Thursday, June 05, 2008: There’s change in the air – which is a lot better than the smell of smoke. The winds are around to the north and east. This will likely downwell warmer ocean water, likely pushing in the warmest water of the season by tomorrow. Then the big change begins. The first signs of that scalding summer I’ve been talking about will show – though technically a spring heat wave. Days of 90s – with some mid-90s mainland – will solar heat the ocean if the south winds to kick up too hard, which they’re not forecast to do. Of course, this spring has thrown some vicious curves, weather-wise – much to the chagrin of many anglers and boaters who have a picture of the NOAA logo on the wall to throw darts at. That hot air will surely bump the ocean temps up and might be enough to drive blues and fluke out of the backbay -- not what backbay folks want but that’s something to consider in coming days.
The main reports I’m getting have to do with this massive showing of bunker, which is now occasionally making its way inside the sandbars, though not close enough to the beach to throw net at them. It’ still one of those snag-and-drop-and-nada things for many folks. Still, I have a goodly number of weigh-in reports from boats so someone must be finding nearshore stripers associated with the bunker. By the by, all that bunker is also a massively good thing. As long as the bait stays there will be fish – not always hungry fish, but fish in waiting, so to speak.
There is at least one new entrant onto the 2008 Simply Bassin’ leaderboard and I’ll get that in here a bit later this a.m. (when I get to work and check for any other faxes).
Here’s an email from our first Simply Bassin’ leaderboard gal.
Long-time reader, first-time emailer. Wanted to tell you about my fish that Nick emailed you about last night.
Nick and I set up camp slightly south of Joe and cast our lines. We caught a few skates and smooth dogfish. Then, while Nick was dehooking a doggie, the other rod started screaming off line. I never ran so fast in my life to grab the rod and start reeling. The fight lasted about 10 minutes. I thought for sure it was a shark, but Joe and Nick kept saying it was a bass. I refused to believe it until I saw it in the wash and ran down to pull it up on the beach. This is the biggest fish I've ever caught in my life and I'm really excited!
Keep up the good work. I really enjoy reading your posts.