Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Wednesday, September 24, 2014: The winds today were your standard intro into a moderate nor’easter, though it won’t be until tomorrow that the honkin’ 30-plus mph gusts kick in.   The wave action cam…

Wednesday, September 24, 2014: The winds today were your standard intro into a moderate nor’easter, though it won’t be until tomorrow that the honkin’ 30-plus mph gusts kick in.  

The wave action came up very quickly today, possibly enhanced by some lingering ground swell action. By sunset today, it was six to eight feet and will build as the gale factors in. There will be some significant beach cutaways, so buggyists take extreme care. Some of those drop-offs can be six feet or deeper – straight down.

Fortunately, we’re not at a bad tidal phase so Boulevard flooding will be the same old/same old, with the rain likely being a prime contributor. That helps keep the saltwater factor down a bit.  Right lanes on the Boulevard will eventually fill in, via the sewers. I’ll keep an eye on things.

Problematically, we’re in for a northeast flow for days and days to come, even into next week. Wind speeds will fluctuate but the currents will keep surfcasting a tough go – as in 10 oz just to start.   

Obviously, Holgate will offer some degree of fishability – after things settle a little by Saturday. How well the frontbeach holds the wave action remains to be seen.

I was down at the Rip today. Folks were catching small blues. I chose netting, where I actually catch something. I had some good throws and ended up with a bushel full, all large- to jumbo-sized. It’s very odd to see these larger mullet hanging around so long. Usually they start the run then give way to finger mullet and finally tiny stuff. Of course, nothing seems normal anymore.


Truly dumb-ass move of the day/week/month/year. Here's hoping someone might learn a life lesson from my bizarre misadventure. I'm hopin' I did. 

It was middayish and I was having a real decent net throwing session. I then got a thirst on and had to rush back to my truck for a bottled water, on the backseat. I reach my passenger side back door, go to throw it open, but it's locked. When you exit my truck, just the front doors unlock.  Apparently my awesome strength didn't fully understand the concept of a locked door. Damn if I don't go and somehow pull the door handle clean off, right into my hand. WTF!? 

But that's not necessarily a dumb-ass move, right? Ah, but the dumbassedness was cunningly lurking nearby. 

Handle in hand, I get  pissed at how easily it had come off and out of some primordial urge to let the truck know what I thought of it, I elbowed the window -- and the frickin' thing explodes. I must have hit it just right -- or my arms were in the net throwing mode or some damn thing.

That window exploded into enough pieces to make dozens of side door windows.

I put my hand over my mouth and looked on in sheer disbelief.

To my extreme credit, I stepped back and assumed a cosmically calm survival mode. Hell, at the rate I was going -- and with my newfound mythical strength -- nothing was safe. I considered going into a hysterical laughter mode but sincerely feared I might get stuck there. Instead, I slowly and calmly gathered my mullet together, counted and bagged them, put my gear away, slid behind the wheel, exhaled loudly, turned on some Arcade Fire music and drove off into the sunset.

No, I didn't drive straight into the bay -- which would have been relatively appropriate at that moment. Instead, I drove straight home -- wind swirling through my cab -- and spent literally hours Shopvac-ing the million or so shards that indicated that, only hours earlier, I had a rear right-side window. 

And, yes, it hit me that I had elbowed out a key truck window as a full-blown gale and soaking rain storm approached. In response, I duct-taped a garbage bag over the gaping opening. Looks damn good. And just like that, all is well in the world. 

Eventually, I'll shed my karmic thinking and begin realistically tabulating how many mullet it'll take to pay for a new side window.  



            Enclosed is this week’s fishing report for the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association. It is pasted below and also attached as a file. If you have any questions, my cell phone number is 609-290-5942 and my e-mail address is jamesghutch1@aol.com

Jim Hutchinson Sr.


Weather forecasts for the next couple of days look like winds and heavy rain will keep the boats of the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association at the dock. However, the weekend looks like it will be a good one weatherwise, and there are fish to be caught. 

The summer flounder season will be closing for the year on Saturday, September 27. In addition, the black sea bass season is currently closed and will not re-open until October 18 when it will run until the end of the year. 

Despite these closures, there is still quite a bit of very good fishing to be found. The BHCFA captains are taking family type parties out for fishing trips in the bay where there is an abundance of species to be found. By anchoring up and putting out a chum line, anglers can catch a myriad of fish including blowfish, croakers, kingfish, small bluefish, and many others. 

The inlet and inshore waters are currently filled with schools of small, 1-3 pound, bluefish. These fish are hungry and great action on light tackle. Boats trolling the inshore waters and several miles out are also getting into some great action from false albacore, bonito, and even some small mahi-mahi. 

Although weather conditions have not been ideal for offshore canyon trips, there are good numbers of tuna to be found there once things settle down, and the boats can make their way out there. There are also reports of some swordfish and good sized sharks being caught while chunking bait through the night.

Additional information on the Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association can be found at www.BHCFA.org.



32nd Annual Ocean County Decoy & Gunning Show

September 27 @ 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM

| Free

Wood DuckJoin us as we celebrate the 32nd anniversary of the show during this exciting two day event highlighting the culture of the area! Demostrations, contests, seminars, crafters, carvers, vendors, food, refreshments, music, entertainment, and lots of fun. Dock Dog Competition as featured on ESPN! Two great locations: Tip Seaman County Park and Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum. This event is free to the public!

Here is the 2014 Decoy & Gunning Show Program .

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