Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thur. Nov. 18, 2010 -- Slight break from windage

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Thursday, November 18, 2010:

There’s a breeze of relief out there from the gonzo gusts of yesterday. This a.m., skies were carrying a mere 15 mph gust here and there. It’s more fishable than first forecasted – but don’t be looking any further away than part of today. There are more honking winds – not quite gale but SCA grade -- already approaching the Pennsylvania Turnpike, arriving here tonight and through tomorrow. The weekend will hold winds to 25 mph, though I think Sunday a.m. might be calmer than is being forecasted.

Some surf bassing was done yesterday with moderate success for a few chunk-tossing folks. I’m sticking with the prospect/prediction that rogue trophy bass are still singularly cruising the suds zone. Some folks think the schoolies are already on-scene. They seem more apparent to our north.

I was listening to some commercial-grade radio chatter and heard a large vessel, not far off LBI, reporting 62-degree ocean water. That’s really mild for mid November.

I got a call from a tog aficionado (inviting out for a trip) who confirmed that the togging is amazing – at least when and where he tried a couple days back. He also mentioned some “huge” seabass were in the mix. He didn’t keep any of the seabass because he wasn’t sure if he could –he also noted he wasn’t wild about the seabass meat, especially when compared with his targeted tog.

Obviously, you can now keep seabass. However, that 25-fish bag limit is borderline idiotic when saying, in the same breath, the fish has to be conserved.

Here’s an email from site regular Ron K:

“I understand that most windmills are made in China these days and that they will be used to smuggle groups of invaders inside the blades. Plenty of room for dozens along with provisions in each blade. Once the last windmill is installed, they will remove special end caps and the rotation of the blades will fling them towards shore where they will open their parachutes and drift silently onto LBI. Of course we will have no trouble rounding them up, they came here prepared to speak perfect English not realizing the needed to understand Spanish to get anything accomplished. Should the Japanese win the bidding war they will equip their windmills with long baited lines to catch any passing tuna or anything else that swims. The higher the wind speeds, the faster the jig. In any event, it'll probably take 20 years to begin construction. Too many people don't want their view spoiled. Permitting will be a nightmare. How many agencies will need to approve construction? NOAA? DOD? OSHA? EPA? every politician in New Jersey? (that’s a given)state power authority? Coast Guard? Navy? FAA? Wow! What a pork barrel. Of course your article probably awakened PETA to the threat to everything that swims. If the mysterious green tree frog delayed the construction of route 78 through parts of NJ, I can't imagine what the imagined threat to sea creatures will do.”


Saving Seafood] - November 17, 2010 - PARIS, Four major non-governmental organisations called on Tuesday for an outright ban on industrial fishing of bluefin tuna in the eastern Atlantic and 'ranching' of this fast-dwindling species in the Mediterranean.

The joint appeal came on the eve of a meeting in Paris of the 48-nation International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), which sets the rules and quotas for tuna fishing in both seas. 'Bluefin tuna fishing does not have a future unless ICCAT shuts down purse-seine fishing and farming,' Maria-Jose Cornax, an expert with advocacy group Oceana, told journalists.

In the Mediterranean, the vast majority of captured bluefin are trapped during spawning season by 30-to-40 metre ships, using floating drawstring nets that can enclose more than 2,000 fish at once. The tuna, still in the water, are then hauled to coastal 'farms' where they are fattened before being shipped mainly to Japan, which consumes 80 per cent of the annual catch.

Eastern Atlantic bluefin stocks have dropped by 85 percent in 30 years, which 'should be a warning sign to governments,' said Remi Parmentier, a consultant for the Washington-based Pew Environment Group.

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