Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, October 23, 2013: Drips, tires, drabs and cormorants


Be careful out there!!!!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013: The drips along with a very low intensity rate among fall anglers had the angler presence sorta low today. I had to take a big chunk of time at the tire place, having the tire I lost to the sinkhole re-beaded. It came off when I went too low on the psi – in desperation. I knew I was in trouble when I went below 14 psi at the height of my bog down. All is now back on-line, though I put the wounded tire into a “spare” role. Now I have to replace the front right wheel well mudflap that was torn off. Costly fix.

I finally hit Holgate late afternoon. It was an October-looking day if ever. But that’s what we need to get this bass ballgame finally rolling.

I plugged a lot along the way to the rip and came up floundering, again. I even had one fluke easily over 20 inches using a Kalin jighead and a sand eel-looking Lunker plastic. It fell off at my feet and I toed it back into the water without measuring.

I plugged the Rip to no avail then went around the back and got this video of an insane showing of cormorant. You gotta check this out, despite the shakiness and soft focus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgYrKEDNL9A&feature=youtu.be.

After my shooting was done, I finally nabbed a couple bass in the back cut. They were hand-sized models, so small I reached around them with one hand to pick up and dehook. I won’t even accept them as getting me off the striper snide.

I have to think the very chilly air temps I felt as the sun was going down today will eventually trickle down into the water, so to speak. It takes the ocean a long time to cool down but the shortening days should also be drawing the bass from up north toward us. I see some fair catches from Massachusetts down to eastern New York, though some of blog stuff I’m reading from up there indicates it is far from a stellar striper showing in some/many areas.


Weird mixing of worlds at the Rip … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2ST0GIad4w&feature=youtu.be


  • Last nights charter was like placing your order and waiting and waiting and waiting for your Bass Dinner to get there!!! (that's chef talk) so we hit the beach at around midnight... little chill in the early morning air, BUT.. there was that AWESOME scent to it.. you know that smell ... that salty fishy kind that is saying WE are HERE... try and find us!!!
    Water couldn't be MORE PERFECT!!! some white water, clean little swell.
    First stop...where I left the fish 12 hours ago... 3 guys casting... no hits in 5 minuets .. lets move... it was a big move.. exit 4 wheel area.. and power run two towns north... do the walk to another area that was full of fish yesterday... only to find the crazy Russian catching nothing.. walk a little further and have 3 on drop the nicer ones and land a small one... Ten more minuets and no more hits... move on.. head south Two towns and on the way... The lights start flashing ... pull over..know better then to jump out...See More

A tradition ends as NOAA will stop printing nautical charts to save money

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Associated Press] By Seth Borenstein - October 23, 2013 - 

WASHINGTON, The federal government is going into uncharted waters, deep-sixing the giant paper nautical charts that it has been printing for mariners for more than 150 years.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Tuesday that to save money, the government will stop turning out the traditional brownish, heavy paper maps after mid-April.

The agency will still chart the water for rocks, shipwrecks and other hazards, but sailors, boaters and fishermen will have to use private on-demand printing, PDFs or electronic maps to see the information, said Capt. Shep Smith, head of NOAA’s marine chart division.

“Think of them as the roadmap of the ocean,” said Smith, who grew up with charts of Penobscot Bay on his bedroom walls in Maine. “The navigational charts tell you what’s under the water, which is critical for navigation.”

Nowadays, most people instead use the on-demand maps printed by private shops, which are more up-to-date and accurate, Smith said.

Still, NOAA sells about 60,000 of the old 4-by-3-foot lithographic maps each year for about $20 apiece, the same amount it costs to print them.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which took over federal chart-making in 1999, wants to save some money and informed NOAA earlier this month that it is going to stop the presses, according to the ocean agency. FAA representatives did not return calls and emails for comment.

It costs NOAA about $100 million a year to survey and chart the nation’s waters. The agency will still spend the same money, but provide the information in the less traditional way.

Sea dogs say they will miss the charts, which also get used as decorations.

“It’s the nautical history, you know, pirates and ships,” said Newburyport, Mass., harbormaster Paul Hogg, who has a chart on his office wall. “It seems more nautical. There’s just kind of, like, a feel to it.”

There should be a historical feel to it, because the idea was Thomas Jefferson’s. He asked for a survey of the U.S. coast in 1807, and ever since, a government agency has been charting American waters. The soon-to-be-eliminated maps date to 1862.

The top-selling old-fashioned chart includes little of the U.S. It focuses on northwestern Washington state and Vancouver, Canada. The other top-selling charts cover the Detroit area, Prince William Sound in Alaska, Casco Bay in Maine, and Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

At New York Nautical, store manager James “Smitty” Smith saw the end of the old-fashioned maps coming. He sells far more of the on-demand maps on the lighter weight, whiter paper.

But personally, especially for decorations, he prefers the old maps because they are “more soothing on the eyes.”

“There must be some art value in them because a lot of people love them,” he said.


Slaughter of dolphins for shark bait in Peru ignites international outrage

[Asia Tribune] - October 23, 2013 -      

Lima, The government of Peru is considering measures to halt the massive slaughter of dolphins exposed this week by conservation organizations Mundo Azul and BlueVoice.

Marine conservation groups around the world are expressing shock and outrage in the wake of reports and videos documenting the killing of thousands of dolphins to be used as bait in the offshore shark fishery.

"Just minutes after putting out a network posting I had received pledges to undersign a statement to the government of Peru demanding enforcement of laws already on the books making it illegal to kill dolphins," said Hardy Jones, executive director of BlueVoice.

Representatives from the USA, Britain, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Italy, Mexico and other countries have signed a statement expressing their condemnation of the brutally cruel and wasteful slaughter of dolphins," said Jones.

"Peru could become the next Japan as knowledge spreads of the incredibly cruel and wasteful practice of killing dolphins to be used as shark bait," said Jones, who has worked in Japan since 1979 to end the killing of dolphins there.

"If the government in Lima doesn't act immediately and forcefully Peru may eclipse Japan as the world's villain when it comes to the slaughter of dolphins," Jones continued.

Stefan Austermuhle, president of Mundo Azul, has held numerous meetings with the ministries of environment, fisheries and production. He reports the government is not ignoring the issue and expressed a willingness to create an action plan to end the barbaric slaughter of dolphins. Government officials and the national media say they consider the revelation of the dolphin killing to be a huge national embarrassment.

"I suggested viable and immediate measures to be taken in order to stop the massive ecological crime committed by Peruvian fishermen illegally killing dolphins for shark bait and human consumption. It is necessary to do more than simply conduct studies. Action is needed now," said Austermuhle.

Of course the government can ban harpoons but fishermen could hide them easily. It is entirely possible to control the sale of dolphin meat but that will not stop the killing for shark bait. But ultimately there can be no solution to the dolphin killing without controlling the shark fishery. As long as they fish sharks on the high sea they will kill dolphins, said Austermuhle.

Fisheries products represent one of Peru's largest exports. A representative of one of Peru's major seafood companies, speaking not for attribution, expressed condemnation of the dolphin slaughter and said it could endanger Peru's "Dolphin Safe" status for its tuna.

A ban on shark fishing is also indicated by severe depletion of the sharks' populations. Previous studies of the Peruvian Fisheries Institute (IMARPE) showed the landing of more than 90% juvenile sharks in the ports of Pucusana and Ilo.

Peruvian fisheries regulations only allow 10% of the shark catches to be below legal minimum size. According to Austermuhle, "the existing data is enough to declare an immediate and unlimited shark fishing ban till scientific studies show the recuperation of the population."

Meanwhile, marine conservation organizations are using social networking to organize a response to the revelations of the massive slaughter of dolphins and the destruction of shark populations off Peru.


Virginia closes the bay's winter blue crab dredge fishery for another year

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS [Daily Press] By Tamara Dietrich - October 23, 2013 -

The Chesapeake Bay winter crab dredge fishery will be closed for yet another year after Virginia Marine Resources Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to give the bay's depleted stock of iconic blue crabs time to rebuild.

The 7-0 vote in Newport News rejected a proposal that would have reopened the dredge fishery as a pilot program with tight limits and restrictions, and closed it outright for another winter.

The latest stock survey showed the blue crab population has plummeted to less than half what it was the previous year.

"I can see us in the future having a crab dredge fishery," said associate commissioner Ed Tankard. "But abundance is too low now."

"The timing is wrong," said associate commissioner Ken Neill. "I just don't think this is a good year for this."

The move was praised by a senior scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, who called it a tough decision by commissioners.

"CBF remains hopeful that with conservation-minded management in place, the blue crab population will rise to consistent and sustainable levels where Virginia can consider options for increasing harvest and maximizing the economics of the fishery," said Chris Moore of the CBF's Norfolk office.

State leaders, watermen and environmentalists alike are concerned that the overall population of blue crabs in the bay plunged from 765 million last year to about 300 million this year.

This is the leanest the stock has been since 2008, when a population of 298 million prompted federal officials to declare an emergency and Virginia to partner with Maryland on a stock management plan.

That year, Virginia closed its winter crab dredge fishery and has voted to keep it closed every year since. Maryland has banned it for many years.

A dredge is a large metal "rake" used to scrape up crabs from the water bottom. It's a controversial harvest method, compared to traditional crab pots, because it also damages and kills a percentage of crabs in the process.

The latest winter dredge survey found the most imperiled bay crabs are juveniles, which dropped in population by 80 percent over last year, from 581 million to 111 million.

Only spawning females have shown improvement in numbers, increasing from 95 million two years ago to 147 million last year. The target population for sustainability for spawning females, however, is 215 million.

Females spend the winter in the high-salinity lower bay while males prefer the lower-salinity upper bay and its main tributaries. Nearly all the crabs harvested in the bay during winter dredging are females.

Experts attribute the overall population drop to weather factors, deteriorated water quality that destroyed swaths of underwater grasses and oyster reefs that provide essential crab habitat and protection from predators, and an uptick in the number of predator species, such as rockfish and puppy drum.

Commissioners said they will consider reopening the winter crab dredge fishery once the stock rebounds.


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