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Tuesday, December 15, 2015: The bright and mild days just keep on comin’.

"Come on, Hon, how hard can it be to teach a kid to go down a sliding board. If you're that worried, just watch out the window ..." 

Below: Hooked into a currentfish. 

Below: Even the dog be thinkin' "This is mid-December, dude?" 

Tuesday, December 15, 2015: The bright and mild days just keep on comin’. Today’s sun had a decent west blow beneath it. Should be good woods weather for me tomorrow with Thursday showing us some inch-deep rainfall.

We’ll see a quick chill for the weekend, though the Island won’t even get below freezing. What’s more, I now see more and more forecasters agreeing that is could be the warmest Christmas day on record … possibly by a long shot. Not just that, but next week could also experience weak winds, allowing boats to bolt out for black seabass, tog, porgies and any other sundry bottom fish, like cod and hake, that might show. I haven’t heard of any cod though I’m sure some are on scene.

Speaking of porgies, aka scup, they are making quite a wreck showing.

When I was majorly young, porgies were a first-line draw on the advertising boards of many a headboat. Among those boats I recall fishing atop the Black Whale, The Big Day and, up in Barnegat Light, a personal favorite of my dad’s, George and Jack Svelling’s Petrel II. My dad and his Manahawkin buddy Mel Bennett caught all the fish while I got green-faced seasick. It wasn’t until I began surfing the seasickness bug backed off, though I inexplicably had a hideous bout of just-kill-me-now seasickness going offshore aboard Lindsey Fuller’s June Bug not that many years back. Might it have been night-before partying? Fortunately, that beast hasn’t attacked me since.   

Back to those porgies, it’s broken record time as I swear up and down that these are fish that absolutely should be cooked in the round, as in unfilleted. Ask any Asian epicurean and they’ll doubly confirm that point. What’s more, these tasty critters do not freeze all that well as fillets, due mainly to their thinness, which lends itself to freezer burn. Best imaginable way to serve porgy: whole and swimming (figuratively speaking) in a rich black bean and scallion sauce. 

Black Bean-Scallion Sauce

This Asian-inspired sauce is a combination of black bean-garlic sauce, scallion, rice vinegar and crushed red pepper. It’s a salty-spicy sauce to drizzle on sautéed fish or chicken, or use it as a dipping sauce for grilled vegetables.

Makes: About 1/4 cup

Active Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon black bean-garlic sauce (see Note)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped scallion
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • PREPARATION
  1. Combine black bean-garlic sauce, scallion, vinegar, water, oil and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.

TIPS & NOTES

  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  • Note: Black bean-garlic sauce, a savory, salty sauce used in Chinese cooking, is made from fermented black soybeans, garlic and rice wine. Find it in the Asian-foods section of most supermarkets or at Asian markets. Refrigerate for up to 1 year

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COAST GUARD STRIPER BUSTS OFF CAPE MAY

The United States Coast Guard is strictly enforcing federal law which prohibits targeting of striped bass outside of 3 miles from shore.
By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.  |  December 14, 2015
COAST GUARD STRIPER BUSTS OFF CAPE MAY
The Coast Guard Cutter Dependable found five Atlantic striped bass on December 8, 2015 while boarding a pleasure craft approximately 3-1/2 nautical miles off Cape May.

While South Jersey continues to see an incredible late-season run of striped bass, anglers are reminded not to chase those migrating fish outside of the 3-mile line. Last week, the United States Coast Guard issued violations on December 8th and 9th during two separate cases off Cape May due to the possession of Atlantic striped bass within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May discovered three Atlantic striped bass last Wednesday while boarding a pleasure craft approximately 8 miles off Cape May. A boarding team from the Virginia-based Coast Guard Cutter Dependable found five Atlantic striped bass last Tuesday while boarding a pleasure craft approximately 3-1/2 nautical miles off Cape May within the EEZ.

In each case, the Coast Guard issued an enforcement action report.

Coast Guard law enforcement crews conduct boardings on a routine basis throughout the Mid-Atlantic and place an emphasis on the protection of the Atlantic striped bass against commercial and recreational fishing within the EEZ.

More stringent regulations adopted in the 1980s were lifted in the mid-90s as stocks replenished; however, the prohibition of catching, fishing for or possessing Atlantic Striped Bass in the EEZ continues to be a federal offense.

"It is illegal to possess or target the Atlantic striped bass in federal waters, which begin three miles from shore," said Lt. Cmdr. Patricia Bennett, the deputy enforcement chief for the Fifth Coast Guard District in Portsmouth, Virginia.

"In state waters – waters less than three miles from the coast – each state has its own laws designed to protect stripers. Even though the Coast Guard does not enforce those state laws, if we find a violation at the state level, we may notify state authorities."

 
 
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Nick Alfonse with Rob Vallone.
A little nautical this morning but they are chewing nice!
Nick Alfonse's photo.
Chris Voorhies
Man cave time.
Chris Voorhies's photo.

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