>> SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 <<
~ SPECIAL FALL EDITION ~
To answer a question that was asked to me about what reels the regulars use on deep drop trips, here is a close up of two of the top of the line hand crank reels. Notice the rock cod sinker in the first image.
A big thanks to Mike M. who passed this along!
Mike made a trip up to Rhode Island to fish with some good friends who made the steam out to 45 fathoms of water in this area:
Primarily using green machines and skirted ballyhoo, went 9/10 on LF, a few mahi on other lures, and had a mako (undersize he said) up to the boat before it broke the line. He also said that the fish are feeding on squid.
You never know which canyon you will find the big ones..........
FIRE ISLAND INLET
This is more of a service/safety issue which was posted at M.E. Zuckerberg's site by Sea Tow Great South Bay about a pretty serious condition for those who transit and fish out of Fire Island Inlet.
With fishermen going through the inlet during this upcoming fall season for blackfish season as well as striped bass, pay attention to not only the height of the tide, but also wind direction/speed and other conditions which can dramatically increase the "pucker factor" 10 fold when navigating Fire Island Inlet,
Thank Sea Tow Great South Bay for this important safe navigating information!
IT IT POSSIBLE THAT ANOTHER RECORD CAN BE BROKEN
AS WILL ARROYO REMINDED ME?
Will Arroyo contacted me last week about picking up a custom made tog stick from one of the local rod builders. His intention is to now target the IGFA record size blackfish.
Going back and forth with Will, he reminded me that he was the fishermen who caught one of the biggest blackfish ever landed on a Sheepshead Bay party boat, in this case while fishing with the late Tommy Marconi on the PILOT II. That mule weighted in at over 16.5 lbs.
He also pointed out to me that this was not his personal biggest blackfish. His biggest was officially weighted in at Bernies and tipped the scales at 17.3 lbs, while fishing with a local fishermen on a private boat.
It is coming to the time of the year which marks the start to catching bulldog size blackfish not only in the NY BIGHT area but throughout the southern New England area. Just last year Captain Greg Nardiello of the OCEAN EAGLE V was the latest to up the New York State blackfish record with a 21.06 caught off the "Bullet Grounds", and there are some fishermen like Will who are now looking to go out there this fall and target"Big Freddie."
For those interested in one of the better tog articles I have seen (Will pointed this out), go here to read where all these record size blackfish were caught:
>> NYS BLACKFISH SEASON <<
4 TOGGIES @16" : Oct 5 - Dec 14
>> NEW JERSEY BLACKFISH SEASON <<
Thanks to Greg Kennedy who passed these images along of one of the most famous names and noted bottom fishing boats in the for-hire fishing business
From the looks of it, seems someone has been doing a little "backyard engineering." Believe or not, this would not look out of place at the old West Side 79st Boat Basin.
One of the really good guys around here along with several other fishermen, had their boats broken into at Bay End last week. This particular fishermen told me:
They made off with was half a dozen "boat" rods. Mainly ugly sticks like the yellow one Chuckie from the Jet uses and a few squidders, jigmasters and okumas. They did get my favorite stick a b.s. Penn pursuit I loved.
Anyone who hears of any "hot" tackle being sold at a give-away price, contact me and I will forward the info to this fishermen. Just return the tackle, no questions will be asked.
I did get an email which made me wonder for a few moments:
1963 - 65' Gillian party boat "Sea Wolf" up for sale
Please let me know if the Sea Wolf is still for sale. Also, the location, current condition and the asking price of the boat. Thank you.
To answer this question....tragically what remains of the vessel is scattered in this area:
QUESTION SHOULD BE WHY?
I received this email from a fishermen in Texas, and if ANYONE can help, contact me and I will put you in touch with this fishermen:
Can anybody let me know where a person can get hold of the 10' honey gold heavy duty tuna sticks (blanks ) that we use to be able to get from California Tackle made by Sabre? Thanks. They had like a no. 30 tip, real heavy duty blanks.
CONSUMERS WILL BUY CODFISH BUT
THAT DOES NOT MEAN THEY WERE
'CAUGHT IN NEW ENGLAND WATERS'
Last year with the New England ground fishery being pushed off the cliff by NMFS brutal/miniscule cod allocation, the thought from one small boat fishermen was that prices/returns to the commercial boats still left in the fishery would be higher then what they see now.
Now some would say the underpinnings of this theory is one of the dynamics of Engels Law, where the scarcity of a product would result in the price of that product to rise. But in this case, Engels Law doesn't necessarily translate to the return of more Benjamin's to the vessel selling New England caught codfish.
There is a simple reason why. and it is that cod fishing grounds are not unique to New England, but scattered around in cold water areas around the globe. Since codfish can be purchased in other markets, both domestic and foreign, prices per pound for what is FAS (frozen at sea) will most likely be cheaper then what one would normally pay for locally caught codfish.
FAIRWAY FOODS, a purveyor of high quality food products, clearly illustrate this with the special price on Alaskan caught cod....and it's not the first time where I have seen seafood markets in my neighborhood selling codfish which is labeled "Alaskan" or product of Alaska, and being sold at a very reasonable price which made me do a double take.
I should point out a few other points here, as FAIRWAY FOODS which has a few outlets in the NY area, has a top notch seafood department. It will sell various seafood products from along the coast, and has no compunction of selling other products caught from a New England fishing port as I saw in bluefish and scup in the big display case with the New England caught label.
The bigger picture though is that there is a growing worldwide export market for codfish, most notably out of Europe, with Atlantic caught codfish now dramatically rising in poundage shipped from overseas within the last year. To wit:
Overall fresh fillet exports from Iceland nearly doubled over first six months of the year, driven by huge increase in sales to the UK and US.
It does make one wonder, what New England fishermen are being paid for their codfish. For those who are wondering what the return of codfish to a New England groundfish boat is, one of the best places to find out is the Portland Fish Exchange All-Display Seafood Auction
So far during the first week in September, post the Labor Day period the return on codfish:
I did speak with a New England fishing industry blogger yesterday who told me that the return to the boat on codfish is roughly the same from what he was paid almost two decades ago (1990's, and combine that with much higher expenses these days).
Getting back to FAIRWAY, it stands to reason that a high end seafood retailer will purchase whatever they believe will sell well in the store and normally you will see Florida caught Grouper which retails at $22 and $18 dollars on display, which is in the ballpark per pound of some prime cuts of beef. It seems that this purveyor of fine seafood would pay the price to buy New England caught codfish, espeically since it can be marketed as locally caught fresh fish.
But there are two questions that need to be asked.......
1- When your dealing with tight margins, why would a seafood retailer buy New England caught codfish when there may be a noticeably higher margin in selling the Alaskan landed, handled and packaged product?
2- Would anyone truly miss buying and eating New England caught cod on the retail level if you can purchase Alaskan or Icelandic caught cod at a lower price?
Startling right, but when most consumers make purchases based upon comparison pricing and with imported finfish products not only taking up more display space but having better/competitive pricing points, how can New England caught codfish bring a higher return to fishermen?
By the way though the price may be seductive for an impulse purchase, here is something you should know:
For more info on "Alaskan" codfish which is actually Pacific Cod, this site gives an short descriptive about the "other" codfish: FISH CHOICE.COM: Pacific Cod - Market Report -February 2013 One little bit of information to know if you do buy Pacific Cod:
Substitution options: Pacific cod has a higher moisture content than Atlantic cod and for that reason is not considered as good for breaded and battered fried applications. In other applications Pacific cod is a substitute for Atlantic cod and lingcod.
FOR DEEP DROPPING
Lately there has been moe questions on whether it is necessary to purchase an electric reel for deep drop fishing. The answer though, depends on the individual fishermen and as a noted offshore captain who explained to me the other day, electric reels do have their place on these trips.
Let us just highlight a few talking points.....
1- How many trips will you make during a season on a particular vessel which fishes for tilefish and other deep water bottom fish.
2- Will you have more use, thus receiving greater value over the years when purchasing a high-end two speed reel then an electric reel?
1- Deep drop prospecting in an area, especially in the northeast with dogfish being a problem during certain times of the year in the canyon(s).
2- Fishermen who do not have the physical stamina to hand crank from depths over 60 fathoms for a full day or two.
3- Lessen angler fatigue on multi-day trips.
1- Tangles seem to somehow be accentuated.
2- Pulled hooks become more evident when pulling big fish up from the depths.
3- Lack of mobility along the rail especially when one uses the older electrical reels.
4- Nullification of any record size fish caught on a electrical reel.
Electric reels do have their place. Among the various electric reels currently on the market, Diawa dues make one of the more popular line of electric reels which we see in this region with the Daiwa Power Assist Reels being by far the most common.
For those who do a few deep drop trips during a season and buy an electric reel it is highly recommended to have TWO front line hand crank reels, whether single or preferably two speed.
Finally, if you do make an investment in a electric reel, just a few things:
1- Before buying one, mount it on the rod you are going to use for deep dropping
2- In comparing prices, the extra money is better spent in purchasing the more modern and compact electric reels, instead of buying an older Electra-Mate or picking up an old Miya Epoch, which always seem to pop up on these trips. For the life of me, I cannot see anyone dragging one of these reels around when their are more viable and practical options on the electric reel market.
My favorite Alaskan crab boat will not be around on the DEADLIEST CATCH anymore:
Fans of the late Capt. Phil Harris, his sons Josh and Jake, and their boat, the F/V Cornelia Marie, have watched father-son drama, the grief of the sons at the loss of their father in early 2010, Jake's battle with substance abuse, and Josh's new fatherhood and ultimately successful bid to gain ownership of the Cornelia Marie.
So to all my fans that watched the show, Deadliest Catch, the Cornelia Marie was not optioned this year so we regretfully will not be on the show anymore.
Good old FOX NEWS along with Mark Levin (just last night too), have been highly supportive of New England fishermen over the past few years. Where has the lame-stream media been in keeping the plight of the commercial fishermen in this country been in the public's mind?
In case you missed the video on GRETA:
A TALE OF TWO DIFFERENT STORIES - WHAT DO YOU BELIEVE?
INVASIVE PEST OR BENEFITING COASTAL MARCH AREAS
Lately stories about our common blackfish bait the green crab, are popping up more often then one would think in the news. What really caught my attention was these two stories which contradict each other. Personally I will tend to believe that their is a benefit to green crab invasion in upper New England and Canada, and one benefit as their range expands, should be extended to fishermen in lower prices when green crabs are purchased.
Story 1 - INVASIVE SPECIES:
Because of the invasive nature of the species, McKenzie said there has been a lot of concern among fishermen, mainly because they destroy eelgrass in search of food. Eelgrass is ecologically important in the area for all species of juvenile fish, including cod. “We are working on the paper now that shows, in areas where there are green crab, that the eelgrass is almost completely gone,” she said.
Story 2 - IN A SCIENCE MAGAZINE:
And they're hungry, feasting on the tender young shoots of cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora), which is the predominant plant in the salt marshes. In addition, the crab burrows make the soil more likely to erode. Over the past 3 decades, more and more salt marsh has been laid bare.
But about 3 years ago, Bertness noticed that cordgrass was starting to recover. "This was quite surprising," he says. Soon, he realized that salt marshes with lots of green crabs were doing the best. It was a bit odd to find the green crabs there, because these crabs, which invaded New England more than 100 years ago, tend to live near the shore, where they can hide under rocks.
To test the idea that this was how green crabs are indirectly helping the cordgrass, Bertness and his lab manager, Tyler Coverdale, surveyed 10 marshes on Cape Cod in August 2012. They found that, in fact, recovering patches of salt marsh did have denser populations of green crabs. And they confirmed the brutal nature of green crabs: When confined in cages and pitted one against another, green crabs evicted marsh crabs from their burrows.
ACCORDING TO RECENT LANDINGS
The most recent landings report from the Cape Cod "Hookers", excuse me their name was changed in June to the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen's Alliance, the following two fish now have the highest landings. The reason I point this out was that a local draggerman here over 20 years ago Frankie "Tami-Gale" told me that eventually the biggest catches of fish in New England would be skates and dogfish by the way things were going......and mind you, he told me this in the 1990's and I doubted that this would occur.
#1- WINTER SKATE
#2- SPINY BOW-WOW
WHERE DID IT GO?
Troubling news, and I can imagine these remaining lobstermen will continue to target the other pot loving species in LIS....and who could blame them?
“There’s hardly anything being caught in the Sound anymore,” Mr. Hasbrouck said. “Most of the lobstermen have gotten out of it. They’ve either left fishing altogether or they are involved in other fisheries.” Lobstermen once traveled to Orient from as far as City Island in the Bronx to fish for lobster in the Sound, Mr. Hasbrouck said.
A couple of hundred men tended the many lobster boats, each of which was typically fishing about 1,000 pots. “Today, you simply couldn’t make it as a lobsterman,” Mr. King said.
If you look back at the COMMERCIAL FISHING FORUM, you will note the stories I posted by GLOUCESTER DAILY TIMES reporter, Richard Gaines. He was the driving force that brought to light the abuses against fishermen by the rogue federal agencies (among many now), NOAA and the NMFS. Spend a moment reading the farewell tribute and thanks written by his wife. I highly doubt there will be a journalist who will have as profound an effect on the fishing industry as the late Richard Gaines. He is undoubtedly missed by many.
As I get ready to lock the door behind me and drive down the gravel lane away from Quarry Street, I carry a profound gratitude for the 14 years Richard and I had here, and the people who helped him make these the best years of his life.
THIS TIME FROM A CANADIAN
Sometimes you have to wonder when a liberal politician gets on top of their soapbox and opens up their pie hole.
Liberal leadership candidate Danny Dumaresque says fishermen need to catch a lot more cod very quickly or run the risk of a fisheries collapse that will be “10 times what it was in 1992.”
Now the reality from one of the most preeminent scientist on Atlantic codfish, and one I have quoted many times here before:
But fisheries scientist George Rose says the kind of thinking coming from Dumaresque and other people in the fishing industry is total hubris and recklessly irresponsible. But Rose, who has been doing fisheries research for almost 30 years and is the fisheries conservation chair at the Marine Institute, said that approach is wrong.
“That’s nonsense,” he said. “I mean, that is trying to engineer a very complex marine ecosystem and we just cannot do that, and it’s foolish to think that we could.” Rose said cod are indeed making a comeback, and the crab is declining, but that doesn’t mean one is causing the other.
For my buddy Bore Head:
In fact, Rose said the decline in crab stocks has more to do with climate change than with predation. “The main driver of this is not one species eating another one or whatever. The main driver of this is change in the ocean climate, change in the basic ecosystem,” he said. “The crab and shrimp are cold water species.”
Besides the most recent news that seafood IMPORTS into the US have almost broached the 90% mark, take a look at the available seafood products here:
The stories were true from "back in the day" to where a good amount of bluefin ended up, mixed into dog and cat food.
Many—probably thousands—of enormous bluefins caught last century by sport fishermen were killed, hoisted for photographs, then either thrown out entirely or sold to processors of cat and dog food.
This recent release by the AG Holders DOJ is an eye raiser:
“Stealing striped bass and intimidating witnesses are crimes against our natural resources and against the citizens of Maryland,” If convicted, Hayden faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each of four counts of witness tampering and witness retaliation.
REVISITED ONCE AGAIN!
"IF IT GLOWS"
I was reminded just yesterday how some top captains and fishermen I know are now making their own tilefish rigs. It is really great to see that all the information that has been posted on FISHING UNITED.COM, has spurred a few guys to go out and purchase all the materials that are needed to make both a functional and productive tilefish/deep drop rig.
The one point I like to emphasize here, all you need are these essential elements which we have recommended before, which consists of:
- Heavy leader material (80 lb test and greater)
- Circle Hooks
- Glow element whether beads, tubing or plastic squids
- HD 3 way swivel, barrel swivel and snap for the sinker
Most of all, if you know where to shop, you will be surprised at how reasonably priced all the terminal tackle below can be purchased at.
SOME OF THE IMAGES YOU HAVE TO LOOK REALLY CLOSE
I enjoy getting pics from fishermen, and some require you to really pay attention out there!
Taken by Erik Kihss. This is my favorite way to take a memorable fishing shot, and I have always found Captain Rob's - CAPTREE PRINCESS to be one of the most eye-catching party boats on the coast.
Sent to me by Captain Steve of the BIG M EXPRESS of some nice weakfish caught on the ISLAND CURRENT. By the way, if you know where to look, there are still a few weakfish around....
Thanks to Bob Nixon who gave me the heads up on Captain Tim Tower making this special catch. What I noticed was how this halibut took this treble hook, right where it should:
Sent to me by my internet buddy Robert. It just happened he also located this wreck too.
I was given a heads up about this pic from another fishing site, and needless to say ALL fishermen should makes themselves familiar with the NORTHEAST (NE) MULTISPEICES - INFO WORKSHEET: FOR-HIRE & RECREATIONAL FISHING and look at the last listing in the species box............
You do not see this too often....in fact, its pretty rare. Thanks to Captain Jeff for passing this one along of some Barnegat caught summer flounder.......
Can't figure it out?
Since the HOPE & CHANGE we wish for isn't coming quick enough, President Zero has another new first......Yes, over 1000 days as reported in the business section of the NY POST, with the price of gasoline over 3 dollars the longest in our nations history. The negative economic effect and cost to the American public and those in the fishing and marine industry, is staggering. I was just told the other day by a fishing operation that they were paying as high as $4.69 for diesel fuel. The question is why when the US now has the resources to be totally energy independent via fracking and technology which makes once impossible oil extraction, now possible?
Well we know why, and its all about the false "Green Hope" of battery power cars, windmills off our coast and who knows whatever else crony capitalism can be dished out of our Energy Department with our taxpayer dollars.
So this last week after the Head Bumbler and Chief was bailed out by Putin on Syria (its sort of a win, right Jay Carney?), why doesn't he do something positive for the American people and approve the KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE? Then again, I might as well stick that thought in my collectible 'Breaking Bad' meth pipe and smoke it............
To wit just a couple of days ago!
Four US senators asked the Obama administration not to delay a decision on the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipeline's cross-border permit because the US Department of State inspector general's office is investigating the project's draft supplemental environmental impact statement.
An earlier DOS IG office investigation of the project's original EIS for alleged conflicts of interest found none, Sens. John Hoeven (R-ND), Max Baucus (D-Mont.), John Thune (R-ND), and Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) jointly observed on Aug. 29.
Their request came 6 days after the IG's office said the latest inquiry might not be finished until 2014, but would consider findings and recommendations from the earlier examination which were released in February 2012.
Deferring the decision until 2014 would extend the administration's deliberations into an unprecedented sixth year, the senators noted.
"This marks the fourth delay of the Keystone XL project since 2011, when [DOS] issued its final EIS finding no significant environmental impact and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed me that the agency expected to make a decision by December of that year," Hoeven said. "This tactic of delay and deferral must stop."
How any politician can block and not push for the permit approval on KEYSTONE XL, is mind boggling and should not be elected to office or if in office, put on the unemployment line come the next election.
Questions continue on when the new Super Atomic, Tampa VIII, Explorer Princess, NIKE III, or Ranger "whatever" is coming to a pier in the Bay.
Here is not only mine, but answer from a few others:
For what business in the Bay, one really has to wonder?
Has anyone talked about the latest hearings to ease catch limits and more flexibility in rebuilding timetables?
With all the BS on various fishing sites, one has to wonder why no one has made any noise on the most impacting and far reaching law upon fishermen.
I am not a fan of M.E. Zuckerberg's site, so I am wishing a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to:
Captain John "Shammy" Bogan
Captain Roger Bing
Captain Gary Greco
For now this is a wrap as we come up to the start of the fall fishing season. I have a few stories i have to get to, and one was based upon some observations I made over six separate codfish trips this summer, along with apiece of tackle I missed using on till I was reminded by Karl D. in a few emails.
Anyway, time to get some tackle together, and get ready for the next trip. I can use a few of these delicious delights in my refrigerator right now.