Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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Tuesday, February 07, 2017: I needed a little website hiatus, as a cleared up some pressing business, like me needing to stay in the woods for longer than usual. I saw and dug a lot but can’t fit it all in here right about now. It’s easier for me to take some photos of my finds, including a totally weird push of old Spanish coins -- most modern being 1797 and the oldest 1737 – found separately.
Weather-wise, the coolness bordering on coldness has been a boon to some biking in the outback. While I’ll be loving the 60s tomorrow, I do see what has prognosticators seeing white by Thursday. If that isn’t a perfect microcosm of the yo-yo winter we’ve seen ... warm one day, white the next. It’s like we’ve taken on a mountain climate.
Long-range, normalcy will win out after this snowy chill-down. By next week, we’ll go into as much as a two-week stretch of highs in the 40s and lows in the 30s, maybe some 20s.
I should mention that rain will become less and less likely heading into spring. This is not good. While it seems we’ve had plenty of rain this winter, we’re not looking good in the big-picture rain gauge.
TRAGIC: I need to send out my sympathies to family and friends of the 26-year-old Richard Pereira, shot and killed in a deer hunting accident. I’ve known family members for many years.
I’ve gotten some insights into the accident. I’ll skip the details except to say there were four men doing a deer drive. Richard was a driver. A 41 y/o friend of the family – I’m getting varying report of his familiarity with deer hunting – fired into nearby rustling bushes. His shot hit Richard. Despite efforts to keep the young man alive, the damage was too great. His dad was with him when he passed. Absolutely brutal. It’s hard to even think about.
It was truly an awful accident, utterly devastating to all involved. But it was an accident.
While it’s easy to second guess the circumstances – and I’ve never liked deer drives – nobody in the group of friends went out that day with anything but thoughts of having fun. It might be said they were targeted by fate.
I’m particularly moved by this accident seeing I’m in the woods more than anyone else you know. While I wear hunter orange … or something even brighter … in-season, I’m perpetually wary of rogue shotgun fire, or the mis-ID’ing of me as fair game.
I wouldn’t be at all surprised to wake up and read I was accidentally shot in the woods. That’s made more acute by the fact I often bushwhack, meaning I bust through underbrush to get to places few men have gone before.
I’m always counting on my inner senses to clue me in that something is suddenly amiss; that things just don’t feel quite right.
UGLY IS AS UGLY DOES: Video in question: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47UMLoxiz1c ;.
I'm not sure what to make of this dumping action off the Road-to-Nowhere, Manahawkin. Is it a lazy-ass individual offing his one-time sports gear (most likely), a robber nixing unwanted goods, or a gal/guy who has had it with the links winning out the battle for a spouse's affections?
Give it a look and let me know if you have any background on this eyesore.
Shifting gears, here’s a swan look-about video, Manahawkin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-sJ1691rr0
Why should you and I pay to have these poles taken down???
NEW Fluke Regulation Update 2-2-17
At the ASMFC's Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass Board meeting on 2/2 there was a three hour discussion on which fluke option to choose from Addendum XXVIII. The meeting began with DEP Commissioner Bob Martin speaking on behalf of New Jersey's fishermen. He made it clear that none to the options in the addendum were acceptable to our state and urged the board to maintain status quo. He made it clear that our state will fight any of the other options with whatever means is necessary. The Commissioner was followed by a representative from Congressman Frank Pallone's office who also spoke passionately on our behalf. We need to thank both of them for making the trip to Alexandria, Virginia and doing this. New Jersey representative Tom Baum then made a motion for status quo which I believe was seconded by Delaware. In addition to Tom, our other representatives, Adam Nowalsky and Chris Zemen presented our case very well but unfortunately the motion failed with only Delaware supporting us.
A lengthy discussion ensued but eventually it was option 5 that was approved by the board. This option was approved by the board despite the fact that it could be overruled by NOAA if it is determined that this option does not result in the mandated reduction. Option 5 seems to be the least restrictive of the five options in the addendum. Under this option, NJ would be faced with a 3 fluke bag limit with a 19" size limit and a 128 day season.
Regardless, our state is rejecting this option and intends to leave our 2016 regulations in place for this year. Our State is working with the new Trump administration with hope that the cuts mandated by NOAA will be overruled. However, for now though, based on the ASMFC's decision today, each state or region will now have approximately two months to develop regulations that would comply with option 5. Though NJ has already decided to go out of compliance, I don't believe that we could actually be found out of compliance until the deadline to enact regulations has passed. Then, I believe at the ASMFC meeting in May, we could be found out of compliance and our state would probably be given a warning notice with 30 days to comply. If we fail to comply, it would then be sent to the Secretary of Commerce who would then have to find that our regulations were hurting the fishery and if so, the default measures would be enacted upon us. That would be 2 fish at 20" with a season of 7/1 - 8/31. However, all this would take time and there is also a chance the Secretary of Commerce could give a favorable ruling. If it goes this route, a decision will probably not be made until mid-summer. This is a big risk we are taking but we have now drawn a line in the sand. As the Commissioner stated, "Enough is enough". Please continue to contact your legislative representatives and ask for their support.
Therefore as of right now, our season is slated to begin on 5/21 and continue through 9/25 with a 5 fish limit at 18" for most of the State. The only exceptions are for Delaware Bay where there is a 4 fish limit at 17" and at Island Beach State Park where there is a two fish limit at 16".
Paul Haertel, JCAA Past President
SEAFOODNEWS.COM by John Sackton February 2, 2017