Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Sunday, September 27, 2015: I even hear non wind people bitchin’ about the nonstop northeasterlies. Those are folks who usually leave such insider lives that wind is nothing more than something they feel twixt car and doorway – or when the wind is coming to terms with window panes.
As for those of us who live and breathe wind, this has been a blow to our fall fishing lifestyles, though I have to admit I’ve modified and adapted to the eight-day nor’easter by hitting the mainland, where the woods cut the gusts down to size. Though I still here it messing with the upper branches, as I’m out there digging old bottles and artifacts. I’ve found some fun stuff that I’ll soon display in here.
As noted yesterday, it looks like we’re in-line for another nor-easter. The next one might be pushing some rain, unlike this protracted dry nor’easter like this current one.
Below: Nancy Wheeler Bentz
Below: Toughing it out during the current blow. Photo by John James Ryan.
The ocean temps have dropped a tad, bottoming out at 70 degrees. Hey, I said “a tad.” The water itself has stayed kinda clean considering how brown it can get when side-ass winds get gnarly. As to erosion, it’s not nearly as erosional as it could be in the wake of a couple hundred hours of side-assedness. I see where the Outer Banks is seeing full overwash of oceanfront properties. For us, this is more of a valuable redistribution of replenishment sands. Yes, it values the project to have sand moved just off the beachline where it forms sandbars. It also values down-drift areas from the replen zones, which now get the southbound grains. In Surf City, some replen-buried jetties/groins are showing. Good surfing returned there long ago.
Below: Outer Banks taking a beating. We're lucking out.
Above: Village Realty OBX
There is absolutely no guessing what fishing will be like after this oceanic agitation. I can go with the prevailing philosophy that surfside stirs like these get bass close to the beach. But that thinking was more apropos when we had surf clams rolling in the swash – and eventually washing up on the beach. No longer. And don’t blame the replenishment the absence of those quintessential shellfish. Their disappearance began well before the first replens were in progress.
Above: There are always calico crabs. There is no doubting bass love them. Here's a typical stomach content of a bass.
There is/was also the thinking that stripers swarm into the swash to grab goodies loosed by the wave action. We’ve also kinda been missing the bass. I have noticed very decent catches of stripers being taken up off New England, though many of the hardcore bassers up there swear the bite is nowhere near what it should be.
Above: Back in the not-so-distant days.
So I repeat myself: There’s no guessing what the fishing will be like after this blow – and before the next rapidly-approaching nor’easter. In fact, I’m now looking toward the approach and start of the LBI Surf Fishing Classic to indicate what’s a-stir out there. The eight-week Classic runs from Oct. 10 - Dec. 4. It could get off to a fast start so get signed up ASAP. Go to: Fisherman’s Headquarters in Ship Bottom, Surf City Bait and Tackle in Surf City, Captain’s Quarters Bait and Tackle in Brighton Beach, and Jingle’s Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven.
Here's a better look at the Classic's special prizes ...
Special Classic Prizes October 10 thru October 25th.
10/10 Autographed from the Eagles to the 1st bass caught in the tournament.
10/10 $500 to the largest bass caught today.
10/12 8 foot Tica rod for the bass closest to 21-3 in memory of Robert (Jingles) O'Brien
10/16 Head lamp to someone that catches a fish today (random pick) donated by Princeton Tec.
10/19 Ric O'Brien Memorial Prize this year is a 7 foot Tica rod given to the angler that catches a blue fish closest to 9-3.
10/21 A surf rod donated by Folsom Corporation to an angler that catches a fish today. (random pick)
10/22 A gift certificate to Barrys Do Me A Flavor. (random pick from all anglers that catch a fish today)
10/23 Head lamp to someone that catches a fish today (random pick) donated by Princeton Tec.
10/24 William Hasslock is being honored by his family (Hope Kamish, Janet Lokach and Ed Hasslock) their brother
have donated $100.00 to be given to the largest bass caught on October 24th in his memory. If no fish are caught this day the prize will go on till it is won.
10/25 The Tom Geneva Memorial Award. $25
The winner to be selected from the names of all anglers entering stripers today.
10/25 $500 cash for the largest Striped Bass weighed in today.
**** $ 100 for the first legal Red Drum weighed in.
**** Special Prize $25 Gift Certificate for the first fish weighed in by juvenile in Memory of Trevor Kuntzi.
**** Special Prize to a juvenile or student angler for the smallest fish weighed into the tournament.. $50 gift certificate to Jingles Bait and Tackle donate by the Kuntzi family.
**** John Parzych is donating two custom rods one for largest bluefish and the other for the largest striped bass caught on artificial Lure
(Below: I've done serious carp fishing -- and carp bow fishing -- and it's great fun. On hook-and-line, it's very similar to striper and drum fishing, fight-wise. My largest was pushing 40 pounds, in Camden County. That fish even swam way up a huge sewer outflow pipe. I had to run over and stand at the opening of the pipe to keep my line from rubbing on the concrete edges of the pipe. Wild catch-and-release. It went for a compressed ball of white Wonder Bread. j-mann)
Back on January 9th, a group of Wadesboro, North Carolina bikers were riding east on Hwy.74 when they saw a girl about to jump off the Pee Dee River Bridge. So they stopped.
George, their leader, a big burly man of 53, gets off his Harley, walks through a group of gawkers, past the State Trooper who was trying to talk her down off the railing, and says,
"Hey Baby . . . whatcha doin' up there on that railin'?"
She says tearfully, "I'm going to commit suicide!!"
While he didn't want to appear "sensitive," George also didn't want to miss this "be-a-legend" opportunity either so he asked . . . "Well, before you jump, Honey-Babe . . .
why don't you give ol' George here your best last kiss?"
So, with no hesitation at all, she leaned back over the railing and did just that . . .
and it was a long, deep, lingering kiss followed immediately by another even better one.
After they breathlessly finished, George gets a big thumbs-up approval from his biker-buddies, the onlookers, and even the State Trooper, and then says, "Wow! That was the best kiss I have ever had! That's a real talent you're wasting there, Sugar Shorts. You could be famous if you rode with me. Why are you committing suicide?"
"My parents don't like me dressing up like a girl."
It's still unclear whether she jumped or was pushed.