Capt. Paul Eidman's Posts

RIVER HERRING RESCUE

RIVER HERRING RESCUE

River Herring

Summary River herring (alewife, Alosa pseudoharengus and blueback herring, A. aestivalis) stocks are in serious danger of total collapse.  Too many of these anadromous fish are caught as bycatch in other ocean fisheries and there are too many obstacles thwarting their attempts to migrate upstream to spawn.  River herring landings from directed commercial fisheries have declined 90% in the last two decades; this corresponds with an expansion of offshore fishing for Atlantic herring and Atlantic mackerel.  At the same time, a very significant percentage of mid-Atlantic streams present river herring with obstacles to their spawning. To halt the decline and begin rebuilding healthy river herring populations, aggressive and immediate management actions are necessary. A failure to act swiftly to control all sources of river herring mortality could result in another Atlantic species becoming commercially extinct.  The purpose of the River Herring Rescue program is to tackle one significant as... Read More »

Angling Insanity, Jersey fly guys fish THE END

Angling Insanity, Jersey fly guys fish THE END

News

Just back from Montauk Point, Long Island, New York, an incredible journey, true spectacle of nature and very unique angling insanity. Massive schools of 8 -15 pound striped bass swimming along the surface with mouths gaped open and inhaling the tiniest bay anchovies Ive ever seen.False Albacore darting in and out of the schools and not a bluefish in sight. All this happening under dozens of boats fighting to get a cast into or near the schools. The word MAYHEM comes to mind. . Largest Albie we caught was 8 lbs on the Boga Grip. He ate an odd fly, a bright chartruese clouser, that didnt look at all like the micro baits they were feeding on. Hmmmm.  Blogger Paul releasing a 34″ striper caught on super heavy sinking line just outside of the Montauk Point rip. Dredging a bunker fly seemed to be the only way to catch a larger bass. The charter boats out there were busy trolling very large parachute jigs and catching them nearby. Another healthy fattie eager to gulp a fly Fly Angler G... Read More »

SANDY CUTS WRECK POND RED TAPE LIKE BUTTER

SANDY CUTS WRECK POND RED TAPE LIKE BUTTER

Coastal Lakes / News / River Herring

Bruce Friedman of NJ DEP with concerned residents ACN attended the meeting of the Wreck Pond Regional regional stormwater management plan (RSWMP) last Monday late afternoon. It was a packed house and many attendees were local residents that were flooded out during this storm, as well as last years Irene storm. Just two weeks after super storm Sandy ripped a gaping hole out of the lakes dam, this emergency meeting was called. Sandy breached the dam where the pond meets the beach on the border between the towns of Spring Lake and Sea Girt. In addition to allowing the flooded neighborhoods to drain quickly during and right after the storm, this new inlet is currently allowing a tidal exchange to occur in a place that nature has been prevented from doing so since the 1930’s. The New Pipe- Before Sandy Instead of simply giving the green light to a bulldozer to backfill the dam and seal the pond back up, earlier the same day, it seems that a multitude of organizations were called in to... 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 »

Proud to be a Steward of the waters I fish

Proud to be a Steward of the waters I fish

News / Recreational Fishing / Salt Water Fishing

Jim Hutchinson of the Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) recently went after respected leader Anthony Mauro of the New Jersey Outdoor Alliance (NJOA).  His latest rant is a great example of something my mom used to tell me. She said “you can always tell who is loosing an argument. They are the loudest and always the first ones to attack on a personal level” Like many Jersey anglers that have gladly cut up our RFA membership cards, I have watched the organization morph into a sorry example of smoke, mirrors and anger. Nothing bugs me more than leaders that say one thing in “the name of fisherman” and then do another behind the scenes. Hard to keep up with the weekly boatload of anti government rhetoric, misleading press releases, seafood industry biases, and politically motivated endorsements. All this has many conservation minded sportsmen distancing themselves from the RFA. Hutches disdain for any form of regulation and government comes across loud and clear. He can’t make it thru a ... Read More »

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