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Tuesday, Oct. 2 -- Bluefishing hike; interesting events

Tuesday, October 02, 2007: Waves: 2-4 feet with larger sets. Water clarity: Great; jellyfish slime is under control. Water temps: Way mild in the mid-60s.

Bluefishing has actually turned up a notch, if you can believe that. Holgate has bird play and as many 1- to 3-pound fish you want. They are on bait but once again seem to be by themselves. No bass or weakies in the mix – yet. Late-day has seen a few bursts of football bass, small but chubby and frisky; going for poppers and (for real fun) saltwater Zara spook shapes.

Ocean conditions are a bit rough but not prohibitive by any stretch. Per usual, the first couple days of the week are real quiet on the fishing front, picking up a bit on Wednesday then accelerating like all get-out by week’s end. Weekends will be insane for many moons to come. With the LBI Surf Fishing Classic starting this weekend, for folks like myself that quiet early-week time is the best chance to go daily – with its entry-covering $35 cash prize.

Traffic signals are now blinking yellow on LBI, however, the speed limits are still at summer’s levels. Cops are making stops. Important: School bus stopping laws are strictly enforced on LBI – as they should be. Cops are often accompanying the buses. It is sometimes easy to space-out with the newly flashing traffic signals and not register a flashing school bus as it stops.

NOTICES:

Check out this huge-money bluefish event, as noted by Chris D.: “Could you do us a favor and plug this tournament that my friend is running for the Fishermans Conservation Association. The tourney has a boat division and a surfcast division. Sign ups can be done by phone, internet, or in person. For us guys on LBI all weigh-ins will be done at Jingles Bait and Tackle in Beach Haven. Go to www.bluefishbonanza.com for more info.

Rumor has it that anglers off of LBI have a very good chance of getting the larger blues. I also think it is great to see something else this time of year--targeting a different species. Chris D.

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Here’s a fun trip to one of the most famous boat shows:

Bill & Dottie Kleimenhagen are offering a fabulous boat show getaway at the Marriott Beach Place Towers on the beach in Ft. Lauderdale Florida from October 26 to Nov 2. (The Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show runs from October 25 to October 29.) The Beach Place is only one block from the in water boat shows north entrance and 4 blocks from the in water show main entrance.This is the largest boat show in the world. It is held at six great locations with free bus service between sites. Every vessel or accessory you will want to see will be there. http://www.showmanagement.com/

Due to a change in plans we have a time share villa available for rental. Seven days on the beach in fabulous Ft. Lauderdale for $500. Please contact Bill & Dottie Kleimenhagen at 215-760-2285 or 215-355-5049

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Another look at Polly’s bass tourney: Polly’s Dock is having a “Heaviest Striper” tourney on October 5, 6.

It is both a bank and boat event and costs $100 per 3-angler (or less) vessel and $100 per 3-angler surfcasting team. Extra members can be taken on team or boat at a cost of $20 per person.

Winnings are based on number of entrants in the tourney. Also money will be hanging out there in the form of separate calcuttas ($20) for vessels, largest fish overall and two heaviest fish.

As you can see, this is one of the few mixed method tourney, bank and beach – with separate winnings perks for each sector. T-shirts and a buffet are also part of the event.

The captains’ meeting is Friday (Oct. 5) at 6 p.m., after which line can go into the water. Weigh-ins are until 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Get details at 492-2194.

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