No Way Jose: rem­nants of hur­ri­cane im­pact off­shore fish­ing

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Jim Loe For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

At the risk of show­ing my age, there are a cou­ple of things I have to say about the re­cent weather at the shore and what af­fect it has been hav­ing on the fish­ing.

First, there is an Art Car­ney as Ed Nor­ton quote on the Honey­moon­ers: “Sheesh”!

Then, there is the open­ing of an old Kingston Trio song: “These are times that try men’s souls”!

Ob­vi­ously, the residue of Hur­ri­cane Jose didn’t do any­one any fa­vors last week. A sec­ondary as­pect of that is it marked the third week in a row weather con­di­tions im­pacted the fish­ing.

To be hon­est, an­glers were able to sneak in a few days on the wa­ter with­out get­ting ham­mered. I was speak­ing to a friend this past Tues­day, and he re­ported on a trip to the deep a week ago Satur­day. His catch con­sisted of sev­eral quite large tuna, a num­ber of smaller tuna and, for fun, plenty of mahi.

He added the freezer is full, and he prob­a­bly won’t be go­ing off­shore again this sea­son. He re­fused to say what canyon pro­duced all those fish; but since I saw him clean­ing them, I know he wasn’t mak­ing up a story.

Be­fore con­di­tions fell apart, there was a huge va­ri­ety of fish swim­ming around, es­pe­cially in the bays, chan­nels and in­lets. In­cluded were good num­bers of now-pro­hib­ited sum­mer floun­der and black seabass.

An­glers at the time could ex­pect to catch taug, although just one small blue­fish, king­fish, trig­ger­fish, schoolie striped bass, sheepshead and perch. A cou­ple of small co­bia also were taken be­fore the blow. There also are some re­ports of blow­fish be­hind Long Beach Is­land.

Say­ing all of that, it is go­ing to take sev­eral days for the wa­ter to set­tle down and clear up from all the storm re­lated ac­tiv­ity. So there is only one way to find out what is out there, and that is to give it a shot.

By now, you know New Jer­sey’s recre­ational and com­mer­cial fish­er­men joined forces ear­lier this year to pre­vent the im­po­si­tion of reg­u­la­tions that would have al­most closed the sum­mer floun­der fish­ery in the state. But that bat­tle is far from over; and since the reg­u­la­tors are boil­ing mad at the state for go­ing over their heads, we can ex­pect them to try to im­pose some even more re­stric­tive regs for next year.

Know­ing that, the Strath­mere Fish­ing and Environmental Club will be host­ing an open meet­ing for both the recre­ational and com­mer­cial fish­er­men Oct. 14. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from area con­gress­men and state leg­is­la­tors have promised to be in at­ten­dance as well as state fish­ery coun­cil mem­bers.

It is very im­por­tant that the state con­tinue to present a united front.

The meet­ing will be held at the Strath­mere Fire Com­pany on Com­mon­wealth Av­enue. Since Strath­mere is about two blocks wide, there will be no dif­fi­culty find­ing the fire sta­tion. The meet­ing starts at 4 p.m.

ACROSS THE BAY

Delaware an­glers were not as se­verely im­pacted by Hur­ri­cane Jose as those in Jer­sey.

The folks at Bill’s Sport Shop in Re­hoboth are re­port­ing a very nice as­sort­ment of fish be­ing caught in the creeks, canals, in­lets and surf.

The canal and pier have been giv­ing up huge num­bers of pan fish, in­clud­ing floun­der, small blues, croak­ers and spot. In the In­dian River Bay an­glers toss­ing pop­pers have been hook­ing up with stripers mea­sur­ing up to about 22-inches.

If you want to spe­cial­ize in blue­fish, the rec­om­men­da­tion is the Cape Hen­lopen State Park; and out on the beach­front, where the wa­ter has been boil­ing with medium-sized blues chas­ing smaller sized blues. Don’t over­cast, be­cause all that ac­tion is go­ing on al­most around your feet.

One boat paid a visit to the Poor Man’s Canyon last week­end, and its pas­sen­gers were re­warded with a half dozen mahi and a large blue mar­lin that was en­ticed by trolled bal­ly­hoo.

There is a large surf tour­na­ment go­ing on along the Delaware beaches as you are read­ing this, so next week’s re­port should pro­vide a good gauge of what is hap­pen­ing.

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