Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Now that we're down to getting only one minute of fame ...
Thursday, February 23, 2017: I’ll be luxuriating in the 70s weather on the mainland today.
Interestingly, some blog readers are a tad put off by my frequently-referenced mainland jaunts, kinda like I’m abandoning ship. That’s crazy. For my entire life on LBI, it’s the overall experience of living here that makes it rocks, including times spent in the bay, backbay, creeks, pines, and mountains. Well, at least the Forked River Mountain. It’s a blast to have all that funness and the Island and ocean to boot, all without seeing my fuel gauge move much at all, even on my beloved gas guzzling 8-cylinder truck. I will state the obvious that my heart is always anchored on the beach.
But speaking of the mainland, this arriving (and predicted) bubble of mildness will set the always early-arriving wood frogs to singing, with maybe a couple/few spring peepers mixed in. For those species, even a couple below freezing nights to come (next week) won’t hurt them at all.
"Oh, I'm fine being frozen like this ... but it still sucks!"
Below: Our local wood frog already wooing the ladies despite the cold ...
Nor will any night chills bother the feral daffodils – and they are legion through once-inhabited sections of the woods. Bulb plants are hearty as hell.
The PINELANDS COMMISSION has scheduled the final vote on the SJG PIPELINE on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th @ 9:30 AM.
The meeting is scheduled for the CHERRY HILL CROWN PLAZA HOTEL. Clearly, the CHERRY HILL site is a deliberate attempt to discourage public participation. But we have them outsmarted!
Our good friends at the BUS FOR PROGRESS will be providing r/t transportation from TOMS RIVER, JACKSON and BARNEGAT to the meeting for a very reasonable suggested donation of $20.00 p/p. So don't be stopped in speaking out against this environmental outrage to our precious PINELANDS.
To purchase tix or for more info contact ANDY (EM: [masked]). Seats are strictly limited to 25 passengers.
Below: Important read ... striped bass angle ...
Nantucket Fishermen Want Ban on Fish Draggers, Scallop Dredges to Rebuild Dwindling Squid Stocks
Now for something really out there ....
Just remember, when you think you're having a bad day,, someone else can always one-up you ... On a one-to-10 scale, how much do you believe his reason???
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss (WTVA) - Some scary moments for a New Albany man.
Union County Sheriff Jimmy Edwards say Shane Treadaway was sent to a Tupelo hospital Tuesday night.
Authorities found him hanging upside down from a tree naked with a cable wrapped around him.
He had been suspended from the tree in the woods off of County Road 253 in Blue Springs for four hours.
Treadaway's girlfriend knocked on several doors trying to get help.
"I was out walking my dog and just came home and a lady comes running down my brother's drive. I was thinking my brother was in trouble so I go out there to help after about three minutes in the woods I saw this man hanging upside down in the tree butt naked," said Jerry Feathers.
"We had to cut some trees out of the way set a ladder up and do some rope rescue rigging to secure the patient, get him extricated from the cables, and lowered down to the ground," said Steve Coker, New Albany Fire Chief
An ambulance transported Treadaway to the hospital. Meanwhile, the Sheriff's Office is still investigating the incident.
Sheriff Jimmy Edwards believes Treadaway lost his clothing as he was falling down the tree.
Treadaway told a deputy he had climbed the tree looking for a dog and fell.
Sorry for those who couldn't get through to last post because of Facebook hack. I tacked it on at the bottom of this one. Things are now fixed.
When gender equality rears its ugly head ...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017: We’re in that tweener time of year: it’s mild enough to think fishing but, then again, it’s not. Some folks have been working Graveling. I don’t know to what avail. I’ll be doing a drive-down this week.
A few surfcasters tried the LBI beachfront. Best I can note there are skates – at least I found one washed up on the beach, DOA.
How about the next bout of balminess; right on schedule, by my thinking. I guarantee that frogs and flower bulbs will be total confused by the arriving four or five days in the 60s. I’m in there, digging-wise. Large cents here I come. By the by, we’ll likely be hearing those early T-storms I forecast last month.
Folks have been asking me about Scott’s Bait and Tackle. I guess some have yet to hear:
Bait Shop is CLOSED for winter. Reopen 3/1/17 (unless sold)
Parts Dept. is OPEN! (Side Door) Mon. & Weds. to Sat 10am-4pm
Call Ahead for parts! 296-1300 ext 1 Parts Dept. CLOSED Sun., Tues.
“Hello Folks, As you may have already heard by now through the grapevine, Scott is planning to sell the bait & tackle side of the business. We are planning to semi-retire and just specialize in selling our Penn reel parts and a few Penn products at our other building locally. (via PennParts.com).”
Yet another soul who knows when it’s time to get out. I’d be among those. I simply have no exit strategy, i.e. one that pays the bills. Good luck Scotty ... and Margaret … and the Gilberts … Sigh.
For buggyists, a reminder that Holgate closes at the end of March. If you want to grab some clams or see some birds, you might want to update your buggy permit, though there’s not a whole lotta checking going on. but, if your luck is like mine, the one time a permit checker is driving down there …
MORE BUMPY ROAD PRATTLE: After writing about the tough go over the Causeway, someone suggested I point out the dangerous change in road surface as you first come onto the Causeway, Stafford, heading eastbound. That rough surface is what remains of the original concrete divider, there since 1958. It’s bumpy -- and if hit in a smaller vehicle pushing 60 mph, it could get gnarly.
Tom R. emailed me asking about the not-long-ago showing of croakers, out the kazoo, and how that bite aligned with changes in shrimping regs down south.
Researching retrospectively, I was able to align those couple/few years of insanely good croakering with what was a decline in shrimp boat activity due to an economic downturn in the market. Stricter regs also entered into it, somewhat.
Recently, shrimping has heated up … to new highs.
I have it on good scientific authority that even with the current stringent bycatch laws, the loss of young croakers remains inanely insane; we’re talking hundreds of millions of young fish lost.
Just this week, the matter comes to the fore in North Carolina, where the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission has been petitioned by conservation groups to curb shrimping effort to protect all juvenile fish that are routinely destroyed as bycatch in shrimp nets.
"The amount of finfish bycatch in the North Carolina shrimp trawl fishery is unsustainably high, and the negative impact of shrimp trawl bycatch is felt coast wide," wrote N.C. Wildlife Federation CEO Tim Gestwicki in a personal petition.
Gestwicki added that studies indicate North Carolina shrimpers discard four pounds of juvenile finfish (croakers, flounder and spot) for every pound of shrimp they keep.
I’m among the few who listen to the shrimping industry claims that new excluder devices are steadily moving the industry toward less harmful harvesting methods. But there’s no turning a blind eye to the unreal, and unrealistic, bycatch killing of, face it, millions of young-of-year fish, annually.
Backtracking a bit, there isn’t a fully documentable correlation between those banner croaker years we saw and the near-concurrent changes in shrimp harvesting pressure, at least not to the exclusion of natural causes and typical population cycles in all fisheries.
I’ll limb-out a bit by guaranteeing there are some severe impacts on angling when both juvenile gamefish and forage fish are neutralized (like that term?) for the sake of shrimp cocktails. All I ask, as if anyone is listening down south, is clean up the shrimping act. We’re a nation of geniuses. We should be able to find some way to catch wild shrimp without killing everything else in sight. I, for one, will pay extra for low-bycatch shrimp.
Below: Pilot Kevin Scott Douthitt took this shot of the controlled burns in the Pinelands.
WHAT' SMOKIN': Prescribed burns, that’s the technical name for the intentional burning of designated Pinelands areas, done by NJ Forest Fire Service.
The blazes, begun with accelerants like gasoline, are meant to reduce highly-flammable underbrush, which can hold the equivalent of thousands of gasoline cans.
“The New Jersey Pinelands is a fire adapted ecological community that is one of the most hazardous wildland fuel types in the nation. Fuel loadings exceed twenty tons per acre in some locales. This has been equated to having over 1,300 gallons of gasoline per acre!” explainswww.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/fire, where updated info on the burns can be found.
Such controlled blazes have already filled the skies over numerous areas of the Pines. Adding to the smoke was a hot-burning wildlife in Manchester Township on Sunday. Forest Fire Service member had to be pulled off prescribed burns to extinguish that stubborn blaze, which charred approximately 575 acres.
Prescribed burns will be taking place through the end of March, though that time-frame could be extended.
“Since 1928, the Fire Service has used fire as a tool to protect the lives and property of our residents living near the forestlands of New Jersey. We do this by setting fires under exacting conditions to reduce the underbrush in areas that are prone to fire …”