Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, July 23, 2019: All these insane storms. Wowness. Sorry, but I like ‘em. -- Trump non travelers; Flying salmon.


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Angie Brisse
Opening day of zucchini season.

"Arrest that bird! That's its third weakfish today!" 

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019: All these insane storms. Wowness. Sorry, but I like ‘em. Wild and wooly storms strike some sort of primordial cord within me. I get an unexplainable energy surge especially as they build in the west. At their heights, I even get this urge to go running crazily through the tempest, Shakespeare-like.  

I’m not overlooking the damage and dog-terror inflicted by our lightning storms, but knowing I can’t influence the sky even one iota I run with the thrill factor when they let loose.   

The weather is actually not harming fishing much, seeing there are far more storm-free periods than sky-flash times.  

Still many, many kingfish – and seemingly getting larger and larger.

Likely over anticipating, the state record northern kingfish is 2-pounds, 8-ounces, taken by Chester Urbanski, Lambertville, who caught it boat fishing with his wife in Barnegat Bay; Sept. 2004. The fish measured 18½ inches in length with a 10-inch girth. Keep that length in mind to get an on-beach read on any wow-big kingfish you catch. I’m proud to say Chester took his prize catch on squid. Chalk up another one for a greatly underrated bait. He was using only 10-lb test line.

As our kingies grow, it might be a fall hookup that challenges the new record. The last three record kingfish were caught in fall.

Blowfishing might be peaking but it’s peaking in rarefied air. Fifty or more have been taken by individual anglers. Over 100 from a boat has happened. They’re mainly medium-sized with an occasional jumbos.

It seems the state has retired the northern blowfish from its record books. I see an old chart with a 1-14 “northern puff” taken in 1987. I no longer see any listing. Maybe I’m just looking at the wrong chart. 


SHIRT BULL****: Not that my opinion matters – except herein – but I have mixed feelings about folks being banned from flying when wearing political shirts. The highly-publicized bans that I’ve read about are mainly focused on Trump-supporting tops. I did see one hand-written tee-shirt reading, “F*** Trump” (asterisks not included).

I am absolutely free-speech oriented. That said, I’m also oriented toward being abjectly terrified when flying. I can see folks wearing politically-charged clothing easily sparking disruptive, possibly violent, in-flight reactions -- somehow tipping the aircraft to the left and sending it careening off-course to disappear into the dark ocean below -- only those tees floating on the surface to show where and why we went down.

Politically charged tees in-flight? Not on my flight! Save political squabbling for ground-level exchanges, where I’ll support your rights to show fabric-based favoritism until the well-grounded cows come home.

Read the likes of ... https://www.chicagotribune.com/nation-world/ct-woman-kicked-off-fli...

HIGH-FLYING SALMON: This week’s “There’s Something You Don’t See Every Day” award goes to the flock of choppers now airlifting “tens of thousands” of migrating/spawning salmon in the Fraser River, British Columbia. The salmon have been blocked from going upstream by a massive rock slide across a very remote section of the river.

According to Radio Canada, “A landslide had partially blocked the Fraser River west of Clinton and created a waterfall that was preventing thousands of salmon from getting upstream to spawn.”

Currently, a holding pond has been built south of the new falls, collecting salmon by the loadful. The fish are being captured and transferred into huge aluminum live wells to be flown over the rockslide zone. The livewells are highly oxygenated to reduce stress on the fish.

A sampling of the transported fish is being tagged to see if the bypass effort is successful. If so, a whole new emergency response to salmon migration problems might have been discovered. It might even be applied to long-blocked migratory riverways.

Below: Landslide pinch point. Fish are stuck downriver. 

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Some of the netted fish are tagged before being transported by "birds." 

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PISSPOOR PLASTIC MANAGEMENT: “In five years, there will be more plastics in the ocean than fish, recent estimates have forecasted.

“A study featured in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances only adds to this troubling prognosis, finding that of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic produced, 76 percent has already become waste. Only 9 percent of plastic waste has been recycled, the report went on to note, with that number estimated to plummet below 4 percent by the time 2019 concludes.” (www.seafoodsource.com)

I offer this disturbing data to bring plastic pollution in line and conflict with oceans – and our fishing future.  

I hate to say it but there’s very little to be done locally -- beyond that we’re already trying. And our recycling isn’t doing so well. Even with Ocean County’s dang-decent recycling programs, troubled waters are forming for the plastic recycling future. I won’t get into what I’m steadily being told regarding weakening recycling systems in general.

It seems larger-scale efforts are the best/only chance of making any progress, for instance, enhanced statewide restrictions on single-use plastics. There’s also a proven method I’d like to see here: returnable plastic bottles, worth up to a nickel each when brought back for reuse. A number of states already use this plastic reduction method.  

Having what we formerly knew as “deposit” bottles could reestablish the olden custom of “collecting bottles” to redeem for the likes of gas money. If you’re a Boomer and never collected bottles for quick cash, you missed out on one of America’s finest treasure hunting traditions.

(I won’t get into the illegal siphoning of gas, using a piece of garden hose accompanied by inhales that, as often as not, ended very poorly -- with gasoline mouth burns and fume inhalations that likely left lifelong scars in the bronchial zone.)

Thinking very locally, it greatly helps the plastic and Styrofoam reduction cause, if only aesthetically, to not leave behind those Styrofoam and plastic-wrap chicken parts trays common to shoreline crabbing. Ask anyone who frequents crabbing spots about how pervasive that pollution is. What’s more, those containers blow very easily in the breeze, taking them into pristine areas, like sedge islands. It's just such a disturbing litter look. 


"Hey, look at me ... I'm a chicken part." 

BIG DIFFERENCE: The following comes from a state website (www.nj.gov/dep/climatechange/basics.html).

“The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. While weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time (from minutes to months), climate is how the atmosphere behaves over time and space. In short, climate is the description of long-term patterns of weather in a particular area. An easy way to remember the difference is that climate is what you expect, like a very hot summer, and weather is what you get, like a hot day with pop-up thunderstorms.”

I have no problems with this Reader’s Digest explanation related to climate change except to suggest there isn’t enough emphasis on “over time and space.” It makes it seem that climate is always just around the weather bend. In reality, when talking true climate change, that timeframe should be extended to, at the very least, decades atop decades -- never boiled down to an anticipated “very hot summer.” That’s cutting it way too close.

This coming winter’s long-term forecast is still best described as this winter’s predicted weather ... not this winter’s climate.

No, I haven't heard what they're predicting for the weather/climate this winter. I'm thinking we have more immediate fish to fry first -- fry being the operative word. 

That critiqued, I still appreciate how this state definition at least efforts to differentiate between weather and climate, which is a step in a right and realistic direction. It's weather first, climate eventually. 


The Striped Bass Bonus Program

The 2019 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) is currently closed and will reopen September 1, 2019.
Permits issued for 2018 are not valid in 2019.

Applications for the 2019 SBBP are now available. 2019 SBBP permits are not valid until September 1, 2019.

All 2018 permit holders must reapply to receive a 2019 permit. The number of permits issued will be limited at the Division's discretion based on harvest reports and other factors to ensure the 2019 quota is not exceeded.

Updated and new information about the SBBP is posted on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when available.


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I saw a red drum very clearly sucking mole crabs in surf at IBSP yesterday.


Mike Laptew
I headed to Maine over the weekend, in an attempt to film a rare and extraordinary fishing situation . Captain Andy Mazzatelli and Captain Leo Croisetiere of Sophie Sea Charters have been telling me for the last five years that giant tuna would sometimes show up to feed on mackerel right next to the shoreline. I was prepared to film these monsters and they were prepared to catch them. Although we didn't hook up, we did encounter tuna over 300 pounds right near the Nubble Light and even tighter to shore.
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Got out this past Saturday with the man, the myth, the legend, Jay Brooks. While the fishing was tough, I still scratched out 4 Sheepshead with the largest being what seemed like the smallest 24” fish I’ve ever caught. It was still a great day on the water though.

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Jim Mahoney
My favorite sister Margo and her Christopher did pretty good yesterday catching Blowfish! Margo Korbel
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Ocean City, N.J. mayor says seagulls have become ‘very aggressive’ 

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The mayor of Ocean City, New Jersey says seagulls have become “very aggressive” in the municipality and warns that feeding the birds is against the law.

In an online statement, Mayor Jay Gillian says he’s received “many more” complaints about seagulls taking food from people on the boardwalk and beach.

“These birds have become very aggressive and pose a public safety hazard. Some people think it’s funny to feed the gulls and see them swarm. For the health and safety of both animals and humans, this must stop,” he urged.

“Feeding gulls and wildlife in Ocean City is against the law,” the mayor added.

In July 2016, Gillian warned that city police would strictly enforce a municipal ordinance that prohibits the feeding of wildlife. Violators face a fine as high as $500 and penalties up to 90 days in jail.

No tickets were issued that summer.

Gillian now says his administration will work with boardwalk merchants on measures to prevent seagulls from pilfering food, such as using netting and noise deterrent techniques.

“Please understand that you can’t hit them or throw things at them. But you can help by keeping food away from them,” he wrote.

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