Sunday, December 30, 2012


Cathy Blumig of Somerset replaces John Meseroll of Middlesex County as a member of the state Fish and Game Council. She will begin her four-year term Jan. 8. She is thoughoughly versed in outdoor issues and knowledgeable in the field of wildlife management.


It's a ways off, but down at the Sandy bashed Shore plans are in full swing for the 16th annual IFGA New Jersey reps annual banquet and auction.
Set for Friday, April 19 at Doolan's in Spring Lake the event will feature fishing and boating related prizes during the popular raffle as well as the NJ reps to the IFGA on hand to meet and greet guests.
Last year some 175 fishing buffs attended and helped raise more than $20,000 for IFGA programs.
For more info, call Jeff Merrill at (908) 451-1110 or e-mail him at

Sunday, December 23, 2012


The annual Deer Classic will again be part of the Garden State Outdoor Sports Show at the NJ Convention and Expo Center in Edison Jan. 1013. The display has been enhanced this year and should be a major attraction.
Also, for every ticket sold online the show is donating $1.00 to Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) and with a show ticket there is a magazine subscription offer. Go to
Is that a long enough web address?
We'll have more on the show in the print column.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


Talking to a couple of anglers who have fished several times at the Shore in the past month say it's pretty much hit or miss with stripers and the fishing is probably on the wane. Guys are scoring on blackfish however, and a nine-pounder was reported out of Belmar. The egg-laden female was released.
Is it time for mackerel yet?


From the archives: in a column dated July 15, 1978 I reported Trout Unlimited had proposed stocking steelhead, anadramous rainbow trout, in the Delaware River. At the time I said not to get too excited about the plan as restoring the shad run was a priority in the river and anglers seeing steelhead, as well as chinook and coho, head north to Lake Ontario and the Salmon River.
So if there was ever steelhead releases in our backyard river, I missed them. Anybody know what happened to the idea?


Jan. 5: Saltwater Sportsman Seminar Series, Atlantic City
Jan. 10-13: Garden State Outdoor Sportsmens Show, Edison
Feb. 6-10: Power Boat Show, Atlantic City
March 15-17: Saltwater Expo, Edison.

Saturday, December 8, 2012


DEP Commish Bob Martin has reopened the shellfish beds in the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. The effective time and date was sunrise, Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012.
The beds had been tucked in since Oct. 29 as a precaution against Hurricane Sandy.
Beds in Sandy-Hook Raritan Bay neck of the water remain closed as does Barnegat Bay.
There has been some speculation that the Sandy Hook National Recreation Area may not be open in time for the summer crowds...that remains to be seen.


The 2013 NJ Freshwater Fishing Digest is available online in PDF format, the print version will begin arriving soon at sport shops, license agents and division offices according to Fish & Wildlife.
Go to and look around.


According to reports, the anual gill netting at Round Valley Reservoir resulted in a biggie, a 24 1/2-pound lake trout with most lakers caught up to 24 inches. Also reported at the recent Hackettstown Hatchery fisheries forum was that lake trout are naturally reproducing in Merrill Creek Reservoir and have been for several years.


Bill Hannisch sent along the dates for future meetings and events at the Ernest Schwiebert Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Pennington. They are Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, March 11, April 8, April 13 (Earth Day cleanup at the Musky) and May 13. The annual banquet is March 23 at the Hopewell Valley Golf Club.
For more info e-mail


We can determine no truth to the rumor that all pheasant and quail to be stocked on WMAs after Dec. 21 will be moved up to prior dates due to the end of the world set for that Friday.
Thus, now that the sid-day deer hunt is over, look for pheasant and quail to be released on Dec. 11, 15, 18, 20, 22, 27 and 29. Not all areas will be stocked on those days, but Assunpink will as well as all northern areas except the DWGNRA. Colliers Mills and Assunpink are the only central region areas that will be stocked on ALL the above dates and in the southern region all areas except Mad Horse, Winslow and Heilerville will get pheasants on all the above dates. Peaslee and Greenwood will get quail on all dates mentioned.