Fails to stop for pedestrians crossing ... Where's a cop when you need one! Oh, here's one now.
"If I say you wanna take a walk ... you'll damn well take a walk!"
Never send a cat to do a chicken's job ...
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?
2017 LBI STRIPED BASS GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP
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
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!!
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
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.
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)
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.
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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 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
- 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.
- 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 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
- 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