>> DECEMBER 6, 2013 <<
OFFSHORE SEA BASS & COD
HOT TOG FISHING WHILE NY SEASON
IS NEARING A CLOSE
A LITTLE OF "THIS & THAT" FISHING NEWS
The latest from the offshore fishing grounds from Captain Jeff of the Pt. Pleasant New Jersey based VOYAGER:
Fishing has been good and getting better pretty much every trip. Our best day was Saturday as we had a boat limit of JUMBO BASS plus some PORGIES. Sunday was a bit slower for most of the day but they started to bite the last couple hours and we ended up with a good catch. We had more porgies in the mix but still a number of BASS LIMITS. Tuesday we had mixed fishing with a lot of really GIANT PORGIES and SMALL to JUMBO BASS. The PORGIES were tough to fish through but for those who waited out the "right bight" they ended up with LIMITS of BASS.
Please note that December is the only month we will be allowed to fish offshore for JUMBO SEA BASS. There will be no January and February season in 2014 so if you want to go, I would book your trips before they are all sold out.
To book a new trip or reschedule a blown out trip the best way to contact me is by e-mail from the VOYAGER web site. You can also call 732-295-3019 and leave a message.
We had a beautiful day out on the ocean. Unfortunately the COD and POLLOCK did not cooperate. We only had 8 keeper COD and 3 keeper POLLOCK. Luckily the LING were biting and we had 3 hours of really good fishing on JUMBO LING. Catches ranged from 15-30 per person.
FRIDAY - OFFSHORE COD & SEA BASS WRECK TRIP
On a bluebird day, fishermen experienced the after effect of a previous strong coastal storm which brought 20 foot seas to our area just 48 hours prior to this trip. Cold water pushed into the area along with a noticeable amount of "undesirables" such as bow-wows, congo bunnies and dark speckled winged robbins. A reasonable amount of large and jumbo biscuits along with a nice mix of scrod and market cod were landed among a really enjoyable group of fishermen on this trip.
This was by far the fishy-est wreck of this trip...finally some decent fish readings on and just off the wreck:
Here is a report send to me by Erik K. on a fishing trip on the CAPTREE PRINCESS:
On a cold, final day of November, a hardy group of anglers went in search of big togs, now that the striper blitz has ended. Yesterday was slow, with the water still dirty from the big blow, and nothing was caught on the reef.
We had to travel to the San Diego for some sporadic tog action. Today, with improving conditions and a calm sea, over 100 blackfish were caught, with about 40 keepers. There were several large togs with the pool winner approaching 10 lbs. The boat will continue fishing for blacks until the season ends in 2 weeks and then switch to cod and ling. Thanks to the great CP captain and crew for another great day on the briny! (All images Courtesy of Erik K.)
Needless to say what Captain Greg puts his customers on..............
FISHERMEN BACKLASH ABOUT THE QUALITY LATELY
Back story from as early as July of 2012...............
Read the full story here and its an interesting one about what happened with the move in production to China:
Two years ago, parent-company Honeywell transferred production of iconic Alaskan footwear brand XtraTufs from Rock Island, Illinois, to a factory in China, and the product that rolled off the line was nowhere near what Alaskans had come to expect. XtraTuf says the quality is back to normal and they want to replace any pairs purchased that didn’t hold up, no questions asked.
Springtime blooms of plankton — microscopic sea creatures that are the foundation of most marine ecosystems — are at the lowest levels ever seen off New England. The dramatic decline happened in the North Atlantic in first half of this year, scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) told the AP
. It also coincided with sea surface temperatures from the mid-Atlantic to the Gulf of Maine that were the third-warmest on record, after an all-time high in 2012. Further south in the Atlantic there was more cooling, but overall warming throughout the oceans remains on a steady upward trend.
Phytoplankton — the most basic form of plankton — are a massive part of the planet’s overall ecosystems: they account for roughly half the organic matter produced on Earth, produce half the oxygen in the atmosphere, draw carbon dioxide out of the air, and serve as the foundational food source for most of the oceans’ food webs.
The Northern Shrimp Technical Committee considers the stock to have collapsed with little prospect of recovery in the near future.
“Given the overwhelming evidence of recruitment failure and stock collapse, and continuing unfavorable environmental conditions, the Section felt it was n
necessary to close the 2014 fishery to protect the remaining spawning biomass and allow as much hatch to take place as possible,” stated Northern Shrimp Section Chair Terry Stockwell of Maine.
“When environmental conditions are poor, the ability of the stock to withstand fishing pressure is reduced. With the stock at all time lows and only failed year classes to come, there is even greater loss of resilience for this stock.”
Here is a easier to read article from the PORTLAND PRESS HERALD:
Glen Libby, a former shrimp fisherman who operates Port Clyde Fresh Catch, a shrimp processing business in Port Clyde, said the 2013 shrimping season – limited to January through March – was a “bust” and it probably is a good idea to give the fishery time to recover. Libby said ground fishermen found very few shrimp in their nets last summer, another sign that the northern shrimp population is in real trouble. He worries about the fishery’s future, saying, “We could be in for a long stretch” without shrimp fishing in the Gulf of Maine.
Stock shift and sea bass north of 42 Lat.................
But that range seems to be shifting. As On the Water editor Kevin Blinkoff told the New Bedford Standard Times, “Cape Cod forms a barrier for a lot of fish. It’s been the northernmost limit for a lot of species. In recent years, though, there are fish such as black sea bass…that were thought of as a more southern New England fish that are appearing in Boston Harbor and along the North Shore.”
ONE OF THE MOST NOTED PARTY BOATS NOT ONLY IN THE HISTORY OF
SHEEPSHEAD BAY BUT OF THE 20th CENTURY
My friend Robert, both a published author and ship historian, passed this along about the SACHEM:
As the post-World War I years went on, the Sachem changed hands a few times, eventually becoming a recreational fishing vessel under the command of Captain Jacob "Jake" Martin of Brooklyn, New York.
To view an incredible photo album on the "sailing life" of the SACHEM:
Many, many moons ago, when Harry Ostrow, who became the defacto photographer of the Sheepshead Bay fishing fleet, made me up a number of old time party boat pictures that he had obtained in his large collection. Here is rough shot of the SACHEM on a old black and white business card:
For more on the SACHEM, there is no better place then:
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THANKS TO ALL WHO SEND THEM IN!
i told you that we find and catch the big ones off the Vineyard
Horse Mackerel in the Canyon
Make fish now....Montauk Jumbo biscuits...
Why couldn't this be in 160 feet of water out east?
FINEST PRICES ON PLASTIC SQUIRTS
COD - SEA BASS - FLUKE
Both myself and Nick, the owner of HOOCHIE KING have been working on bringing you the most popular colors based upon buying patterns, and the above chart could be used as a good reference guide in ordering plastic squirts for cod and sea bass.
Hopefully I can put together a few charts with the images of some of the squirts in an upcoming article.
Go to the HOOCHIE KING site with the above to see a close up image of each plastic squirt.
JUMBO SEA BASS -JUMBO SCUP - COD & POLLOCK
These trips get SOLD OUT as the last one did....don't miss out since Black Sea Bass fishing ends at 2359 hours on Dec. 31, 2013.
Well that is another NY BIGHT INSIDER going into the books. For those looking to get out, black fishing is surprising much, much better then expected, and the offshore fishing is producing limits for most of jumbo biscuits and scup.
I should point out that a few of us have seen a steady pattern of both species moving quicker to the offshore wintering grounds, and the latter many of you plan your trip with one of the regional for-hire vessels, expect to fish in depths that we traditionally have worked in January and February of the past few years.
BRING HEAVY LEAD and if there are few or no spiny hounds around, get your hooks on your hi-lo rig, off the bottom.
One last thing....
Of all the pictures many of you have sent over the past few weeks, there was one which made me sit back and think "Goodness, this is where I started...right here doing this with a very simple rod and reel."
Its been a long journey to say the least, and I bet so many of you have traveled along the same path. Sometimes you need a picture like this to put it all into prospective about "going out fishing." Thankfully my codfish brother from the Northern Command reminded me of where it all started. Thanks Chris and Debbie!
Ps, anyone buy a copy and read: Gone Fishin' with the Viking Fleet: The Forsberg Empire 75+ Years and Still Going Strong?
What did you think?
Enjoy the weekend...........................