08.11.2012 Flounder/Cbass Harder

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Fish Report 8/11/12 <o:p></o:p>

Flounder/Cbass Harder <o:p></o:p>

September/October Open <o:p></o:p>

Going UP <o:p></o:p>

Questions For MRIP <o:p></o:p>


Saturday Trip Cancelled For Weather: Fishing Sunday 8/12/12 - Ten Hour Trip - 6 to 4 - Cbass/Flounder - $125.00 - Forecast SW Winds at 5 to 10 - Reservations Required at 410 520 2076 - Plenty Of Spots Available <o:p></o:p>

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Opening September/October To Reservations - Saturdays Long, Sundays & Weekdays Regular (Fish Sundays in Fall) -- Will Include 12 Hour Trips In Future Emails<o:p></o:p>

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Sea Bass & Flounder Fishing 7 to 3 Everyday - Longer on Saturdays - Keeping Most Sundays Open In Summer For Research & Different Trips - Plenty Of Spots Open - Always Try To Leave Early & Stay Late - Reservations Required @ 410 520 2076 - We Obey Regulations Whether We Agree With Them Or Not - Bring Food & Beverage Plus A Cooler & Ice For Your Party's Fish - Cheap Styrofoam Coolers Rarely Survive A Day - A 48 QT Igloo Works Great - Dramamine The Night Before Is Cheap Insurance - Be Early, We Like To Leave Early; Rarely In On Time.. <o:p></o:p>


1,845 Oyster Castle Reef Blocks By The Rail.<o:p></o:p>


Hi All, <o:p></o:p>

Bottom fishing's been more difficult this week. More rewarding too as we've had our biggest flounders. <o:p></o:p>

Clients who work their lines are only rewarded with dinner, not a million & a half dollars like the White Marlin Open winner. <o:p></o:p>

We do have a fish pool and a reef-raffle everyday - winners will smile. The 50/50 Reef Raffle is up considerably from several years ago, but I keep spending it on mooring line & anchors for the Reef Foundation's barge--the poly-ball markers we set at Jimmy's Reef for instance, plus truckloads of concrete oyster castle blocks.. <o:p></o:p>

Right now our 20 x 40 barge is loaded with Parkside High School's welding class units. Biazzio Giordano's students have made a lot of good --hurricane proof-- structure over the years. <o:p></o:p>

Skates, our not-so-welcome long tail flounder, have invaded some reef habitats. Everyone far prefers a flounder shaking its head to a skate flapping its wings. <o:p></o:p>

Did have a fellow from Minnesota take his picture with one.. <o:p></o:p>

Keeper cbass, few throwbacks; flounder double almost everyday, pool winners north of 5lb. <o:p></o:p>

Fishing's not bad for the heart of August. <o:p></o:p>

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I hear reefs made of Woodrow Wilson Bridge debris in the Chesapeake during the mid-2000s have naturally-spat oysters growing on elevated structure; yet hatchery-raised oysters scattered in those same locations--but on bottom--have all died. <o:p></o:p>

Dive Down - Look Up. <o:p></o:p>

Been using shell for "Oyster Restoration" for over a century; dredges well. Doesn't seem to be worth a dern for actual oyster reef restoration though. <o:p></o:p>

To restore biological function we need to use boulder; need to splash bargeloads of ROCK -- Make raised vertical surfaces that don't silt over.. <o:p></o:p>

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MRFSS = old recreational catch estimating system; Marine Recreational Fishing Statistics Survey. (we say Murfs - they say MurFis) <o:p></o:p>

MRIP = new system mandated by congress, Marine Recreational Information Program. (not Murfs Rest In Peace) <o:p></o:p>

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Acquaintances at NOAA are deeply involved with the transition of our region's recreational fishery data from MuRFSS to MRIP -- MRIP being the "new & improved" data. <o:p></o:p>

I bought a jug (used to be a can) of Maxwell House coffee last week; its label emblazoned with, "New! Flavor Lock Pack." <o:p></o:p>

Yup, it was 'new' alright; smaller package for the same price. <o:p></o:p>

So far as I'm concerned that's where we're at with MRIP's recreational catch estimates.. <o:p></o:p>

NOAA claims to be on-path to fulfilling its Congressional requirement to improve recreational fishery data by 2009. <o:p></o:p>

If you're really into this stuff --and I wouldn't be if it didn't occasionally clean-out my retirement account by causing closed fishing seasons with scientifically impoverished catch estimates, and completely waylay biological fact from the fishery management process with fabulous tales of incredible catch-- here's the MRIP team's latest video: <o:p></o:p>

MRIP is now "Statistically Rigorous" they say.. <o:p></o:p>

"They" are, almost every one, people I know & trust. <o:p></o:p>

Perhaps these academics don't like my comparing Uncle MuRFSS to a drunken crackhead who only offers sober observation in random interval. Perhaps my attacks on data used to close recreational fisheries are unwelcome; But MRIP Outreach Coordinator, Forbes Darby, keeps asking the public for questions ---- I keep getting ignored.... <o:p></o:p>

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He's a good guy. You could sit down & have a beer with him easily enough. I just need readers to help me get a few questions about this "New & Improved" product answered -- I need readers to write Forbes and ask these same questions. <o:p></o:p>

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Dear Forbes, <o:p></o:p>

I have many questions about the validity of MRIP's newly revised catch estimates.<o:p></o:p>

The old MuRFSS estimate for March and April 2010 for New Jersey's shore-bound tautog fishermen, for instance, was 71,000 tog boxed-up and taken home in those two cold-water months. This value, fantastically above the mean for New Jersey's shore fishery, represents more jetty & pier fish than all US for-hire party/charter boats caught from 2004 to present in all waters during the same cold-water wave period. <o:p></o:p>

Its a very unlikely estimate; but an estimate that contributed to new, tighter regulations nonetheless. <o:p></o:p>

The new MRIP model now has these same fellows fishing along New Jersey's jetties & piers; Jim, George and John who brought his grandson along one day: These same fishers who never-ever caught what NJ's For-Hire boats alone will catch, nevermind what ALL US party/charter boats landed -- these fishers are now said to have caught 173,092 under MRIP. That's One Hundred Thousand more tautog in March & April, 2010 than even MuRFSS gigantic error. <o:p></o:p>

So, Under The New & Improved MRIP Model NOAA's Catch Assertion Now Reads Thusly: New Jersey Jetty Fishers Caught More Tautog In Late Winter/Early Spring 2010 Than ALL For-Hire Party/Charter Fishers Put Together In March/April PLUS What All US Commercial Effort Landed All Year -- BY A WIDE MARGIN! <o:p></o:p>

Statistical Validity Indeed.. <o:p></o:p>

March/April 2010 - NJ Shore via MRIP - 483,198 pounds of tautog taken. <o:p></o:p>

All US Party/Charter in March/April 2010 - 16,956 Pounds. <o:p></o:p>

All US Party/Charter in March/April from 2004 to 2011 - 265,107 Pounds. <o:p></o:p>

All US Commercial Trap, Trawl & Hook and Line in all of 2010 is 242,087 pounds. <o:p></o:p>

Jim, George plus John and his grandson caught 224,155 MORE pounds of tautog than commercial & party/charter boats -- This "Real" Overfishing Creates Greater Regulatory Burden. <o:p></o:p>

Catch estimates used to close sea bass by emergency regulation a few years back have grown worse too under MRIP and can be portrayed in similar light: Jim & Nancy going out with the kids in their Grady-White or Boston Whaler caught almost twice the sea bass US Party/Charter & Commercial caught combined. <o:p></o:p>

Summer Flounder mis-estimates have grown worse as well; Or are we are to believe Maryland shore fishers really caught 38,000 more keeper flounder than all MD Party & Charter in Sept/Oct 2007... <o:p></o:p>

These Estimates Are Where "Recreational Overfishing" Comes From: We Are Falsely Accused; Needlessly Suffer Regulatory Hardship. <o:p></o:p>

In the new system there was supposed to be a head-count. That's why we have a "Federal Registry" looming ax-like over any State that does not create a fishing license --Its not for revenue to invigorate fishery restoration, its to get a head count to improve catch estimate data. <o:p></o:p>

It appears there have been no logical stops applied to MRIP's statistical values. <o:p></o:p>

MRIP, like MRFSS before, can assert any amount of catch and turn it into Recreational Overfishing ..with always-subsequent greater catch restriction. <o:p></o:p>

MRIP Team: Where's the head-count? Where are the statistical stops to prevent wild flyers in the data? <o:p></o:p>

Please don't tell us you actually believe NJ shore fishers caught incredibly more tautog in two months than all our commercial fishers caught all year..

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Forbes Darby keeps asking if anyone has questions -- that's mine. <o:p></o:p>

If you're curious as well, email him. <o:p></o:p>


Because management MUST react to catch estimates as though they were infallible; Real Fishery Restoration --a balanced process of habitat improvement and fishery management-- remains mired in a feedback-loop of bad data leading to bad regulation. <o:p></o:p>

Right now MRIP is simply making the problem worse. <o:p></o:p>

That Needs Fixing. <o:p></o:p>


Monty <o:p></o:p>


Capt. Monty Hawkins

Party Boat "Morning Star"

Reservation Line 410 520 2076<o:p></o:p>

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