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Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Edging toward my only annual vacation ...

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016: Edging toward my only annual vacation … beginning next week. Mercifully, I have nowhere to go. I did all my going for the better chunk of my life. Now I luxuriate in simply being able to do my local thing. Of course, the weather is going to try to freeze me out. Still, I’ll run with whatever it dishes out. Even if it snows --- bite you tongue, knave – I’ll simply go out tracking.

I won't be denied woods time, dammit all! 

"Why did I ever leave Maui?"

Of course, there might be something to be said about modern ice fishing ... Just sayin' 

Worst vacation case scenario is the one seemingly ready to play out: Just plain cold and frozen groundish. That rock-hard ground thoroughly screws up my digging treasure – so called by me. Most folks look at my gathered finds and raise their hands to hit the big red button that reads “Hoarder!” The hell you say. I have big plans for everything I keep. As I’m fond of saying: “If I didn’t want it I wouldn’t have brought it home."

As to fishing during my two-week break, that’s a given. That any striper sessions will be short -- and short-fused -- is a larger given.  I have a small collection of schoolie striper artificials that will get a few throws each. If nothing salutes, it’s off for clams or snowy owl seeking. Oh, I’m also into collecting insanely small sand dollars for some resin work I’m hoping to get done.

I’m hearing that a whole new cadre of plug carvers is emerging, many never having even used woodworking equipment, like a medium-size lathe. Good luck. I think it’s cool that plug carving has become the new decoy carving in many ways.

For 101’ers, hand-carving is an option … one that’ll teach the ropes/theories and keep idle hands busy for many weeks, just to end up with a few finished products. Then, there’s the coating and painting procedures, especially if airbrushing intricate designs onto the shaped wood. If nothing else, trying out plug carving will offer an appreciation for the talents of those who design and craft the finest plugs.

By the by, there are now pages and pages of instructional websites and sundry YouTube videos giving instructions on plug-making. While many are freshwater oriented, it’s easy to upsize to larger saltwater plugs.

I guess I can begin to think in terms of Christmas striper. Yes, I’ve overcome my rage over failing to nab a Thanksgiving bass. The mood-saver this time is I’ll be shooting low, knowing it’s a helluva site harder to catch a Dec. 25 bass. Considering I’ll be on vacation, I just might throw out some local-dug bloodworms on circle hooks, providing the mud isn’t iced over where I dig them.  

Below: https://www.etsy.com/listing/214458258/striped-bass-ornament-fishin...

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Paul Haertel

MAFMC Votes To Prohibit Pots on our Reefs!
At the MAFMC meeting on 12/12, the council voted to approve SMZ status for our reefs. This was a crucial step in the process to have the pots removed from our reefs in federal waters. Numerous JCAA and NJOA representatives as well as reps from their affiliated clubs were in attendance. Kudos to the NJOA for all the work they did on this. Below is the NJOA press release. The next step will be that the recommendation of the MAMFC will go to NMFS for final approval. If all goes well, pots might be prohibited from the reefs by some time in 2018.
Paul Haertel, JCAA board member

Just hours ago at the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Meeting in Baltimore a vote was held ending 10 years of conflict to set Special Management Zone Status for all 13 Artificial Reefs off of New Jersey. A compromise vote was barely defeated by a vote of 10-9 before the final vote of 11-7 passed the proposed legislation.
The NJOA applauds Tom Baum and New Jersey representative Adam Nowalski for being strong, vocal proponents of SMZ status at the meeting.
Said NJOA Chair Capt. Pete Grimbilis, " A light is shining down on recreational hook and line and spear fishermen tonight, but much work still needs to be done to ensure that National Marine Fisheries sees that this important vote becomes law."
Thank you for all your letters, phone calls and hard work in the weeks leading up to this historic vote, NJOA thanks you all immensely.
Trustees of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance

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Striped Bass All Tackle Release Record Broken

December 13, 2016

Mike Dean

CAPTAIN FRANK CRESCITELLI Breaks Record Previously set by Greg Myerson

IGFA AFFIRMS ALL TACKLE RELEASE LENGTH RECORD

New York, NY

December 13, 2016 

Captain Frank Crescitelli, Host of The Fin Chasers television show (finchaserstv.com), owner of Guides Secret lures, and Fin Chaser Charters (finchaser.com) joins his Co-Host, Baseball Legend Wade Boggs as a current IGFA World Record Holder. Frank ‘s submission to the IGFA was recently confirmed as the new World Record for All Tackle Release Striped Bass length. 

While fishing aboard his 28' Buddy Davis, off Ship Bottom, NJ on 5/31 Captain Frank landed the world record fish using a Temple Fork Road and Cortland line and live bunker as bait. Captain Frank’s 117cm catch was enough to break yet another IGFA record for the Fin Chasers. Capt. Frank was fishing with Greg Myerson when the previous record was broken. 

Following up the breakout first season of The Fin Chasers, filming for Season 2 is now underway.  Season 1 had over 1 million viewers witness the catches of the Fin Chasers team win tournaments and break numerous IGFA records, including 4 for Wades wife Debbie Boggs! Season 2 will premiere June 26, 2017 on Destination America and the September 25, 2017 on the Pursuit Network. The destinations, records sought, and tournaments entered will put the Fin Chasers up against their biggest challenges to date. Costa Rica, Southern Florida, The Bahamas, and all up and down the American coasts the Fin Chasers will put their skills, gear, and passion to the ultimate tests. 

Leading up to the premiere of Season 2, be sure to check out The Fin Chasers site, finchaserstv.com regularly as well as The Fisherman Magazine.  We will be featuring weekly videos on both sites covering everything from how to set up a kite rig, to the legend of the Crescitelli Cannolis. 

The Fin Chasers are proud to welcome back all of season one’s sponsors that include Raymarine Electronics, D&R Boats, Buddy Davis Boats, Temple Fork Outfitters, and Cortland Line. The crew would also like to extend a warm welcome to some of their new sponsors: Yeti Coolers, Release Boatworks, Maui Jim Sunglasses and Daiwa just to name a few. Stay tuned for swag and giveaways from these great sponsors along with The Fin Chasers!

 Check out the link below of the video of this epic catch!

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Lighthouse Sportfishing

Some video of fishing the north jetty for stripers with Derek John.


Fishing Barnegat Inlet for striped bass with a northerly swell and incoming tide is like a being in a washing machine with the bass on the chew! 
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Regional Ocean Plans Finalized


After years of coordination with stakeholders the final products are out, but what does it mean for us?

Late last week, the National Ocean Council released the nation’s first ocean plans.

This photo and top: regional plans are important for both commercial and recreational fisheries, and particularly important for important for offshore anglers. Photos by John McMurray.

This photo and top: regional plans are important for both commercial and recreational fisheries, and particularly important for important for offshore anglers. Photos by John McMurray.

This may not sound like a big deal, but it is. Because really, it’s the first comprehensive effort to provide a holistic, regional look at our oceans — ecosystems, marine industries, energy development, recreation and commercial fishery, etc. — and how everything needs to fit together.

The intent, as I understand it, is not to have another gratuitous level of management — pretty sure no one wants that — but to provide comprehensive information to managers through science and stakeholder input, while enhancing coordination amongst agencies, so the right decisions can be made as ocean use continues to expand.

Yes, I know this sort of thing sounds wonky, and probably not the hot button issue I usually try and cover here, but in my mind, it is way important.

Because if you fish offshore at all, or just follow saltwater fishing, you’ve probably heard about all the development proposals, etc. that are likely to affect how, where and when we fish. I’m talking about industrial scale wind-powernatural gas platformsoil exploration/seismic testingsand miningdredgingcable layingaquaculture siting, and a bunch of other stuff.

For someone like me who makes a living from the sea, it’s scary how quickly things are happening with what I use to consider “our” ocean. In the next couple of decades, we’ll likely see ocean use expand at a rate that almost hard to fathom right now.

Regional plans benefit anglers. Photo by John McMurray.

Regional plans benefit anglers. Photo by John McMurray.

This is not hyperbole, this is fact. The ocean is the next frontier for energy development. The shipping industry is increasing in both quantity and size. The dimensions of ships being built right now are crazy! Channels need to be deepened/dredged. And sand mining to replenish relentlessly receding beachlines is only increasing as water levels rise and the intensity of storms gets worse. And believe it or not, there’s a proposal flying around right now that could allow a portion of federal water off of eastern Long Island to be taken up .... Seriously!

These are just a few things off the top of my head. There’s likely a lot more of that kinda thing in the near future, which could and likely will change the face of the ocean as we currently see it. If we don’t thoroughly plan for this kind of thing, people like you and I will more than likely get screwed out of traditional, productive fishing grounds.

So what do the two regional plans, the Northeast Ocean Plan and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan, do to address this?

Perhaps most important, the plans provide for a central place to access ocean information. Through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Data Portals we can see what happens where, where the critical fishing grounds are, and where the likely critical habitat is.

These mapping sites include a massive amount of useful information, including data on “150 species of marine mammals, seabirds, and fish, and a wide range...” You can click the layers open and see immediately what’s happening in an area that’s being proposed for, say, a liquid natural gas island.

These are powerful and useful tools for stakeholders and ocean decisions makers, who now have an easy place in each region to access data and determine when and where certain ocean activities like energy development are appropriate, and when they aren’t, and who may be affected.

One of the most important aspects of the plans is that they have initiated the process of identifying ecologically significant areas. These are simply those biologically productive areas, perhaps critical to functioning ecosystems, which obviously deserve special attention.

Identifying and documenting such areas is an incredibly important first step if we want them to remain intact. Once again, I’ve got to make it clear that there is no intent here to make such ecologically significant areas off limits to fishing. They would serve to simply inform decision makers on where they occur.

The plans also support interagency coordination. Something that up to now was surprisingly lacking. A patchwork of state and federal agencies currently govern ocean use, often with different goals and mandates, and often with little if any coordination. Both plans lay out best practices for coordination for efficient and responsive government, insuring that agencies use the data to inform planning and environmental review of new activities.

So what does all this mean for us? It means that fishing businesses like mine, or simply fishing in general, are better protected from the likely onslaught of ocean uses in the coming years. It means fishermen like us have a way of providing input into the system. At the very least, our interests will be considered when there’s a proposal that will likely affect us.

And that, my friends, is actually a really big deal if we want to keep fishing into the future.

In short, these plans are important for all of us who utilize ocean resources. They include steps that will help protect the places we fish — not only for us, but also for our kids. And it is a fresh start to improve coordination among the agencies and to ensure those of us on-the-water have a say.

Now we just need to make sure they don’t sit on a shelf and that we start seeing them implemented.

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Comment by Zippy on December 13, 2016 at 6:34pm

Pots off the reefs.....guess it's a good thing for the recreation fishermen but for those that have to actually make a living here in NJ, the commercial lobster fishermen it's just another knife in the back from Fish & Game and NOAA.....OMO.

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