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Peter Laurelli’s Full-Length 2012 video

Holy f-in epic. I just spent the last 25 minutes watching the full-length version of Peter Laurelli’s Northeast 2012 video—even though the video itself clocks in at a modest 20 minutes, I had to battle for bandwidth with my roommates who are themselves dueling for Netflix streaming supremacy. So I must do another viewing in the AM before work. This is easily Peter’s best video yet, the footage of the peanut bunker getting chased from the water is unreal. I think of how few people get to see something like this in person (I myself never have, yet), and getting a chance to capture it on film is something pretty special. I can easily see myself watching this everyday until the season starts again. I won’t spend too many words here singing its praises, just watch for yourself, like Peter himself suggests, in full screen with headphones ON.

For track listing and more info on his project, check Peter’s Vimeo page.


fly fishing nyc 2012

Happy New Year fisher-folk! Hoping this year brings many smiles and good times fishing around our area. For the past couple years around this time, I’m usually hunting around StripersOnline, searching for the new fly fishing video by Peter Laurelli. I’ve posted his videos in the past, and they’re so well done that I, like many other fishing people holed up in our homes and apartments from the winter winds and freezing rain, just sit around and watch and marvel at a guy filming himself at fishing spots around the area. Imagine how hard it must be for a six guys standing around waiting for Ben to catch a fish on camera, and then picture the amount of work Peter has to put in solo. This year’s video is actually a trailer for a longer film Peter has submitted to the International Fly Fishing Tour, and the short version is all he can show right now. But even at less than three minutes, his editing and cinematography work always stand out to me, and he usually ends up putting together a pretty good soundtrack. I really need to talk to this guy and find out how he makes all the time to do this, because to balance so much work with fishing and his family life must take a very serious work ethic. Really inspirational stuff, especially on these cold January nights. Can’t wait for the full version. Thanks, Peter!


Montauk fishing videos

there’s a couple new videos right now that are sure to distract you from whatever boring work you might be doing. i got the heads up of the first one by John Majer and it’s kind of a dramatic look at some of the hardcore surfcasters in Montauk, especially that of Bill Wetzel, though Paul Melnyk is in it too. this one is by Animal New York.

the second video has actually been in the works for a few years now. it’s by Richard Siberry and is called “Montauk Rocks.” for whatever reason the film seems to be have been completed for a little while, but they may have run short on cash to get the distribution going, so this video is a Kickstarter promo for a good cause. personally, i donated ten bucks. i think there’s a lot of surf fisher-people out there who are eagerly awaiting some more fish porn, especially one like this with a pretty good group of characters. check out their Kickstarter page here.
(you have to click on the link and it’ll play the video in full screen mode)

who’s getting out this weekend for some fishing?


as if this 70 degree weather wasn’t bad enough

check out this striper blitz video i found on the fishing site today. good lord!

anyone getting out there yet? i’m thinking this weekend might be a good time to scout things out. also, don’t forget for those looking for fishing karma for the upcoming year, there’s a Jamaica Bay cleanup happening toward the end of April. god knows i need some. i’ll send out more reminders as we get closer. for now, watch and drool.


cool stop-motion video on sustainable fishing (by a sushi restaurant)

This is a pretty cool video forwarded to me by BKUAA MC Dave Cole (does anyone have a video of him singing that song at the derby close? the one about him being the greatest fisherman ever?). The video was created and filmed by Vincent Peone, partially to detail harmful commercial fishing techniques and suggesting sustainable alternatives via stop-motion camerawork, before the kicker toward the end is revealed that the video was produced for a sushi restaurant in Portland, Oregon called Bamboo Sushi. Now, this isn’t necessarily some crass company’s way to buy themselves into the Green Revolution. Bamboo Sushi was voted the most sustainable seafood restaurant in America by the online journal Fish2Fork; coincidentally, or perhaps not at all surprising, the worst offenders rated by Fish2Fork were also sushi restaurants, notably Bar Masa here in NYC and Sushi Roku in Vegas. Bamboo Sushi is also partnered with, or certified by, the Marine Stewardship Council, the Green Restaurant Association, The Monterey Aquarium, The Blue Ocean Institute, Kidsafe Seafood, and other organizations.

While I think the above video is amazing in its own visual way, I do think the suggested solutions are highly oversimplified and geared toward engaging visceral reactions rather than realistically approaching the problems of overfishing, bycatch, and the increasing commodification of fish. Then again, they only had four minutes or so of video to work with, so perhaps it wasn’t budgeted to get too in-depth into real (and realistic) solutions and alternatives. By the way, a couple weeks ago I finished reading Four Fish by Paul Greenberg and I highly recommend it if you’re a person who loves fishing and loves to eat fish. The book isn’t going to change the world, but it’s worth your time to learn what positive alternatives are being attempted in terms of reviving fisheries, fish farming, the loss and recovery of ocean ecosystems, and also the downsides to all of these things.



Just a reminder that until the close of The Brooklyn Fishing Derby 2011, all derby members and friends are encouraged to join the weekly Saturday meet ups. Each meet up will start at a local fisher-friendly bar, followed by a group fish. This year we’ll be testing the waters by trying new spots and piers,  so make sure to check the Derby Meet Up page every week for details.

The weather this Saturday is supposed to be great. Everyone’s photos have been great.  It would be great to see you all there.

1PM – 2:30 PM
The Brooklyn Ale House
103 Berry St. (N. 8th), Williamsburg
Bedford L train stop

2:45PM – ?
North 5th Pier

* I wish I could include a photo of my catch, but that has yet to happen. Instead, I offer video from opening night. If anything, it’s a reminder that fish or not, we have fun.  – Jane

Recapping the 2010 Derby and Planning the Next

I’m not sure why I never posted last year’s derby closing video, but I’m finally going to do it. If you were involved last year then you’ll recognize a lot of familiar faces, among them: David Cole, Jane Borock (including the awesome footage of her first fish), Geralyn Shukwit, Ben, Potter, Bruno, Denton, John Ruffino, and more if you look closely. It’s kind of a nice little sentiment as we move forward with planning this year’s derby. We still are hammering out some details, so keep your eyes peeled on the FB page and this site over the next few weeks as I’ll be announcing the dates, registration info, derby additions, any changes to the rules, and anything else you’ll need to know. For now, check out the video even though I’m posting it about eight months late.

Also, that sewage facility finally stopped dumping into the Hudson, but reports are coming in it’s still affecting beaches around the area. I read one figure that estimated 5 million gallons of it per hour was dumped into the water. It’s awful; I’d give it a few more days before hitting the water again.


Surf Fishing in NYC vid!

Surf Fishing 2010 – NYC Edition from Peter Laurelli on Vimeo.

[Full screen is recommended!]

Peter Laurelli’s video is so awesome I may have to watch it every day until the season starts again. It has a dual-edged effect in that it’s so well done it really gets you stoked for better weather and to get back out there on the water, but the weather is such shit lately (with more snow on the way) it’s killing me that I can barely ride the bike to work let alone get out on the water. Some of the shots are just incredible to watch over and over, and knowing that it’s all self-filmed is mind blowing. He fishes some great spots on the Hudson and Long Island Sound and in the Rockaways too. Check out the part around 16:30; it’s just an amazing shot (out of many) that can only come from hundreds of hours of work. Great stuff—we may have to recruit Peter for next year’s derby.

I know that WordPress and Vimeo are bitter enemies, so in the good chance that I can’t get the video to play (until Maria or Mina fixes it) the direct link is here.

P.S. ben keeps promising me a video of the 2010 derby with the closing party, but he’s leaving to film his “Hook, Line & Dinner” series tomorrow so I have to bug him some other way.


a sorry sight for fishermen

[do yourself a favor and turn the sound off. for real.]

this video has been making the rounds on the surf fishing boards today. pods of hundreds, if not thousands of dead striped bass are showing up by the Oregon Inlet on Cape Hatteras off the coast of the Outer Banks in North Carolina. This is what happens with trawlers (but hardly the only negative effect, however) with what’s called by-catch, in which boats toss the smaller fish to keep under the state regulated 50 tags, meaning they’re technically in compliance with the law since it doesn’t take into account the hundreds (or thousands) of dead fish the boats are tossing; just the fish they keep. Fish are tossed out dead or dying to end up like this. Trawlers are wiping out schools of fish, not just bass, but menhaden and herring and other fish that are vital to the fishery’s ecosystem. NC boat captains are reporting MILES of dead bass like this within three miles of the coast. From an article by the Charlotte Fish and Wildlife Policy Examiner:
Captain Kelly said that the day before the video was shot he and the members of his charter followed one trawler for five miles leaving a long wake of dead stripers.

“It’s like they have an endless quota,” he said. “Under the actual numbers are so many dead fish. It’s a frightful waste.”

The striper trawling season is not set to close until this Saturday, January 20. The fishery can be closed earlier if a certain quota is reached, but the quota does not count the thousands of dead discards.

There are lots of problems with this system, from the tag limit for trawlers to enforcement of the law, which really is what lead to sights such as this one. It’s awful to see and the coast guard is basically powerless to do anything about it, aside from possibly fining the boats for polluting, because this kind of culling the ocean is legal, and so is the dumping. The whole system needs a closer look and complete overhaul. Like Corey Arnold was quoted in a previous post, “Those fish, the bycatch, are not allowed to be retained and therefore go back over the side, usually dead. This is one of the many problems that the industry faces today. Fisherman tend to get the blame for overfishing worldwide, but it more often the problem lies in a lack of management creativity.” This is something anglers everywhere need to be involved in and be aware is happening, not just off the coast of North Carolina but all over the ocean.

I know most of us don’t consider ourselves activists, but one of the things we’re trying to promote with the BKUAA is responsibility, and for the most part people involved in the derby and fishermen we’ve met through it fishing the NYC waters practice a good sense of responsibility to the fishery. There’s some who are keeping shorts and they know who they are, and if they don’t then it’s up to people like us to let them know it’s not okay. You don’t need to get into a confrontation; you can call the NYC Parks Department or the DEC. But watching the above video is disheartening in a different sense when I think about all the bass we released this past fall that may have met a fate like this, just to get tossed overboard dead in spawning waters. It requires a bigger commitment as fishermen to help put an end to this, but it can be as simple as sending an email to the people in charge.

Director’s Office
Louis Daniel – Director
Dee Lupton – Deputy Director
Catherine Blum – Contact
Morehead City Office – (252) 808-8013 or 1-800-682-2632
Via E-mail:

Fisheries Management
David Taylor
Morehead City Office – (252) 808-8074 or 1-800-682-2632
Via E-mail:

Lead Bioligist: Striped Bass, Central/Southern
Katy West
(252) 946-6481

This week I’ll try to get up a form letter we can copy, paste, and sign and send to these characters.

Ben’s new show promo!!

check it out! it’s the promo for ben’s new show on the cooking channel! it’ll premier next thursday nov 4, so join us at the premier party at M Shanghai. more details to come…

The 2nd Annual Brooklyn Fishing Derby is OPEN!!!

Check out the video of the opening night and the first two weeks of the derby!

striper blitz

Probably won’t see one of these in the East River but damn if this video isn’t cool. It’s not even the video I was looking for; I was trying to find one taken from a boat. The bass are on their way down south so we should be seeing more of them in the river in time for the derby. Right now there’s some nice bluefish for anyone who’s willing to put in the time at the end of a pier. Less than 10 days til the derby!

Watch the video from last year’s derby


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