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Wow, is she unlucky or what?
Thursday, August 17, 2017: Another maravilloso day. LBI rocks in the summer.
The surf has dropped off significantly … as expected, with Gert turning out to sea and aiming her more powerful, wave-generating NE quadrant out to sea. Surf is now down to 3-feet. Lifeguards are letting hordes of folks out on the sandbars. I’m sure they’re keeping a close eye on tide change, low toward high. Rising tides can make shallow sandbars quite tricky for swimmers trying to get back to the beach. Loads of rescues yesterday.
It seems we had another night drowning up Point Pleasant way. A young gal went in at around 2 a.m. and was quickly lost. With NE winds, the victim will likely float southward. Very sad. I’m sure rip currents played into the accident.
It looks like this morning’s NE winds will swing to the SE and crank up. Tomorrow could be windblown before a cold-front ushers in westerlies -- for a fine beach weekend for volleyballing and such. One of these times, those west winds could blow in biting flies. However, we have been oddly lucky this summer with black-fly blow-ins. Oh, we’ve had a few but no of those driven-off-the-beach days when bite-fully they cover legs … and gather on anything dark in color.
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BIG BASS UNFARE: I caught a smidgeon of heat regarding a somewhat prejudice view I foster regarding huge stripers being kept as food. I have long been a huge supporter of the rights of recreationalists to keep fish for consumption. I simply – and openly -- question the tastiness of cow bass – fish over 25 pounds. I’ve cleaned and prepared striped bass as large as 50 pounds. Not only does the fresh flesh tend to break into sections but the taste, when baked, is what I call a “washed out” especially when compared to the deliciousness of bass in the 18- to 28-inch range. I have found that the best thing to do with massive bass fillets is to fast/blanche cook then use for fishcakes or fried chunks. Admittedly, the small cheek chunks of larger bass are delectable.
While on the subject of edibility, I discovered during my chef years that fluke are remarkable in the consistent texture and taste excellence from the smallest ones fish right through to doormats. Fluke keeps the same spot-on taste right through the growing process. Obviously, this can be said of tuna, also. However, tuna tastes vary greatly based on fat content. Also, larger tuna can have a slightly different taste and texture than smaller ones of the same species, with all forms being mouth-wateringly good.
I’m making tuna tonight, lightly cooked and spiced on the outside and red (albeit warm) on the inside.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Florida woman drunkenly bites man's fishing line, swims away with lure, police say
Alexandria Turner was arrested Tuesday. ( St. Johns County Sheriff's Office)
A Florida fisherman got quite the catch Tuesday -- but it happened to be an intoxicated 22-year-old woman instead of a prized fish, according to police.
Authorities were called to the St. Johns County Pier at 6 p.m. after a fisherman said a woman bit his fishing line and swam off with his lure, Action News Jax reported.
The fisherman told deputies that Alexandria Turner, 22, appeared to be intoxicated when she swam up to his fishing line and cursed at him, according to a police report.
The 22-year-old woman then allegedly bit the fishing line and swam away with the rigging.
When Turner was asked to come to the pier office, she reportedly became belligerent and refused to walk inside.
Turner then started upsetting the "sense of public norm at the pier" when police tried to take her into protective custody, officials said.
Turner refused to let deputies handcuff her and screamed, "I'm f------ naked!" several times, the report said. She was later arrested for disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, according to Action News Jax.
Firefighters Are Warning People to Never Leave Bottled Water in Your Car
A battery technician with the Idaho Power Company was on lunch break when he noticed smoke coming from beneath the center console of his truck. The culprit, he was surprised to learn, was a bottle of water. "I looked over and noticed light was being refracted through a water bottle and starting to catch the seat on fire," said Dioni Amuchastegui in a video shared on the company's Facebook page on July 13.
The evidence shows how dangerous leaving a plastic bottle in one's car on a sunny day can be: two burn marks were left on the seat of Dioni's vehicle.
Firefighters are warning drivers about the hazard, too. In a test conducted by Oklahoma's Midwest City Fire Department, sunlight magnified by a water bottle reached 250 degrees, news channel KFOR reports. "The sunlight will come through, when it's filled with liquid, and act as a magnifying glass as you would with regular optics," said MCFD's David Richardson.
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"It uses the liquid and the clear material to develop a focused beam and sure enough, it can actually cause a fire, a combustion," Richardson explained.
The risk of such a disaster occurring is low, but officials say taking your water bottle with you when exiting the car is the best way to prevent this type of car fire.
This is really baiting up for sharks:
Jim Hutchinson Sr.
The New Jersey summer flounder season will be ending on Tuesday, September 5. It appears that the captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association will be catching their share right up to the final bell.
Captain Gary Dugan of the “Irish Jig” boasts “the fishing has been on fire aboard the “Irish Jig.” He has been fishing the local lumps and reefs to fill the coolers. He has had seasoned fishermen and families with children alike having great success while enjoying their trips.
Captain John Lewis of the “Insatiable” reports strong fluke fishing with double digit catches each day. The keeper ratio varies from day to day, but they find fish to take home every trip. The Prigge family caught their share of fluke in addition to sea bass, bluefish, dog fish, sea robins, and two surprises-a squid and a brown shark that was over three feet long.
Captain Dave Kreines of the “Byte Me” had a pair of fluke trips recently. He had the Pelenski family out to the Little Egg reef for a half day of non-stop action with fluke, two keepers, Fluke and Sea Robins. Two days later, the O'Briens - grandfather, father, and daughter- started out in the inlet where they found a couple of shorts, and then ran out to the Little Egg reef for a slow but steady pick of Fluke resulting in a pair of keepers along with the ever present Sea Robins.
Thursday, August 17 is the last Junior Mate class of 2017 with the annual John Koegler Memorial Junior Mate Fishing Tournament the next day. The boats will leave Morrison's marina at 7am and return at 1pm for the weigh in, awards presentation and lunch that will be held at the Beach Haven Marlin and Tuna Club. Captains Lopez, Sheppard, Zavacky, and Lewis are donating their boats, gas, bait, and gear for the event.
Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.
Filleting a fish, the filleter is only as good as their blade allows them to be.
When one thinks of kayak fishing, words like tranquil and soothing come to mind. This is not the case in all kayak fishing endeavors. Shark fishing is a whole different world and kayaks have a utilitarian function that play an important role in this type of angling. If you are faint of heart, shark fishing is not for you!
When shark fishing from the beach, the word portage does not just mean transporting a vessel to another area over land. Kayaks are an integral part of transporting much of the needed equipment to and from areas that these anglers will fish. As much equipment is placed in and on the kayak as possible. Many times multiple caddies are used to make it easier to travel long distances on the beach.
Once the ideal location is found, equipment is unloaded and the tedious setup process begins. Shelters are built and the the behemoth rods and reels are placed in PVC rod holders buried deep in the sand. These rod holders are strategically placed equal distances from each other. Lines, leaders, and hooks are checked and rechecked, there is no room for error. Not only is this hard work, but a majority of shark fishing is done in the darkness of night. This creates new challenges unlike any other.
Using nothing but headlamps for light makes a difficult task seem near impossible. The combination of sweat, sand, and bugs are just a part of the shark angler's world. With everything set up, it is time to bait the enormous hooks. Whole stingrays caught from previous trips are used to lure these monsters of the deep.
Once again, the kayak comes into play. With two way communications, one angler will take an attached bait and kayak out into the darkness. As the angler disappears into the night, nothing but a strobe light can be seen. Through the strong currents and swells the kayaking angler is directed by the beach support team. When the proper distance and water depth are reached for the ideal shark fishing, the order to drop bait is exclaimed. This “transporting” is done repeatedly for every rod and reel that are setup on the beach.
In the darkness of night, glow sticks are attached to the line so that if a shark takes the bait, there is a visual indicator. In most cases, the screaming of the enormous reels will send the team running. When a shark is on the line, patience is imperative. An experienced shark angler knows how long to let these beasts chew on the bait. The angler is now ready and with a mighty tug, the hook is set. If the pull from the shark is too strong, team members will assist by placing a fighting belt on the fishing angler.
As if the transporting of equipment and setup were not enough, now it is time for the fight of their lives. Depending on the species and size of the shark, this battle can take hours. After all this work, there is always the possibility of the shark breaking free or being cutoff by boaters unaware of the the ensuing engagement. When and if the angler has the fortitude to pull these giant man eaters to the beach, the team jumps into action.
The process of species identification, measuring, photographing, and tagging begin. When this has been completed, the safe release of the shark is of the utmost importance. The team's passion for shark fishing, makes this undergoing worth doing again and again.
This is the life of the members of team LowTide, a four angler crew that travels throughout the Southeastern United States competing against other shark anglers from every corner of the world. They fish areas that have been fruitful in the past and will deploy the team in a moments notice when they receive large shark sightings.
The cost of the equipment is staggering, this means that winning competitions and being recognized by sponsors is mandatory for the teams survival. These are not your typical weekend warrior anglers, this is a way of life for these individuals. It is a dirty, rugged, lifestyle and these team members are a breed of their own.
On several occasions, the team has caught sharks that could have been record breaking. They collectively decided to take measurements and release, instead of killing these creatures for their own notariety. They have a great appreciation for sharks and want them to grow and flourish.
Team LowTide is not just about winning competitions. They are all aware of the importance of conservation and preservation. They work hand in hand with wildlife enforcement and marine biologists, sharing locations, trends, and behaviors of the sharks caught throughout the Southeastern United States.
It is amazing, the different types of fishing that can be done by the use of a kayak. The next time you are out, just think what it would be like, having a giant, hooked, stingray sitting inches from you. This being accomplished while you are paddling into the darkness of night, fighting currents and swells. These individuals are fishing for creatures that most of us want to stay as far away from as possible. These anglers are truly, warriors on and off of the water!
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Published by: Southern Kayak Fishing Magazine
Copyright Paul Presson
Throw~Back~Thursday , and I have been throwing a lot of these undersized Fluke back this summer. Best part of that is that I have enjoyed tagging a bunch of them and have already had a few recaptured and return data submitted on those. They are moving around , healthy and fattening up and it's going to be interesting to see maybe where they might go end up and if they return next year to the same location.
Baby dolphin dies after beachgoers pull it from water for selfies
Posted: 12:31 PM, August 16, 2017Updated: 4:02 PM, August 16, 2017
MOJACAR, Spain - A baby dolphin died after it became stranded and beachgoers pulled it out of the water to take selfies.
The BBC reports a local non-profit organization said "selfishness" caused the dolphin's death at a beach in southern Spain last week.
According to The Mirror, the young female dolphin had lost its mother and become stranded.
When people on the beach saw the dolphin, they reportedly took it out of the water and passed it around on the beach in Mojacar.
Some children were seen accidentally covering the dolphin's blowhole during the incident, according to the report.
The dolphin was dead by the time marine rescue officials could reach the scene.
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