Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
As of now, Holgate will apparently not be reopened until Oct. 1. This is not based on the Refuge but on Long Beach Township officials, led by Mayor Joe Mancini. Apparently public usage in the Holgate area is too high to allow buggying there during September. Joe knows best, right?
The Forsythe Refuge, on the other hand, will issue a statement tomorrow that the far south end will be open on September 1 -- but warns that serious considerations must be given to erosion areas (inaccessible at higher tides) and also fencing placed around late-nesting least terns. See brochure page below.
Obviously, the LBT Oct 1 start date for driving into Holgate will not allow for permits to be issued when the refuge first opens.
To me, this is utterly unacceptable. That’s all I’ll say for now --before fully lowering the boom once I have all this doubly confirmed. Need I remind: Fluke season runs until September 15 and I have no doubt fluking will be amazing in Holgate.
Also, LBT will only open Loveladies and Brant Beach for buggies after Oct 1. The rest of LBT will seemingly be closed. Could this be the township trying to subversively garner wrath at the beachfront replenishment holdouts? Possibly, but it's the exact wrong way to go. The angler enemies this will make will bring no support to anything LBT is striving towards.
Be fully advised, the refuge is NOT the ogre in this. I've talked with officials there and they are far more understanding of mobile fishermen than LBT.
Here's a preview of the copy from a brochure soon being placed at the Holgate entrance. The refuge will be issuing a press release tomorrow, however the refuge's announcements will seemingly be moot if permits won't be issued until October 1.
United States Department of the Interior
FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
800 Great Creek Road, PO Box 72,
Oceanville, New Jersey 08231
ATTENTION HOLGATE BEACH DRIVERS!
HURRICANE SANDY MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO THE HOLGATE BEACH THAT WILL AFFECT YOU