Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Tuesday, August 05, 2014: The swells from Bertha have moved in very quickly – and largely. Waves are a solid four- to six-feet.
That size alone spells trouble for any mariners messing with Little Egg Inlet or even the Beach Haven cut. Things could pick up a bit by tomorrow.
Always keep in mind that hurricane swells can appear to disappear, offering what seems an easy go through inlets. Then, in one felled swoop, huge waves arrive out of the blue. Curtains, if you’re in the wrong inlet place at that wrong time. If in doubt, don’t go out.
The same ultra-caution should be taken by beachgoers and bathers deciding to take a quick dip. Even after large waves recede, and the coast looks clear to dive in, the outgoing water from now-gone waves is more than willing and able to drag folks out – and to their doom.
Rip current drag-outs happen all the time, even to folks who think they’re immune to rip currents – and related tragedies. Many a bather doesn’t realize he/she is not the same athlete from back in the day. I say that because many of the rescues I’ve been involved with come down to folks overestimating their swimming abilities. When alcohol comes into the picture – often after lifeguard hours – beer balls quickly become dead balls.
The fully riled surf is going to put a crimp in surfcasting, which has been showing some bass and blues of late. Admittedly, it’ll stir thing up, -- to the liking of bass. But many midsummer anglers aren’t geared for going up against nasty side currents right along the beach. For surfcasters looking for calmer venues, the South Jetty in Barnegat Light can be a blast – and sheltered from the surf. While blues are the main target thereabouts, throw some bait on the bottom to nab some fluke.
Here’s a report from Walt P: Don I. and I fished the incoming on the north jetty today. We had a 3.0lb, 3.5lb, and a 4.5lb blackfish but no bass on the small qty of shrimp that we had. We then switched over to fluking and fished the inside of the rocks just like you would do live lining. Water quality was so clear you could see the bottom at 20’ and as soon as you cleared the edge of the rocks on the bottom we had hits and fluke. I had some strips of salmon belly that I saved when I prepped for dinner a week ago. The fluke loved it and it out fished my high hook gulp bait 4:1. I probably caught 15-20 fish, 5” to 15”, and missed a ton more of the little ones who just kept hammering away at the baits. One fish topped out at 17” but that was it. It was a fun time for 1 hour. WP
A QUICK “NO!”: As we approach our beach buggy season, I want to offer a solid “No!” to anyone thinking today’s hybrid four-wheel drive engines can handle what LBI’s beaches have to throw at it. I’ve gotten at least half a dozen inquiries from folks flyin’ high on the beach abilities of their hybies, as hyped by dealerships.
Believing your full hybrid will work in places like Holgate will sink ya one good. The lone upside is the way a bogged down 4WD/AWD hybrid should be easier to extract from the sand than a straight 2WD.
Full hybrids do, indeed, have four-wheel drive. It is not the type 4X4 power needed to cope with hardcore off-roading – be it on the beach or even on the sugar sand of the Pines. In fact, there is no true hybrid 4X4 since much of a 4WD hybrid’s engine attention goes to the front wheels, meaning definite slippage to the rear wheels. Slippage and beach buggying do not mix. Even the meatiest hybrid offers a puny 70 horsepower to the rear wheels. My truck sometimes has problems utilizing 350 horses.
I’m not starting a pissing match with hybrid folks. There just might be some hybrid breed that can occasionally handle the LBI sand sinkage (unlikely). Also, I’ve purposely excluded certain trucks, like the GMC’s pseudo-hybrids, a.k.a. parallel hybrids, which use electric for ignition purposes only. I just fear I’ll be wasting good fishing time hauling hybridders out of holes. I base that on the feedback I’ve been getting when I pan the idea of taking electric/gas vehicles on the beach. As one unconvinced hybridder said, “Well, I’m gonna give it a try anyway.” I might leave him for South Shore Towing.
OCEAN ALERT: Large swells from Bertha are now impacting all LBI beaches. These conditions are not to be toyed with. Rip currents take no prisoners. Leave the four- to six-foot waves to waveriders.
On the table today @ ASMFC MEETINGS what is your choice ?
8 year old Mosey got this 29" striper yesterday in Surf City on clam.
Congrats Angler Mosey!!
Channel Welks and a nice summer sunset.