of the water’s edge. Then, in the proverbial knick of time, the hookup came to a dead stop. Then it went into the dead-weight mode. The straight-out run and the screeching halt had Ray wondering just what was on his line. He knew the shark option was in play. Even the black drum possibility was in play. Then the fish did something very un-bass-like. It began a beeline back toward the beach. It then came down to Ray taking in slack. As the fish all but backtracked to the hookup point, Ray was wondering even more about what, exactly, he was battling. Then, about 50 yards from the beach, the fish surfaced and Ray saw the telltale tail. It was definitely a striper-- and with the risen fish came a rapidly rising stress factor. Despite the realization that that he was up against had a mega-bass, Ray carried out the last phase of the fight by the book. It wasn’t until the fish was firmly landed that Ray realized he was shaking, so much so he needed help unhooking the fish.
Oddly, Ray’s constant companion, his wife, wasn’t with him this one time. However, she got word about the trophy bass and was waiting at Jingle’s when Ray arrived with the fish for weigh-in.
Prior to this bass, the biggest Ray had caught was in the 30’s. As for how much impact the awesome striper had on Ray’s fishing mindset, he was back on the beach angling after the hoopla over his weigh-in quieted down.
Today, Ray and his wife were patiently fishing the back side of Holgate. He and his wife were handing out Halloween goodie bags. I grabbed mine and downed the loaded bag all too fast – as I clammed the mud flats. I even stopped by for seconds.
The only upside to my long angling day was excellent clamming, due to very blown out tides.
There are huge clouds of rainfish just to the north of LBI. They should get here soon, hopefully bringing along stalkers like bass and blues.
The coming week will be very mild. The upside to that is the south wind related to the warmth. South winds are the trigger for fall fishing.
Jay, have you ever read this book by Van Campen Heilner and Frank Stich? Have an original in my fishing book library. Has numerous ref's to Barnegat and Holgate and channel bass etc. I was wondering if anyone on LBI has everdocumented the surf fishing in the early years of the 1900's/ The book isa classic with great drawings and paintings along with some great poems on fishing. Book is available on the net in paperback or hardback. switching to today last week was real good for me up on Island Beach – many slammmers on poppers - love those sessions during the week for us retired guys! week before some very big red drum down south on the beach, man I love those fish anyway tight lines Pete M.”
(Thanks on that book. I ordered the book from Amazon. I’ll offer some excerpts in here. J-mann)
Off the wires:
NEW YORK, A suburban New York City man has filed a lawsuit that claims he got mercury poisoning from eating 10 cans of tuna a week.
Lee Porrazzo, of White Plains, filed the suit against Bumble Bee Foods. He's asking for unspecified damages for breach of warranty and negligence. He also sued his local Stop & Shop supermarket for selling the tuna.
Porrazzo said he started eating the tuna in January 2006 because the seafood company called it 'heart healthy.' The lawsuit says tests revealed he had a mercury level twice the normal amount.
A Bumble Bee spokesman told the New York Post it wasn't aware of mercury toxicity from eating commercial seafood in the United States.
Stop & Shop declined comment.
[Miami Herald] By Jennifer Lebovich and Cammy Clark - October 19, 2010 - Karri Larson was kayaking among the idyllic mangrove islands offshore of Big Pine Key late Sunday afternoon when the peaceful nature outing turned into a sea-and-air rescue for her life.
The reason: a jumping fish.
A skinny, four-foot long marine creature -- most likely a species of needlefish known as a houndfish -- jumped out of water shallow enough for a child to walk in.
The fish's long, pointed snout punctured Larson's back and collapsed a lung, said Bobby Dube, spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Larson, 46 of Cudjoe Key, was rescued at sea Sunday evening by two volunteer firefighters and a paramedic who rushed her to Dolphin Marina.
``She was scared. We were all scared,'' said volunteer firefighter Kevin Freestone, who used two of his towboat company's boats to respond. ``She was in a very bad way. She was in a lot of pain and her breathing was weak.''
A waiting helicopter airlifted Larson nearly 100 miles to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. She was in serious but stable condition in the intensive care unit on Monday, a hospital spokesman said.
``Nobody knows right now what in the ocean caused this,'' Dube said.
While the original culprit was believed to be a barracuda, which also are long and skinny, a marine expert at the University of Florida said the type of wound Larson sustained appears more likely to have been caused by a houndfish -- which can grow to five feet.
``That long snout would be a reasonably good weapon, like an arrow, if it jumped out of the water,'' said George Burgess, UF's director of the Florida Program for Shark Research. And houndfish, the largest type of needlefish, jump with regularity when they are spooked, Burgess said.
``They live on the surface. A lot of critters like to eat them, like sharks, barracudas or mackerel. They are a reasonable snack, so part of their escape strategy is to get out of the water.''
While houndfish injuring humans is ``fluky,'' Burgess said, it is not unprecedented.
Dr. Steven Smith of Marathon recalled treating a patient in the 1980s who was ``speared in the thigh'' by a houndfish while wading in the flats to fish.
``He essentially had an injury to the deep veins in his thigh, causing a major blood clot,'' Smith said.
In 2000, a 17-year-old girl was snorkeling off Big Pine Key when she was struck by a jumping houndfish. Its bill broke off in her neck, just missing her carotid artery. She lived to tell about the tale after emergency surgery at Fishermen's Hospital in Marathon.
Another incident involving a houndfish and human occurred more than a decade ago in the Dry Tortugas, about 70 miles west of Key West.
A graduate student was diving at night for a project and the light of a glow stick tied to the top of his air tank apparently attracted the fish, which slammed into the side of his head. The graduate student lived.
A fisherman in Malaysia was not so lucky in 1999. He was killed when a houndfish stabbed him through the lung.
On Sunday, Larson had no idea she would be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
She was with a companion in a two-person kayak in an area on the gulf side of the Florida Keys that locals call the back country.
``It was a picture-perfect Sunday afternoon, with herons walking around,'' Freestone said. ``Nobody was around. It was just a peaceful place to be.''
That changed when the fish, most likely spooked by the kayak's paddles or a marine predator, leaped into the air and hit Larson.
The other kayaker called for help about 5:15 p.m.
``They were about three or four miles north in the back country, but didn't have GPS and didn't know their exact location,'' Freestone said.
Using stakes as landmarks, Freestone located them about 5:50 p.m.
``It was low, low, low tide,'' he said. ``I trimmed the engines up real high and told the paramedic I would be able to get him in, but I wasn't sure if I could get the boat out.''
While many people are fearful of sharks and other creatures in the ocean, most who enjoy boating, fishing, diving and kayaking in the sea are not concerned about getting hurt by flying fish, Burgess said.
In 2008, a Michigan woman was riding in a 20-foot boat in waters off of Marathon when a spotted eagle ray jumped out of the water, striking her with such force that she hit her head and died of blunt force trauma.
``There are risks with aquatic recreation,'' Burgess said. ``It's a foreign world and there is wildlife out there. Once in a while there is a freak accident.''