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Warm temperatures, calm seas yield variety of fish

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 09, 2013 07:48 pm

 Paul Kerlinger of Cape May with a keeper striper caught on a popping fly aboard Tide Runner and released. Paul Kerlinger of Cape May with a keeper striper caught on a popping fly aboard Tide Runner and released.  As I wrap up another season for this fishing column, there is still a lot of action to be had on the water – more for this time of year than usual.

Anglers have enjoyed a beautiful September and early October with calm seas, and a variety of fish are being caught including black sea bass, tautog, red and black drum, stripers, skipjacks and even flounder, which must be released, as the season has ended.

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Tides > week of Oct. 11

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 09, 2013 12:00 am

Cape May tides        
  AM Low AM High PM Low PM High
Friday 7:02 1:08 8:05 1:42
Saturday 8:13 2:22 9:10 2:53
Sunday 9:25 3:35 10:12 4:01
Monday 10:32 4:42 11:09 5:04
Tuesday 11:34 5:41 none 6:01
Wednesday 12:01 6:33 12:29 6:52
Thursday 12:48 7:20 1:20 7:39
         
Ocean City tides        
  AM Low AM High PM Low PM High
Friday 7:53 4:30 8:56 2:04
Saturday 9:04 2:44 10:01 3:15
Sunday 10:16 3:57 11:03 4:23
Monday 11:23 5:04 none 5:26
Tuesday 12:00 6:03 12:25 6:23
Wednesday 12:52 6:55 1:20 7:14
Thursday 1:39 7:42 2:11 8:01
         
   

It’s time to feed the birds

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, October 04, 2013 04:02 am

CAPE MAY - Stock up on winter bird seed when the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center of Cape May holds its annual fall birdseed sale Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 and 6.

The sale opens 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday in the Nature Store and features birdseed brands including S.A.V.E. black-oil sunflower seed, which is grown by New Jersey farmers and supports the mission of NJ Audubon, according to organizers.

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Rods turn to tog, black bass and other fish of the season

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 02, 2013 03:43 pm

 Chris Hahn of Hooked Up II out of Cape May hoists a big-eye tuna.  Chris Hahn of Hooked Up II out of Cape May hoists a big-eye tuna.  We are now in the tautog and black sea bass season, which opened recently. Anglers seem to be happy with the activity on the water, as both species are biting the lines – many of considerable size.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point reported that George Bucci bagged a 4.19-pound tautog on a green crab while fishing near the Longport jetty. Corey Renart, 10, fished the Ninth Street fishing pier in Ocean City and took a tautog weighing 4.72 pounds. He was with his dad, Kurt, who landed a 5-pound blackfish. They, too, were using green crabs. Ed Cyzweski fished the bay behind Somers Point and caught a drum that weighed 8.75 pounds. He also had a keeper tautog and some throwback sea bass. Cyzweski was using green crabs and Gulps. Matt Walker, fishing Rainbow Channel, bagged the tautog of the week, also on green crabs. It was 7.4 pounds and measured 21 inches.

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Ocean City, Cape May tides: Week of Oct. 4

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Wednesday, October 02, 2013 12:00 am

Cape May        
  AM Low AM High PM Low PM High
Friday 1:33 8:02 1:57 8:15
Saturday 2:10 8:40 2:40 8:54
Sunday 2:48 9:20 3:24 9:36
Monday 3:29 10:02 4:11 10:20
Tuesday 4:13 10:48 5:02 11:08
Wednesday 5:02 11:39 5:58 none
Thursday 5:58 12:04 6:59 12:37
         
Ocean City        
  AM Low AM High PM Low PM High
Friday 2:24 8:24 2:48 8:37
Saturday 3:01 9:02 3:31 9:16
Sunday 3:39 9:42 4:15 9:58
Monday 4:20 10:24 5:02 10:42
Tuesday 5:04 11:10 5:53 11:30
Wednesday 5:53 12:01 6:49 none
Thursday 6:49 12:26 7:50 12:59
         
   

Anglers seeing lots of action for this time of year

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 am

  Hooked Up II out of Cape May hosted Peter and David Mudrak, Jonathan and Chris Hahn, Jack Vincent and Zoe Anthony, all of Mincerva, Ohio. Mate Ray Pastella of Villas is to the right. Hooked Up II out of Cape May hosted Peter and David Mudrak, Jonathan and Chris Hahn, Jack Vincent and Zoe Anthony, all of Mincerva, Ohio. Mate Ray Pastella of Villas is to the right.  Mother Nature must be repenting for the wet, raw spring by giving us this gorgeous fall weather. Early fall offers some of the best fishing here, with mild temperatures, calm seas and a lot of action on the water whether by boat, surf, jetty or fishing pier.

Today marks the reopening of the black sea bass season, which will run through Oct. 14 and then reopen Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 for the next round. The possession limit was decreased from 25 fish to 20, and the minimum size limit will remain at 12.5 inches.

Tom Christ of Brennan Marine in Somers Point said anglers are still bringing in a lot of fish for this time of the year. The marina weighed in everything from tautog to wahoo.

Early last week, Hailey Walker of Egg Harbor Township fished Rainbow Channel with her father, Matt Walker, and bagged a 17.5-inch tautog that weighed in at 3.43 pounds. It was her first tautog. Later in the week her father, fishing in roughly the same area, caught a 6.05-pound tautog that measured 22.5 inches. Both were caught on green crabs.

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The fun continues through fall at the Nature Center

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Written by Staff Reports Friday, September 27, 2013 12:00 am

 The youth birding program gets kids outdoors hiking nature trails to spot and identify birds. The youth birding program gets kids outdoors hiking nature trails to spot and identify birds.

While summer is waning, the pace hasn’t slowed at New Jersey Audubon’s Nature Center of Cape May. September is the best time to get outside and enjoy the Cape, according to program organizers, and there are plenty of ways to do it at the Nature Center.

The Nature Center of Cape May is situated on the rim of Cape MayHarbor at 1600 Delaware Ave. One of 10 centers operated by New Jersey Audubon, it offers educational and fun activities year-round for children and adults. The campus features gardens, a nature store and the Trucksess Observation Tower, all of which are open to the public.

Below are some of the center’s offerings in September and October. For information about these or additional Nature Center programs call 609-898-8848 or see www.njaudubon.org.

Autumn Youth Birding Series for ages 10-17 led by naturalist Sam Wilson kicks off with Birding Basics 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. Beginners learn how to use binoculars (provided if necessary) while using a field guide and employing basic ID techniques while hiking the county’s nature trails. The second session, Everything Migration, is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. Sept. 28, and the third session, Hawk Watch, is the same time Oct. 5. Participants are welcome back during New Jersey Audubon’s Autumn Weekend for an all-day program 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 26. Cost for the first three workshops is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. The full-day program is $30 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

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Sit, stretch or dance your way to fitness

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Written by Staff Reports Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12:00 am

SEA ISLE CITY - Sea Isle City continues to offer various adult fitness programs through September.

Certified instructor Teri O’Connor conducts yoga on the beach at JFK Boulevard from 7:30-8:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 7-8:15 p.m. Wednesday.

Participants are advised to bring water and a yoga mat or blanket. The cost is $10 per class.

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Record big-eye reeled in; plenty of tuna and flounder about

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Written by Heather Holtzapfel James Friday, September 06, 2013 09:48 am

 Dr. Nick Rouse, the dentist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, reeled in a 259-pound big-eye tuna aboard Hooked Up II with some help from his friends. It was the largest tuna reported so far this season at South Jersey Marina in Cape May. Dr. Nick Rouse, the dentist for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, reeled in a 259-pound big-eye tuna aboard Hooked Up II with some help from his friends. It was the largest tuna reported so far this season at South Jersey Marina in Cape May.     Capt. Joe Gillan, left, of Wildwood and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood pose with a 157-pound big-eye tuna they caught on a spreader bar near the 100 Fathom line. Other crew members are, from left, Greg Bulifant of Cape May Court House, Dave Raub of Pottstown, Pa., Michael Bulifant of Bridgewater and Steve Hoyer of Pottstown. Capt. Joe Gillan, left, of Wildwood and crew of the Y-Knot out of Wildwood pose with a 157-pound big-eye tuna they caught on a spreader bar near the 100 Fathom line. Other crew members are, from left, Greg Bulifant of Cape May Court House, Dave Raub of Pottstown, Pa., Michael Bulifant of Bridgewater and Steve Hoyer of Pottstown. Now that the unofficial end of summer is behind us, boat traffic has begun to subside, but fishing and crabbing remain active. Even the flounder are still biting. Back in mid-July the state Marine Fisheries Council voted to extend the open season on summer flounder. Instead of the last day being Monday, Sept. 16, the season was extended eight days and this year has closing date of Tuesday, Sept. 24. It has been a great flounder season overall, and keeper-sized fish are being netted even in the back bays at this late date.

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Lifeguard coverage cut back after Labor Day

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Written by Staff Reports Saturday, August 31, 2013 08:46 am

 Lifeguard coverage cut back after Labor Day  Lifeguard coverage cut back after Labor Day

After Labor Day, many Cape May County municipalities will be reducing their lifeguard coverage. Beachgoers are strongly advised to swim only at guarded beaches.

Cape May

The Cape May Beach Patrol is already operating at a reduced schedule, with beaches open as needed and as personnel is available. Sunday, Sept. 8 is the last day beaches will be guarded.

Wildwood

The Wildwood Beach Patrol will provide limited lifeguard services after Labor Day. From Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 3-6, only the following locations will be guarded:

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