Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Turned into a great day. Fluking a-comin'.

What's that show called, something like "What Would You Do?"


Hey, they were about to get wet anyway, right? 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016: Turned into a great day. Light to near-moderate northeast winds. The winds should remain quite fishing-friendly until Saturday, when the gusts and the rain arrive. Sorry weekender. I don’t like it any more than you. I’m supposed to work outside Saturday. We may be able to salvage Sunday.

I’m getting a few more reports of good bassing along the beach. While it isn’t lights-out angling, putting in the time has been paying off with and eater bass or two, i.e. 28-inchish. While I hate to accept it, bait is taking the hookup edge.  One high hook surfcaster with three just-keep stripers (one kept) was chuckin’ clams. Actually, he was also soaking bunker but that rod was dead in the water this day. The catching rod was hosting a pompano rig with no floats. Baitholder hooks.

Bluefish are still poppin’ near Barnegat Inlet. One minute the bite looks like it finally waning and the next it’s Katy bar the door. Many jetty blues have little or nothing in their stomachs when cleaned. I’m betting their regurgitating during the lengthy fight to get them up onto the rocks. Boat caught blues have more in the belly. One had four mantis shrimp.

THINKING FLAT:  It’s time to start thinking summer Flounder. I see that the first days up in NY have gone pretty good, at least via the reports I’ve been getting. Initial notation is how fat they are.

While we had the first fluke showing well over a month ago (unkeepable, of course) there has been very little fluke caught in a bycatch manner. That is surely due to the heavy emphasis on working the upper water column in search of blues. The few times I’ve been jigging the surf lately, I haven’t had a single flattie, though a couple short hits hinted at a fluke swipe.

For the second year running, I will risk it and predict good to excellent surfside fluking, though obviously nothing close to what you’ll be seeing in a drifting in a boat.

Below: How about these for fluke sinkers? Of course, any lingering bluefish will have something to say about how long they might stay attached to the mono. 

The fluke action in the suds might be late incoming if the spring stays this cool right into summer. Cooler weather holds the fluke in the bay and inlets. It’s when the sun beats down and hyper-heats the waters in our shallowing Barnegat Bay that the fluke zip into the ocean and hit the more comfortable surfline.

Inlets will be quite good for fluking from the get-go. There seems to be a lot of life there, of all sorts. Of course, the bluefish are putting a dent in both forage fish and even smaller gamefish.

From a Japanese website: Yep that's a fluke, not a halibut or the likes. 

Length - 40 inches
Weight - 23+ pounds

I have to think that a hopper dredger will be inside Barnegat Inlet starting real soon. Those mid-inlet shoals, halfway out, are as shallow as I’ve seen them in years. Most mariners know to hug the North Jetty when passing those shallows.

Fluke regs at a glance:

The summer flounder recreational minimum size limit remains at 18 inches and the possession limit remains five fish. The 2015 summer flounder recreational season will be open from May 22 to September 26.

Anglers may fillet one legal-sized summer flounder from their daily possession limit catch for use as bait. This carcass, commonly known as the rack, shall be kept intact so it can be measured for compliance with the minimum size limit. No parts of any summer flounder caught on a previous fishing trip shall be in possession; only fish just caught on this outing.

Shore-based anglers fishing at Island Beach State Park (IBSP) may retain 2 fish greater than or equal to 16 inches (total length) only at IBSP during the current open summer flounder fishing season. Shore-based fishing is defined as fishing from a pier, jetty, beach, bank, or marsh. See the article on Shore-based Fishing at Island Beach State Park Regulations.


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ANORECTIC LANES: We gotta talk spans a bit.

There’s no drivable way for mainland surfcasters to reach LBI except to take on the long-under-construction Causeway. Those bridges now look to be a Grade-A challenge the entire summer, starting with lanes so skinny you can easily pass the Grey Poupon at over 55 mph.

Early on in this bridge discussion, I have to beg the question: why do motorists driving the smallest cars somehow take up the most traveling space? I kid you not. I have a full-sized Chevy pickup and, out of necessity, must drive small during bridge crossings. Drivers of larger vehicles – and we are legion – now do the bridge squeeze knowing the lanes don’t allow for any leakage into the adjacent lane. To date, the closest I’ve come to being sideswiped is via smaller cars hugging the centerline, as if the bridge wall or the concrete divider were about to jump out and bite them. I understand it wouldn’t be fun to scrape the concrete but I’m betting that sideswiping a full-sized pickup wouldn’t be a walk in the park.

Believe me, I’m not picking on concrete-fearing sedan drivers. I’m vicariously advising all motorists to drive the straight and narrow over Big Bridge Two, aka Big Bridge Too. In fact, you can even forget that “straight” part. How about that odd and sudden two-lane waggle when heading east toward Big Bridge Two? Oh, is that subtle shift going to be a summer stumbler.

I’m surely going to get hate mail by even bringing this up but you’ll likely notice the exceptional view of the bay to the south when driving over Big Bridge Two. That is because there is no railing above the parapet (wall), the way there was on Big Bridge One. Of course, you as a driver won’t be getting the view. You will have eyes peeled to the road, looking for line-huggers – or holding the wheel steady as insufferable speed demons skyrocket past … just to be the first to reach LBI’s 50-plus traffic signals.

So why should a great view be questionable discussion material? Well, you might notice the scenic look is achieved by what are kinda low-slung parapets/walls between the roadway and the bay. Looking south, passengers can all but peer over the edge off the bridge – to the water far below.

I fully recognize that a ton of physics goes into crafting those walls; angled to keep traffic from accidentally doing a swan dive off the bridge. However, during this phase of construction – and before a huge shoulder will significantly separate the right lane from the wall – you have to get a fleeting sense that the wall seems a bit lacking when it comes to its holding-in capacity.

Below: NOT the Causeway ... but an uncanny likeness. 

Hey, I just had to share that.

By the by, the new big bridge – coupled with the soon to be revamped old bridge – will holistically remain the “Dorland J. Henderson Memorial Bridge.” Works for me. Nobody knew who Dorland was before; now it’ll be doubly so.

Below: Dorland and his wonderful wife. What a couple of fine folks!!! My shot.

Actually, I did know Dorland from a single extraordinary meeting. It was during a huge anniversary celebration of his bridge. I was there eagerly looking for Dorland J. Henderson within a teeming crowd of dignitaries when I was approached by a small, elderly, wonderfully fatherly, African-American gent. I knew I had dropped the journalistic ball when I asked him, “Excuse me, do you know which one is Dorland J. Henderson?” He, in a very unassuming yet highly refined manner said, “That would be me, sir.” Dang.

I won’t once again wax poetic on how he and I hit it off like nobody’s business – to the point that, during his speech, he said, “I was just telling Jay about the time …” It sounded like Dorland and I went back who knows how far. In reality: about an hour.

The SandPaper will be keeping everyone abreast of the ongoing bridge work as the summer progresses.

Photo by: Marjorie Amon

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Fish Monger Wed 5/18 Am Today was one of the many Rutgers research seabass trips we will b doing this year for their study. Plenty to sample all 5 areas we picked produced a bunch of seabass and some pesky blackfish... all fish were returned safely after scale samples lengths and sex checks . They used both regular hooks and circle hooks in their testing and both worked well... Look forward to their next trip and glad to to help with the data they are looking for.

Capt. Dave DeGennaro
Hi Flier Sportfishing

<$150 person. 3 people max. All fish are shared. If the weather shapes up to have calmer seas, and you guys want to fish the ocean, we will modify our departure to 6AM, return at Noon, and the cost per person goes up $25. If everyone is happy with staying in the bay, that's fine, too, just let me know your preference when you call.  These dates and any dates are also available for your private charter.{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

AMS Event #1750-2016 – © portsmouthwebcam.com

The AMS has received nearly 700 reports so far about a fireball event over Northeastern US on May 17th 2016 around 12:50am EDT (4:50 UT). The fireball was seen primarily from Maine but witnesses from Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ontario (Canada) and Québec (Canada) also reported the event.

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One of the fish my girlfriend caught while Ryan Dellane and I straight slaughtered blues in the inlet.
— with Courtney Palughi and Ryan Dellane.
Laura Maschal
Don't forget to come out for this on Thursday evening. Film and panel discussion regarding the future planning for our ocean. pretty important stuff! Plus, it's at beautiful Maris Stella in Harvey Cedars. Always a peaceful enjoyable place to spend an hour or two. See you there!

Come watch the documentary film Ocean Frontiers II and join the post-film conversation about ocean planning in the Mid-Atlantic and how we can help sustain…
Not sure what to make of this sunny. Chernobyl? 


Erik Gonzalez added 2 new photos.
Got to love live-lining bunker at night off the kayak.
Erik Gonzalez's photo.
Erik Gonzalez's photo.

Yesterday, Secretary Kerry reported 29 countries and the European Union have become party to the 2009 Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing. With 30 parties now on board, the agreement will officially enter into force on June 5, 2016. Ratification and international implementation of PSMA was the first of fifteen recommendations developed by the Presidential Task Force to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. Countries that have joined the agreement will have the necessary tools to prevent the offloading and sale of IUU fishing products.

Fast-Warming Atlantic to Get New Climate Strategy

SEAFOODNEWS.COM [Courthouse News] by Ramona Young-Grindle - May 18, 2016

WASHINGTON (CN) - The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration requests public input on its draft action plan to address climate change threats to its Northeast fisheries and protected species. The plan was developed in response to increasing demand for science-based information to aid in preparing for and responding to climate-related impacts, the agency said.

Each of the agency's five fisheries regions will have a climate science action plan to implement the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy, which noted that whether or not climate change was "just a theoretical possibility" for some people, fishermen are already feeling climate change impacts. For example, higher temperatures caused the price to collapse for Maine lobsters in 2012, as the lobsters started their migration a month early and grew to market size much faster than usual, the agency said.

It is not just fisherman, coastal communities that depend on tourism, and other impacts on people and businesses that are the subject of the draft action plan, the agency noted. Ocean warming and acidification are also affecting species protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, including corals, sea turtles, whales and salmon, among many others.

"Warming oceans, rising seas, and ocean acidification are affecting marine life and also disrupting fisheries and local economies. We hope this plan will help us provide the kind of information needed to support actions that will ensure sustainable fisheries and coastal communities in this time of great change," Bill Karp, Director of NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center, said.

The Northeast region is one of the fastest warming areas in the world's oceans, NOAA said. It includes the area from Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, the western end of the Scotian Shelf, the Mid-Atlantic Bight, Southern New England, Georges Bank, and the Gulf of Maine. It is also where one of the most endangered whales, the North Atlantic right whale, is found. According to the draft plan, "climate change may also impact the productivity of some marine mammals. For example, decreases in prey abundance may reduce productivity of North Atlantic right whale," not good news for a species with a population of less than 450 animals.

"Fish, shellfish, marine mammal, and sea turtle populations are already responding to this changing environment, which is also affecting habitats that these species use, predator-prey relationships, and competition in the ecosystem," the agency said.

NOAA, the federal agency tasked with management of the nation's fisheries and marine sanctuaries, and the protection of imperiled marine species, is also responsible for climate monitoring. According to the agency's announcement, the draft plan is to increase the production, delivery and use of climate-related scientific information in these management efforts.

"This plan builds on the work already underway in the region to address climate change," Jon Hare, of NOAA's Northeast Fisheries Science Center and lead author of the plan, said. "For instance, we've been leaders in long-term monitoring needed to explain change, linking stock assessment and climate models, and working toward an ecosystem-based understanding of sub-regions like Georges Bank. We are also providing biannual and annual state-of-the-ecosystem reports to federal fishery managers to support their efforts to implement fishery management in a more holistic way, accounting for ecosystem factors as well as the biology of the fish."

The agency requests information and comments by July 29.


Northwest Atlantic Ocean May Get Warmer, Sooner

High-resolution global climate model shows much faster warming and changing ocean circulation
A new study by NOAA researchers suggests future warming of ocean waters off the Northeastern U.S. may be greater and occur at an even faster rate than previously projected.

Their findings, based on output from four global climate models of varying ocean and atmospheric resolution, indicate that ocean temperature in the U.S. Northeast Shelf is projected to warm twice as fast as previously projected and almost three times faster than the global average. The models were developed at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) in Princeton, New Jersey.

“We looked at four GFDL models and compared their output to ocean observations in the region. The highest resolution GFDL model, CM2.6, matched the Northwest Atlantic circulation and water mass distribution most accurately,” said Vincent Saba, a NOAA fisheries scientist and lead author of the study. “Prior climate change projections for the region may be far too conservative.”

Over the past ten years, the Gulf of Maine has warmed faster than 99% of the global ocean. Recent studies indicate that the enhanced warming is associated with a northerly shift in the Gulf Stream. Changes in the distribution and species composition are already evident, but existing climate change projections are based on warming scenarios from coarse resolution models. Warming of 3 to 4 degrees C (as much as 5.4 to 7.2 degrees F), projected by NOAA GFDL’s CM2.6, will likely cause more extreme effects on the ecosystem.

Global climate models used to project global and regional climate change generally have coarse ocean and atmospheric resolution. The higher resolution models better reflect the ocean circulation and sea floor bathymetry in smaller, complex areas like the Gulf of Maine and the U.S. Northeast Shelf. According to the study, the models project that ocean warming will be even more pronounced than suggested by coarser models under increasing concentrations of atmospheric CO2.

The study appears in the Journal of Geophysical Research - Oceans, published by the American Geophysical Union.

The global climate models assessed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which are used to project global and regional climate change, are coarse resolution models based on a roughly 100-kilometer or 62-mile grid, to simulate ocean and atmospheric dynamics. NOAA GFDL’s CM2.6 offers ten times more resolution by using a roughly 10-kilometer or 6.2-mile ocean grid.

“It is like comparing an old standard definition television screen to today’s ultra high definition screens,” said Saba, a member of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Ecosystem Assessment Program who works at GFDL. “There aren’t many high resolution global climate models available due to their prohibitive cost. For much of the global ocean the coarser resolution is okay, but when you are studying a unique location like the Gulf of Maine, with its complex bathymetry of deep basins, channels, and shallow banks combined with its location near the intersection of two major ocean current systems, the output from the coarser models can be misleading.”

Animation of Northwest Atlantic Ocean and Shelf monthly salinity/temperature change under an atmospheric CO2 doubling scenario from GFDL CM2.6. Monthly salinity and temperature from the model are averaged between 150-200 meters (roughly 500 - 650 feet) depth to represent Slope Water intrusions into the Northeast Channel. Ocean depths greater than 150 meters are shown. CM2.6 monthly salinity and temperature are animated under an 80-year run of atmospheric CO2 increasing 1% per year (at bottom) such that it doubles at year 70 and continues increasing by 1% per year until year 80. Credit: Vincent Saba and Remik Ziemlinksi, NOAA

A warm bias in sea surface temperature in most global climate models is due to a misrepresentation of the coastal separation position of the Gulf Stream, which extends too far north of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The model bias, known as the “Gulf Stream separation problem,” is a result of the models’ coarse resolution. As a consequence of that bias, existing climate change projections for the Northeast U.S. Shelf and the Gulf of Maine are based on unrealistic regional ocean circulation patterns. NOAA GFDL’s highest resolution model, CM2.6, significantly reduces that bias.

The study also found that the warming of the upper 300 meters (roughly 1,000 feet) of the Northwest Atlantic increases salinity due to a change in water mass distribution related to a retreat of the colder, fresher Labrador Current and a northerly shift of the warmer, saltier Gulf Stream. Observations and the high-resolution climate model CM2.6 show a strong relationship between a weakening Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) and an increase in the proportion of warm-temperate slope water entering the U.S. Northeast Continental Shelf, primarily through the Gulf of Maine’s Northeast Channel.

“These results show the need to improve simulations of basin and regional-scale ocean circulation,” said Saba, who will use the CM2.6 model findings for a variety of climate studies on living marine resources in the ecosystem. In addition to Saba and Jonathan Hare from NOAA Fisheries’ Northeast Fisheries Science Center, other study authors are affiliated with NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.

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