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Fishing grounds . . . the NJ Upper Bay portion of the sixth boro. Quick question to be answered at the end of the post:  how many commercial fishing ports does NJ have and can you name them?  Eastern Welder is a perennial boat here;  Hyundai Victory is one of the ULCVs newly recent here.

I can’t tell you the name of the nearer boat,

but it certainly shows the influence of the deadrise boat from farther south. Click here for a technical definition of deadrise.

Fishing from pedal kayak has surged in popularity, and

can be fishing where they’re not expected.

Bjoern Kils and I on the New York Media Boat Defender visited the nearest NJ commercial fishing port, Belford NJ, the other day.

Although Belford has a lot of boats, it is NOT NJ’s largest fishing port. More on that assignment in an upcoming post.

Belford Creek is home to a diverse set of fish boats.

Given the trail of gulls following Trisha Marie, fish are being cleaned during the ride back to port.

Note the VZ Bridge and the Manhattan skyline visible from the Belford Channel.

Meanwhile dozens of small boats fish the Lower Bay this time of year, while whales gorge themselves on all the bunker in the Bay.

So . . . besides Belford, the other NJ commercial fishing ports are Point Pleasant, Viking Village in Barnegat Light, Atlantic City, Cape May/Wildwood, and Port Norris.  Viking Village is the largest at this time.  Belford is the newest.   More here. Looks like I need to do some more gallivanting . . .

If you’re looking for a non-traditional food for T’day in this non-traditional year, get fish.  It may not be all that non-traditional. Here‘s info on the Belford Seafood Co Op.

All photos and sentiments, WVD.

It’s the sheer diversity of traffic on the sixth boro that keeps me coming back, although diverse does not mean unpredictable.  In summer, mermaids gather, specifically around the very day of the solstice.  In winter, fishing boats come .    In fall, the fishing boats are of a different sort.

Chele-C was fishing on the west side, and

 

Phyllis Ann over on the east

with Dutch Girl and

 

 

this boat I could not identify.

Eastern Welder has been a fixture in winter fishing as far back as I can remember.

 

Osprey are well known for their fishing ability, so I should not

have been surprised to also have seen HSV Osprey out extracting from the depths.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

 

I’ve done lots of fishing posts, mostly about this unlikely estuary, where I’ve never fished.

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Here’s Virginia Sue heading past Sakizaya Champion and out

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the Narrows.  By the way, I’m planning a post on that fort in the distance some day soon.

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Dutch Girl is a regular here,

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as is the unlikely named but frequently seen Eastern Welder

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Speaking of fishing, here’s my most recent Professional Mariner story on a group of guys who catch-and-release great big white fish.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here and here are some related posts from six years ago. And why not another about a boat I’ve not noticed yet this year, Miss Callie;  keep in mind, I’ve not been out that much myself.

 

This Dutch Girl might be lost . . . parked along the Calcasieu (CAL-ca-zew) River in Cameron, LA.  Anyhow, she’s not to be mistaken for the Dutch Girl that fishes the sixth boro in the cold months.

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Pretty Jewelry . . . getting caught by false promises can be trouble . . .  Click here for the rest of the Pretty  . . .  fleet. Thanks to Ashley Hutto for this photo.

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Overdie .  . sounds frightening, even for a scrapyard.  But here’s the context . .  it’s not English.

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On The Rocks, not an auspicious name for a boat, ever.  Yet, a glance at the Coast Guard records shows over 40 boats in their registry with this name!!   Thanks to Justin Zizes Jr. for this.

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And Atchafalaya, although it sounds like Louisiana, well . . . I took this photo on the Kills about two years ago.  I’ve no idea whether Atchafalaya has headed south to its namesake wetlands.

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Names . .  are just . . . names.

Recently, great names like Herman Hesse, Ever Lasting,  . . .

I first had a photo of Eastern Welder here in a post from almost 7 years ago.  And I had the photo below all lined up back on the first day of the season, but I snapped it after my subject had left the frame.  Oh well, I put this here to show what the salt pile looked like–all tarped–before the ice season began.  Hundreds of thousands of tons of salt have moved in and out there since.  The white hulled vessel is Dutch Girl.  Here and here are more sixth boro fishing posts.

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And here’s our subject.    The photo above and below were taken on December 1, 2013.

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And the rest of these I took this past Sunday.

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It’s hard to believe the New York Bight can be so glassy smooth sometimes.

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All photos by Will Van Dorp.

Here was the last fishing post I did.  Fishing is only a winter activity in the sixth boro.  Here Dutch Girl pulls a net past the French woman and

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then heads back.

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And this looks like Virginia Sue, she of classic lines.

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Enjoy.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp, who might have enough unused fishing fotos from Brazil to do another post about them.  I have got to check.

. . . a 49.9′ fishing vessel built in 1991 and  living in Belford, NJ, may not be the first association you had with this title, but here she was in port about a month ago, and

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here she was this morning in close proximity with a 964.5′ three-year-old

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container ship called NYK Romulus.

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But one goes where the first are.  Lime green hull in the distance, along the KVK is BW Amazon.

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Here . . . she passes at Fox Boys.

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All fotos by Will Van Dorp.

Some related posts can be found here and here.  Or . .  just type fish into the search window upper left.

What gets dragged up? Herring have schooled in the bay recently. Seals have followed them in.

 

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Dutch Girl, Lobster Boy, and Miss Callie follow whatever harbor fish in from outside the Narrows themselves. Notice the hourglass dayshape in the rigging above denoting that trawling is underway.

 

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What else might come up in the trawl nets? What deep harbor life or trash? What off-limits areas are there? Any submarine habitats of the Captain Nemo luxury condo sort? Have any exclusive underwater hotels  opened their doors–er… hatches–under the bay, as Peter spotlighted recently in his fantastic Sea Fever blog?

 

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Question for longer-term witnesses that I am:  was there a time when NO fishing happened here in –say–the 50s?  For now, there’s some reassurance to see fishing fleets, fuel barges, and our Lady juxtaposed.

Photos, WVD.

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All fotos, Will Van Dorp

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