Rec. Fishing Disaster Aid

Safe Boating in post Sandy Waters

Safe Boating in post Sandy Waters

Anglers Conservation Network / Blog Post / Hurricane Sandy / New Jersey / Rec. Fishing Disaster Aid / Salt Water Fishing

While sometimes you hear stories which make you call BS the stories that come out of Sandy, even if they are half true, makes one have second thoughts about being the first one in the water this year.  Below are a few of the more notable stories which I have heard while bending my arm at my favorite watering hole.  Even if they aren’t true, they still all have a common theme…be cautious out there. A friend of a friend was running 7 miles off of Manasquan Inlet.  Abruptly he felt something catch in one of his props and his port engine stalled.  He jumped overboard to free the entanglement and found a large black cable twirled around one of his wheels.  After a few minutes of cutting and untangling he freed his prop and jumped back on board handing the thick black cord to his buddy.  As his buddy begins to pull in the excess cord, he realized there is something on the other end of the line.  After some pulling up out of the deep, up pops the top half of a telephone pole. Another guy was ... Read More »

The Ocean’s talking. Is Anybody Listening?

The Ocean’s talking. Is Anybody Listening?

Anglers Conservation Network / Hurricane Sandy / New Jersey / News / Rec. Fishing Disaster Aid / Recreational Fishing / River Herring / Striped Bass

In my last blog I wrote about Hurricane Sandy and how it slammed into and opened up Wreck pond to the sea on October 29, 2012. Barely two months later, on December 27, 2012, a Noreaster hits and opens up a new inlet at Lake Takanassee in the same way (Above image), just a few miles to the North.  Local residents of the surrounding towns are not happy about the floods that came with this event, but they are happy because the new opening allows the floodwaters to rapidly retreat out to sea. Local Striper fishermen look at this destructive event from an entirely different perspective, and see a long awaited ray of hope. Finally, the vital species of forage fish that feed our striped bass and other gamefish will be able to enter these waters like they used to and spawn and multiply. I visited LakeTak, as locals call it, right after Sandy hit to see the damage it had done to the old US Life Saving station. Although the historic landmark was completely leveled, I found it amazing that, other... Read More »

The Other Jersey Shore- Flooded and ignored

The Other Jersey Shore- Flooded and ignored

Anglers Conservation Network / Hurricane Sandy / Rec. Fishing Disaster Aid / Recreational Fishing

As part of our effort to secure relief funding for the impacts to the recreational fishing sector in NJ & NY, we had the opportunity to tour some marinas and bait shops and meet with the owners first hand. Unfortunately, much of the current media attention has focused on the Jersey shore, but after living through IRENE last year and seeing how much water gets trapped in the western end of raritan Bay, I thought it was imperative to start way west and then proceed eastward towards The Sandy Hook area. We started out in the Morgan Creek, Old Bridge township area and anyone that travels the Garden state parkway in this area has seen the grassy marshes that are now littered with powerboats and sailboats. At each site, we were met by many contractors, boat appraisers, fork lifts, day laborers, marine divers and more. One marine appraisal vendor that was clearly overwhelmed with the workload and paperwork, said that they were brought in from Pennsylvania, along with over 40 other teams f... Read More »