Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, July 16, 2007: Waves: 1-3 foot south swell. Water clarity: Fair at best; still churned up after south winds and very cold, some 50-degree temps taken in the suds. Warmer water not far off as winds go to the north.
An odd weather day. Despite forecasts for clear and hot, it was mainly cloudy with winds from the north -- fairly brisk but backing down to light during the afternoon. Thunder could be heard just to the south but it was enough for lifeguards to call everyone out of the water and then retreat from the beach – taking the badge checkers along with them.
Beach professionals, myself included (I call in the NJ coastal rip current report for the Weather Service, Mount Holly) have been edgy since a few years back when a couple beachgoers died in IBSP when a storm far to the south (and out over the ocean) generated a high-intensity cloud-to-ground lightening bolt that was instantly fatal for the victims. That incident caused the Weather Service to modify its warnings about T-storms. They now assert that even being able to hear thunder means a storm cell is close enough to be a lighting threat.
By the by: While all lighting strikes are dangerous, some strikes are more dangerous than others are. Direct hits are obviously horrific. They can generate heat many times that of the Sun’s surface. Other strikes can create “splash lightning” that diffuses around a victim though is surely capable of killing a human.
For your weird trivia book, the science of injuries and deaths from lighting is called Keraunomedicine.
If you’re wondering why fishing is way down here it might be a clue to the pick-and peck nature of the action. This is not to say it’s piss-poor out there, it’s just a bit of an effort to put together a series of successful hookup sites.
The bunkerballs are way up north. They offer some bass on a pick-the -winning-ball basis. I had an e-report of a 40-pounder taken up off Seaside. The only bass shagging the chosen bunker pod.
Fluking is fairish and highly off-and-on. Virtually evey good report carries tales of instantaneous fading of action, sometimes for hours. The surf fluking is very slow. With this frigid water in place, that trend may continue for awhile.
Black seabassing remains good to very good on the reefs and wrecks. The fish aren’t huge (like a few years back) but it’s easy to get a slew of them for dining .
The one-a-day tog is often large.
One area that remains high-po (potential) is Double Creek. The run from west to east (and over to the banks) offers plenty of go-to sites. Seems bluefish have made a summerlong home in that channel area.
South end is seeing the Grassy Channel area offer a good selection of fluke and blues.