Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Tuesday, September 15, 2015: Favorable winds on the horizon ...

"Jay, Took your advice and got a cat to control our rat problem ..."

Tuesday, September 15, 2015: (Note: LBT front beaches are apparently NOT open to buggies until Oct 1. That info comes via a call I made today to town hall. However, there was also some uncertainty regarding the opening of the front beaches, which – as you’ll see in the full LBT ordinance below – are supposed to open Sept. 15. It could be a replenishment issue. See: "No vehicle (except municipal, state or federal vehicles) shall be operated on the strand or beachfront from May 15 to September 15.")  

We need to talk winds … actually, the lack of same, possibly for days to come.

We’ll see light and variable winds through Friday. It will essentially be a land breeze/sea breeze set-up. This will allow for any and all types fishing, though anyone looking to work the bay better have industrial-grade insect repellent.

Note: Many a powerful insect repellent, especially those for chiggers or ticks, explicitly warns about spraying directly on skin.” Take that to heart. Not only can that stuff burn the skin – and mess up the eyes -- but some of those chemicals, when absorbed (and they are rapidly absorbed), are just about the worst things for the likes of heart health.

Read: Deet is absorbed through the skin into the systemic circulation; one study showed that about 10% to 15% of each dose can be recovered from the urine.[2] Other studies have shown lower skin absorption values, in the range of 5.6% to 8.4%.[1] Possibly, the solvent used in the product enhances absorption. One study showed that ethanol may increase permeation of deet.[6] Regardless, the lowest concentration of deet that provides the longest repellence should be chosen for use.



Fishing is slow … but might not be by tomorrow. I just think there is so much marine life out and about that gamefish could show at any instant. Striper fishing has flared up a bit. The mullet and spearing run has them aggressively feeding.

Better hookups could actually be resident summer bass, which are turning it up a feeding notch. I say that because the few nicer bass being taken have strictly been one-and-done catches. A mass movement of bass has wider spread and brisker hooking.

Below: Jean Deery Schaum Look what Terry caught today ... Off the jetty ... 

As to plugging: Splashy and flashy surface offerings will soon be lookin’ better with all the larger leapin’ mullet around. Sure, jigs will still catch more fish but a water-jet popper or top-skimming heavy metal (being rushed in) might entice some speed-freak gamefish, like false albies, i.e. little tunnys.


5.75 albie on a mike's custom jointed eel from the beach

Robin Nash's photo.

I’m still dedicating a few dozen top-skipping retrieves in hopes of getting an albie from shore. But, even more, I’m eyeing my kayak to get me that couple/few hundred yards offshore to where these 40 mph buggers really turn it on. There is something about yaks and albies that are matching up well, per many reports. It could be the quietness of the vessels an, also, the way forage fish huddle beneath kayaks. Kayak methods include cast-and-retrieve plugging; moderate to fast speed retrieves when out further … not the insane retrieve-speed needed to coax an albie closer to shore.

I was told by a shark expert that chunks of false albies are among the best sharks attractants known. 

I haven’t heard of any more red drum but they’re likely still out there. Also, the bayside black drum count has dropped off. Not sure where they all go.

Just to our north (Monmouth), blues in the three- to five-pound range have been smashing beachside plugs and baits. We have plenty enough bait moving about to draw them down here. The mid-70s water is not to the liking of larger blues. 


Below: Find the LBT ordinances regarding beach buggy usage. 

Article III. Motor Vehicles on Beaches

[Adopted 8-2-1974 as § 4-8 of the 1974 Code]

§ 51-20. Permit required.

A. Each operator shall be required to obtain a permit to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle on the strand or ocean beach. Application for the permit shall be made to the Chief of Police who may require from the applicant complete information as to his or her ability and competence to operate a motor vehicle in an area in a safe and prudent manner so as not to endanger the lives and safety of others using the beach. The information shall include the applicant's age, driving record and experience.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
B. The operator's permit is required to be in physical possession of the operator at all times while the vehicle is being operated on the beach.
C. Permits shall not be transferable.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
D. Requests for replacement decals must be accompanied by a paid receipt and "old" decal, regardless of its condition.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]

§ 51-21. Registration of vehicle.

A. Every person desiring to operate a four-wheel drive motor vehicle on the strand or ocean beach of this Township shall first register the same with the Chief of Police.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
B. The person registering any vehicle shall be issued a special plate or other identifying insignia serially numbered for identification purposes and to be displayed in a conspicuous place on the vehicle while being operated on the strand or beach. The registration shall be issued only to vehicles having four-wheel drive, of the type known as "beach buggy" or "jeep," which vehicle shall be registered and licensed to be operated on the highways of the United States and so equipped as to be capable of passing the motor vehicle inspection requirements of the State of New Jersey. No permit shall be issued to any vehicle which is designed or equipped for sleeping or living purposes, commonly referred to as "campers," "camp trailers," "camper buses" or "trucks with camper bodies."

§ 51-22. Fees.

[Amended 2-24-1978 by Ord. No. 78-5C; 1-16-1981 by Ord. No. 81-3C; 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
A. The applicant shall pay to the Police Department a nonrefundable registration fee of $50 at the time of filing the application for an annual permit or a fee of $25 which will be applicable for the term of the Striped Bass Derby. The vehicle registration shall expire on December 31 in the year in which it was written.
B. Violators of the Code regarding motor vehicles on beaches may have permit privileges suspended without a refund.

§ 51-23. Regulations.

The following shall apply.
A. No vehicle (except municipal, state or federal vehicles) shall be operated on the strand or beachfront from May 15 to September 15, except that portion thereof lying south of that northerly boundary of the Holgate Unit of the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge as designated allowable by the federal authorities.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
B. No vehicle shall be operated on the strand or beachfront at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.
C. No vehicle shall be operated on the sand dunes, and all vehicles shall obtain access to the beachfront from the public streets only at places specifically designated by the Police Department, as follows:
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]

Nelson Avenue
Washington Avenue
Holgate Beach, Wildlife Refuge entrance via end of boulevard (closed April 15 to August 15) 
Scott Drive

Twp From Ship Bottom – Beach Haven
31st Street
87th Street
46th Street
106th Street
46th Street
106th Street
66th Street
34th Street (BHG)
79th Street
15th Street (NBH)

North Beach
25th Street
Tract 1065 (behind tennis courts)
Coast Road
D. All vehicles shall be required to maintain a reasonable distance from congested bathing beaches or other areas where bathers, surf fishermen or others using the beach are present.
E. No rubbish, debris or litter of any sort shall be discarded from any vehicle while being operated on the beachfront.
F. Vehicles are allowed access in permitted areas 24 hours each day, but no vehicle shall be operated on the beachfront at night without adequate lights.
[Amended 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
G. Every vehicle being operated on the beach shall be operated in a safe, reasonable and careful manner at all times so as not to endanger the lives and safety of other persons using the beachfront.
H. The Township of Long Beach specifically reserves the right to close the access to the wildlife sanctuary known as the Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge when the Township deems maintenance is required and/or any other emergency arises with respect to the access route to the wildlife preserve.
[Added 1-16-1981 by Ord. No. 81-3C]
I. Vehicles shall maintain or have readily available emergency equipment such as, but not limited to, a First Aid Kit, shovel, tow chain or equivalent, road flares, Coast Guard or ICC-approved fire extinguisher, jack with a large support board (minimum 12 inches by 12 inches), flashlight, spare tire.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]
J. No vehicle shall be left unattended. The driver must stay within close proximity to his/her vehicle while fishing, etc.
[Added 9-18-2009 by Ord. No. 09-16C]

§ 51-24. Violations and penalties.





The U.S. Navy agrees to give marine mammals off California and Hawaii a break from deafening noise.


Scientists often say that whales and dolphins see with their ears, mapping out their vast, dark underwater environment with an exquisite sensitivity to sound. And for many years now, the growing amount of manmade noise in the ocean has been blinding them.

One particularly devastating source of that noise is used by naval vessels to detect submarines and other objects beneath the surface. The intense, high-volume, and far-ranging sound waves blasted by active sonar are traumatic for marine mammals, and evidence has been mounting for more than a decade that they pose an existential threat to many species.

Since the mid-1990s, NRDC (disclosure) and partner conservation groups have pushed the U.S. Navy to deploy its sonar systems and conduct training exercises in ways that will reduce their impact on whales and dolphins, winning a series of court battles stretching back to 2003 (and going all the way to Supreme Court).

Over the weekend, NRDC and the U.S. Navy finally reached a federal court agreement regarding one of those long-runng fights—in the whales’ favor. As a result of the settlement deal, the navy will silence its sonar in areas around Southern California and Hawaii during certain periods of the year when marine mammal populations are most vulnerable. The agreement, signed off on by the judge today, runs until the end of 2018, when the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service is scheduled to issue new environmental impact statements and authorizations regarding military exercises in sensitive waters.

Advocates hope the win represents a turning point in the military's view that marine mammals are acceptable collateral damage in its training exercises.

Mass strandings are the most visible effect of active sonar on wildlife, and they often coincide with nearby naval deployments. In 2000, for example, 17 whales swam themselves aground in the Bahamas. A government investigation, published more than a year later, concluded that the most likely explanation was mid-frequency sonar emitted by the navy. The sonar caused “some sort of acoustic or impulse trauma” that drove the whales ashore, killing them.

Since the publication of that report, a rise in whale strandings worldwide has provided marine biologists with many unwanted research opportunities. We now know that intense sound waves can have direct physiological impacts on whales, including internal hemorrhaging and ruptured lung tissue. Sudden loud blasts not only lead to whales fleeing from their natural foraging and breeding grounds but can also make the animals rocket toward the surface, causing gas to precipitate out of their blood and tissue. The condition—which in human divers is known as decompression sickness, or “the bends”—can prevent the transport of oxygen and cause organ systems to fail.

Even if these acute ills do not occur, chasing whales away from their natural habitat decreases their chances to feed and breed successfully, potentially threatening the long-term survival of numerous species, many of which have already been hunted close to extinction.

The U.S. Navy doesn't deny the evidence linking its training exercises to whale deaths—it has even put its imprimatur on some of the research—but for many years, it has declined to respond appropriately. Conservation groups wanted the military to avoid sonar-based exercises at certain times and in defined places where marine mammals forage, breed, and migrate, but the navy drew a red line around such so-called "time-area closures."

In the NRDC-led lawsuit challenging the military's unfettered right to deploy sonar throughout the ocean, the U.S. Navy warned the judge that the proposed closures would hamper its “ability to adapt training” and “evolve as the threat emerges.” Forcing ships to move farther out to sea for training exercises, away from whale habitat, would also threaten the safety of our sailors, the navy argued.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Oki Mollway was not convinced. In March, she accused the navy of refusing to contemplate any restrictions whatsoever, describing the national-security warnings as “pure hyperbole.” The strength of Judge Mollway’s opinion forced officials back to the negotiating table with NRDC and its allies, and the military brass finally accepted that time-area closures were unavoidable.

A well-defined area off the California coast between San Diego and Orange County, for instance, will be off-limits to sonar and explosives testing during the months-longsummer migration of blue whales, the largest animal on earth. And the navy says it will no longer conduct training and testing in large portions of its most frequently used real estate west of San Clemente, California—where beaked whales, the leviathans most vulnerable to stranding, have the unfortunate fate of living.

The stakes are even higher in Hawaii, where the topography creates unique currents that bring otherwise deepwater species to the surface. Some whales and dolphins that spend almost their entire lives around the islands are severely threatened. Hawaii’s population of false killer whales, for example, has dwindled to around 150—a critically low census. The navy has agreed to place time limitations, or in some cases year-round prohibitions, on the use of sonar to protect these animals.

There’s a time and a place for sonar. For now, at least, the navy has agreed to fall in line.


Check out this chopper!!!!!!!!!!!!

Henry Busby and 2 others shared Bernie's Bait & Tackle's photo.
Bernie's Bait & Tackle's photo.

Tony fish caught this 24 lbs monster blue today on diamond jigs


Facebook users may see a "dislike" button coming to the site in the near future. (AP)

Updated 2 hrs 55 mins ago
Listen up, Facebook users: a "dislike" button may coming your way.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Tuesday during a Q&A at Facebook's headquarters that the social network had been testing a "dislike" button that they hope to unveil in the near future.

"I think people have asked about the dislike button for many years. Today is a special day because today is the day I can say we're working on it and shipping it," Zuckerberg said, according to  Business Insider.

Zuckerberg said Facebook was initially hesitant to roll out a "dislike" button. But the social network began to realize the need for an option for users to express emotions and sentiments aside from "liking," e.g. on posts when a family member passes away, or when users share stories about tragic news events.

"What they really want is the ability to express empathy. Not every moment is a good moment," Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg said that Facebook has been working on the dislike button for some time, and hope to launch it in the near future.

Team Elizabeth coming in hot for National Fisherman Magazine 

Wilbur Kuntzi  in Holgate LBI NJ.
Holgate this morning. Hooked something I couldn't turn and after a half hour it finally broke the 15 lb test line. I live lined mullet for a couple of taylor blues. Netted some more mullet for the fall fishing. Another great day.
Wilbur Kuntzi's photo.
Wilbur Kuntzi's photo.

Rhode Island Chris Blouin

Albies from shore................................ on topwater too no less.

Was throwing the Bigfish Bait Co, savage tadpole popper, epic blow ups, insane runs and just too much fun on light tackle.

Thanks Larry Wentworth for the get well gift, it will see more albies this week hopefully.

Chris Blouin's photo.

As a Catholic and a member of the Sierra Club Board of Directors, I'm looking forward to Pope Francis' visit to the United States next week.

This spring, Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment, an important Catholic document that details his teachings on climate disruption and calls on all people of faith and goodwill to act. He's clear about the problem: "We know that technology based on the use of highly polluting fossil fuels... needs to be progressively replaced without delay."

And Francis' visit is timely. World leaders are tasked with reaching a global agreement to address climate change at the UN Climate Conference in Paris this December. This is our best hope yet for international climate action and Francis is calling on people of all faiths to join the cause to protect our common home.

On the eve of Pope Francis' visit to the United States, tell Presid...

As Pope Francis speaks to the need for climate action, we must continue to show world leaders there is overwhelming public support for a strong agreement.

Francis' message speaks to a moral imperative that transcends faith and country: "We are all responsible for the protection and care of the environment. This responsibility knows no boundaries."

People of faith and goodwill are increasingly speaking out for climate action in the lead up to Paris. Pope Francis has been joined by Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Buddhist leaders, all expressing their belief that we must work together to find solutions.

World leaders too, are beginning to step up. The US and China took a strong first step last year, reaching an agreement that set new targets for cutting carbon emissions in both countries. But the stakes are high and negotiators must rise to the challenge and reach a strong agreement in Paris later this year.

Join Pope Francis' call for climate action. Tell President Obama yo...

Thank you for being a part of this movement.


Susana Reyes
Sierra Club Board of Directors

P.S. Pope Francis will be speaking to Congress on September 24. Join thousands of other climate activists to watch the speech on the National Mall in Washington DC. This is a moment you don't want to miss. Check out the details and RSVP now for the rally!

P.P.S. Sierra Club just launched our new #ActInParis campaign at www.actinparis.org. This is an excellent place to learn more about faith and climate, the upcoming UN negotiations, and to join climate efforts leading into Paris.




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