Capt. Paul Eidman's Posts

Don’t Kill The Cows

News

May and June off the Jersey Shore signals the arrival of the Chesapeakes breeder bass. These bass are 20-60 pounds and HUNGRY!  The acres of Atlantic Menhaden that gather along the Garden States shorelines provide a well needed re charge and fattening session for these Mothers. They will stay glued to these bunkers until water temps go over 70 or so, and then many continue to move Northward to the cooler water temps in New England.Unfortunately, at this time, springtime anglers have readied boats tackle, cast nets and snag hooks. Recreational anglers have suffered a long hard winter and they are ready to go fishin!  The usual method of targeting these big bass that loaf under the bunker schools is by live lining a live bunker deep and swimming them along. Some anglers use just the head and let it sit on the bottom. On my boat, we use circle hooks which keep the hook out of the gullet and pinned to the corner of the mouth to allow for a quick unhooking, photo and release.The choice of w... Read More »

What the heck is MRIP?

MRIP / News

NOAA heard our cry for fisheries management data that is based upon sound science and angler input. Not just another acronym that anglers need to know, but the Marine Recreational Information Program is something we all need to acknowledge and be a part of. If you are an angler that is concerned about the way our fish are being managed and regulated, and would like to be a pro active part of the solution, then listen up. Recently, the folks from the Washington D.C. office of NOAA reached out to a handful of Jersey anglers to get feedback on improving the way they collect and report data. And I am glad they are asking us up front, because there are an estimated 15 million saltwater anglers taking 100 million fishing trips per year! We clearly have the power to influence the way catch data is collected and fish stocks are assessed. Up to this point, recreational fisherman have played a major role in developing and implementing the MRIP process. The MRIP team includes charter boat operato... Read More »

Save The Sandy Hook Marine Sciences Laboratory

Save The Sandy Hook Marine Sciences Laboratory

NOAA Marine Lab Rescue

At a time when commercial and recreational fisherman are demanding more intelligence and better data from NOAA, why is this state of the art facility and its staff on the chopping block? Closing this location will have major regional implications on fish, fisherman and habitat in New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania. The James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory is ideally located out on the Sandy Hook peninsula. This location is second to none when compared to NOAA’s other facilities. Complete with a 32,000 gallon, two story research aquarium, with computer operated lighting and controls and 11 seawater labs utilize a modern Seawater system capable of pumping 350 gallons per minute. Fisheries experiments conducted at other locations, with different types of water cannot produce the same conditions needed to accurately determine what the NY/NJ Bights gamefish require for survival. Over the years the Northeast Fisheries Science Center lab has worked on countless projects inv... Read More »

Fishermen’s Pet Food Boycott

Fishermen’s Pet Food Boycott

Fishermen's Pet Food Boycott / Menhaden Defenders

Fisherman have a unique connection with each other that is rarely talked about. We are animal people! We love our dogs, cats, horses etc. Personally, I have three dogs, two cats, two goats and a horse and this takes me pet food shopping very often. Anglers buy ALOT of pet food and this gives us power as consumers to change the game. For those of you that have read my past blogs, you know that I am really into the conservation of forage fish (Think: Gamefish food) because I realize that our sport depends on this vital part of the food chain to exist. All over the world, smaller fish like menhaden, herring, anchovy, etc are being ground up and turned into fish meal and fish oil. The demand for high quality, inexpensive protien, omega -3 fatty acids and minerals is skyrocketing and forage fish are being rapidly and carelessly vacuumed up and depleted. The vast majority of these prey species have fallen through the cracks and regulations have yet to catch up. The commercial fishing compani... Read More »

FORAGE FISH 101

News

Menhaden with mouth in feeding mode.This is the first of several blogs about Forage fish. The term forage fish is a loose one, and to a sport fisherman it doesn’t always apply to a true “fish”, but rather to a food source. The term is basically used to describe everything that a larger predator fish (think striped bass) would eat. Typical salt water based forage fish feed near the lower part of the food chain on plankton and other very small creatures, usually using their gill rakers and doing something called “filter feeding”.While they are eating microscopic foods these fish actually purify the water as they swim along and this benefits all other creatures that depend on clean water for survival.Forage fish like this big Alewife Herring can become fun game fish at times, and will hit artificial fles and lures. When hooked, on light tackle, they are known for spectacular jumps !Forage fish are an absolutely vital part of the food web and essential to the survival of all fish in the se... Read More »

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