Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Well, it’s far from the brightness the forecasts promised but I'll take it

Today's "What the hell did you expect?" photo: 



I land something like this ... and I'm outta there! 



MOTORIST ALERT: If you’re heading to the Island for the Memorial Day weekend – with some folks heading down as early as Wednesday evening – avoid Central Avenue (south of the Wawa) in Ship Bottom. It’s torn up to hell and back, plus, during workdays, it’s closed where the latest ditch-digging is going on. It’s not fun running over those lane-wide metal plates.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018: Well, it’s far from the brightness the forecasts promised, but I’ll take any dryness and mildness that's being rationed out. What’s more, I’m seeing a real uptick in beach-caught better bass – a “better” bass being keeper-sized and up. There have even been a couple way-better bass, into the upper 30s of inches. Some striper weights (estimates before release) are a tad down, as many surfside stripers are coming in a bit thin -- as opposed to the fatsos being caught by boat angler plying fairly fishable (low wind) waters not that far out.

While a slew of mighty-fine bass are being put back to grow on, some 28-inchers have become grill fare. One of those just-keepers, caught on the north end, contained the seasonally-expected mantis shrimp in its belly … also expected based on where it was caught. Inlet-area folks will follow that hint.

Below: 18-inch mantis shrimp; location unknown. I've seen them here to 12 inches -- the largest having washed up on the beach after a huge storm. 

I’ve seen even semi-digested mantis shrimp function as a super striper bait; along with other semi-digested stomach-content items. 

I’ve eaten a couple mantis shrimp -- and they are amazing; somewhere between (fresh) shrimp and lobster. Of course, I’m not talking about dining on those shrimp wrested from bass bellies.

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I’ve devised a foul-hooking technique to snag mantis shrimp, using weighted snag hooks (trebled). The faster the outgoing inlet-related tides, the better the mantis snagging. Needless to say, this technique also snags a few other things, like submerged logs, bottom-buried tree carcasses and ghost channel markers – all of which I’ve either dragged in or succumbed to.

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Black drum are still not showing like they have in the not-that-distance past. A 30-some-pounder was caught near Grassy’ taken on clam. Plus, small models are showing more toward west bay areas.

If the big bluefish biomass passed through, I sure wasn’t privy to it. Many folks are bummed by the lack of  spring chopper-blue repeat, though I know of at least one beach plugger who attributes the improved surfside bass bite – improved over what we had been having – to fewer blues in the 'hood. Lincoln: “You can’t please all the anglers all the time.”

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Blue claw crabbing is decent to good, weather-allowing. The crabbing I’m talking about is recreational and/or backyard (one commercial trap allowed). Hands-on crabbing is very fair-weather reliant, i.e. the type weather we haven’t been having … in abundance. If you crab any of the west bay street ends, please take all your trash with you, especially those styro plates common to chicken parts -- which always show in spades at the Bridge to Nowhere, Manahawkin. Also, how about snatching up and litter left by dirtier folks. 

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11th Annual

Attention Anglers and Friends

We hope that you will participate in the 11th annual fishing tournament to benefit the High Point Volunteer Fire Company of Harvey Cedars (Est. 1937). 

This year we are continuing our fundrasing efforts towards funding our new air packs and replacing out firefighters aging turnout gear. The air packs and turrrrrn out gear are very costly but safety of our members is paramount and an immediate priorty.

We hope you will join us for a great day on the water at our 11th annual tournament followed by a good old fashioned Harvey Cedars "Hoot". This event is always fun and includes a fish fry, awards ceremony,live music, beer truck, raffles, and a silent auction. 


Friday, June 8th, 8:00 pm
Mandatory Captain's Meeting

Friday, June 8th, 7:00pm

Calling all friends who might be able to volunteer, donate or sponsor to the High Point Vol Fire Company Striper Shootout Tournament in Harvey Cedars on June 9th!! Not only is it for a great cause, it's a lot of fun!

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Awesome night on the beach with Dan. 44” set free to fight again and a 30” that will be joining us for dinner. @takwaterman @fishermansheadquarters


Nice fish @danpiazza_ 47lbs 

Dante Soriente is with Jay Dee.

People joining 50 lb club daily on the Magictail Magic Mojo yesterday Capt 
Mike Formichella and Mate 
Dave Rooney had a 52 lber and Today 
Jay Deehad a 54.7 two slobs.



14th Annual
LBI Cup Invitational Tournament

Saturday, May 26, 2018 

In Person Registration

Friday, May 25 at 6:00PM 

Captain's Meeting

Friday, May 25 at 7:00PM 

Weigh Ins & Awards Dinner

Saturday, May 26th


All registered anglers are welcome to join us for weigh ins and awards.

* All registered anglers are entered to win.

Angler must catch NJ State Record Striped Bass. Boat color based on availability.

Sponsored by Marine Max, Ship Bottom NJ. 


Owner's connection to the land plays a major role in conservation efforts

May 22, 2018 -- Some say location is everything, but when it comes to land conservation and management, it’s a landowner’s involvement and interest in working the land that matter more than residing on the property.

This finding is the result of a recent study led by Michael Sorice, associate professor of conservation social science, and master’s student Kiandra Rajala of Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, which was published in Rangeland Ecology and Management.

The research is part of a larger effort funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to understand how private landowners in Texas employ conservation management practices on their land.

According to Rajala, this study is important because “to better understand how people manage their land, we need to better understand how they connect with their land.”

One aspect of this connection, and the focus of the study, was to determine how to define an absentee landowner and whether private landowners who do not live on their land year-round manage it differently than those who do.

“We wanted to provide clarification about what it means to be an absentee landowner,” explained Sorice, a faculty member in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation who also is affiliated with the Global Change Center housed in Virginia Tech’s Fralin Life Science Institute. “The terms nonresident, part-time resident, weekend resident, or seasonal landowners have all been used to characterize different forms of absenteeism, and there is a wide range of ways to measure it.”

“As a result,” he continued, “there are inconsistent findings that inhibit a clear understanding of the relationship between absentee landowners and private lands conservation.”

Thus, the Virginia Tech researchers chose to instead focus on involvement with the land as a way to clarify the absentee landowner concept.

To understand the degree to which landowners are actively involved with managing their land, the researchers sent mail surveys to approximately 800 private landowners. The surveys included questions about whether the landowners resided full time on their land and how much time they spent managing their property and employing conservation practices.

A specific line of questioning also included the landowner’s involvement in brush management on their property. According to Rajala, “Woody plants encroaching on grasslands has become a big problem in the southern Great Plains, so in addition to asking how involved landowners are on their property, we selected woody plant reduction as the focus of our study.”

The results revealed that high percentages of both full-time and absentee landowners had noticed woody plant encroachment on their property, and both groups reported engaging in brush management efforts. Ultimately, there was little difference between the level of brush management effort reported by both groups. Instead, the differences appeared between landowners who reported being actively engaged with their land and those who did not.

“Simply knowing whether landowners reside on their land full time or how far they live from their land does not provide insight into brush management or other conservation behavior,” Rajala explained. “Good land management is less a matter of whether you live on your land and more about how involved you are in working on your land.

“There are individuals who live on their land full time who aren’t involved with land management or decision-making at all, and there are others who live 50 miles away and commute to the property to engage with the land on a daily basis,” she said.

Ultimately, the study suggests that to understand issues like woody plant encroachment and other invasive species, natural resource managers should look beyond landowner traits and focus on how they think about their land.

“It’s not the characteristic of living on one’s land that matters,” Rajala concluded. “Instead, it’s the way they think about land ownership that influences if and how they interact with it. That, in turn, influences how they will manage their property.”

This research was funded by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Conservation Effects Assessment Project and supported by the National Science Foundation’s Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems program.

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