Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017: So yesterday I mention the unlikeliness of reported 70-degree beach waters and today a northeast wind blows and it was 70.8 when I just took the water temp; up some six or seven degrees in half a day. It could very well be into the 70s by tomorrow.
The surf water is also gorgeous -- clean and even an odd touch of blue to it, a bit of a tropical-water look.
The winds have dropped and swung straight onshore at sunset today. The waves have dropped to a two-foot, weak, short-period, easterly direction. With that in mind, night surfcasting should be great.
Be aware, the onshores will pick up to fairly brisk speed tomorrow, pushing over 15 mph and quickly blowing up a 3-foot swell. Again, that could really jack up the already oddly-mild water temps.
The weekend winds will be light in the a.m., ideal for half-day trips.
Odd observation of the day: Schools of baitfish actively tailing up, roughing the surface of Manahawkin Bay, just south of the Causeway. That nervous water is most easily seen after crossing the first eastbound bridge, heading toward the Big Bridge.
From the glances I got, it’s hard to say if those spooked forage fish have gamefish are on them or the rays in the bay are simply spooking them to the surface – not dining on them. Check for that baitfish action … but don’t be taking your eyes off the road if you’re behind the wheel. That drive over the being-built Causeway remains a constant adventure.
Truck-owner question: How is it the smallest cars take up the most room in those narrow lanes … and most often when in the speedier left lane!? They hug the center line, even drifting out of their lane into the right lane, just to avoid being too close to the concrete barrier. As if bumping into a moving full-sized pickup is somehow a better direction to go. Now that I’ve mentioned it, watch and tell me I’m not right.
NIGHT ROCKIN’: I mentioned night fishing up above because of a goodly number of after-dark stripers now being taken in Coleman land – for those who recall the yellow-glow bowls of light offered by pumped up fuel.
I also bring up the night to re-announce the now-arrived shark bite.
If you want go after the men in gray suits, make sure to use local tackle shops to get properly set up for some serious hooking.
I must somewhat reluctantly admit, conventional reels are superior to spinning reels during a long, tactical fight against a huge fish.
By the by, this summer some premier shark-fishing guides and captains will be ready for renting, so to speak. What a learning experience.
As a tease, a knowledgeable boat angler recently hooked up with something he didn’t have a prayer of turning, even on heavier gear. Short of a manta type ray, you can bet it was a real cracker of a shark. It’s fun just knowing they’re in the mix.
All that inviting info offered, please know your sharks if you think you might be hooking into some. Safe bet is to release everything sharky, except quite-tasty spiny dogs. And release them post-haste, after reviving with a tail-hold aerating. If it’s a day shark, do not get into a prolonged selfie-taking session with every nearby beachgoer … and they will all want to do just that. I’ve seen it almost every time a daytime gray suit is brought in. Technically, it’s against the law to do anything but rapidly release an off-limits species of shark.
Of course, I'm not telling this gal no ...
Saw it coming but it hurts no less. Proud to say he was a good buddy of mine ...
Rest in peace, Sir John