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"Does it hurt when I do this???"  REPLEN UPDATE: As to our new replenished beaches, I got worrisome word that the Beach Haven and Holgate area might not be seeing sand for many moons. Dredge Pad…

"Does it hurt when I do this???" 

REPLEN UPDATE: As to our new replenished beaches, I got worrisome word that the Beach Haven and Holgate area might not be seeing sand for many moons. Dredge Padre Island, one of the two dredges working LBI, has been removed from its current LBI duties to undergo “required” routine maintenance and repairs down in Morgan City, LA. It’ll take upwards of three months to spruce her up.

The lone remaining dredge, Dredge Dodge Island, will soon be heading north to “fill in” the unfinished portions of Brant Beach. It could soon be joined by Dredge Liberty Island, now down off Ocean City, NJ, but expected to head this way soon.

It seems that Brant Beach touch-up work will round out the replenishment summer, ending Sept 1.

Per some reports, the Queen City might not be sanded upon until  late in the year – and Holgate even later, though the arrival of that OC dredge could speed up the process. Currently, the Army Corps is not officially announcing what's up beyond the next couple/few weeks

OUT OF THE BLUE VARIABLE: At first blush, it sure seems BH and Holgate will just have to sit back and wait for its sand fix, which doesn't seem to be coming before the end of the hurricane season, per a report given at a recent Beach Haven meeting. It would therefore seem that we'll be suffering through the ongoing erosion of the Holgate Wilderness Area. 

The good news is the Holgate surf fishing will seemingly not be impacted by replenishment sand throughout the 2015 LBI Surf Fishing Classic.

Now to an interesting variable. The state of New Jersey, via the DEP, is possibly closing in on a combo channel-cleaning (of easterly portions of Little Egg Inlet) and the replenishment of Holgate and Beach Haven.

I only recently heard about the possibility of LEI being used as a close-in borrow site, though the plan has apparently been in the works for quite some time -- and has even cleared some state-level permitting hurdles. This effort is purely at the state-level, though the Army Corps is onboard, providing Great Lakes Dredging also finds it doable.

If it were to fly, a plan to dredge the inlet and use the sand to enlarge beaches, surely aligns with what many of us thought would be a match made in bird-stoning heaven – as in killing two birds with one stone, though we might not want to use that expression too freely in the presence of the Forsythe Refuge.

Interestingly, there are some fears about what might lurk in the deep and clean sand in and around Little Egg Inlet, including sundry shipwrecks dating back over 500 years. And wouldn't it be horrible to suddenly have gold doubloons and pieces of eight being spraying all over the beaches?

I’ll keep you posted on this Little Egg Inlet angle, as plans progress. I think it’s a prohibitive long-shot but Army Corps folks aren't as cynical. 

Sunday, August 16, 2015: Sorta sweltering out there this a.m., though the southeast winds finally nosed in around midday and removed a bit of swelt, though it sure wasn’t a day to cross a big beach barefooted.

I had a near overload of fluke pics and weigh-ins early, then a rapid drop-off as the day progressed. I’m happy for one and all. I just fear that we are taking poundage that, if tabulated, could worsen fluke regs for next year. The up said is the fact the proposed regs have now backed off from those absurd initial pound-reduction estimates. Management is opting for a slower switchover to pitiful.  

After I wrote about the near-bizarre number of small black drum now in Barnegat Bay, I got reports of “tons of bait.” A good bait showing would be consistent with the protracted east winds we had last spring, when the larvae got blown in from the Mid-Atlantic Bight. If you want to read a damn interesting technical study on the phenomena that bring assorted species into Barnegat bay nurseries, go to Amazon and order “The First Year in the Life of Estuarine Fishes in the Middle Atlantic Bight” by Kenneth W. Able  (Author), Michael P. Fahay (Author). 

REPLEN UPDATE: As to our new replenished beaches, I got worrisome word that the Beach Haven and Holgate area might not be seeing sand for many moons. Dredge Padre Island, one of the two dredges working LBI, has been removed from its current LBI duties to undergo “required” routine maintenance and repairs down in Morgan City, LA. It’ll take upwards of three months to spruce her up.

The lone remaining dredge, Dredge Dodge Island, will soon be heading north to “fill in” the unfinished portions of Brant Beach. It could soon be joined by Dredge Liberty Island, now down off Ocean City, NJ, but expected to head this way soon.

It seems that Brant Beach touch-up work will round out the replenishment summer, ending Sept 1.

Per some reports, the Queen City might not be sanded upon until  late in the year – and Holgate even later, though the arrival of that OC dredge could speed up the process. Currently, the Army Corps is not officially announcing what's up beyond the next couple/few weeks

OUT OF THE BLUE VARIABLE: At first blush, it sure seems BH and Holgate will just have to sit back and wait for its sand fix, which doesn't seem to be coming before the end of the hurricane season, per a report given at a recent Beach Haven meeting. It would therefore seem that we'll be suffering through the ongoing erosion of the Holgate Wilderness Area. 

The good news is the Holgate surf fishing will seemingly not be impacted by replenishment sand throughout the 2015 LBI Surf Fishing Classic.

Now to an interesting variable. The state of New Jersey, via the DEP, is possibly closing in on a combo channel-cleaning (of easterly portions of Little Egg Inlet) and the replenishment of Holgate and Beach Haven.

I only recently heard about the possibility of LEI being used as a close-in borrow site, though the plan has apparently been in the works for quite some time -- and has even cleared some state-level permitting hurdles. This effort is purely at the state-level, though the Army Corps is onboard, providing Great Lakes Dredging also finds it doable.

If it were to fly, a plan to dredge the inlet and use the sand to enlarge beaches, surely aligns with what many of us thought would be a match made in bird-stoning heaven – as in killing two birds with one stone, though we might not want to use that expression too freely in the presence of the Forsythe Refuge.

Interestingly, there are some fears about what might lurk in the deep and clean sand in and around Little Egg Inlet, including sundry shipwrecks dating back over 500 years. And wouldn't it be horrible to suddenly have gold doubloons and pieces of eight being spraying all over the beaches?

I’ll keep you posted on this Little Egg Inlet angle, as plans progress. I think it’s a prohibitive long-shot but Army Corps folks aren't as cynical. 

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Captain George Finck of Sparetime Charters was Reef fishing today with Beth Catania Family and caught this 24 inch Fluke
Beach Haven Charter Fishing Association's photo.
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Tough conditions but fun day fishing with Paul Haerteland Robert Berger

Daniel DiPasquale's photo.
Daniel DiPasquale's photo.
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John D Budish's photo.
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Throw backs

Steve Rupinski's photo.
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Fish up to 24 inches today six went into the box

John Rissmiller Jr.'s photo.
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