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Thursday, December 08, 2016:Recent relatively calm winds allowed remaining boat bassers to tap into the still-there striper biomass

Above: Barnegat Light docks.

Thursday, December 08, 2016:Recent relatively calm winds allowed remaining boat bassers to tap into the still-there striper biomass right off the beach, both LBI and IBSP. The fishing pressure has really dropped, though I know the hyper-hardcore fishing folks of LBI keep going out right into the New Year, if at all possible.

As we await the coldest air of the season, I’m actually looking further down the weather line to the opposite, with a bounce back into the 60s by next week – with another batch of needed rain in the mix.

Not to worry, snow lovers. As I conjectured a while back, we won’t see local whiteness but you won’t have to drive all that far to get flaky. That nearness to whiteness should play out many times this winter -- which hasn’t officially started yet.  

Here's a look at the common pattern: 

Winds will make it horribly hard to get any boat fishing in, especially wreck fishing. I'm told the wreck fishing is excellent if and when you can sit on them. SCA for days to come, maybe a window of opportunity by Sunday. 

The ocean temps are fairly normal right now, with some slightly above normal 50-ish readings not that far out in the ocean, per buoy reports. Those slightly further-out water temps can dictate both the (low) odds of large snows along the coast throughout winter and also, to a more complex degree, how much low pressure systems explode when moving off the cost, most influentially just to our south, i.e. Hatteras lows. I’ll reiterate that we’re still seeing large grounds swells following the rapid storms that move off the coast. That’s the influence of intensification related to warmer ocean surface temps.

FARWELL, LEN: Just a quick but sincere fare-well to former state senator and former Surf City mayor Len Connors, who passed away this week.

Len and I communicated professionally and personally on many a state and Island issue over a solid 25 years. He was always the consummate gentleman and a highly-approachable political official, totally fine with being called at home. At the same time, he was known as “The bulldog” in Trenton, fighting for his constituency.

Len also did a stint as a commercial fisherman.

Less obvious than his outstanding political work in Trenton and Surf City was the amazing impact he had on how all towns on LBI were governed. Island political leaders always kept an eye on how Len/Surf City did things to figure the best way to handle local matters. The perks he got for this area are immeasurable.

It’s a tribute to his famed perseverance that he stayed involved in governing as long as he did, even when his health began to take a slide.

You often hear the overused expression, “He will be missed.” In the case of Leonard Connors, it will be proven out.  

Photo: Pat Johnson

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Sand eel bite

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Good morning. Boot size Bass. , " winter is coming.

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When you think the deer is dead and you walk up to it and it stands up so you jump on its back lmfao only him

Below: This is far from a rarity. Thought-dead deer, even when shot and down, often have a final fight/flight jolt in them, which is why many a hunter does a poke test before grabbing hold. And inch in either other direction and it would have been an eye-shattering hit.

When you think the deer is dead and you walk up to it and it stands up so you jump on its back lmfao only him

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Boy does this look mighty tempting on a chilly, cloudy NJ shore day:
"What a Feast here at the Hobie Fishing Worlds Championship in Louisiana" ... 
Ron Champion

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Scallop & Fishing Industry, Municipalities, Sue Feds to Ensure Seafood Interests Are Considered in NY Bight Wind Energy Project

WASHINGTON (NCFC) – December 8, 2016 – The Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), which represents the majority of the limited access Atlantic scallop fleet, is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction to delay an anticipated lease sale for the development of a 26-mile long wind farm project approximately 11 miles off the coast of Long Island, scheduled for December 15, 2016. The story was broken today by the Associated Press.
 
The filing alleges that the leasing process for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) did not adequately consider the impact the proposed New York Wind Energy Area would have on the region’s fishermen. The site chosen for the 127 square mile wind farm is in the waters of the New York Bight on vital, documented scallop and squid fishing grounds, which serves as essential fish habitat and grounds for other commercially important species, including black sea bass and summer flounder. It is also an important foraging area for threatened loggerhead sea turtles and critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.
 
The lawsuit argues that fishermen’s concerns regarding the location of the lease area received “virtually no attention or analysis” from government officials ahead of the planned December 15 lease sale, despite fishing stakeholders repeatedly making their concerns known. It further states that BOEM failed to identify the proposed wind farm’s environmental, economic, social, and cultural impacts, and failed to “consider alternative sites in an open, collaborative, public forum.”
 
Several other members of the National Coalition for Fishing Communities (NCFC)—including commercial fishing organizations, businesses, and communities that depend on the sustainable use of Atlantic Ocean resources—have joined the lawsuit. The suit was filed against Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, BOEM, and BOEM Director Abigail Hopper.
 
Organizations joining the lawsuit include: the Garden State Seafood Association and the Fishermen’s Dock Co-Operative in New Jersey; the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association in New York; and the Narragansett Chamber of Commerce and Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance in Rhode Island.
 
The City of New Bedford, Massachusetts, the nation’s top-grossing fishing port; the Borough of Barnegat Light, New Jersey; and the Town of Narragansett, Rhode Island have joined as plaintiffs. Also joining are three fishing businesses: SeaFreeze ShoresideSea Fresh USA, and The Town Dock.
 
The New York Bight consists of the waters from Cape May Inlet in New Jersey to Montauk Point on the eastern tip of Long Island, and offshore to the outer edge of the Continental Shelf, where the coasts of New York and New Jersey form an upside-down L around shallow waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

The plaintiffs are represented by the law firm of Kelly, Drye & Warren.  The case will be heard by Judge Tanya Chutkan in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Case No. 1:16-cv-02409.
 
Press inquiries should be directed to Bob Vanasse at Stove Boat Communications, 202-333-2628.

Read the full legal filing and declarations from the plaintiffs at ...
 

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Some of my local looks:

"Hello? ... You in there?"


Below: Just before Brant Beach replenishment ... 

Below: This SB gal never slows down ... 

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