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Tuesday, May 09, 2017: Tough day. Putting out paper while ... Trolling messes up the good name of fishing

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017: Tough day. Putting out paper while jamming in a board meeting with Coastal Volunteers in Medicine – a great group serving underprivileged and under-insured.

It’s now after dark (9pm) and for the first time in a long time the wind is light – and somewhat variable, though I see westerlies puffing away early tomorrow with light to breezy NE winds building.

Then, wind things go downhill rather acutely, as onshore E/NE winds kick up to 35 knots for the weekend. In fact, get your fishing in over the next couple days. I see no escaping the winds by late Friday. Rain will also factor in.

I don’t want to jinx it but boat bassing could be hot tomorrow, with those lightish winds

I’ve sidestepped mentioning the fun bluefishing to be had from bayside docks in certain LBI towns. Crowds have been a tad too much for the limited space. The conditions on the pier closest to my home is packed to problematic levels of peopleness.

After I get off, I plan on sidestepping the diurnal crowds by nighting it, looking for sparklers. By the by, I seldom write much about my own casting times. Not only are those sessions usually kinda boring but I feel safest when I keep my casting on the QT, as to not somehow piss off this person or that. It goes with the blog-writing territory.


TROLLING TURNED BAD: How can anyone get royally pissed off after watching a YouTube video showing a basketful of golden retriever puppies joyously frolicking, as only fluffy little puppies can? But there I was, furiously pushing back from my computer … pissed to bloody hell and back.

I wondered how many other fellow dog softies have eruptively responded in the same manner – after all, the puppy video has gone mildly viral, with well over 100,000 hits. However, the popularity count becomes meaningless when, just below the tally, the famed thumbs-up/down “likes” and “dislikes” columns glares “97” dislikes! Who in bloody hell would dislike a frickin puppy video?!

In a full-blown WTF instant, I felt the need to head over to my new Dick’s punching bag; the store is named after the person who prices its products. It’s a good thing I had yet to fill the Century® Wavemaster® bag with water, so I just nudged it one good and walked away … still pissed, though.

Upon calming a tad, I tried to rationalize that, just maybe, a couple/few folks got so teary-eyed over the pup video that they accidently clicked on the thumbs-down “dislike” column, instead of the thumbs-up one. I further imagined a “dislike” or two over the pups tumbling out of a big wicker basket and rolling along the floor, like hairy bowling balls. I then attributed a few negative votes as stemming from folks feeling the video outpoured too much attention upon obviously pure-breed pups, while the best dogs ever sit dejectedly in animal shelters.

Even with my generous tally of semi-reasonable “dislikes,” that left something like 90 folks just maliciously down-thumbing the pups-at-play. You sick SOBs!

Turns out that might be true.

Driven to researching the subject, it turns out dislikers are legion – and, as often as not, sorta sick-ass. There is even a name for the cantankerous actions of chronic dislikers. It’s called trolling, thusly offering a dubious angling angle.

The first-and-foremost interpretation of “trolling” is obvious to us. It’s fishing folks happily travelling in a boat with lures trailing seductively in the sea behind. And a troller? Obviously, it’s he/she who trolls, often with big-game fish in mind. But such sunny fishing concepts are far from the essence of trolling  when within the muddled waters of internet slang.

I herein humbly bow to the fine Urban Dictionary’s definition of trolls and trolling: “Being a prick on the internet because you can. Typically unleashing one or more cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent by-stander, because it’s the internet and, hey, you can.”

Well spoken, my Urban Dictionary friends.

Looking further into thumb-downers, I discovered a slew of ongoing investigations into chronically negative web prowlers. Some researchers aren’t mincing words. An article on psychologytoday.com, written by Jennifer Golbeck, was headlined “Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists; Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.”

Sounds like a well-balanced article to me.

Golbeck was a bit more refined in her definition of the condition. She wrote, “An Internet troll is someone who comes into a discussion and posts comments designed to upset or disrupt the conversation. Often, in fact, it seems like there is no real purpose behind their comments except to upset everyone else involved.”

But puppies! You good for nothin’ …! But I should remain scientific. In doing so, I can logistically offer a Canadian study on trolling, as presented in sciencedirect.com, under the “Personality and Individual Differences” genre. There, it is objectively suggested that “It might be said that online trolls are prototypical everyday sadists.”

They came to this conclusion after studying 1,200 people, via personality tests. One announced aim was to establish trolling connections to certain personality traits, including “narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism,” clumped into something called the “Dark Tetrad.” Wow, I can all but picture these researchers wearing Darth Vader-type outfits and bandying about laser swords. “Repent, trollers … or meet your certain doom!”

Long and short of it, many of those chronic thumbs-down dislikers on YouTube and other websites might simply be sick-ass individuals getting off on anonymously making social-media mayhem. Or, in the words of the Canadian study, they reflect “themes of boredom, attention seeking, revenge, pleasure, and a desire to cause damage to the community.” Meaning they’re total numbnuts. Am I right? And there is no escaping them, even for puppies.

Put off by the fishingesque term of trolling being exploited by the internet slang realm, I can’t help but see its similarity to the neologism (new term) phishing, a homophone of our sport, yet meaning the use of baited trickery to attract, hook and swindle a victim. Almost seems the internet is picking on us. Let’s see what they plug next.


Got 'Em! 34 Pound Striper Yesterday (Mon) Afternoon
After weeks and weeks of relentless wind, the NW finally let us sneak out the inlet to go troll some spoons. Had friends Johnny O'Kinsky (left) and Brian Ewan (right) on board for a spontaneous (Thanks to Johnny) "Let's shoot out for a couple of hours" trip. We started off the Bathing Beach (Where else?) and had no luck so I ran north of Lavallette where I had heard of a "guy who knew a guy" sort of report that he caught the day before. Nothing. On the way back, we let them out in 60 feet of water off of Seaside Piers and while I was preparing the deck for the ride home, Brian screams: "There he is....That's a bass!" referring to the rod that was dumping line. He was right. 34 pounds on the Boga Grip. One hit, one fish, and after another short troll we headed for the dock. Didn't get that hit until 4PM. He went for a #4 white Tony Maja bunker spoon.
Open Boat or Charter trips running tomorrow (Wed) May 10, Thurs May 11, and Fri May 12. Leave at Noon, return around 6PM (probably later). All three days have 5 to 10 knot winds making for a nice ocean, giving us the option to go troll spoons for the big stripers and/or cast light tackle at the blues in the bay. There is a mix of size with the blues now. There are still some gators mixed in but there are a lot of 3 to 5 pound fish now, too. We can do whatever you guys want. Don't be afraid to check availability right up until "Go time". A lot of times we will sail with less than a full boat just to go fishing. Best way to communicate with me is on the cell. 
I'm available from 6AM to 9PM every day. $175 person, 4 people max, all fish are shared. 
Also available every Sat, Sun, and Mon for morning and afternoon trips. Charter or Open Boat Trips.
Capt. Dave DeGennaro
Hi Flier Sportfishing
732.330.5674 cell


Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association
Sat 4/22, 4:26 PM
April 22 BHCFA Report.docx
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            Enclosed is a progress report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address is jamesghutch1@aol.com

Thanks for your help,

Jim Hutchinson Sr.


As the weather cooperates. the fishing action in the Beach Haven area continues to improve. The captains of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association are ready to take advantage of some of this action. For the past couple of weeks the bay waters have been full of small striped bass. While keeper bas are still difficult to come by, these smaller fish are great fun on light action gear. In the past week large bluefish have been racing around the bay waters and inlet and providing a real challenge for anglers targeting them or as a bycatch. A recent addition is the arrival of table sized black drumfish.


Captain Gary Dugan of “Irish Jig Sportfishing” had a group out recently who managed 14 stripers up to 26-inches. Another trip did not have the action of the first trip, but Captain Gary’s crew managed two keeper bass of 28-inches.


Captain Matt Curtis of “Get Reel Sportfishing” reports his 24 and 26 foot center consoles are in the water and ready for some linesiders and drum to hit the deck. Captain Matt has installed new underwater LED lights on his 37-foot Sportfish which will be in the water very soon for some offshore adventures.


Captain Carl Sheppard reports the “Star Fish” is in the water with newly overhauled engines. The boat passed its annual US Coast Guard exam with flying colors and as an inspected vessel can carry up to 19 passengers. Captain Carl is accepting charters for the bass in the bay and the offshore wreck fishing.


Like the other captains, Captain Fran Verdi has been spending time scouting some of his local hot spots with the “Francesca Marie” in anticipation of some upcoming trips.


Captain Bob Gerkens reports the “Hot Tuna” is still fishing down in Morehead City, NC and will be making the trip north to Beach Haven in a few weeks. He plans on fishing all of the local canyons in early June.


Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.net.


Always tinkering!! Going to be some new leadheads for the new magicshads coming out!! 




James Allen added 2 new photos — at Captain Mikes Marina (Backbay Marina LLC)Tuckerton, NJ · 

Good Day on Water top water Blue's


Hurricane season starts June 1. PIANJ urges caution and prevention

TRENTON, N.J.— As a service to the public, the Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey is reminding residents to be prepared before the Atlantic hurricane season begins on June 1.
“Hurricane season on the east coast runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. Preparation and knowledge are key in crises that often accompany such storms,” said PIANJ President Donald F. LaPenna Jr. “According to Colorado State University research, 11 named storms are predicted for 2017, and four of those are expected to become hurricanes. It’s important to be prepared and to review your insurance coverage  to make sure you have adequate protection for wind and flood damage before entering the hurricane season. Wind is covered by your homeowners policy and flood coverage must be purchased separately.”
There are several steps to consider that can help you and your family recover from a hurricane, even if you don’t live along the coast, PIANJ advises. “Don’t be fooled into thinking that a hurricane will only strike the coastal communities. They can, and often do, cause damage hundreds of miles inland,” said LaPenna.
PIANJ urges all home and business owners to contact their professional, independent insurance agent to help determine if they need flood insurance. “Typically, there is a 30-day waiting period between the time the flood insurance is purchased and the time the coverage goes into effect, although that waiting period may be waived for lender required flood insurance,” continued LaPenna. He stresses that waiting until the next storm warning to purchase flood insurance is dangerous, since coverage may not begin in time.
PIANJ recommends taking the following steps to help protect your home and property should a hurricane strike:
  • Videotape the contents of your home. Put the tape in a safe place. It could prove invaluable should a disaster of any kind occur.
  • Cover doors and windows (for example, install shutter coverings).
  • Check for and repair any loose roof shingles or tiles.
  • Anchor or remove any unsecured outside objects.
  • Secure roof trusses.
  • Make arrangements for pets.
  • Keep an emergency kit handy as well as food and water, a portable can opener, clothing, blankets, flashlights, extra batteries, first-aid supplies, cell phone and a battery operated radio in case you are left without electricity.
What to do after a hurricane
Victims of a hurricane are often left without power or running water.
PIANJ suggests several steps to take after a hurricane:
  • Check on neighbors to see if they’re okay.
  • Treat injuries you can with the first-aid kit.
  • Don’t touch downed power lines or nearby trees.
  • Alert your insurance agent or company. Read your policy and follow the claims procedures.
  • Photograph damages.
  • Protect property by making temporary repairs.
  • Keep receipts of repairs and supplies.
  • Compile a list of damaged items.
  • Don’t discard anything before your insurance adjuster arrives.
      “Safety always is the first concern,” LaPenna says. “Preparation can prevent costly and heart-wrenching damage, and save you money and your piece of mind should disaster ever hit.”
      PIANJ is a trade association representing professional, independent insurance agencies, brokerages and their employees throughout the state.

Summer’s right around the corner, which means it’s time to cast your vote for New Jersey’s favorite beaches! Pick your top choices NOW before the poll closes on June 9th, 2017!

This year (as was done in 2016), fans get to choose their favorite local “hotspots” from a list of several popular beaches throughout four coastal counties – Atlantic, Cape May, Monmouth, and Ocean. NJSGC will still announce the "overall favorite" beach later this summer.

The original "Top Ten Beaches" survey was created in 2008 to encourage stewardship and pride in the Garden State’s beaches while promoting a little healthy (and friendly) competition between New Jersey’s beloved beach towns. Visit the 
NJSGC website for more information on past winners.

We’ll announce the results at a press conference just before Independence Day to give beachgoers the entire summer to explore the winning beaches up and down the Jersey Shore. Each winning beach will receive a plaque and — more importantly — bragging rights as one of NJ’s favorite beaches.

We thank you in advance for helping us “get out the vote” - please feel free to share! We will be sure to update you on the poll as it unfolds. We look forward to your participation and good luck!

Visit njseagrant.org for more information on upcoming events and program


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