Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Thursday, November 13, 2014: Looks like I wasn’t the only one catching bass yesterday.

"What the F .......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Thursday, November 13, 2014: looks like I wasn’t the only one caching bass yesterday. I had a buncha reports of real nice fish, though once again the boat action rules the roost when it comes to larger model fish. Dan S. caught his first keeper of the year using thawed squid his wife hadn't used when making calamari sauce. He had put it on head and all. 

The upcoming weekend is likely going to see another push of boat anglers trying the Barnegat Inlet. Sunday will offer the lowest winds. Chatting with authorities, everybody played amazingly well last weekend when you could just about jump deck to deck across the inlet. Keep it up the friendly interlay. 

Break out the cold-weather gear. it's not going to be bitter out there but highs barely into the 40s will feel cold after the mild fall to this point. Hell, I had air temps of 70 in the woods just a few days back. 


(Above; Winner gets a Ford Skyliner with retractable roof. Uh, you mean a convertible? Exactly. )

The Classic has seen a burst of bass weigh-ins; seven were placed on the board on Tuesday. This brings the total bass count to 38. Of note: Jessica Steele’s 19-2, 37-incher taken in Harvey Cedars on Bunker.

Seven bluefish hit the Classic board during that rapid pass-through of slammers last week. We slammer fans would love to see more passages of those bluefish buzz saws.   

Although common, oystercatchers are actually very colorful birds ... 



Throwback Thursday: Take a close look at these 1950s, dock fishing LBI kids, simultaneously landing nice-sized fluke.



TBT ... Walking the docks to look at boats was once a typical Sunday thing on LBI ... Nice gas pumps. 


Yesterday I wrote about collecting otoliths, sometimes called fish ear bones … which they’re not. They’re actually a calciferous deposit. .  Ready for this? Otoliths are minute calciferous granules within the gelatinous statoconic membrane surmounting the acoustic maculae.

That said, they’re absolutely essential to a fish’s balance, orientation (up, down, around) and also its hearing.  As you likely know, water carries assorted waves and vibration. Otoliths are what a fish uses to both hear and essentially read the vibe of the world around it. Unlike human hearing mechanisms, without Otoliths a fish couldn’t survive, i.e. there are no deaf fish. It is for this multipurpose reason that fish Otoliths are so advanced.

As to collecting them, it has been done for many decades, both by scientists and (just as often) by trophy-seeking anglers. The huge difference is scientists carefully preserve otoliths in (my preference) glycerin and other moisture-retaining mediums. That’s to preserve the integrity of otoliths for age information about a fish. When dried, as collected by anglers, the reading of rings is very inaccurate, as I found – unless meticulous (and microscopic) sanding is done, a bit like sanding down a section of tree to read the annuli, growth rings.

I mount dry otoliths within high-quality casting resin. It preserves them very nicely. I’m not sure how well that process might work on wet (fresh) otoliths. The moisture could cloud the resin around the specimen. I’m still gonna give it a try. 

This type works well ...

But this is better ... http://www.smooth-on.com/Urethane-Plastic-a/c5_1120_1156/index.html

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