Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, March 02, 2016: Skunk day. Oh, it was very nice in the woods, ...

Joseph Hazelwood's first day back at work ...


Wednesday, March 02, 2016: Skunk day. Oh, it was very nice in the woods, where the trees blocked the impressively hardblowin’ westerlies. The skunk came with a long drive to a treasure hunting area and squat to show for it. The zone was inhabited from mid-1700s to the late-1800s. Part of the problem was the later day people who really left a load of trashiness in their wakes. Too many shotgun shells to count. That hunters’ scat in pervasive everywhere there are woods but some areas are deeper in the shells than others. I had to spend way too much time digging those instead of hearing payday items, like large cents. While the detector I use differentiates between most items, offering a certain tone for shotgun shells, there are some hugely valuable buttons – including Washington inauguration buttons (worth $1,000 and way up) – that give the same brassy sound of a “shogun.” Treasure hunters often substitute that distinctly Japanese term for a shotgun shell.

As I do just about daily, I’ve been crunching the weather maps. I’m sticking with that brush with snow for inland Ocean County, especially if the storm takes a more southerly track.  But don’t wax up the skis. Not only won’t there by a significant snow event, mountain-wise, but wait until you see the warmth moving in by the middle of next week, based on mild air out west having a clean shot at us by, say, Wednesday. If we don’t see a record high temp or two the thermometers are broken.

I’m still trying to get a grip on the odd showing of too-early striped bass just to our south … close enough to cast to. Is it a localized biomass that over-wintered up some local river … even Delaware Bay? Or, is there some inexplicable migratory rush shoreward by bass that slipped out to deeper waters for the winter? Well, next week’s bout of sudden spring could get a few folks trying out Graveling -- or even dropping a line into the Atlantic. While I’m far from a spring striper expert, I have seen where they have a penchant for bloodworms, though clams can also draw them to a hook. Of course, this is the time of year for skate, which become a painful bite when dangling fifteen dollars’ worth of worms.  


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21st Annual Berkeley Striper Club
Fisherman's Flea Market

*  March 6, 2016  9 a.m. - 2 p.m.  *


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Toms River Intermediate School North
150 Intermediate North Way
Toms River, NJ 08753  

Over 60 Tables of new, used, antique & custom fishing tackle

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Freshwater & Saltwater

Door Prizes

Food & Refreshments

Admission: $4.00


Children Under 10
   admitted free

Keith Thomas to Black Talon Plugs
I will be doing a show special this year at Berkeley. There will only be three of these squids available and each one is numbered.
Keith Thomas's photo.
Keith Thomas's photo.
Keith Thomas's photo.

Time to clean the hook holders and start packing them for the Berkeley show this Sunday


Eric Duryea shaking of the cobwebs



JCAA Alert - Fluke and Sea Bass Regulations to be Set

The NJMFC will be meeting at 4PM on Thursday, March 3rd at the Galloway Township Public Library, 306 E Jimmie Leeds Rd, Galloway, NJ 08205. The regulations for fluke and sea bass are expected to be set at this meeting. Though public comment will be accepted, it appears that there will only be one regulatory option offered for each species. The NJ Bureau of Marine Fisheries worked hard to develop various options. They were tweaked a little at the advisors meeting and the end result was that a clear majority of advisors supported the following options.
Fluke – 5 fish at 18” with a season beginning on 5/21 and ending on 9/25 except for Delaware Bay where there will be a 4 fish limit at 17” and at Island Beach State Park where there will be a 2 fish limit at 16”.
Sea Bass – 10 fish at 12.5” from 5/23-6/19, 2 fish at 12.5” from 7/1-8/31 and 15 fish at 13” from 10/22-12/31.
Striped Bass – An overview of the 2015 fishery will be given but the regulations, including those for the bonus bass program are expected to remain the same.

Paul Haertel – JCAA board member, Past President


Peter McCarthy and 3 others shared Guided Fishing Norway's photo.
Guided Fishing Norway's photo.
Guided Fishing Norway

ds and 8 ounces on certified scales this fish obliterates the existing record. 

This would of been some feat from a boat, but this is an incredible capture from the shore and an outstanding effort by Tom. 
Everything went right for Tom during the fight, there were several moments that the fish could of been lost. He had severe ledges and snags to deal with, plus a strong current in quite deep water. The fish almost spooled him twice!
But he held his nerve and had the luck on his side and that combined with some great angling saw the fish beached after a 20 minute struggle. A big thanks to Stu Andrews who jumped down and grabbed the beast, top cod wrestler!!
Well done Tom, I know what this means to you mate and I'm glad to witness such a capture. 
66lb 8oz, 145cm long, 90cm around the gut, 20cm across the mouth, it had 3 part digested fish in its gut, one of which weighed about 6lb, and this fish weighed 49lb 8oz GUTTED!!!!
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Fish Habitat Protection Reaches Milestone in 2016

In the ocean, home is where the fish are. Expert fishers and scientists know that fish gather in certain places, and keeping those habitats healthy can result in more fish to catch. For marine engineers and developers, finding ways to protect fish habitat can become a win-win situation, because their smart development creates both economic and environmental benefits. This type of thinking, while logical, is still in its early stages.   

Fortunately, more and more people are recognizing that habitat is extremely important for maintaining healthy fish stocks and the jobs that depend on them. Congress recognized its importance in 1996 by adding Essential Fish Habitat requirements to the nation’s main fisheries law, the Magnuson Stevens Act, which is now celebrating its 40th year (#MSA40). The update supports responsible economic growth while protecting our nation’s natural infrastructure.

We welcome you to join us in celebrating 20 years of Essential Fish Habitat (#EFH20). Browse the stories here to discover what makes fish habitat so “essential


Joe Tangel

Just a friendly reminder... The people that party and charter boats take fishing, are RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN. They are not commercial, they are not a seperate entity. We provide access to the masses of recreational fishermen, who have just as much right to the resource as any private boat fishermen. The elitist, enviro-nazi types would shit themselves, if party/charter boat Capts could rally there customers, into making fisheries management meetings, and representing recreational interest. Below is the info on the very important upcoming Black Sea Bass meeting. I encourage all my customers to attend. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE/COPY PASTE TO YOUR PAGE. Thank you, Capt. Joe Tangel, KING COD, Moriches.

DATE: WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016
PLACE: The School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences, Stony Brook University Endeavour Hall, room 120
TIME: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Driving directions: Long Island Expressway (LIE, I-495) to exit 62 (Nicolls Road/County Route 97). North on Nicolls Road for about 9 miles, crossing Route 347 to 2nd traffic light north of 347. Make a left at light (South Entrance) onto South Drive. At the next light, make a right turn onto Marburger Drive. Less than 500’ turn right into Marine Sciences entrance, and immediately bear right. Follow the road to the School of Marine & Atmospheric Sciences and Endeavour Hall. You can park your car in the lot between Discovery & Endeavour Halls.

Joe Tangel's photo.

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