The closing of the last United States lead processing plant will force all lead to be shipped in from over seas, with the exception of recycled lead. The closing is a direct result of a 1000% increase in new U.S. DEP requirements. Do not blame President Obama, the rules were set in motion before he was elected. The cost of processed lead in the United States will skyrocket. Hunters, fishermen and the target shooter will feel a direct hit. Lead jig heads and ammunition are expected to rise. The U.S. military stock piled ammunition at a historic rate prior to the closing. This caused an ammo shortage and a record price increase in itself. However, the military induced price increase will pale in comparison of what is to come. Aviation fuel requires 2g lead per gallon. The extra cost will push jet fuel cost and without doubt increase airfare. The smelting plant closing will reach far beyond increasing the cost of outdoor sports. It will create a redistribution of wealth, pushing more U.S. dollars to china and peru. The smelting plant was in business for a 120 years. Now it becomes a victim of the American manufacturing blight, joining the U.S. steel plants in Pennsylvania and the auto manufacturing plants of Detroit .
Cape May County, NJ weakfish late June 2013.
The weakfish has carved a special place within many saltwater fishermen. If you are one of them, do not miss this week’s episode of On The Water fishing show. Sunday at 10AM on Comcast SportsNet New England. The show is all about the fish that are found in the New Jersey region. The weakfish are making a come back, due to the efforts of many saltwater fishermen. They took the time to write a letter, attend a hearing or make a phone call, asking for a moratorium. It is such a beautiful thing to see the purple hue of the weakfish return to our waters. The management system works best when the participants get involved.
Love him or hate him, Chris Christie is New Jersey’s most popular Governor in the history of New Jersey. There are many reasons for his overwhelming popularity. However, the fact that he is a very likeable person is surely part of it.
Our Dayna and Governor Chris Christie.
The beach fishing is obviously not happening in Cape May County at this point. However, that did not stop Jeff and crew from catching stripers from the beach this week, the key, they headed north to ****** ***** State Park . They found many nice stripers there, including the one Jeff is holding above. Check out, Nick and Betty’s website for updated surf fishing reports from North Jersey.
Today I was sitting on my couch looking across the sound, wondering when the migratory fish are going to show up. I have been fishing hard and often, so far I have not seen or caught any migratory fish. I made it out today in-between wind gust and rain, once again I caught resident fish. The pictures of red drum, stripers and specks that I have posted over the last month are resident fish. The fall migratory fish are not in Cape May County NJ waters yet. The last year that the migratory fish were this late showing up was 1998. That year turned out to be the best fall fishing in my lifetime, lets hope for a repeat of the banner fall fishing of 1998.
Big Mike gets in on the action this morning. His first NJ red drum, of the fall season .
Mark , Jeff, CJ and Ben continue to out fish everybody in Cape May County, NJ. They are pictured here with the few fish they chose to keep today. The red drum just made the upside of the slot limit, the striped bass 30″ and 33″. Their success is the result of knowledge , passion and energy.
Cape May co. Speckled sea trout
Ray with the first speck of the season, he released the speck seconds after the picture was shot. Every year a scout speck is caught about two weeks before the main body of specks show up. The new moon tide will hold the season’s forecast.
CJ Polhamus with a beautiful Red Drum. CJ has been targeting Red Drum this fall from the beaches of Cape May County,NJ and obviously doing well. Many have been catching red drum this fall with bait, however CJ has been catching them exclusively with lures.
Fred with a Red drum that he caught this fall in the back waters of Cape May County,NJ. He caught the red drum with a mirro-lure.
Jeff Polhamus and Sharpie with a few nice New Jersey red fish .
CJ Polhamus with his 22″ New Jersey red fish, he caught the beauty on 9-30-2013.
Mark is high hook of this elite group, this is one of his many 2013 New Jersey red fish.