Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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Thursday, July 17, 2014: More light and onshore winds arriving today and through the weekend. Those less than 15 mph winds will translate into very mild ocean water. It should kick up the surf fishing for suds fluke.
Let the local tackle shops hook you up with the right tackle to take on flatties in the surf. I highly prefer slow jigging/jumping leadheads, graced with GULP, or, better yet, some tasty strips of natural bait. Yes, bunker can be made into fluke strips. Definitely, include a teaser if jigging. Of late, teaser have been working very well, even outdoing the baited hook.
That said, a couple hardcore surf flukers have been throwing out everyday fluke rigs with squid and spearing on the hook, then slow retrieving through the swash. They’re doing great. “I’m getting my best fish in just inches of water as I bring it up off the drop-off,” I was told. Where have I heard that before? Constantly.
Boat fluking is in the dog days, marked by bouts/drfits of super hooking followed by sometimes long stints of slowness or even no-ness -- or nothing but small stuff. If that hitting or missing isn’t the definition of summer fluking, nothing is.
I’ve been hyping huge baits. And they’re working. Then I see a photo of a total doormat caught on a simply little teaser. Again, that’s fluking.
The sharking has backed off a bit but watch how this arriving batch of warmer water highly activates the men in gray suits. Serious sharking remains a night bite. Unfortunately, when the dogs, mainly smooths, get on the scent, they can drive you crazy after dark. While they can’t take in a huge bait and hook, they’ll keep ripping at it to where their line tapping makes you crazy. Just remember that larger sharks can be drawn to electro-vibrations issued by small sharks as they feed, so much so that a sudden stop to dogfish tapping can mean the big boys are in the hood. We sometime see that phenomenon when bassing and the small blues won’t quite snapping at a bait – until all goes quiet, a sure sign that a bass or chopper blues might be sniffing around.
We do have some resident bass along the beach and near Barnegat Inlet. Most of these fish are between 22 and 28 inches. They love white-colored jigheads with white bucktail and a long plastic tail of some sort. Try it. You’ll see what I mean.
Guys are night fishing for bass but not slaying them. The predawn/dawn stretch remains the best bet.
Boaters take note, especially south end (BH cut): Possible ground swell developing toward the end of the weekend.
21.25 and 22.75 inchers of the surf yesterday.
Had the Fusciello family out today for some reef fishing... We caught everything... Flounder, Sea Bass, ling, and even a few huge clusters of mussels.... First time for these boys out in ocean fishing... They had a blast... If you want fish come now... Tuna and sharks are biting too... Book your trip now.!!! We do sunset cruises as well as dinner cruises and AC trips..
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Newsday]By Andrew Smith - July 17, 2014 -
A Point Lookout fish company and two top officials pleaded guilty Wednesday to fraudulently underreporting fluke they purchased that had been caught as part of a federal research program, authorities said.
Jones Inlet Seafood Co., its president, Michael Mihale, 46, of Oceanside, and vice president Bruce Larson Jr., 35, of Freeport admitted to felonies in U.S. District Court in Central Islip.
Mihale and Larson each pleaded guilty to wire fraud and falsification of federal records. The company admitted to falsifying federal records and using false documents in connection with $100,000 worth of fluke shipped to customers in Connecticut and New Jersey.
The plea deal is part of a two-year investigation into a program that auctions off fish caught in a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research program. The program allows fishers to pay thousands of dollars to be allowed to harvest fish above legal limits.
Money from the program goes to research, but federal prosecutors have said it's easily abused and that one target in the investigation called it a "license to steal."
Mihale and Larson found out in June 2009 that Anthony Joseph, a fishing captain, was overharvesting fluke through the program and began making regular illegal purchases from him, authorities said. Joseph pleaded guilty earlier to wire fraud and filing false reports.
According to the Department of Justice, the plea deal calls for Mihale, Larson and their company to pay between $222,000 and $276,000 in fines and restitution, as well as $30,000 in community service to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County to enhance fluke habitats.
Mihale and Larson will be barred from holding a federal fish dealer license or being in a position to direct others to complete fish dealer report
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