Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, October 21, 2015: By request, I did the longish beach drive from North Beach to Holgate

Today: Looks like the Aids to Navigation folks are already out and buoying about. 

This website is great for anyone who loves the sea ... and seafood. 



Below: Ocean Heat (1022 Joules)

Each bar shows heat energy in the top half-mile of the ocean compared to the average from 1955-2006.
There is no way this isn't impacting our fishing ... as of today ... right now. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015: By request, I did the longish beach drive from North Beach to Holgate, just to check on the rideability.

 The first phase, from NB to Brant Beach, was a breeze. Then there’s the current replen work area. I got off at 31st Street, drove the Blvd. down to Nebraska Ave, got back on there. And it was quickly quite weird. The new replen dunes – or maybe it’s the upper beach – is like a line of hills to the west of where you drive more toward the ocean. It’s a fairly easy drive down near water, though the sand is loose. I don’t know if it’s drivable atop the highlands.

Once past that odd area, it was normal beach driving through Spray Beach and most of Beach Haven. Then, just past Holyoke Avenue, in south Beach Haven, it’s impassable, due to erosion and beach work. The Holyoke exit is the last chance to get off. I got off there and went to Holgate without driving BH Inlet/Holgate front beach – between Osborne Ave. and the parking lot.

Holgate is an easy drive even at high tide. At the end I was a bit surprised to see Old Glory waving atop a dune, on the refuge. Then I found some sort of phosphorous canister. A type of industrial flare. 

Here's a video showing the spooky looking thing ...


Here's what happened when a similar flare washed ashore in Alabama: 

GULF SHORES, Alabama -- Military personnel added some extra heat to the beach late Wednesday morning with the explosion of a phosphorus flare.

A military explosive ordnance disposal team was called in by the U.S. Coast Guard to explode the flare, or marine location marker, after an individual found it near the Harbor House condominium along West Beach and contacted police, according to Orange Beach Deputy Fire Chief Keith Martin.

(UPDATE: At 8:09 p.m. Wednesday, Gulf Shores police tweeted that a second phosphorus flare was found and was safely detonated with explosive material shortly thereafter on the far west end of West Beach Boulevard.)

Flares, similar to the ones found Wednesday, can be used in search and rescue operations as signals, a target marker for military sea and air training or even as a surface wind indicator. Salt water triggers a chemical reaction with the phosphorus and they're designed to sink once deployed.


The ocean is cleaning up fairly quickly, though I passed many a surfcaster today and they weren't using the cleanest of language to describe the fishing. 

Barnegat Bay is seeing a sudden rush of cocktail/tailor/tinker blues. They're a bit north now but it takes them about ten minutes to get to the bay waters off LBI. 

Nick Franzoso

Blues are back in the bay whacked em good this morning by governors cove
Nick Franzoso's photo.

The day bass bite is piss-po. There is upbeat chatter about the latest addition to the Classic night bass entries. Our own Greg Cudnik nabbed a 28/1 cow running 42 inches in length. It was a 4 a.m. hookup, meaning the night bite is the way to go. There will be more than a few of us out there. Tonight's my night to shine ... whadda ya think about that, kid?

Forget you, tonight might be a perfect plugging time. We'll have a waxing quarter moon under very clear conditions. That touch of moon should add just a touch of light to the wake of surfaces plugs being retrieved ever so slowly --- or any speed you think is the magic pace. I vote for a crawl so slow the plug sways more than it waggles. One thing I can assure: black plugs rule the night. 

To experiment a bit:

Or go whole-hog hunting ... 



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October 21, 2015                                                                                                                                          Subscribe

NOAA Fisheries Announces an Additional Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop to be Held in Bohemia, NY on December 10, 2015
NMFS published a 
Federal Register notice on September 10, 2015 (80 FR 54533), announcing the dates and locations of three Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops to be held during October - December of 2015.  Attendance at an Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers in order to meet certain regulatory requirements and to maintain valid permits.  Based upon recent analysis indicating the need for an additional workshop in the New York and southern New England area to accommodate Atlantic shark dealers who purchase smooth dogfish, this notice announces an additional free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop that will be conducted on December 10, 2015, in Bohemia, NY.  Dealers may also attend the previously scheduled November 12, 2015, workshop in Mount Pleasant, SC or the December 3, 2015, workshop in Largo, FL (80 FR 54533).

Who Must Attend?
  • All new applicants for Atlantic shark dealer permits;
  • All federally-permitted Atlantic shark dealers or a proxy from each business location that receives sharks (unless they have already attended a workshop and possess a valid  certificate);
    • Proxies:  Currently permitted shark dealers may send someone else (i.e. a proxy) to a shark identification workshop instead of attending themselves.  If a dealer opts to send a proxy, then a proxy from each place of business that first receives sharks under the dealer's permit must attend the workshop.  A proxy must be:
      • A person who is currently employed by a place of business authorized to receive sharks under the dealer's permit;
      • A primary participant in the identification, weighing, and/or first receipt of fish as they are offloaded from a vessel; and,
      • Involved in filling out dealer reports.
Purpose of Workshops
  • To train Federal Atlantic shark dealer permit holders or their proxies to properly identify shark carcasses,
  • To reduce the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks reported in the dealer reporting form,
  • To increase the accuracy of species-specific dealer reported information,
  • To gain a better understanding of the regulatory requirements for Atlantic shark dealers, and 
  • To improve quota monitoring and data used for shark stock assessments.
All workshops are held from 12:00 (noon) to 4:00 p.m.
Zip Code
Hampton Inn & Suites
1104 Isle of Palms Connector
Mount Pleasant
Hampton Inn & Suites
100 East Bay Drive
LaQuinta Inn & Suites
10 Aero Road

What to Bring
All workshop participants must bring proof of identification.  To ensure that the workshop certificate is linked to the correct permit, please bring the following items to the workshop:

Individual Dealer Permit Holder:
  • Proof of identification,
  • A copy of the applicable permit(s). 
Representative of a Partnership, Corporation, or Other Entity:
  • Proof that the individual is an agent (partial owner) of the business,
  • A copy of the applicable permit(s), and
  • Proof of identification.
Dealer Proxies:
  • Documentation from the shark dealer acknowledging that the proxy is attending the workshop on behalf of the Atlantic shark dealer and for a specific business location,
  • A copy of the applicable permit(s), and
  • Proof of identification.
For More Information:
To pre-register for a scheduled workshop, please contact Eric Sander at 
esander@peoplepc.com or by phone at (386) 852-8588.  Pre-registration is highly recommended but is not required.  For further information regarding workshop requirements please visit the following webpage:
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/compliance/workshops/index.html or contact Rick Pearson at (727) 824-5399.


Atlantic Shark Commercial Fishery Landings Update
January 1 - October 16, 2015
are the preliminary landings estimates in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) dressed weight (dw) for the Atlantic shark commercial fisherie
s; 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds.
  These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through October 16, 2015.  The estimates include landings by state-only permitted vessels, federally permitted vessels, and the 2015 shark research fishery participants

Region Or Sub-Region
Management Groups
Quota Linkages
Commercial Retention Limits for Directed Shark Limited Access Permit Holders as of October 18, 2015 
(These limits can change throughout the season)

Gulf of Mexico
Blacktip Sharks
Not Linked
Closed for the rest of the 2015 fishing season
Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks
Hammerhead Sharks

Gulf of Mexico
Blacktip Sharks
Not Linked
Closed for the rest of the 2015 fishing season
Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks
Hammerhead Sharks
Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks
45 large coastal sharks other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip
Hammerhead Sharks
Region Or Sub-Region
Management Groups
2015 Quota
Estimated Landings in 2015
% of 2015 Quota
2014 Landings During The Same Time Period

Gulf of Mexico
Blacktip Sharks
25.1 mt dw

(55,439 lb dw)
21.5 mt dw

(47,366 lb dw)  1

202.3 mt dw

(446,024 lb dw)

Gulf of Mexico
231.5 mt dw

(510,261 lb dw)
197.7 mt dw

(435,961 lb dw)  1


Gulf of Mexico
Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks
85.5 mt dw

(188,593 lb dw)
84.5 mt dw

(186,223 lb dw)  1

153.7 mt dw

(338,923 lb dw)

Gulf of Mexico
72.0 mt dw

(158,724 lb dw)
69.6 mt dw

(153,380 lb dw)  1


Gulf of Mexico
Hammerhead Sharks
13.4 mt dw

(29,421 lb dw)
7.3 mt dw

(16,198 lb dw)  1

14.4 mt dw

(31,733 lb dw)

Gulf of Mexico
11.9 mt dw

(26,301 lb dw)
6.5 mt dw

(14,360 lb dw)  1

Gulf of Mexico
Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks
112.6 mt dw

(248,215 lb dw)
69.9 mt dw

(154,077 lb dw)

66.8 mt dw

(147,366 lb dw)
Blacknose Sharks
1.8 mt dw

(4,076 lb dw)
1.0 mt dw

(2,096 lb dw)

Closed and Prohibited 
1.4 mt dw

(3,149 lb dw)
Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks
168.9 mt dw 

(372,552 lb dw)
90.1 mt dw

(198,651 lb dw)
101.6 mt dw

(224,098 lb dw)
Hammerhead Sharks
27.1 mt dw

(59,736  lb dw)
8.5 mt dw

(18,703 lb dw)
6.0 mt dw

(13,223 lb dw)
Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Sharks
264.1 mt dw

(582,333 lb dw)
106.2 mt dw

(234,170 lb dw)

Reopened (North of 34°N. lat. only) 4
103.1 mt dw

(227,202 lb dw)
Blacknose Sharks

(South of 34 ° N. lat. only)
17.5 mt dw

(38,638 lb dw)
20.5 mt dw

(45,109 lb dw)

17.4 mt dw

(38,437 lb dw)
No regional quotas
Shark Research Fishery

(Aggregated LCS)
50.0 mt dw

(110,230 lb dw)
18.1 mt dw

(39,830 lb dw)
14.3 mt dw

(31,543 lb dw)
Shark Research Fishery

(Sandbar only)
90.7 mt dw

(199,943 lb dw)
63.6 mt dw

(140,258 lb dw)
37.5 mt dw

(82,737 lb dw)
Blue Sharks
273.0 mt dw

(601,856 lb dw)
0.5 mt dw

(1,114 lb dw)
< 1%
7.8 mt dw

(17,157 lb dw)
Porbeagle Sharks
0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)
0 mt dw

(0 lb dw)
0.5 mt dw

(1,035 lb dw)
Pelagic Sharks Other Than Porbeagle or Blue
488.0 mt dw

(1,075,856 lb dw)
71.3 mt dw

(157,099 lb dw)
126.7 mt dw

(279,276 lb dw)

blacktip, aggregated LCS, and hammerhead shark management group preliminary 2015 landings were split based on the sub-regional quota percentage splits established in Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP.     

Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on May 3, 2015 (80 FR 24836).

Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on July 4, 2015 (80 FR 38016).  In the final rule for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (80 FR 50073; August 18, 2015), NMFS reopened the Gulf of Mexico non-blacknose SCS fishery and prohibited the retention of blacknose sharks in the Gulf of Mexico region.

Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on June 7, 2015 (80 FR 32040), but the non-blacknose SCS fishery was reopened on August 18, 2015 (80 FR 50073) for sharks caught north of 34
 N. lat. only.
Fishery closed at 11:30 p.m. local time on December 17, 2014 and will remain closed for the 2015            shark fishing season (79 FR 75068)
This notice is a courtesy to the HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information on this landings update, contact Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Guý DuBeck at 301-427-8503.  The information will also be posted on the HMS website at:


David Iacono with Sophie Bordynowski and Eric Kerber

Yeah baby
David Iacono's photo.


Below: Great LED headgear ... for fishing on colder nights. The beam isn't blinding but plenty enough to tie hooks and unhook huge bass.  Most of all, you don't get a headlamp headache, the way heavier, larger strap-based headlamps can offer in short order. Try to get them in our tackle shops but if they don't carry them Home Depot has a line of them.

The Home Depot
PowerCap LED Lighted Beanie Hats combine Patent Pending Ultra Bright LED technology with a Micro Fleece beanie style hat to provide you with the perfect hands free flashlight. The 4 LEDs provide more than 48 Lumens. When you click the easy on/off switch hidden in the band you'll notice that 2 of the LEDs are angled down at 50\ufffdto light up where your hands are for close up tasks while the other 2 LEDs are aimed forward to light the distance up to 42 ft. away. 4 CR2032 Coin Cell batteries...

Complete your project with PowerCap Headgear 4 LED Winter Beanie Lighted Hat Black....

Kil Song


Commercial fisherman cited; catch seized


A commercial fisherman from Bristol has been cited by Massachusetts environmental police for illegally fishing in Mt. Hope Bay.
At about 2 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, Massachusetts Environmental police spotted the Jarrod Seth, a green dragger owned by fisherman Robert Morris, fishing with nets and mobile gear in the bay. With the assistance of Rhode Island DEM officers, Massachusetts authorities boarded the vessel. They determined that Capt. Morris had been targeting mantis shrimp, and that he was using mobile gear at night and was fishing in an inshore net area without an inshore net endorsement. In addition, police said he was in possession of summer flounder during a closed season, and was in possession of conch (whelk) without a shellfish endorsement. There was more than 300 pounds of mantis shrimp aboard, as well as squid, summer flounder, butterfish and whelk.
A Massachusetts State Police spokeswoman said Tuesday named the vessel but declined to identify Mr. Morris, as he had not yet been formally summonsed at that point. However, Mr. Morris acknowledged the boarding and seizure.
“I drifted over the (state) line,” he said Tuesday. “I’m allowed to drift over the line.”
The spokeswoman said that while seized catches are often donated to charity, the Jarrod Seth’s was sold


Gotta love a lava!

Robert Pruszynski's photo.

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