ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 77th Edition: Updated Videos/Catch Reports, Spectacular Bluefin Tuna Recapture Off Ocean City, MD & Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone


ROFFS™ Fishy Times Newsletter – 77th Edition – Updated Videos/Catch Reports, Spectacular Bluefin Tuna Recapture Off Ocean City, MD & Chesapeake Bay Dead Zone NEWS

Updated Videos on ROFFS™.com – Be Sure to Check Out the “Hot News” Button on the ROFFS™ Homepage Huge Great White Shark Feeds on a Whale!  45 miles south of Long beach NY we came upon a 40+ foot dead whale with lots of sharks around it, including a great white the size of 3 or 4 average sharks. This once in a lifetime experience was recorded entirely on a go pro hero 4 black edition. Video Courtesy: Michael Maiale |YouTube Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Blue Marlin Charging Boat!  Things happen fast in billfish tournaments. This blue marlin charged the boat not once but twice. This video is from the second run at Reel Passion during the final day of the CAROLINA BILLFISH CLASSIC. Video Courtesy: South Carolina Governor’s Cup Billfishing Series | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Shallow Water Wahoooooooooo!  Here’s a crazy ass Fish story no one would believe so here is video. Video Courtesy: Gary Steedman | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Fast Fish Filet!  Video Courtesy: F/V Hard Merchandise | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! World’s Largest Castnet Throw!  World’s Largest Castnet Throw – The 40 Ft Pancake Video. Video Courtesy: World Video Feed | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now!

Spectacular Bluefin Tuna Recapture Recorded off Ocean City, MD  By Mitchell A. Roffer, Ph.D. | Originally Published July 1, 2015.

Captain Johnny Oughton (J & A Charters) coming out of Ocean City, MD on June 23, 2015 on daily charter with angler Brian Wilson (Sumter, SC) fishing approximately 40 miles east of the inlet. Caught a surprise. Brian reported “there were many bluefin tuna in the area, we hooked two others, one bigger and one smaller. The boat next to us hooked five at once but they were all smaller. The tuna were feeding on schools of sand eels. There was also a large humpback whale swimming right over our catch. I actually thought I was going to lose the fish because the whale went right over him during the fight. Pretty Spectacular! Seas were gentle 2 to 4 foot waves. Early morning bite.” The great surprise was that one of the bluefin tuna had two yellow spaghetti tags attached. After being landed they realized that the tags were from the International Commission for the Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). One fish tag recapture is special, but two is spectacular. After communicating with Antonio Di Natale (Ph.D.), the GBYP Coordinator from the Atlantic-Wide Research Programme on Bluefin Tuna in Spain, we learned that the fish had originally been tagged July 07, 2012 in the Bay of Biscay, Spain and was 24.4 inches and weighed approximately 11 lbs. when tagged by an ICCAT GBYP contractor. This fish was swimming for three years with these tags. When recaptured the fish measured 54 inches and weighed 93 lbs. The fish grew 28.3 inches in three years which is 9.4 inches per year and gained 82 lbs. which translates to an average 27 lbs. per year. While we do not know the path of the fish, an near straight line estimate is approximately 4,700 miles from tag to recapture. This is the minimum distance that the fish traveled. We also not know how many times this wonderful fish crossed the Atlantic Ocean or if this was the first time.

Above: Figure 1. Atlantic bluefin tuna that had the tags. Please click here to read more on this spectacular Bluefin Tuna recapture on our website now! Letter to the Editor: Dead zone in Chesapeake Bay to be lower, but still significant, this summer Article Courtesy: | By: Ad Crable | Staff Writer | Originally Published: June 23, 2015

So why aren’t all fishermen and the fishing industry screaming to get items like this from happening everywhere. This is the future of our fishing if we do not do something to protect our waters. No habitat = no fish = no fun, destroyed ecosystems and no industry based on healthy ecosystems like fisheries and water sports. What happens inshore will affect the coastal and then offshore. It has already happened in the Gulf of Mexico. The solution to pollution is not dilution. Stop this now. Yes it means more regulations and enforcement. Water should be remediated before being allowed to be returned to the watershed after use. The users of the water resources should be responsible for returning it with the same or better water quality as it was when it was removed.

A slightly below-average, but still significant, “dead zone” has been forecast for the Chesapeake Bay this summer due to farm runoff flowing into the bay from the Susquehanna River.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said an oxygen-depleted region of about 1.37 cubic miles will form in the bay later this summer.

That is about 10 percent below the long-term average.

“Farmland runoff containing fertilizers and livestock waste is the main source of the nitrogen and phosphorus nutrients that cause the annual Chesapeake Bay hpoxic region, which is also known as a dead zone,” the agency said in a news release.

“Fish and shellfish either leave the oxygen-depleted waters or die, threatening the bay’s production of crabs, oysters and other important fisheries.”

Above: A fish kill in a summer dead zone on the Chesapeake Bay. Image Courtesy: CHESAPEAKE BAY FOUNDATION. Please click here to read more on the dead zone in the Chesapeake Bay on our website now!

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