Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, November 29, 2010:
Stripering has slowed down for the moment. I made some calls and checked some emails but found nothing dramatic to pass on. I will assure that it is far, far from over out there. In fact, some side-ass winds we’ll see in advance of an arriving cold front could spark another burst of bass by tomorrow or the next day.
It was ideal wreck fishing today. It remains a case of getting to structure before the pack. Diane D. had an 8-pound tog, the largest fish the learner angler had ever caught. Dang if she didn’t get royally poked when her soon-to-be hubby tried to school her how to unhook a fish. A tog is surely one of the worst fish to use when offering hands on unhooking lessons. They’re slippery as an eel, they have mouth skin that refuses to let go of a hook and they have a nasty dorsal fin. Most of all, they can lie there seemingly resigned to being unhooked then throw a tantrum out of the blue – which was the case with Diane. Being a good sport, she won’t be pursuing legal action. Guess what she does for a living?
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************ Update found rod and reel ******************
For the many (11) folks who contacted me about lost rod ands reel setups – in response to an email by Dr. Paul -- the set-up was found while he was surf fishing in Brant Beach. There was a Diawa reel involved. Sorry for those who held a flicker of hope for their lost gear.
Below are just a few emails about lost fishing equipment that maybe someone has come across. I’ll include the others once I get the go ahead from the anglers:
Jay: I just read your article and the e-mail about the pole. About a month ago I was fishing at 19th Street and an older man told me he witnessed a guy loose a pole at the 17th Street Jetty. That’s all I know but it may have been someone close to us in Ship Bottom. Sorry I don't have any more info on it. See you on the beach. Peace Dan
My name is Ed Mc. and I am one of the nuts that let the fish get the better of me. The rod and real was stolen by some darn big fish near the Chatsworth jetty in Beach Haven. The information you need is the rod and reel identification. The rod is a TICA ten foot medium action carbon fibre surf rod. the reel is a Shimano Baitrunner model 6500B. I can be contacted by email by reply to my email and if it appears to be it, I'd really like to know how far the fish went with it attached to him. A reply of "it's not yours" would also be appreciated. Thanks for your efforts to find the owner what ever the case. If it is it we will have to work out the exchange. Margaret at jingles bait and tackle will be glad to hold it for me if you are down sometime soon. If not i will be back down from Warminster Pa. 1-215-443-5678.
HI jay, I see Paul reeled in a pole, reel and terminal gear while fishing. I lost a rod last November 9th, south of Jap hole. it was a 12 foot ugly stick with a BG60 spinner which was new at the time..Got the word out but nothing since that time until now. If it is my outfit, its been in salt water for a year, what could be left. maybe it is mine. let me know either way please. Thanks. Les S.
Dear Mr. Mann, I was reading the Sandpaper and noticed the e-mail from Paul about the fishing pole he pulled up. I may be the forlorn lamenting fisherman that he refers to. In late August, I was drifting for flounder in Little Egg Inlet just north of the Brigantine barrier islands when my pole must have snagged and was pulled into the water. I often wondered if anyone or myself would ever recover it. The 6ft pole was a greenish color and the short butt handle was a tan cork color. It was a light action pole with flounder rig attached. The rig had gold a j hook tied with a white bucktail and a yellow bead with a lime green oval float with a 3 ounce bank sinker. Please let me know if this is possibly my fishing pole, It would be some story if it is Thank you........Bob
Jay, It’s a long shot but I lost my Loomis rod and an older green Penn reel in the surf Loveladies when I went up to get something from my car. I was devastated because the rod was a gift and the reel had belonged to my father.. If the one Paul found isn’t mine, maybe someone else came up with mine. I lost it in September so the damage might already be done to the reel. The rod might still be good.
Here is a long involved release from RFA: November 29, 2010 - Starting January 1, saltwater fishermen in New Jersey will be required to pay $15 to the federal government in order to fish upon state coastal waters. To avoid the fee, New Jersey need only pass Senate Bill number S1122 which is now resting in the Senate Environment Committee chaired by Piscataway Democrat Senator Robert Smith. An Assembly version (A823) has already passed (54-16) which would allow the state to apply for "exempted state designation from the federal registration requirements" and would require the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to maintain a free annual registry program to meet the new federal mandate for data collection.
Surfcasters, boaters, tackle shops, party and charter boat captains, marina owners, and livery operators up and down the Jersey Shore have openly supported S1122, and the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and our allies in the coastal community have spent three years pushing to get this registry legislation passed on their behalf. In recent months, we've met with a number of legislators including both Senators and Assembly representatives, and have found there's overwhelming support in Trenton to get S1122 out of committee; RFA has even heard from the Governor's own staff on their commitment to fulfilling a campaign pledge to not implement any new taxes on New Jersey residents, which is precisely what a fee to fish will be.
Sen. Robert Smith, however, refuses to move S1122 for a committee vote unless the DEP supports the legislation - which they don't because it doesn't have a bloated user fee attached. The democratic process in New Jersey is essentially being held up by Trenton bureaucrats who want anglers to pay the annual $15 fee to fish starting in 2011, perhaps in hopes we'll be more willing to pay a state fishing tax in the future once we've gotten the foul taste of a federal charge. If S1122 doesn't move out of committee where it can get a full Senate vote before the year is out, saltwater anglers in New Jersey will be forced to pay this federal tax on saltwater fishing starting January 1.
Despite protests within the committee itself - from across both sides of the political aisle - Chairman Smith refuses to move this legislation. Regrettably, this is our political process today, and there seems to be very little we can do to fix the issue of elected leadership answering to an appointed bureaucracy instead of the will of the people. Legislators often make promises to clear the road blocks created by bureaucrats, but at the end of the day the process is still broken.
You'll hear plenty of bureaucratic rhetoric about this saltwater registry legislation being an "unfunded mandate." However, as the facts clearly show, a 'no-cost' saltwater registry has already been paid in full by the resident and non-resident saltwater anglers of New Jersey.
Fact 1: US Fish & Wildlife estimates there are 496,000 resident and non-resident saltwater anglers in the state of New Jersey. Fact 2: DEP testified that the current mechanism for registering hunters and anglers can be used for the saltwater registry and would cost the state $1.01 per entry. Fact 3: Combine Fact 1 and Fact 2 and the estimated maximum cost to implement a no-fee saltwater registry would total $500,960. Fact 4: As of late November, 182,067 New Jersey residents registered federally to fish coastal waters in 2010 - another 63,026 from Pennsylvania - a total of 245,093 registered saltwater New Jersey anglers. Fact 5: Combine Fact 2 and Fact 4 and the estimated 2010 cost of implementing a no-cost registry in New Jersey would've totaled $247,544. Fact 6: A 2006 US Fish & Wildlife survey ranked New Jersey 5th in the nation amongst coastal states in terms of overall saltwater retail sales with an estimated $643.6 million spent on saltwater tackle. Fact 7: Based on a 7% sales tax, saltwater tackle sales contribute over $45 million in state tax revenue. Fact 8: A 10% federal excise tax on all fishing equipment means New Jersey's saltwater anglers contributed $65 million in federal taxes to the federal Sport Fish Restoration Fund. Fact 9: For fiscal year 2010, New Jersey was entitled to receive $3.8 million back in federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds. Fact 10: New Jersey will continue receiving at least 1% of the total apportioned amount of Sport Fish Restoration Funds (maximum allowed is 5%) regardless of whether there's a fee to fish state coastal waters or not.
RFA has been very outspoken about getting this registry legislation passed - if some of the other groups in New Jersey had helped do some of the heavy lifting (instead of sitting on top of the boulder that's sitting directly in our path), maybe we wouldn't be facing down the barrel of a loaded shotgun right about now. Everybody's got ideas and opinions - what New Jersey anglers need now is action!
The fact of the matter is, there's only one available option at this time which would help saltwater anglers in New Jersey avoid paying a federal saltwater user fee - there's only been one available option in play for the past 3+ years, and that's the saltwater registry legislation currently stuck in Senator Robert Smith's Senate Environment Committee in Trenton.To find your local legislator, visit www.njleg.state.nj.us/members/legsearch.asp - call your state senator today and urge him/her to have Sen. Smith convene his committee before time has run out on our saltwater angling community. There's still time for a committee hearing, and there's still time for New Jersey's Senate to match the actions of the Assembly in clearing this legislative hurdle, on behalf of our coastal fishermen. Ask your state Senator to remind Sen. Smith that there's still time to post S1122 in committee - failure to do so will subject you as a constituent to a new $15 federal surcharge on fishing. If Senator Robert Smith chooses to use his political muscle to suppress S1122 at the urging of the DEP, a half-million over-taxed voters will awaken on New Year's Day to a brand new saltwater user fee, avoidable today by a simple act of democratic process.