Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Tuesday, August 12, 2014: This is a very unusual stint of direct east winds. It has blown in mighty warm water (75 in some locales) but is blowing angling opportunities to hell and back.
This afternoon’s rain was yet another negative of onshore winds blowing to almost 20 mph.
The combination of rain and winds will cause some flooding in all the usual LBI locales.We're also holding onto the last of the full moon tidal effects.
But, things are finally on the move. A cold front will blow things clean tomorrow, ushering in west winds. Then a rapid fire series of cold fronts will keep things moving along quite well.
Amid the offshore winds, I see loads of angling opportunities in the mix, though also a serious need to watch the skies – though you have to agree thunderstorms have not been much of a concern this summer.
The arriving offshore winds will be stronger and more protracted than the one’s last week. They will essentially reach to the beach – and blow briskly, making for some nice, offshore wind weather when the clouds part.
Last week’s westerlies were mainly mainland-based. And, yes, you can absolutely have offshore winds on the nearby mainland that become light onshore or even fairly brisk out of the south right along the shoreline. Many a waverider has come flying over the Causeway from the mainland, seeing wave-cleaning west winds in Manahawkin, to find wave-ruining southerlies blowing where the waves live. It’s pretty amazing considering there are only a couple miles twixt here and there. It’s simply the effects of ocean temps.
Below is my rudimentary weekly rundown. It’s admittedly a bit of rehash of what I place in here during the week.
One addition to the rundown is the unusually large number of eel reports I'm getting. Love hearing that. These aren't mini-eels, like you find when turning over bayside logs and rocks at low tide, but edible-size.
A fellow bait-fishing for “anything that comes along” over in BHW, pulled out a massive eel -- well over three feet long, judging from the cellphone picture.
Science books have American eels getting up to four-feet long. However, I have absolutely, positively seen larger than that.
RUNDOWN: Fluking does not suck, though a few “This sucks” have been aimed at the rate of keepers amid seeming clouds of undersized flatties. That lowly ratio is par for the course, considering the minimum size limits. And might those minimums might be even stricter next summer.
I’m told the estimated fluke poundage taken by recreational fishermen this summer has already super-exceeded the suggested poundage. To finicky fishery management types, such excesses spell over-lax regs. To me, the frenzied fluke-taking rate spells out the beyond-obvious fact there are more fluke down there than anyone, including experts, can shake a stick at. I like the expression I once heard from Tom Fote that the bay and inlet bottoms were “bricked with fluke.” I might now say the bottom is tiled with fluke.
Tailor bluefish are making fevered passes again, mainly near inlets, though also along the beachfronts, which are only being sparsely fished. These eater/smoker-blues had headed just north, per Facebook friends. It should be interesting to see if they hang hereabouts. Why so? For fun only, I look upon an early arrival of these fast-movers as an indication of an early fall being on its way.
On the warmer side of the foretelling coin are showings of tropical rudderfish, in numbers maybe never seen before around LBI. Rudderfish are neck-in-neck with tropical houndfish as the most “What kinda fish?” emails I’ve gotten this summer. One fellow (and family) had rudderfish one-after-another, until they got tired of catching them. Weird. You’ve seen the dozens of huge houndfish being taken. Equally weird. A global warming thing? Who the frig knows anymore?
I hope to get some infinitesimally small global warming insights by seining eel grass beds next month. The showing of young-of-year tropical fish, especially groupers, might indicate that larger oceanic water temp changes are allowing larval fish to better survive riding northward currents up the Mid-Atlantic Bight region, before being blown into our bays.
Stripers are sorta scant this summer. Whereas most LBI jetties usually contain summer “resident bass,” these mainstays haven’t been there for early-a.m. pluggers, the timeframe to best catch them. I have taken a couple/few on white leadheads and white plastics. A slow-go, though.
On the striper upside, some keeper bass have been bested by patient bait fishermen. I was sent a photo of a BHW BBQ grill jammed with perfectly-browned bass steaks, topped with slices of green peppers and onions. Sweet.
I don’t do offshore reports much but I’ve gotten a slew of glowing tuna (yft) and mahi reports. To me, when the canyons are alive the ocean is lookin’ fine. By the by, there are many charters available for offshoring – and headboats for closer-in fishing. Good fun. See nearby ads.
DASTARDLY GULLS: I was porch-left a solid chunk of fresh tuna (I’m told). It was heavily wrapped in plastic, with a blue icepack inside. It sure was a great lookin’ icepack – which is all I saw, thanks to my two highly-clever resident herring gulls, Henry and Henrietta. All I found after their de-packaging was the icepack. I knew something was up when I went out back to feed them their daily hotdog and they just belched down at me from the roof. They both got four-day hotdog-less sentences. Eat my tuna, will ya?
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Daily Mail The body of a two-headed dolphin has washed up on a beach in Turkey this week. The conjoined corpse was seen floating onto the shore in Izmir on Turkey’s west coast on Monday by sports teacher Tugrul Metin. The dead dolphin was believed to be a one-year-old calf measuring just 3.2ft in length. It had two heads but merged to share just one tail. Mr Metin, 39, said: ‘I noticed the dolphin in the sea and watched as it washed on to the beach. ‘I couldn’t take it in at first – I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me – I’ve never even heard about a dolphin like this let alone seen one with my own eyes – I was completely shocked.’ The stunned teacher called the police who came and removed the dolphin to a laboratory for further investigation. Early reports said the eyes on one of the dolphin heads were not properly opened – neither was one of the blow holes. Associate professor Mehmet Gokoglu from the marine-biology department at the Ak Deniz University said he welcomed the opportunity to study the strange dolphin adding: ‘Such a dolphin is a very rare occurance – similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins’.
We saw a similar phenomenon earlier this year, when conjoined twin grey whales washed up on a Mexican beach, except unlike the whale twins these conjoined twin dolphins looks like they actually had some success. If the conjoined twin dolphins truly were one year old, it means that they had to have successfully swam with a dolphin pod and fed before dying, but I’m sure their death was due to complications with their condition. As I said when the conjoined twin whales washed up, I’m sure that some of the tales of sea monsters from early humanity can be explained by scientific anomalies, like this washing up on the beach. People would try to explain this creature as a new species of two headed sea monster never before seen, while in reality, it’s just conjoined twins.
NOTE: If I was swimming in the ocean and the body of a two headed dolphin bumped into my leg, I would combination scream like a woman and piss myself, no doubt about it.
SO WHY DO WE NEED SEISMIC TESTING????????????????
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [New York Times] - August 12, 2014 -
A few weeks ago, some 300 miles off the coast of New Zealand, scientists aboard the research vessel Tangaroa gently lowered two funky-looking orange orbs into the sea. Soon they disappeared, plunging of their own accord toward the depths of the Pacific Ocean.
They were prototypes, specialized robots designed to record temperature and other conditions all the way to the sea bottom, more than three miles down. Every few days since that June voyage, they have been surfacing, beaming their data to a satellite, then diving again.
With luck, a fleet of hundreds like them will be prowling the ocean in a few years, and the great veil of human ignorance will lift a bit further.
The startling reality is that in 2014, we know more about the surface of Mars than about the depths of the ocean. And that deficit is a huge problem as scientists try to understand how human activity is changing the planet.
As many people know, the warming of the earth’s surface has slowed sharply over recent years. That slowdown did not match past computer projections of what the climate was supposed to do under the influence of greenhouse gases, and scientists have been struggling to explain it.
Their inability to do so raises questions about the reliability of the computer models on which long-term climate projections are based. Moreover, that scientific problem has become a political problem. “Global warming stopped 15 years ago!” is the favorite battle cry for climate-change skeptics these days, continually cited by politicians who want to block action on emissions.
In fact, global warming has not stopped. The greenhouse gases released by humans are still trapping heat, and the vast bulk of it is being absorbed by the ocean, as has always been the case. Researchers have deployed more than 3,000 robotic floats that can measure the temperature in the upper layers of the ocean, and they show continual warming there.
This documented ocean warming is hard evidence that scientists have gotten the basic story right when it comes to the effects of human emissions. It is also a problem in itself, because water expands as it heats up, so the warming is a major factor behind the rise of sea level — which, in turn, has worsened flooding from storms like Hurricane Sandy.
Despite the oceanic heating, it is true that at the surface of the planet, the increase of temperature has slowed quite a bit from the torrid pace of earlier decades. That has been a surprise, and trying to understand it has become an intense scientific focus.
The natural variability of climate could be playing a big role. The Pacific Ocean, in particular, oscillates in ways that can strongly influence the temperature of the atmosphere. The cycling between El Niño and La Niña conditions is one of those oscillations, and over the past decade or so, La Niña, which has a cooling influence on global climate, has predominated.
Another possibility, as strange as it may sound, is that the rapid rise of coal burning in China has temporarily slowed planetary warming. Coal releases greenhouse gases that will have a long-term warming effect, of course, but it also throws particles into the air that can reflect sunlight back to space over the short term.
Can this account for the warming hiatus, or part of it? Experts simply do not know, and bad luck is one reason. A few years ago, NASA tried to send up a satellite that could have helped answer that question by carefully measuring particles in the air, but it blew up on launch.
Some scientists think the deep ocean is playing a significant role, absorbing heat that would otherwise be showing up at the surface. And the available evidence suggests this is the case, but measurements of the deep ocean are scant.
That is where the prototype robotic floats, developed at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, come in.
The idea is to supplement the older robots that are already prowling the ocean. That system, known as Argo, is one of the scientific triumphs of the age, but even the most advanced of the floats can dive only a little more than a mile, so they miss the bottom half of the sea.
Developing robots able to go deeper has been a technical challenge, but scientists think they are about to lick it, permitting temperature measurements of virtually the entire ocean — a milestone in science. The experts say a replacement for the pollution-measuring satellite that exploded is also an urgent priority.
While scientists scramble for better information, this might be the most important thing for citizens to know about the warming hiatus: It has happened before.
In fact, surface warming has always proceeded in fits and starts, with the longest hiatus lasting roughly 30 years, from the 1940s to the 1970s. Scientists do not really understand that one, either. But it ended, and a period of extremely rapid warming followed.
Daniel P. Schrag, a geochemist and head of Harvard’s Center for the Environment, said the inability of scientists to explain these ups and downs highlighted a deeper problem. At a time when people are causing profound changes on the planet, he said, governments had failed to invest enough in monitoring systems like satellites, causing gaping holes in the information that scientists have to work with. Even though they have the big picture right, they’re struggling to predict shifts that really matter in the near term.
“I think the most likely thing is that we’re going to see a rapid warming in the next five or 10 years,” Dr. Schrag said, “and we still won’t know why.”