Looking ahead to June at Money Island

In June the fishing and crabbing gradually picks up. We will be eating eat lots of crabs, oysters and local fish. We will see some larger flounders, hopefully a few bluefish runs and plenty of stripers.  Most of the stripers are small but there are larger ones in the creek. Perch are always here but it takes some time in the creek or timing of the tide if dock fishing. We will have minnows, grass shrimp, squid, fiddler crabs and shedder crabs and bunker for bait.

We can take purchase orders for live crabs at any time. Market price varies but we will confirm on the day of the order. Delivery is also available. Stay tuned for availability of fresh soft shell crabs. This year we will take advance online payment before taking delivery from the crab boats.

Our two fishing kayaks are available to members and, in limited circumstances, the marina jon boat is available.

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The marina is open 7 days a week. Officially we open at 6 AM but sometimes coffee isn’t on until 7. Similarly, we close early if nobody is around. If you are coming early or late in the afternoon, please call ahead.

The two sandy beaches (on the cove and at the Gandy’s Beach end of the island) reopen on June 7 after being closed for seasonal migrating bird feeding. We saw more of the South American red knots here this year than last and that was encouraging.

Captain Bruce is organizing charter trips throughout the month and a Ladies Fishing Day on Sunday June 10. Somehow I don’t think many will mind if we see more glasses of chardonnay than fish.

By the middle of the month we will reopen the front transition dock for dock fishing after finishing substantial repairs from winter damage.

We still have plenty of new boat slips  and dry dock space still available and we will continue to recruit new marina members. Prices are a little bit higher than the pre-season amounts but we have plenty of room to make a great deal for the right boaters. Download this document for complete information.

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Tony has investors visiting Money Island on several days early in the month and has a meeting with State Senator Van Drew scheduled on June 11. This is important to the future of our community.

It is traditional to open our facility to the public on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, for a free community event. It hasn’t been a big event lately because we don’t market it much. We will offer boat rides, food and loaner equipment.

Members of a fantastic group of Philadelphia-based business owners called Powermatch are visiting on Saturday June 23 for a day of fun and seafood barbecue. All marina members are invited to join us.

We will celebrate Tony’s birthday  on Saturday July 7 with a seafood barbecue party. In recent years that has been the biggest event of the year here because the whole family shows up. Again, all members are invited.

MOST IMPORTANT: All events are weather dependent. Some say “June is for the bugs” and we take this seriously. We rely on sunny days with a steady breeze to keep us bug-free. Without these two, it simply isn’t worth being outside in June.  When the wind is blowing at more than 4 mph we don’t have a problem. Notice that the locals wear loose fitting long sleeved clothing and long pants. We have bug spray and sun block at the bait shop.

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Boat Ramp Disaster at Money Island in the 1990s

Leroy Pierce sent these photos that he took in the middle 1990s when he was working for Towboat US. Leroy wrote “we dove to get crane attached to get the marina crane out. Then the tow truck which had the boat trailer attached. Tried to bring boat up on slack low tide. Marina crane was trying to lift trailer over concrete ledge while tow truck pulled up. Crane slipped on wet ramp pushed tow truck into creek and went over ledge as well”.

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MIM disaster 5

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KIDS MARINE ADVENTURE CAMP APPLICATION

TJR Charter and Guide Service

Money Island Marina

856-447-357

KIDS MARINE ADVENTURE CAMP APPLICATION

 

  • Child’s name:_____________________________________________________
  • Age:___________________________________________
  • Sex:                 Male                                           Female
  • Does your child have any restrictions? Yes                            No
  • If any, state them: ________________________________________________
  • Would parent be willing to volunteer for one session?

Yes                  No

Payment option- Make any check payable to Money Island Marina, 192 Bayview Road, Newport, NJ 08345

Cash or credit payment accepted. Payment must be received two weeks prior to camp. Camp size is limited so please sign up early.

Camp is open for persons of age groups 10 to 13 and 14 to 16. Bait, tackle, life jackets and water will be provided while you will be responsible for sunscreen, insect repellants and rain jacket.

Kids should dress in light weight long pants and T-shirts, caps and sneakers (no sandals).

I will be using my boat for part of the class 1. I am a licensed captain and I am insured.

For question call Captain Bruce- 609-501-9349.

I have read this application and give my child _________________________________________ permission to attend this camp.

Signature:_______________________________                        Date:____________________________________

Camp dates: Saturday July 14th                                 Saturday July 21st,

Saturday July 28th                                Saturday August 4th

Time to be decided.

 

 

 

The rundown on insect repellants

Off Botanicals natural insect repellent

Most sources say that DEET-based insect repellents work best and are safe when used as directed. Some people prefer using naturally occurring chemicals contained in plant oils. No matter what approach you take, don’t ignore our motto when spending time outside in rural South Jersey: “Never underestimate the bugs“.

These five plant oils reportedly repel insects:

  • Eucalyptus – Often combined with citronella oil to keep bugs away. The Journal of Medical Entomology reports that eucalyptus extract can reduce tick bites
  • Lavender – repels mosquitoes and flies
  • PennyRoyal – a mint family plant that is toxic to insects
  • Lemongrass – a flea and tick repellent
  • Lemon – can work against fleas and other bugs

Be aware that oil-based products can increase sunburn.

We carry both DEET-based and plant oil based repellents at the bait shop.

Mosquito control at Money Island

We’ve taken steps to control mosquitos and it seems that the problem is greatly reduced over the past couple of decades. The marina stocks both DEET and eucalyptus-based repellents.

Which mosquito repellents work best?

CDC recommends the use of products containing active ingredients which have been registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as repellents applied to skin and clothing.

“Of the products registered with the EPA, those containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection.” https://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html

Mosquito resources

NJ Mosquito Control Commission: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/mosquito/

Salt marsh mosquito control: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/mosquito/docs/omwm_full.pdf

 

 

 

Fall Feast Marina Barbecue and Aquaculture Talk

Saturday September 17, 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Money Island Marina, 192 Bayview Road, Newport NJ 08345  (856) 447-3576. More information is posted on Facebook.

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Get tickets online: $10 in advance, $15 at the event. Children are $5 at the event. Proceeds benefit BaySave Foundation, a local registered charity.


Menu:Assorted seafood appetizers (shrimp, clams, oysters or shrimp), pit barbecued chicken, steamed crabs, corn on the cob, grilled vegetables, baked beans, assorted beverages and deserts.Speaker: Lisa Calvo, Rutgers University and New Jersey Sea Grant, speaking about aquaculture in the Delaware BayOur policy on adult beverages: Marina  barbecues traditionally go hand-in-hand with adult beverages. We do not sell alcohol, serve alcohol or police drinking. Guests are welcome to bring their own drinks and it is traditional to share beer or wine coolers with other quests. Please drink responsibly and be responsible for your underage guests. 

Free first-timers boat ramp offer

2018 UPDATE: This offer is replaced; the blog post is obsolete. For 2018 the ramp fee is waived for all boats. Marina membership is required to use the ramp or any marina facility. Annual family membership is $50.

We are testing a new marketing promotion as the flounder season gets started this year that is intended to introduce more boaters to the convenience and level of service available here at Money Island.

Normally the ramp fee is $15 for boats up to 18 feet and $20 for larger boats that typically require assistance with the launch and loading.

We advise against using the boat ramp within 90 minutes of low tide. Low tide time is available using the link at the lower left of this page or by calling the marina at 856-723-0294.

This offer is valid for first time use of Money Island Marina boat ramp and is available at the discretion of the marina manager. One offer per customer. Minimum purchase $10 bait 

Live/fresh bait is always subject to availability so call ahead 856-723-0294. Gratuity is not included.

This offer ends on 8/20/2016 or when the ending date is changed on this web page. Please send comments/complaints/feedback about this promotional offer to Tony Novak at cell/text 856-723-0294.

Fish cleaning table rebuild project complete

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The rebuild of our primary fish cleaning table is complete thanks to help from Andy with the water line and Jim’s tip about my design flaw that is now corrected. The underlying motivation was to conserve water (as part of our participation in New Jersey’s Clean Marina program), improve appearance and increase durability of the equipment. I didn’t guess that it would cost $500 in plumbing parts plus the labor. But hopefully this project with new bras valves will outlast it’s builders. The brass water valves we are replacing appear to be from the 1940s.

YOU ARE INVITED: Marina BBQ/lecture Saturday June 11

You are invited to a Marina BBQ and Lecture, Saturday June 11, 2016, 2-5 pm (fair weather only), Money Island Marina, Newport NJ 08345.

Let us know if you’ll attend!  Please RSVP at 856-447-3576  or tnovak@baysave.org or on our Facebook event page.


MENU: Steamed Blue Claw Crabs (if locally available), BBQ and chicken, corn on the cob, salads

COST: The event is open to the public without charge but we request a donation of $10 per adult/$5 child at the event to help cover food costs.

TOPIC: Representatives of The Nature Conservancy will discuss shoreline stabilization at Money Island.

HOST: BaySave Foundation and partners

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OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: More events focusing on local industry, seafood and culture to be announced. Next scheduled event is Family Day Open House, Sun. July 3, 2-5 PM

MORE INFORMATION: Check our Facebook page for weather-related and other announcements

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