Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thursday, May 18, 2017: I did a real fun auction up Vincentown way yesterday. And it was hot, both temps and deals.

Helena lost at least half of her viewers during her first "Cat Yoga" video blog ... not to mention the trust of her cat.   

Cat startled by girl's yoga fall


This week's "He seemed so much smarter at the per store."

Dog tries to fetch darts thrown on TV


What!? You're not going to miss these days????

Slo-mo water throwing in freezing temperature

Under-ice swimming

Thursday, May 18, 2017: I did a real fun auction up Vincentown way yesterday. And it was hot, both temps and deals.

Allen's Auction
Richard Allen
231 Landing Street
Southampton, NJ 08088


(Check this old Ocean County print ...

How Ocean County sees the world ... once upon a time. To get a video look, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sudWrzKS7-U&feature=youtu.be)

The auction was late-day but it was still well over 90 degrees when I opened the door of my air-conditioned truck and flashed back to sizzling summer days, albeit My 17.

I have written that this summer could be a grade above scorching, based on our not  having seen a burning summer in a dog’s age. That said, this is a bit much, way too early.

The arriving much-cooler air, starting tomorrow, will help keep vernal ponds and puddles, which are currently filled to the gills by that recent three-inch rain, very accommodating for frogs, toads and even salamanders.

Admittedly, spring ponds are also a boon to mosquitoes and biting midges (gnats). Interestingly, the larvae of those despicable biting bugs can be kept in check, somewhat, by tadpoles and certain other vernal pond residents.

Meeting arch-rival Gambusia fish. 

One the fish front, the bluefish bite remains in place, while the expected – actually running a bit late -- bass bite is trying its hardest to manifest. To this point, it is still a very off stripering spring around LBI. Up off IBSP, it’s good but not stellar.

I do see where some perfect-sized take-home stripers are came out of the Island suds over the past few days.


Yesterday near Beach Haven, NJ · 

Great way to start a Wednesday

Jigs work great, anglers knowing a blue or two will dissect many a gummy. I’ve gone through entire packs of GULP tails in a single striper-seeking session. I ain’t complaining.

When un-blued upon, the seductive sway of plastics works great. I know a ton of top bass anglers will highly disagree, but I really don’t see a serious decline in bass interest when using a steel leader, especially the red-tinted ones. It seems better to use longer steel leaders (24 inches) or more for bass, instead of short (six-inch) ones.

A downside to any steel leader used when maniacal blues are in-play is a tendency for blues other than a hooked one going full-guns after the knot point of a leader. That’s a sure bite-off scenario.

I still don’t know what to make of the theory that thinner line – in the case of mono, a lower pound-test – falls between the gaps in bluefish teeth, thusly avoiding bite-offs better than much thicker, high-test mono line.

Obviously, the new composite (braided) lines offer the best of both worlds but I hate the frickin stuff. Oh, it holds onto fishes like nobody’s business but the headaches with knotting, untangling or simply snipping tag ends is not for AD/HD folks like myself – who always first turn to speedy teeth biting when clipping line.

I can also make a good case that mono is far less visible when thinking in terms of trophy fish, which have developed a keen eye for all things tethered -- things that can bite back. Caught-and-released fish, some being caught more than once in the growing up process, wise up real fast to the look of in-tow artificials. They even learn to be suspicious of deliciously baited hooks dangling from a line. The old saying: How do you think they got so big? Fast learners.

LOOKING BACK: I’ve been doing a ton of research on local angling, being done over 100 years ago; in some cases, 150 years ago.

It’s easy to dream about how wonderful angling must have been in those fishful days. And, per the accounts I’m collecting, there was some hot hooking. At the same time, I’m sorta stunned at the number of well-documented skunk days, as duly griped upon written in many a memoir. In one instance, an LBI visitor in something like 1898, wrote “Five days straight without a good fish for eating.”

There were also some highly off LBI location back then ... What type Cedars?! (Rest of story indicates is was surely Harvey.) 

Such ancient skunk sessions occurred even when the biomasses were massive – and with a few fish we seldom see anymore, especially sheepshead, a mainstay back in the day.

Sure, that’s why they call it fishing. While we all know that in this day and age, fisheries can be manually wiped clear out of existence through overfishing. But  days of yore prove that angler accounts alone hardly indicate the presence or lack of fish. That’s why I’m more sold than ever on the arriving DNA testing of water, irrefutably indicating what fish are in the house – and even, to some degree, how many. In the long and improved run, it could land us the best fish census ever taken.


Jim Hutchinson Sr.

As spring finally starts to arrive, the fishing action in the Beach Haven area continues to heat up. Several captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association have been putting their time in on the water and coming up with some positive results.

Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” usually will pull the plug when weather conditions make it too uncomfortable for his anglers. On a recent trip, he termed it “like an episode of Deadliest Catch.” The group had to take the trip that day or no trip at all. Captain Gary managed to find some protected areas of Great Bay and provided them with some action on big bluefish.

Captain Tom Masterson had a great day on the bay with the Pat Lavanga party aboard Captain Carl Sheppard’s “Starfish” with bluefish being the request of the day. The group had some great action catching 15 big bluefish trolling Rebels and spoons between the inlet and Great Bay.

Captain Matt Curtis of “Olbarney Guide Service” reports “crummy” weather slowing action down a bit but when he can get out he has managed a good mix of keeper striped bass and black drum to 35-pounds in the bay. Outside the inlets, he hears the striped bass bite is underway a little north of Beach Haven with 30-40-pound bass taking Mojos and spoons. Last Sunday he had a bay trip that had non-stop action on big dog fish and plenty of blues along with a 50-pound drum that was released. He managed to pick up one 28-inch striper that made its way into the fish box.

Captain Jimmy Zavacky of the “Reel Determined” and Captain Ray Lopez of the “Miss Liane” will be donating their time on June 3 to participate in a fishing event for “Project Healing Waters.” Sponsored by the Holiday Beach Club in Waretown, this is a day of fishing for injured veterans. both captains are to be commended for their efforts to pay back to those who have served our country.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net

Robert Kokai


Robert Hyres, nice fish! Fun times brother--glad you made a last minute decision to go fishing!


NE Fisheries Scientists Expect Drastic Changes as Gulf of Maine and Georges warm 7 to 9 degrees

SEAFOODNEWS.COM  by John Sackton May 18, 2017

A new paper by a number of scientists formerly with NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center suggests that there will be drastic changes in fisheries and the ports that depend on them during the next 60 to 80 years.

Sea temperatures in the Gulf of Maine have warmed faster than 99% of the worlds oceans over the past decade.

The scientists applied a new more sophisticated global warming model to project habitat availability for 53 species using a 10 KM grid.  This is far more accurate than previous studies that have estimated changes using 100 kilometer grids

“Species that are currently found in the Mid-Atlantic Bight and on Georges Bank may have enough suitable habitat in the future because they can shift northward as temperatures  increase,”  said lead author Kristin Kleisner, formerly of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)‘s Ecosystems Dynamics and Assessment Branch and now a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund.

”Species concentrated in the Gulf of Maine, where species have shifted to deeper water rather than northward, may be more likely to experience a significant decline in suitable habitat and move out of the region altogether.”

Among the predictions for specific species, lobster and dogfish are likely to thrive.  Also mid-Atlantic Fish like croaker and striped bass will find more suitable habitat in New England.

But many demersal species like cod, redfish, haddock and skate will lose habitat and in some cases shift mostly outside of US waters.

Species like monkfish and scallops will remain in the region, but with far less productivity due to lack of suitable habitat.

In the Mid-Atlantic, ports south of New York in Virginia and North Carolina will now be further from the concentrations of species such as flounder.  Flounder (fluke) is currently the third most landed species in Virginia.

The shifting centers of biomass mean that species are moving across juridictions and management areas.  Licenses and harvest strategies created for one particular area may become outdate as the fish move to other areas.

The “changes will result in ecological, economic, social, and natural resource management challenges throughout the region,” Kleisner said. “It is important to understand large-scale patterns in these changes so that we can plan for and mitigate adverse effects as much as possible.”


(Hmmm. Off Surf City???)

Tumors in Baltic Sea Flatfish Could be Linked to WWII Munitions

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [DW Akademie] by Nic Martin - May18, 2017

Scientists have found a high rate of tumors in flatfish in the Baltic Sea that could be linked to old munitions. Weaponry dumped in the sea at the end of World War II is leaching chemicals toxic to fish - and people.

German researchers have uncovered a 25 percent incidence of tumors among a type of flatfish inhabiting one area of the Baltic Sea, close to the northern German city of Kiel.

They believe the cancerous growths found on the species known as the common dab could be linked to the estimated 1.6 million of tons of armaments that were dumped at the bottom of the Baltic and North Seas at the end of World War II.

The high prevalence compares to a 5 percent tumor rate in three other areas of the Baltic, researchers said.

Worrying findings

Presenting their evidence to a conference in Rostock on Monday, scientists from the Thünen Institute of Fishing Ecology said the rate of tumors among dab fish in shallow coastal waters was much higher than previously thought.

Although dab has until recently been ignored by commercial fisheries, a shortage of traditional food species such as cod and haddock has seen their popularity for human consumption increase.

Empasizing that their findings are preliminary, researchers warned that as the munitions continue to rust and leak discharge, the environmental impact of the mass dumping of Nazi-era weapons is likely to be much greater than earlier estimates.

Thomas Lang, Deputy Director of the Thünen-Institute told DW in a statement that the higher incidence of tumors should at present "be seen as local" to the dab species. In a previous study of cod, his researchers didn't find any evidence of an increased prevalence of tumors in cod, he said.

But another underwater munitions group warned more strongly about the risk to human health from bathing in and eating fish from the Baltic Sea.

I would not advise people to go swimming in the Baltic Sea," said Diana S. Pyrikova, Executive Director of the International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions (IDUM), whose organization has been studying global weapons dumping for more than a decade.

Some chemicals leaching from old munitions on the ocean floor, such as TNT and chemical weapons, have been linked with cancer.

Pyrikova is also concerned that, by regularly consuming affected fish, humans could slowly experience a build-up of carcinogens that lead to cancer.

Another research team from the University of Kiel found high levels of TNT among mussels that were growing around the rusted munitions in the Baltic, the German news agency dpa reported.

Despite the concerns, the environment minister for the German state of Schleswig-Holstein insisted that the dumped armaments shouldn't be considered solely responsible for the tumors.

Chemicals spreading

At the conference in Rostock, scientists said they suspect that TNT explosives may be leading to the tumors in fish, after similar toxicity was observed in laboratory experiments.
Some fish may be more susceptible to accumulating the chemicals in their bodies, depending on the depth of the sea they i
nhabit and how long they keep seawater in their bodies, they said.

German munitions were dumped in the sea on the orders of Allied forces following their victory over Adolf Hitler in 1945. The US, Britain and France also dumped large amounts of weaponry off their coasts.

Although the majority of the German weaponry dumped was conventional (explosives or fire ammunition), about 40,000 tons contained chemicals including mustard gas, phosgene - a chemical weapon that gained infamy during World War I - and arsenic.

Most of the chemical munitions were sunk in deep areas of the Baltic, around the Bornholm and Gotland basins. But some were dumped in shallower waters.

Watch where you swim - and what you eat

Historical accounts describe how boats would be loaded with armaments and then sunk into the sea, in the hope that they could be better pinpointed, if needed, in the future.

While some scientists are confident that many of the sunken mines, bombs and shells remain sealed, others have warned that due to corrosion, the munitions are now spreading widely along the sea floor, allowing the chemicals to disperse.

"A lot of governments and militaries think it's more cost effective to leave them; that the salty water will help the chemicals dissolve - but that's not true," IDUM's Pyrikova told DW.

The Hague-based nongovernmental organization warned that only 25 to 30 years remain to remove the munitions, before the weapons may have corroded so badly that they can no longer be located. Worse still, their chemicals would remain in the water and the sediment of the sea bed.

Problem ignored

New technologies could reduce the harmful effects of munitions, without the huge effort involved in removing them. But even this requires substantial investment from governments that until now appear to have turned a blind eye to the problem, Pyrikova said.

"Hi-tech mats can be deployed to the seabed which - over time - can dissolve the matter, capture the chemicals, and then slowly help the marine environment to recover," she told DW.

Currently, no treaty exists to prohibit the global dumping of weapons underwater; there are reports that some military forces still carry out the practice.

IDUM is working towards organizing a United Nations conference that would tackle the disposal of all types of munitions.

But Pyrikova said most politicians and diplomats she speaks to are still surprised when told of the extent of the issue and its potential human and environmental impact.


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Comment by Bob Garby on May 18, 2017 at 9:33pm

My nephew Zachary Garby had a great day fishing LBI's north end with his brand new surf rod. What a way to break it in!


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