Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
HOLGATE BUGGYING UPDATE:
Mancini change of heart?
It seems the Holgate far south end MIGHT be opened to buggyists sooner than I bemoaned. The glorious sands of Holgate could open as early as next Saturday, after next Friday’s Long Beach Township commissioners’ meeting. THIS IS NOT ETCHED IN GRANITE UNTIL THAT MEETING.
I’m not sure about buying permits since they usually have to be purchased in town hall, which is closed on the weekends, i.e. after the Friday meeting. Maybe they’ll go on sale prior to then.
Initial word from town hall had the Holgate beaches, shared with the Forsythe Refuge, closed to mobile anglers until Oct 1. In the past, we had been allowed on September 1, or when the refuge opened the beach after the annual bird nesting closure. This year the commissioners seemingly favored beachwalkers over drivers, even though mobile anglers had easily coexisted in past Septembers.
A September buggy ban had been semi-catastrophic to summer-weary anglers like myself, hoping to finally drive down to the Island’s little piece of outback -- to fish and bird watch.
I had, admittedly, gone semi-aggressive about what I thought was a needless ban on buggies for a hugely important fluking month. I was simply standing up for anglers’ rights. Might my politically-charged mouth get me banned from any LBT buggying this year? Maybe, but I wasn’t doing anything worse – or noisier -- than town officials do when raging over something they feel is attacking their municipality. In fact, if I learned anything from watching Mayor Joe Mancini fight back after Sandy it’s to voice off vociferously in immediate protest over perceived wrongs.
As for other areas of LBT, they will likely be under the Oct. 1 reopening schedule.
I’ll reissue the refuge’s press release on buggying Holgate. It MUST be followed closely.
ATTENTION HOLGATE BEACH DRIVERS!
HURRICANE SANDY MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE HOLGATE BEACH THAT WILL AFFECT YOU.
Be aware of changes to the beach profile that will make it impossible to drive back and forth to the tip of Holgate at higher tides.
Depending on conditions, there may only be a window of 2 to 4 hours around low tide to access the tip of Holgate.
Even before or after high tide, there may be sections of beach front where the water reaches the dune vegetation.
Driving in the dunes is illegal and dangerous due to stumps of vegetation and soft sand.
Do not drive in areas posted as closed.
Be aware that Hurricane Sandy may have left debris hazards on or under the sand.