Friday, December 11, 2009:
West winds have hosted easily the coldest weather of the season. However, things are going to mild up quite a bit in coming days. In fact, it’ll seem so much milder after today’s wind chills. This all points to very good fishing potential for the weekend. The schoolies are in session so think in terms of lighter gears and more artificials, though clams – and chunks to a lesser degree -- always work to bring in the keepers.
The blowout tides are going to allow some of the lowest south end waters in many moons, meaning not only access to the first clamming grounds but also the further back flats, including the chowder grounds at the furthest accessible point facing north.
LAST CHANCE TO BULB: I have to throw a somewhat belated post-bulb-planting plug for fishing and gardening buddy Tim Shipper, part of the family owned and operated flower bulb business farms which shines under the banner Colorblends (www.colorblends.com
) in Bridgeport, Conn.
Tim always helps support my website – and my gardening itch. Although I’m an herb grower by practice, the world-class bulbs that Colorblends has perfected make flower growing so easy even I amaze myself when I see the glowing success of the likes of tulips and daffodils that I planted the previous fall.
I bring this up now since we are still in the bulb-planting time for the Jersey Shore. I’ve planted Colorblends bulbs as late as post-Christmas with 100 percent show-up rates come spring. I’m not sure if they can be planted during non-frozen periods in the midst of winter so I’ll save a few from this year’s bulb stock to try a February (or so) planting.
This year, I’m already (this is early for me) getting around to plugging in the bulbs Tim sent down. “Plugging in” is my expression for plugging holes in the ground to place the bulbs. I’m lazy so I use this steel cookie cutter-like device with a wooden top-handle, to drive the hollow somewhat cone-shaped metal part into even tough ground.
My weird fun with the load of bulbs I get is to pop them everywhichaplace. I quickly lose track of my bombardment bulbament -- until spring, when each one rears up to let me know where I put it.
Check out the above website and scroll down to the bottom. There’s a photo of Tim, who Holgaters might recognize from his time fishing down there. Make sure to get a free catalog. Check out the wild names given to various flowers, like Professor Einstein, Sir Winston Churchill, Sushi, What’s For Dinner, Minnow, Flight Time …