Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
(Above) Rock crab, commonly eaten by fall bass. (Below) Similar looking Jonah crab, also a striper snack.
Thursday, December 20, 2012: We surely have some serious gale-prone wind-age on the way but I’m not totally sold on the storm aspect. Sure, we’ll see a typical burst of onshore wind flooding but only for a quick tide before absolutely honking offshore winds will blow the bay as low as it can go. If you still have a boat in the water, tie up with massive tide swings in mind – in a short timeframe between late Friday and early Sunday.
The winds over the weekend will pester the hell out of surfcasting for stripers with bait – unless you’re into rod holding to feel pickups you might not be able to spot with a spiked rod. Also, circle hooks will shine with fish that tend to tap away at bait. The best bet might be jigging or slow plugging, where you can’t miss a hit.
Water temps could rise quickly with the onshore, before sinking with the westerlies. That warm patch could spike the striper bite.
Got a message from Joe H. who mugged the bass toward the south end of LBI, using clam -- and even some modern needlefish plugs. He made an odd observation of shedder (or, possibly, semi-digested) rock crabs in striper bellies. We are in the time of the year where those hard-shelled, small, reddish crabs – both rock crabs and Jonah crabs -- are the main crustaceans near the jetty rocks. With this weekend’s blowout tides, you can see find them by turning over smaller jetty rocks.
NOAA Fisheries Announces the Availability of the 2012 Report
What is the HMS SAFE Report?
The Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report contains a review of the current status of Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) stocks (tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks), describes the year’s accomplishments in managing Atlantic HMS fisheries, and provides an assessment of short-term future management of Atlantic HMS fisheries. The SAFE Report provides Atlantic HMS fishery constituents with information on the latest developments in Atlantic HMS management and fulfills Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requirements.
Where is the 2012 HMS SAFE Report available?
The 2012 HMS SAFE Report is available on the HMS Management Division website at:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/hmsdocument_files/SAFEreports.htm. To request a hard copy, contact Craig Cockrell by e-mail at Craig.Cockrell@noaa.gov or by phone at (301) 427-8503.
Fish on!!!!!!!!!!! Opps, nix that. It's the next phase of the gun range being built on Rte. 539, next to the Parkway. http://www.facebook.com/tips.hardware.