Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Saturday, May 22, 2010: It was a very fishable day out there, though it went down hill a bit, weather-wise.

Those who took to the surf found bass at slowish pace, however, there were some serious stripers to be had if you waited out the slowness. I’ll soon be entering Todd Callon’s 38-6 bass onto the Simply Bassin’ board. He took that fish in a north surf zone – a stretch that has offered better bass for the past few days. He caught his fish early a.m. using bunker. Two other bigger bass 27-8 and 24-1 were bested by perennial top contender Greg O’ Connell. The fish were also from the northern zone of the tourney. The 27-8 will also push onto the Simply Bassin’ leaderboard.

I chatted with an unknown angler who had a decent evening session, mid-Island. He used some “really disgusting clams” to nab his first bass keeper of the year. He also had a drumfish. I didn’t over-ask about those rotten clams but they might have been in that truly hideous decay zone when they actually become damn decent bait -- after the phase right after they lose their freshness and are awful as bait. It seems that fish are repelled by histamines that issue from “turning” clams, bunker, and such. Those histamines actually disappear after full-fledged rot sets in. The problem is rotten clams are as vile as it comes. Getting that rot on your hands can leave a lingering essence for 24 hours, regardless of washing.

An old-timer I know alleges he once got deathly ill off of fish rot matter that had gotten on his hands and, apparently, in his mouth, via in-the-field food. I asked a doctor about the possibility. He doubted it but couldn’t fully rule out bacteria from rotting bait had been ingested. I didn’t buy it either but I’ve always passed on that medical mystery so folks handling bait think twice before quickly switching from handling bait to scarfing down a snack. I’ve made that mistake but the main downside was the taste transfer. Yuck. Spit.

The boat bassing remains dramatically inconsistent, more so that the usual hot-and-cold swings of all types fishing. I no sooner get ready to write about an amazing bite outside this-or-that inlet and I get an undated report of absolutely nothing at the same sites.

There is no doubt that it is one of the most water-crowded springs ever. Boat numbers are insane. While that is not the stuff of freedom on the open sea, it demonstrates, in remarkably visible form, the incredible amount of money the fishing industry places into the economy. It’s mind boggling just the fuel layout from the recent recreational angling flotillas. And still the feds persist in making it tougher and tougher for recreational fishermen. For the umpteenth time I’ll repeat: A prime mandate of the Magnuson Act is to maximize the value of fisheries. Recreationalists do that – in spades.


[seafoodnews.com] May 21, 2010
June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season and a number of factors are indicating that it will be an extremely active one.

The surface of the
Atlantic is warmer this year than it has been recently, and the current El Nino, which suppresses hurricane activity is waning, and expected to be gone by July, or even flip into a La Nina pattern. These weather patterns are similar to patterns preceding the 1998 and 2005 hurricane seasons, two of the most active and destructive in recent memory. Similarly, the Atlantic Basin looks 'textbook' for a major season, with many long track storms that make their way from off the coast of Africa into the western Atlantic and Caribbean heading toward the United States coastline.

"All of these factors could result in up to 16-18 named storms during the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season. In the past 160 years there have only been 8 seasons that have had over 16 named storms.

'From the standpoint of the number of storm threats from the tropics to the
United States coastline, we will at least rival 2008, and in the extreme case, this season could end up in a category only exceeded by 2005," AccuWeather.com Chief Long Range Forecaster Joe Bastardi said.

Bastardi's latest hurricane forecast is largely unchanged from his initial one in March and is generally corroborated with recent forecasts issued by Andover, MA-based WSI Corp. and scientists at
Colorado State University.

William Gray and Philip Klotzbach from Colorado State University have stated their early season projection as 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major storms (Category 3 or higher). They also stress a higher risk for a hurricane to hit the
U.S. coast.

The upcoming weeks will see many major services release their predictions for the season. WSI is scheduled to release an updated hurricane forecast May 26, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) (which had been scheduled to release an updated hurricane outlook on Thursday) said on Wednesday it was postponing its release by one week.


M2 Presswire] May 21, 2010
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The upper layer of the world's ocean has warmed steadily since 1993, indicating a strong climate change signal, according to a new study. The energy stored is enough to power nearly 500 100-watt light bulbs per each of the roughly 6.7 billion people on the planet.

'We are seeing the global ocean store more heat than it gives off,' said John Lyman, an oceanographer at NOAA's Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research, who led an international team of scientists that analyzed nine different estimates of heat content in the upper ocean from 1993 to 2008.

The team combined the estimates to assess the size and certainty of growing heat storage in the ocean. Their findings will be published in the May 20 edition of the journal Nature. The scientists are from NOAA, NASA, the Met Office Hadley Centre, the
University of Hamburg and the Meteorological Research Institute in Japan.

Josh Willis, an oceanographer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and one of the scientists who contributed to the study said:

'The ocean is the biggest reservoir for heat in the climate system, so as the planet warms, we're finding that 80 to 90 percent of the increased heat ends up in the ocean.'

A warming ocean is a direct cause of global sea level rise, since seawater expands and takes up more space as it heats up, accounting for about one-third to one-half of global sea level rise.

Combining multiple estimates of heat in the upper ocean from the surface to about 2,000 feet down the team found a strong multi-year warming trend throughout the world's ocean. According to measurements by an array of autonomous free-floating ocean floats called Argo as well as by earlier devices called expendable bathythermographs or XBTs that were dropped from ships to obtain temperature data, ocean heat content has increased over the last 16 years. The team notes that there are still some uncertainties and some biases.

Gregory Johnson, an oceanographer with NOAA's Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory said: 'The XBT data give us vital information about past changes in the ocean, but they are not as accurate as the more recent Argo data. However, our analysis of the data gives us confidence that on average, the ocean has warmed over the past decade and a half, signaling a climate imbalance.'

Data from the array of Argo floats- deployed by NOAA and other
U.S. and international partners - greatly reduce the uncertainties in estimates of ocean heat content over the past several years, the team said. There are now more than 3,200 Argo floats distributed throughout the world's ocean sending back information via satellite on temperature, salinity, currents and other ocean properties.


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