Written by Capt. Chris Gatley - Ardent Angler Guide Service
Friday, 26 March 2010 19:00
The Striped Bass fishery along the east coast has rebounded
over the years. Pollution and commercial
fishing once caused a dramatic decrease in the total number of spawning fish
entering the fresh water river systems up and down the eastern seaboard.
Conservation efforts have allowed this fishery to explode.
Our local Delaware River is listed as one of the largest
spawning grounds on the east coast.
Every spring, cow females must enter fresh water river systems to
spawn. Stripers have been known to
release eggs as far north as Easton, Pennsylvania. However, much of the spawning process occurs
in the tidal sections of Trenton and Philadelphia. Female Stripers will release eggs into the
current. As the eggs flow freely
downriver, the males finish the process.
It is essential for stripers to reproduce in a clean, freshwater
environment. Pollution, high water and
muddy water can decrease chances for a successful reproduction.
The peak of the Striper run normally occurs during late
April and early May. However, good
numbers of large fish can be caught earlier as buck shad and herring run the
river to spawn. These alternate fish
runs provide the Striped Bass with an abundant food source. The Striper's aggressive nature drives them
to constantly eat. Plus, they need
nutrients, as they will expend energy during the spawning process..................
Written by Paul Danielczyk
Wednesday, 17 March 2010 03:47
When I first started Surf Fishing, I had no one there to really teach
me. It was like a secret society that was hard to break into. I was
after all just a kid to most of these surf Fishing guys and this was serious business
to them. I am talking about the Seaside Park area around the years
from 1955 to the middle 60?s. I was given hints but nothing solid to
go on. They kept telling me to learn to read the water; well as a kid I
thought there was some mystical insight to the reading of the ocean.
had a good idea but really was not sure. It was not till I went to
college till I finally realized what these guys were talking about. I
had to take science classes so I decided to take a couple of classes in
Oceanography, at Richard Stockton College, in Pomona, NJ. It was Dr.
Stuart C. Farrell PhD. and his description of beach morphology and
physical processes affecting shoreline dynamics, that allowed me to
finally understand what was going on.
You want to talk about a
light going off well it was like the whole room lit up. After class I
talked to the professor and had him go into detail as to what goes on.
WOW, that was easier than I thought.
I hope I can relate what I
learned here in as simple terms as possible. The ocean because of its
never ending movement causes the sand to shift constantly there by
morphing the shoreline constantly. This can be seen especially after a
storm. The beach sand is scarped away by the waves and their constant
pounding and loosening if the sand. Where does it go? In simple terms
it sits just off shore waiting for redepositing back up onto the beach
Written by Capt. John A. Cafiero
Monday, 04 January 2010 04:24
I must admit, catching stripers fishing with wire is one of my least
desirable ways to fish for them. It is tiring to haul them in and it's
frustrating to deal with the wire not getting kinked. It almost seems
like it is cheating in a way. That being said, I still use wire quite
often when targeting big stripers. The reason is simple. Wire line is
probably the most consistent way to come home with a few nice bass in
the cooler. On some days it is the only way that we are able to come
home with those tasty fillets.
My customers expect to come back
to the dock with fish in the box. It's my job to make sure that
happens. The best part of fishing is coming back to the dock with giant
bass and a crowd of people around asking, "How did you do?" Having a
few monster bass to put up on the dock is a great feeling.
people will say it is not very sporting to catch bass on wire, so they
don't even own wire rods. I will be the first to agree. I only bring
them for one reason and one reason only. They produce when nothing else
is working. So when there is no bird activity and you have run out of
lures to toss out there what do you do? When you have searched and
searched for bunker pods and they are nowhere in sight, I get out the
wire gear. When all else fails trolling is the best way to turn a bad
day into a productive one..
Written by Jim Hutchinson
Thursday, 10 December 2009 15:09
Just wanted to clear up a few misconceptions about saltwater licenses
and the saltwater registry legislation that was pulled out of Senate
last week (but will no doubt reappear again in early 2010). Folks had
been emailing me, and thought I'd drop in and post a few thoughts from
the Recreational Fishing Alliance.
?IF NEW JERSEY DOESN?T GET A LICENSE, THE FED WILL MANDATE ONE?
federal government does not require states to implement a saltwater
license. The Magnuson-Stevens Act - the law which governs the
management of our federal fisheries - was recently reauthorized and
includes a new mandate that a phonebook of saltwater anglers to be
created in every coastal state; it does not require states to implement
a license for funding purposes. This new amendment was included as
effort to improve the quality of information generated by the Marine
Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS), which is the ?fatally
flawed? (according to the National Research Council) survey system that
federal regulators now use to determine how many fish are harvested by
recreational anglers during a single saltwater fishing season.
MRSS uses coastal phone books as a data source for contacting
households at random to conduct harvest surveys on recreational
harvest, a grossly inefficient method of data collection. MSA requires
that a national saltwater registry of anglers be created, with name and
contact information stored in a database for each coastal state in
America. Such a program will provide surveyors with the contact
information of actual saltwater anglers, and in theory should help
improve the harvest information.
A new federal data
collection system is currently being devised in conjunction with this
coastal registry initiative called the Marine Recreational Information
Program (MRIP), which will utilize the names and numbers of saltwater
anglers fishing within each coastal state. Similar to the Migratory
Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) which provides the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service with a national registry of duck hunters for select
harvest surveys, a similar Fisherman Identification Network (FIN) would
provide marine surveyors access to the phone numbers of actual
saltwater anglers for actively collecting recreational harvest
information. Learn more about the HIP at www.fws.gov/hip.
Online and telephone registration for the new federal registry will begin January 1, 2010. Register online for free at www.countmyfish.noaa.gov
or call toll free 888-674-7411. As of 2011, the federal government may
impose a charge for registration, which is expected to range from $15
to $25 per angler. It should be noted that the federal government?s
registry was supposed to have been in place as of January 1, 2009 in
order to improve the effectiveness of reporting in MRFSS.
Written by Rod Houck
Thursday, 26 November 2009 08:17
Captain of the Chicken of The Sea, headed out of Shark River Inlet Thursday morning with the his son Ryan, brother-in-law John, and his buddy Frank for an early shot at the fall bass. They broke the inlet before the sun was up and started looking for fish. Chris said "there was a lot of bait and as soon as it cracked light there were bass all over the top". The crew had drop and reel fishing for a solid hour with mostly bass and big blues. As it got later, the blues took over and it became difficult for them to catch the bass. They put six bass in the box from 29-36" and released a bunch more and took some blues for shark baits. Chris said "All of the fish were caught on naked Ava 67s. We were back at the dock by 0900 hrs and I burned less than 10 gallons of fuel. God Bless our troops and keep them in your prayers!!! " See More Pictures Here
aka Great Bay Junkie, also had a great day out of Little Egg. Rick was limited out with bass to 21.5 lbs by 7:30 this morning. he had a double header that was fun (Solo Trip) Rick said " I was able to land them both but it was interesting to say the least." Rick left them biting and is in good graces with the wifey for being home early.
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