Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, September 13, 2016: Winds are south again but should go light southwest ... Buggy Preaching 101

Girls failing to understand that being down 37-8 in the first half is not something to cheer about ... 

Check what I found awaiting my head as I left work tonight ... 


Tuesday, September 13, 2016: Winds are south again but should go light southwest or calm overnight. Nonetheless, we are in a lengthy period of primarily south winds, that always means warmth and sometimes mucked up, lo-viz beachfront ocean waters.  Water temps are in the 70s, up to 75 degrees. 

I got reports that areas in the far west side of Barnegat Bay are still seething with baby bunker. During a recent glassy spell, the water surface in an area near Tuckerton Bay all but vibrated with bunkies. Dark clouds of bunkies can also be seen while driving over the Big Bridge, coming onto LBI -- passenger only!

Below: Old-fashioned thinking ... still works, though add some bucktail onto my Hopkins. Very few lures cast against wind like a Hopkins. 

Departing LBI, all you see is the concrete side of the old bridge, which will be coming down. Bids to raze the old bridge are being worked on. I’m trying to confirm if the demolition might begin this winter.

It might be a Mann-thing but I’d love to see some explosives involved with the Big Bridge’s demo. Obviously, environmental considerations lower the chance of using any “blow it up real good” technique.

Here's some contract work I'm familiar with ... in case I'm needed on the Causeway. Crank up the volume. (Throwback vid.)



It seems that the Beach Haven beachfront will open to buggies as scheduled. I’m almost afraid to ask LBT what it will do with its usual Oct. 1 beachfront buggy opening. I’ll know more soon.

 Below:  Earlier Queen City work. . Now done.

PERMIT PREACHING: Please get your permits – all of them, if you’re going to go town-hopping along the beach.

Obviously, the majority of folks reading this blog are properly-permitted types. Still, mentioning it here might catch the eye of some trailblazing-in-mind wannabe buggyists -- and get them thinking twice.

 I’ll echo my perennial rationale for being a stickler when it comes to nailing permit-lacking zip-abouts. When someone doesn’t have a vested interest in buggying – costing well over $100 for the whole Island – they’ll be far more inclined to perform beach-damaging maneuvers -- and even life-endangering moves. They don’t give a rat’s ass since they won’t be coming back.

 We have all seen beach-abusing drivers, both on Holgate and LBI front beaches. Speeding is far-and-away the most common offence. To address that, I have to bring up a recent, highly-unfortunate mishap in Ship Bottom, when a very qualified borough truck driver -- driving slowly -- accidently ran over the lower legs of a gal lying on the beach.

Below: Not a good sighting upon entering the beach zone. 

I want to use that SB accident to graphically emphasize that it can be very hard to see lying-about beach people. That’s why we drive 1-5, as in 15 mph. It’s also why speeding on the sand can literally be manslaughter in the making.

The few times I’ve confronted speeders, I brought up their not being able to see lying beachgoers in time to stop. All of them said the exact same thing “Oh, I would have seen them.” Total bull!

Enough preaching. I’m simply leading into what will likely be the most crowded buggying fall LBI has ever witnessed. That’s based on early buggy permit sales and the fact that replenished beaches offer such a seemingly easy drive-on and drive-along. It’s a lain-out invitation to first-timers. Learning needs to be a slow experience. Did I mention 15 mph? 


I went back and re-read. Not once was this mentioned in "This little piggy ..." 


I was so pumped to catch two of these little guys and species # 393!!!! Black Banded Sunfish are probably one of the coolest little sunfish! I've tried so many times for this species! Extremely hard to hook because of there size! 


Martin Truex Jr.
Pounding tunas! 
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Ed Wellington

As you noted, this project has been shut down in accordance with Executive Order 210 and will not be started up again until such time as the shutdown order is lifted. The project may be eligible for federal re-imbursement upon completion but that is not enough to allow the project to start back up.

DOT plans to pick up the project as soon as the shutdown order is lifted. As much work as can be done prior to the DEP imposed restrictions will be however full impact to the schedule cannot be assessed until that time.

Please note that the equipment used for the beach dredging project is different from that use for the channel project so removal of the beach equipment is not an issue.


Locally caught ... 

My first albi of the season .


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council

Council Meeting Agenda

October 2016 Council Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - Thursday, October 6, 2016
Stockton Seaview Hotel
401 South New York Road, Galloway, NJ 08205
Telephone 609-652-1800
Webinar: For online access to the meeting, enter as a guest at:http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/october2016.
Briefing Materials: Documents will be posted at http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/october-2016as they become available.


Open PDF Agenda


Tuesday, October 4th

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Executive Committee Meeting 
  • Review 2016 and proposed 2017 implementation plans
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. River Herring and Shad Committee Meeting 
  • Review updated decision document
  • Develop Committee recommendations on whether to develop an amendment to add RH/S as Council-managed stocks 
Wednesday, October 5th
9:00 a.m. Council Convenes

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Blueline Tilefish Framework – Meeting 1
  • Review background materials
  • Approve range of alternatives
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Law Enforcement Reports
  • NOAA Office of Law Enforcement
  • U.S. Coast Guard
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Spiny Dogfish Specifications
  • Review previously set 2017 specifications and consider any modifications if necessary
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. New Jersey Special Management Zone (SMZ) Consideration 
  • Review Monitoring Team Report for SMZ designation of 13 NJ artificial reefs
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. River Herring and Shad Stocks in the Fishery 
  • Review committee recommendations
  • Decide whether to develop an amendment to add RH/S as Council-managed stocks
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Council Communication and Outreach Plan 
  • Review and discuss draft Communication and Outreach Plan
Thursday, October 6th
9:00 a.m. Council Convenes
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Draft Environmental Assessment for Amendment 10 to the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) FMP, 
Jennifer Cudney – HMS, NMFS
  • Council review and comment  
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Business Session
  • Organization Reports 
    • NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Office
    • NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center 
    • NOAA Office of General Counsel
    • Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
  • Liaison Reports 
    • New England Council
    • South Atlantic Council 
  • Executive Director's Report, Chris Moore
  • Science Report, Rich Seagraves
  • Committee Reports
    • Executive Committee
    • Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel
    • Continuing and New Business


The above agenda items may not be taken in the order in which they appear and are subject to change as necessary.  Other items may be added, but the Council cannot take action on such items even if the item requires emergency action without additional public notice.  Non-emergency matters not contained in this agenda may come before the Council and / or its Committees for discussion, but these matters may not be the subject of formal Council or Committee action during this meeting.  Council and Committee actions will be restricted to the issues specifically listed in this agenda.  Any issues requiring emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act that arise after publication of the Federal Register Notice for this meeting may be acted upon provided that the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.  The meeting may be closed to discuss employment or other internal administrative matters.


Press Contact:

Mary Clark




NOAA: New 
ocean noise 
guidelines show commitment to address effects on marine mammals

Today, NOAA released its final 
Ocean Noise Strategy Roadmap, which will guide the agency in more effectively and comprehensively managing ocean noise effects on marine life during the next decade.
Sound is critical for the survival of many marine animals. It's a primary means of communication, orientation and navigation, finding food, avoiding predators, and mate selection. Ocean noise can be caused by natural or human sources.

Schooling porkfish and a black margate swim on a Caribbean reef. (Credit: NOAA)
"Sustainability and resiliency of marine resources are important to NOAA," said Eileen Sobeck, assistant NOAA administrator for fisheries. "We knew we had to have a vision for understanding and addressing how growing levels of ocean noise are affecting marine animals and their habitats in complex ways, and the roadmap provides that."
The roadmap will serve as a guide across NOAA, reviewing the status of the science on ocean noise and informing next steps. NOAA is already taking on some of these recommendations, such as the recent launch of an underwater network of acoustic monitoring sensors. The roadmap suggests key roles for continuing partnerships and starting new ones with other federal agencies, industries, academic researchers, environmental advocates and others.
"NOAA's ocean noise strategy outlines several approaches that we can take with other federal and non-federal partners to reduce how noise affects the species and places we manage," said W. Russell Callender, assistant NOAA administrator for its National Ocean Service. "It also showcases the importance that places like national marine sanctuaries have as sentinel sites in building our understanding of ocean noise impacts."

Autonomous underwater vehicles like this glider can monitor underwater noise. (Credit: NOAA)
NOAA received more than 85,000 responses during public comment on the draft roadmap, and experts improved the final version based on this input. The roadmap will guide the agency on next steps it will take to address ocean noise. Stakeholders will have a chance to weigh in, where appropriate.
"NOAA has the scientific and technical expertise to assess what's happening with ocean noise, help identify gaps in knowledge, and use various tools to alleviate or mitigate its effects," said Richard Merrick, NOAA Fisheries' chief scientist. "Our approach looks for creative and wide-ranging solutions to ensure the agency is effectively understanding and addressing how ocean noise affects the resources placed in our trust in the coming decade."
This roadmap comes just a month after NOAA Fisheries released its final acoustic guidance 
to better predict how man-made underwater sounds affect marine mammal hearing. The technical guidance is one example of a targeted action the roadmap recommends the agency conduct.
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NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources. 

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