Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, August 02, 2016: I had mentioned that the current sky set-up is ... update abandoned boat

Little Joey Soprano gave it his best, hoping to make an insurance claim on his aging bike. 


In a police training video defining "capricious and arbitrary" applying of biking laws ... 


A bit of an update on that bizarre abandoned Silverton yacht, Mel Rae, currently high-and-dry at the Long Beach Township Public Works yard.

Firstly, it was, in fact, abandoned by its owner, Ricky Adkins, West Virginia. He up and left the ailing boat near the Seven Islands in Great Bay, Little Egg Harbor Township. He hailed a passing boat to give him a ride back to shore. It was upon hearing how much it would cost to have the big boat towed back to port that he apparently said “Screw it” -- and headed back to the “Mountain State.”

If that all sounds strange to you, jump onboard. But that’s the story Adkins offered when contacted by the NJ State Police. Hey, maybe we should be open-minded to other cultures. Perhaps that’s how they handle broken boats along the, uh, shoreline of West Virginia.

Now attuned to how other cultures handle conked out vessels, Adkins is headed back to Jersey to retrieve the Mel Rae. As to what sort of legal repercussions might arise from his abandon-and-bolt, boat-ridding methods, that will be effected by Long Beach Township. I’m betting it would have been cheaper just to pay the initial towing fee. 

Tuesday, August 02, 2016: I had mentioned that the current sky set-up is conducive to harder-than-expected northeast winds. Well, they’re steady at 15- to 20-mph. Most fishing has ben blown away, except near the Little Egg Inlet, where there is some protection against the NE winds. I should re-mention that a doormatish eight-pound fluke was taken down that way, closer to the Middle Grounds.

Here’s another look at that 8.4-pound looker, taken by Mike Saulle.

We should be holding onto these onshores for days on end; a very weird pattern for midsummer. That could hold the eel grass flush to the beach. Not good.

The water is already in the mid-70s and could easily edge into the upper 70s, with the NE wind.  Below is a bunch of decidedly eye-opening shark stuff, most of it recent, including NFL great Warren Sapp donating some flesh to a shark a few days back.

Below: Brett Taylor I had Joe Letizia of North Carolina, his son Joe Jr. of California, and his son in law Stephan LeBlanc of Ontario on a 4hr Bay Fluke trip. Although we had to contend with steady 10-18knot NE winds and strong tides the entire trip, the trio was able to connect on close to 20 fish with two keepers (19, 21) making it home for dinner. Stephan caught his first ever NJ fluke at a solid 21 inches!! The hot lure was the S&S BigEye tipped with either artificial or natural baits. Nice job by all in some tough conditions!!


Offically signed a lease for a 1000 sq ft warehouse today with Svet Messick. Pretty amazing how far MagicTail bucktails has come in such a short time. Looking forward to a big future and hard work. Thanks to everyone who made this possible and for all of the support to get to this point. I also made sure I can resell out of the building so I will be selling Rods, Reels, and tackle as well once set up with Frank Crescitelli . Anthony Tremarco will have 2 rod wrapping stations set up and will be stocking many blanks. Pretty much going to be a full service place by 2017. We will be selling Cortland line and spooling anyone who needs it. Plus much much more. Thanks from the whole Magictail Team!!


NFL Warren Sapp takes a surprise hit from the side.


July 28, 2016
A former NFL player was bitten by a shark in Florida.

Warren Sapp, former Bucs defensive tackle, was hunting lobster with a charter out of Marathon in the Florida Keys July 27. The group was approximately seven miles off of Marathon in nine feet of water when the incident occurred.

The forty-three-year-old was collecting a lobster when a nurse shark went to grab the lobster and ended up biting Sapp on the inside of his left arm.

“It’s simple; he was lobstering with me and a shark bit Sapp while he was grabbing the lobster. He’s okay,” charter captain Jack Carlson told the Tampa Bay Times.

“The sharks hang around those lobster holes, because they feed on the lobster as well,” Carlson said.

“The shark wanted the lobster just as bad as Sapp,” Carlson wrote on Instagram. “Sapp got the lobster and the Shark got his lick in, too.”

The member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame may require stitches, but should make a full recovery.

“We bandaged it up, put some gauze on there, some black electrical tape and hit a couple more spots, then headed in,” Carlson said.

The shark involved was thought to be around four feet long.


Catch-and-photo is a shark no-no in Callie. This case was handled better than most human abuses on the Left Coast.


July 12, 2016
Authorities in California are seeking a man who posed with a great white shark. (updated at end of article)

Recently released photos of the unidentified fisherman posing with a great white shark are believed to have been taken on June 22 around 6 p.m. at Pismo Pier.

Great white sharks are a protected species and can only be captured for research purposes. Any angler who hooks a great white is supposed to immediately release the shark unharmed. Fishermen who fail to do so can face a misdemeanor charge that carries a sentence of up to six months in jail or a $1,000 fine.

Authorities believe the man who caught the shark may have done so illegally, because the shark was landed and had been posed for photos.

“It appears, according to preliminary information, the animal was not immediately released. You are not supposed to pose with the animals,” according to California Fish and Wildlife spokesman Todd Tognazzini.

Authorities believe the man who caught the shark is a local citizen, and hope one of the many witness to the event may come forward with information.

Anyone who can identify the man or has information may be entitled to a reward and is asked to call the Fish and Wildlife tip line at (888)334-2258.

“We are just trying to further our investigation and find out if the preliminary information is true,” Tognazzini added.

A second shark was caught at the pier on Saturday, July 9 around midday. The 4 1/2-foot shark was released before Fish and Wildlife arrived, but they were able to review video evidence that showed the shark was released without harm.

You can support the California Department of Fish and Wildlife buy purchasing a Warden Stamp. The 2016 stamp is available for $5 online at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Warden-Stamp According to their website; all funds from stamp sells will be used to purchase new communications and surveillance devices, Protective equipment training in specialized areas and new law enforcement programs, such as the CDFW’s K-9 Program

Updated July 13, 2016: Tips have led to the identification of the angler, Joshua Ramsey Carr 25, of Oceano California.


Below: A series of stories that are a buncha bull... (WARNING: Quite gnarly bite looks.) 

Ryan Boarman, from San Diego, CA, was out at Balian in western Bali around 7 am Sunday, when he sustained injuries to his forearm and elbow. Despite his wounds, he was able to catch a wave back into shore.

Balian resident Twiggy Van Ryan told Stab Magazine “I was having breakfast at the Warung in front of the break at the rivermouth. I saw Ketut (local surfer) heading towards the shoreline and saw the guy coming in holding his elbow. At first I thought he’d hit the bottom and maybe dislocated his shoulder or something. His girlfriend came running up saying it was a shark attack, so I gave her my singlet and followed her back down the beach.”

The area of the incident was close to a river mouth, which led Mr. Van Ryan to suggest a bull shark may have been the species responsible for the bite. The shark probably attacked from behind as the surfer was lying on his surfboard with his arms in the water waiting for a wave. The shark, which Boarman’s father Bill said his son thought was around 6 feet long, most likely saw a part of Boarman’s arm or elbow was a fish.


Below: Yet another example of why we can't trust or even feign liking bull sharks. Nearly all other sharks are worth saving. 

The story: 

July 25, 2016 
A man has been bitten by a bull shark in the Bahamas.

Dr. Steven Cutbirth was vacationing with his family in the Bahamas when he and his son-in-law made plans to go spearfishing. The two, along with their guide of 30 years and his nephew, headed out July 23, possibly to Green Turtle Cay, to free dive and fish with Hawaiian slings.

Dr. Cutbirth was holding his breath and searching for fish when the guide’s nephew speared a hogfish around 50 yards in front of him. Even though the fish was quickly removed from the water, it drew the attention of a 6-foot bull shark.

The dentist continued fishing, unaware a shark was present in the water. When he spotted a 10-pound hogfish, he shot and speared the fish. After fighting with the fish he headed to the surface.

“I held the fish just above my head on the spear. As I neared the surface, all of a sudden it was as if a football linebacker had crashed into the right side of my head.

“I was stunned and could not imagine what had hit me. I looked to my right and there was the white bottom side of the shark’s mouth along with a wide open mouth and plenty of teeth.

“I released the spear and fish and instinctively struck out with the back of my right arm and hand, still holding the spear handle, striking the shark square on the right side of its head. That knocked it back a bit, only to have it now in full frenzy coming back at me, banging into my side and right leg, searching for the speared fish.

“I kicked it with my fin and shot to the surface in a daze, not knowing exactly what had taken place,” Dr. Cutbirth reported in a post on Facebook.

After returning to the surface, his friends helped him back on the boat and administered first aid. The group then returned to the island for additional medical treatment.

Unfortunately, no physician was stationed on the island, but a nurse was able to stitch up Cutbirth’s wounds. Thankfully, his equipment helped prevent serious damage.

“The bites were above my mask on my forehead, and below my mask through my upper right lip and cheek. He got a nice bite on my right knee on both sides of the kneecap and my right outer thigh,” he said.

Although he will have to stay out of the water, Dr. Cutbirth plans to finish his vacation, and holds no ill will toward the shark.

“All in all, no complaints—(I’m) a very lucky person. All men should have a few well placed scars on their face, don’t you think?” he added.

This is the 50th shark attack bite of 2016, five of which were fatal, 21 reported in the U.S., with 13 occurring in Florida. Eleven bites occurred in Australia, three of which were fatal. All locations have been marked on the 2016 shark attack bites tracking map.



June 16, 2016 
A woman has been bitten by a bull shark in Florida.

Krystal MaGee went sailing with her family on May 21st in Tampa Bay.

Once they were around three miles off shore, the group decided to take a swim in the roughly 19 foot deep water.

The group was unaware that the bay is a bull shark nursery.

MaGee was bitten once on the toes, but wasn’t fully aware of what was happening. When the shark bit down a second time on her left foot, she realized she was in trouble.

“I didn’t think it was a shark at first and then I realized something bit me and I started screaming,” MaGee told ABC Action News.

The 22-year-old said her brother-in-law put her on a buoy, while her sister jumped in the water to help her back on the boat. Family members noticed a four or five foot shadow just under the water.

As pressure was being applied to the wound, the U.S. Coast Guard was notified and dispatched a helicopter. However, Captain Chloe with Flagship Towing heard the call and was able to tow the group back to shore before the Coast Guard arrived.

She was taken to the Bayfront Hospital where she received 27 stitches. She would have surgery three days later to repair torn tendons and muscles.

A gofundme page has been set up to help with MaGee’s medical expenses

There have been a total of forty-one shark attacks bites in 2016. Five of which were fatal. Sixteen reported in the US, with eleven occurring in Florida. Ten have occurred in Australia, three of which were fatal.

All locations have been marked on the 2016 shark attack bites tracking map.


Then there's the other side, when insufferable stupidity needlessly kills sharks. 

Dozens of dead sharks were found on a beach near Mobile Bay on July 9. The sharks, along with other marine life, were caught in a gill net. The beach where the sharks were found is near the Dauphin Island Parkway at Belle Air Boulevard. “From what we could see, somebody had set a recreational gill net on the beach and the sharks were just swimming into the net and got tangled.  If sharks aren’t moving through the water, they die,” Chris Blankenship, director of Alabama Marine Resources, told WSFA-TV…


And how can I not resurrect arguably the most famed bull shark scene in modern times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcuYjDR2tSg

Quote of the moment: "It's on your pole, baby ... keep reeling!" 

Math: Six-foot, medium-action rod; 20-pound-test line, 1/0 hook ... v. 250-pound bull shark. We're all still trying to figure out that part, "It's all mine! It's all mine!"


Please read this RFA release. There's more riding on the TAC than you might think. Take my word for it, our angling future is immersed in the bunker stocks, especially this newly emerging summer shark fishing fun. 

New Gretna, NJ - The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries (ASMFC) Atlantic Menhaden Management Board is set to meet on Wednesday, August 3 to among other things, set the 2017 menhaden specifications.  In a 
letter submitted to the ASMFC today, the RFA Executive Director Jim Donofrio urges commissioners to vote tomorrow to maintain the 2017 total allowable catch at 187,880 metric tons.  Earlier this year, the ASMFC Technical Committee developed a range of options with regards to the  TAC that included status quo to a 40% increase which would equate to roughly 176,320,000 increase.  The commercial fishing industry is lobbying very hard for the maximum increase which would allow for a commercial harvest close to 
3/4 of a billion pounds of menhaden from a relatively small geographic area.   

In providing justification for maintaining the status quo, RFA points out that menhaden is still managed under a single-species approach and its ecological role is not taken into consideration when setting quotas.  RFA also points out that an assessment update is scheduled for 2017 in addition to the development of Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Menhaden Fishery Management Plan which will incorporate ecological reference points in the fishery.  Furthermore, the current quota provides more than ample poundage to meet the commercial and recreational bait needs.  Any increase in quota would only benefit Omega Protein executives, lobbyists, and shareholders.  Setting the 2017 total allowable catch above the current level of 187,880 metric tons would be inappropriate and unjustified.  

RFA is encouraging all fishermen to  
contact their commissioners and ask them to vote for status quo tomorrow.  Note that each state has three commissioners; a Governor's appointee, a Legislative appointee and a representative of the state's marine fisheries department, but each state only gets one vote.  The three commissioners caucus among themselves and determine how the state will vote.   It is imperative that each state must have at least two commissioner in support of status quo in order to prevent a quota increase tomorrow.  Take the time to call your commissioners today.  Many of our most important fisheries such as striped bass, summer flounder and bluefish depend on tomorrow's vote. 


Fishing is starting to heat up in the bay. We have had some good action with weakfish the last few trips. Most are just under or just over the legal mark but we have also had some 17 and 18 inch fish.  Also in the mix are fluke, sand sharks, burrfish, hickory shad, and snapper blues. We are chumming with live grass shrimp and using six pound ultralite spinning outfits.
It looks like the wind is going to blow pretty good from the east so we will be running this Wed, Thurs, and Fri afternoon trips in the bay, chumming with live grass shrimp. If you have never tried it, this technique has a lot of history in this area and is a lot of fun on light tackle. Noon to 5 PM.
 Capt. Dave DeGennaro
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Comment by J. Terhoon on August 3, 2016 at 11:20am

Another 6' what looks like a Sand Tiger caught in Ventnor recently


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