Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Wasn’t all that bad today, though all I managed was a couple walks ...

Fails to stop for pedestrians crossing ... Where's a cop when you need one! Oh, here's one now.

Girl gets hit by police car while crossing the street


"If I say you wanna take a walk ... you'll damn well take a walk!" Dog refuses to walk while crossing the road


Never send a cat to do a chicken's job ...

Chicken catches mouse in front of cat


This week's "He seemed so much brighter at the hospital nursery" goes to ...

Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Wasn’t all that bad today, though all I managed was a couple walks to see the street-end ocean, Surf City. We’re putting out a huge issue for the holiday weekend. Hopefully you’ll be down here to pick up a live copy from one of our many pick-up sites. If not, tune in at www.thesandpaper.villagesoup.com. My weekly column doesn’t go up until Thursday.

I’m glad I only get to predict the weather at an amateur level since I wouldn’t want to bank on forecasting the next few days … right through the big weekend.

Like most other sky-watchers, I see an unstable air mass now moving in, with some serious NE tomorrow a.m., then fading. I see way lower chances of rain than is being predicted on many of the big-name sites. In fact, I wouldn’t pre-cancel any event from Thursday onward until looking up to the heaven that very same day.

Surf and jetty fishing will be doable every day, rain gear unworn but at the ready.

Boat fishing can skip much of tomorrow’s NE SCAs … but stay ready to launch by Thursday’s drop to non-radical 10 to 15 mph SE winds. Saturday looks super after early-day westerlies back down.

That said, we’re in a big of a bite funk. There are still a goodly number of bass and small blues to be had but it’s no slam dunk. Still, it’s going to be worth the relaxation factor of holiday free time. Unlike me, I’m betting bait fishing from the beach will be the better go, though who doesn’t take a plugging rod with them when crossing the sands?  

For beachgoers, I’ll go out on a forecast limb and note a dang decent chance of periods of genuine niceness Saturday and Monday, with west winds Saturday, turning to a steadier SE through Monday. If the sun busts out, beaches will be packed.

I’m one of the few LBI folk who loves seasonal beach crowds. They remind me of the insanely good times I had as a kid, just hanging out in Beach Haven, sunning – sometime all frickin day! Those transistor radio time were hot as the bikini gals cruising the water line. Of course, what they called bikinis back then were granny-panty sized by nowadays standards. 


ATTENTION OFFSHORE-QUALIFIED  MATES: Capt. Lindsay Fuller of the vessel June Bug is looking for a canyon-trip mate for a June 16th trip. If you're trained, contact him by going to http://www.fish-junebug.com or give him a ring at 609-685-2839. 


Are you ready, Freddy


=================================================================Dave Bentley


And this year the LBI Striped Bass Grand championship has made an exciting change to the format.

The winners will now be based on LBI's 3 out of 5 striped bass tournaments,

the LBI Cup 
The HPVC Striper Shoot Out
The Sea Shell Striped Bass Derby
The Maximillian
The PBA.

You can fish 3, 4, or 5 of these contests and awards will go to your top 3 fish (1 per tournament). With format change, hopefully anglers will try to fish all 5 events...AND...can still participate if they are unable to fish 1 or 2 of the events!!


Capt. Alex

Sorry for the delay in reporting .  Over the weekend I ran three trips in two days. The ocean was a little sporty so we stayed in the bay.  Intel has it that the inlet is loaded with fish but I just could not safely fish it this weekend.  Saturday morning the Ernie Dellheim crew from worked hard for the blues.  Fish landed were 4 - 10 pounds and feisty.  For part of the trip I fished in close proximity to my good friend Capt. Bill of Mole’s Charters, who had better success than us boxing thee bass and releasing five others.  Nice job Bill!  Anyone that has watched George Poveromo on TV might know that George always talks about how “subtle differences” can make or break of fishing trip.  Not sure if Capt Bill was doing anything much different than I Saturday morning but Bill if you had a subtle difference, throw me a bone here buddy!  The morning trip also released a nice 20" fluke that fell to a dead stick bunker chunk on a 9/0 hook with a wire leader. Go figure, but it even gets better from there…..On the PM trip, the Pereni family was out and worked hard to put some fish on the deck as well as back in the water.  Well…. on the same fluke slaying set up used on the AM trip, they one upped the AM trip with a fat 6 pound fluke. Attached is a picture before it was released. I know where I’m fishing opening day of fluke season this week ;). Sunday I had a crew from Canada for a little fishing and eco-touring. Weeds were the word of the day but they did catch some fish and had a great time.  I am available Sunday and Monday, Memorial Day.  Just give me a call if you’re interested in booking one of those days. Screaming drags,


Capt. Alex


Barnegat Bay, NJ



You Tube Channel: Fishing Barnegat Bay


ank Ruczynski

Mike Arp 

Went bottom fishing today caught a nice amount of ling and flounder ...threw tons of nice seabass and black fish back hundreds...came back in and ran into the biggest school of bluefish ever ...top water explosions blue gators leaping out of the water and reels screamin ... Complete insanity!!! Look at that blue fish swallowed a 8" swim plug


David Iacono


Selling a custom full enclosure made by Kwik Canvas AND a winter cover from Fisher for a 1900CC Maycraft w/factory tee top. Both were used for 2 seasons. Boat in in Florida now and I have no use for them.

Asking $500 for both of them. You figure out how to transport them. I can ship them at your cost but I don't know how much it may crease the windows.

If your within 100 miles of LBI NJ, pay me now and I can deliver them in September for a small fee.

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This timely story by Paul Fassa is both morbid and highly sunny at the same time:

According to a June 2014 article featured in The Independent (UK), a major study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that women who avoid sunbathing during the summer are twice as likely to die as those who sunbathe every day.

The epidemiological study followed 30,000 women for over 20 years and “showed that mortality was about double in women who avoided sun exposure compared to the highest exposure group.”

Researchers concluded that the conventional dogma, which advises avoiding the sun at all costs and slathering on sunscreen to minimize sun exposure, is doing more harm than actual good.

That’s because overall sun avoidance combined with wearing sunscreen effectively blocks the body’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from the sun’s UVB rays, which is by far the best form of vitamin D.

In the USA, vitamin D deficiency is at epidemic levels. Ironically, vitamin D deficiency can lead to aggressive forms of skin cancer. A ground-breaking 2011 study published in Cancer Prevention Research suggests that optimal blood levels of vitamin D offers protection against sunburn and skin cancer.

Additionally, vitamin D protects the body from diseases like multiple sclerosis, rickets (in the young), tuberculosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and Sjogren’s syndrome.

According to the Vitamin D Council, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham recently reported that “lack of sun exposure may lead to cognitive decline over time.”


Trial begins to settle $2.8M fishing tourney prize

Updated on May 22, 2017 at 6:02 PMPosted on May 22, 2017 at 2:02 PM

From left, Rich Kosztyu, Damien Romeo and Brian Suschke with their winning tuna from the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. Aug. 10, 2016. (Handout photo)
From left, Rich Kosztyu, Damien Romeo and Brian Suschke with their winning tuna from the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. Aug. 10, 2016. (Handout photo)

It started in the open ocean off Maryland last summer and it's likely to conclude in a federal courtroom in Baltimore.

The battle over $2.8 million in prize money from the White Marlin Open fishing tournament went to trial Monday in U.S. District Court.

On the line for three New Jersey men is $2.3 million of the pot.

Trenton police officer Brian Suschke, Trenton firefighter Rich Kosztyu and Ocean County boat owner Damien Romeo were ecstatic after winning $767,091 for catching a 236.5-pound tuna at the August competition in Ocean City, Md.

Then, the friends and fishing partners found out their catch might actually be worth millions.

In late August, the tournament announced that a Florida boat - the Kallianassa out of Naples, Fla. - may have violated tournament rules in the white marlin category. The boat caught the sole qualifying fish in the category.

The tournament suspended the $2.8 million payout to the Kallianassa's winning angler, Phillip Heasley, and filed legal action in a Maryland court seeking a judge to decide the outcome. The case was moved to federal court later in 2016.

Among the allegations are that Heasley and others on his boat failed polygraph examinations - a requirement for collecting a prize greater of $50,000 - and that the Kallianassa crew started fishing too early, and doctored a catch book on what time they caught the marlin.

Due to the way they entered the tournament, Kosztyu, Suschke, and Romeo could receive $2.3 million of the money, with the rest spread to other wining boats.

In a series of motions filed in the weeks leading up to the trial, exhibit lists include Youtube videos, GPS reports, emails, polygraph reports and cellphone pictures and videos.

In one court filing, Heasley's boat is described as having "a sophisticated video system" with three cameras, another still/video camera and a crew member had three GoPro cameras on the boat, and all the four men on the boat all had iPhones.

"Despite these facts, there are absolutely no videos, or photographs, of Defendant Heasley catching the winning fish," the filing said. It also said Heasley has produced only one photograph from an iPhone showing the winning fish, dead in a cooler about 35 to 39 minutes after fishing opened for the day.

Heasley, in filings, has maintained he followed the tournament rules.

Kevin Shea may be reached at kshea@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter@kevintshea. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


SCeMFiS Announces $200,000 for Fisheries Management Research on Mammals,
Menhaden, Ocean Quahogs, Surf Clams

WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) – May 23, 2017 – The Science Center for Marine Fisheries (SCeMFiS) Industry Advisory Board (IAB) announced $200,000 in funding today for seven fisheries research projects and marine mammal-related work. The funding was approved during the Spring IAB Meeting held in Ocean Springs, Mississippi from April 26-27.

The selected projects will research species such as menhaden, ocean quahogs, surf clams, and marine mammals. They will also address critical management issues related to how fisheries managers conduct and implement stock assessments. Grant recipients include researchers from the Gulf  Coast Research Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), the School for Marine Science and Technology at UMass Dartmouth (SMAST), the Virginia Institute of Marine Science at the College of William & Mary (VIMS), and the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES).

“The projects, both shellfish and finfish, that have been funded by SCeMFiS have already shown positive results in contributing to the ‘Best Science’ available,” said Guy Simmons, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Sea Watch International and Chairman of the IAB, in a SCeMFiS release. “I believe the success of the past four years has been validated by new membership recruitment and the acceptance of the science from management agencies. I am especially proud of the work that went into the development and approval of our seven new research projects.”

SCeMFiS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through its Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers Program, which matches industry, government and other organizations with relevant academic specialists. The SCeMFiS IAB is composed of members of the shellfish and commercial finfish industries and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

“As participants in the Atlantic surf clam and ocean quahog fisheries, many of its stakeholders have been involved in cooperative research with the goal of reducing uncertainty in the fisheries management plan for many years,” said Mr. Simmons. “Since the formation of SCeMFiS, these efforts have been dramatically enhanced by the involvement of all the members as well as the guidance from the National Science Foundation.”

The IAB will review funded projects at its next meeting in Cape May, New Jersey October 31-November 1. A full list of SCeMFiS research projects already underway can be found online here.

Descriptions of the seven new research projects, provided by SCeMFiS, are below:

Risk-Based Catch Advice 

  • Evaluation of Alternative Approaches to Risk-Based Catch Advice – this project will review and evaluate methods applied by Scientific and Statistical Committees of regional fishery management councils to evaluate forecast error and improve optimal yield within an appropriate consideration of uncertainty and risk. Principal Investigator: Steve Cadrin, UMass Dartmouth [SMAST]

Stock Assessment

  • Stock Assessment Team – the stock assessment team will provide external support to NMFS for benchmark assessment working groups with a focus in 2017 on the Atlantic mackerel assessment. Principal Investigator: Eric Powell, USM

Marine Mammals

  • Independent Advisory Team for Marine Mammal Assessments – Phase V – this team addresses uncertainties in slow growing marine mammal populations and the interactions between marine mammals and fishing operations. Principal Investigator: Paula Moreno, USM.

Atlantic Menhaden

  • Evaluation of Sampling Adequacy for Atlantic Menhaden Fisheries – this project will evaluate the current Atlantic sampling program for the characterization of menhaden fishery catch leading to recommendations designed to increase sampling efficiency. Principal Investigators: Geneviève Nesslage, UMCES & Robert Leaf, USM

Ocean Quahog

  • Ocean Quahog Population Dynamics: Validation of Estimation Procedures for an Age-at-Length Key – this study builds on previous work that developed the first population age frequencies for the U.S. stock by developing and testing approaches for deriving age-at-length keys from sparse datasets. Principal Investigators: Eric Powell, USM & Roger Mann, VIMS
  • Ocean Quahog Population Dynamics: Population Modeling to Interpret Population Age Frequencies – this project will develop a population dynamics model to explain observed changes in abundance at age over the past 250 yr since ocean quahogs first colonized their present Mid-Atlantic range. Principal Investigator: Eric Powell, USM

Surf Clams 

  • Survey of Surf Clams (Spisula solidissima) Southeast of Nantucket – this will be the first survey of a region providing substantial surfclam catch to determine the need to expand the NMFS stock survey and to evaluate the distribution of complex habitat within the Great South Channel Habitat Management Area. Principal Investigators: Roger Mann, VIMS & Eric Powell, USM

Read a release from SCeMFiS here

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