Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Friday, March 18, 2016: Seal stuff -- and a very involved Holgate science offering ... Please read if you're a Holgater

Why it's best not to launch a new boat at low tide .. just sayin'. 

Friday, March 18, 2016: Wildfire danger is approaching extreme. Enough said.

I did a short Holgate walk today and came across what is now a horribly sick seal. I contacted the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in hopes it might rush to the rescue. Unfortunately, I came across the seriously sick seal right as the tide was rising. There is now no getting to it until tomorrow.

You can see from the photo this is one sick pup.

Soon bayside activities will return to LBI ... Oh, boy. 

There are small stripers in the bay. I’m sworn to not disclosing more than that. That is the tradeoff for guys continuing to get info to me. I can say that bloodworms seem to have it over clams and bunker chunks. Plugs are working up the Mullica. Although I’ve seen photos of some big-ass bass, I haven’t gotten a direct report about anything more than just-keeper fish. Oh, I did hear of shedder crabs pieces (thawed) nabbing schoolie bass. 

Absecon Bay Sportsman Center
BOOM! ! 29 incher this is my second of this week:
Tracie Lynn Scherer's photo.
First day at Homeland Security Covert Special Warfare Training Center ... 


I know I have a goodly number of scienceheads in here so I'd like to offer some insights into the insidious wash-over process taking place in Holgate. I don't like to call it erosional on the bayside, though it is definitely erosional on the ocean side of things.

I've been taking a closer look at the creeping sand migration that has fully crossed ocean to bay on the first one-third of Holgate. You'll have to look at the photos kinds closely to see the effects I'll be mentioning. 

I'll start with the most significant observation, at least by my rating.

In just the past few months, a rapidly-building shoal ... now out of water at low tide ... has formed in the bay; in an area that had water five feet of water (mean tide) as recently as last fall.

This shoaling is taking place west of the the first stretch of Holgate washover. I'll guess the 1,500-foot zone, though all the refuge measuring posts are long gone in that area.

Check the photo below. It is taken at low tide but, as noted, the shoal has grown to where it is barely under water even at high tide.

At the current rate of sand being accrued there, it might seem it'll become an island. But not really. To explain, I'll have to offer some less-exciting photos, though they're apropos to how Holgate's westward migration will likely play out.

Still looking at the photo above, you'll see almost 40 yards of water between Long Beach Island and the shoal. I've shown many photos and videos of just how vast the washover zone has become in Holgate. That is obviously the source of the sand for the shoal. However, the source sand is actually coming from slightly further to the south. In fact, this shoal is forming a bit like an isthmus.

The reason the shoal's sand is not coming from the washover area directly to its east is because that stretch of water between the Island and the shoal is too deep. Also, the washover zone east of the shoal has not fully reached the bay ... yet.

Below: This photo will show what I mean. Here is the bayside shoreline on Holgate, across from shoal. You can see where the washover has broken through to the south, while this stubborn stretch of what might be called natural shoreline -- sedge and ribbed mussels -- remains in place. 

Below: Here are closeups of the last stands of grass meadows east of the shoal. This area had long been dominated by saltmeadow cordgrass. Now, a solid two-foot wall of migrating sand is moving westward, a bit lava-like. It will soon to suffocate this last piece of long-established saltmeadow.  

Also soon to be lost are some long standing baywater creeks. Below: Holding on until the last minute. I actually recall this narrow waterway from years back.  The sand is as close as it looks. Next washover spells doom for this creek. 

But back to that shoal. As I alluded to: it will not become an island, per se. Eventually, the washover of the meadows will be completed to the east. Then, the sand will rapidly fill the watery gap between LBI and the shoal. The shoal will become part of Holgate -- in fact, the most westerly part of that portion of Holgate.

I believe this odd type of leapfrog migration, via shoaling, has surely taken place in the distant past, as barrier islands migrate westward. It shows it's not a simple sand push westward but a complex series of steps whereby the first breakthrough/washover area inserts sand into the bay. In the case above, the sand moves northward -- unlike the north-to-south lateral drift of the nearby ocean. 

OK, that's plenty enough for now, though I want to leave with one more significant look, via a photo taken further south. Look closely at the photo below and you'll see the exact same isthmus-like shoaling taking place in the bay, west of the 4,000-foot mark of Holgate. That is the 113 Buoy in the bay, meaning it's a solid quarter-mile further south than the above-shown shoal. Note the similar deeper water east of it. While this area is not as acute as the other shoal, it soon will be -- as long as sand keeps being supplied by the adjacent erosion of the oceanfront and the related westward migration of sand. 

What does all this mean? Mainly, the odds of a breakthrough channel is not in the offing. As quickly as the ocean erodes the beachfront -- and meadows -- sand is filling in the water to the west.

That said, at any time a catastrophic storm could cause a Holgate breaching of channel-making proportions. However, such a channel would not stand a chance of surviving the far more powerful long-term effects of the westward migration process being seen in Holgate. 

Next comes the largest (possibly unprecedented) study of all: What happens when millions of cubic feet of sand arrive in Holgate via lateral drift after the replenishment? What an eyeopener that'll be. 

Below: Last meadow piece standing.


I see these as much for sun protect ... even inside a boat. I'm on a campaign to get folks to be far wiser than I have have been regarding skin cancer. 

Above via Carl HartmannHudson River Fishermen's Association Annual Surf Fishing Tournament

Something similar: 

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That is one serious Pa. bass Tucker!!!!

I knew she was big when my rod bent down so far that I thought it was going to break. I quickly loosened the drag and luckily landed her on 4lb line


 Blue-winged in the rain !


Finally made the cover of Rolling Stone. Gonna buy 5 copies for my mother...


Catching and releasing bass on st patricks day!


Arsenal Lures

See this plug I designed years ago, I'm not changing anything, I'm not backing up and will stay the way it is so be it, all this years ain't changed and is not going to, I'm giving a break to it so other ones can be introduce and the Suicider will be back liking or not !!!


Derek Ashcroft to Lights Out Lure Company Anglers Feedback
Proper sealing of the wood is the most important part for a long lasting effective plug! 2-1/4oz Polaris poppers heading to Harborview Bait and Tackle. Will keep everyone up to date when they will be delivered
Derek Ashcroft's photo.
Migration Map – March 17, 2016)

Striper Migration Map

2016 Striper Migration Map

The striper migration has begun! A mild winter has water temperatures much warmer than the same time last year, and striped bass are on the move, heading from overwintering areas several miles off North Carolina and moving toward their spawning grounds in Chesapeake Bay.

Chesapeake Bay

In the main stem of the Chesapeake, water temperatures are slowly creeping up and presently holding around 47° on the surface and about 40° on the bottom. Smaller male striped bass are moving into the spawning tidal rivers and the larger females are entering the bay and working their way toward the major spawning tidal rivers. Water temperatures in the Susquehanna Flats area are bouncing around 50° or so, and there are some male striped bass in the area.

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant warm water discharge has been a popular spot to jig for these fish. Anyone wishing to give trolling a try is reminded that each boat is restricted to 6 lines, barbless hooks and no stinger hooks while trolling during this catch and release period. The spring trophy striped bass season opens on April 16.

New Jersey

Absecon Bay Sportsman Center has reported stripers in the backwaters from Great Egg to Great Harbor, in the Tuckahoe and the Mullica. Keeper-sized fish have been caught at Gravelling Point. Soaking clams should being to turn up some stripers in Raritan Bay any day now.

Striper Cup Catch Release

New York

Backwater areas on the West End of the island have started to give up some schoolie stripers. Anglers have also reported impressive amounts of bait for the early season, including herring and bunker.

Connecticut/Rhode Island

The holdover striper fishing has been particularly good in the tidal rivers. The Housatonic remains a hot bed for schoolies, and also continues to put up the best quality fish of all the rivers. Better numbers are starting to come from the Connecticut and the Thames. The Providence River and Narrow River typically holds some holdover stripers, but reports from these areas have been dismal. Anglers are predicting that the first sea-lice covered schoolies will likely show up along the Rhode Island coast by the first week of April.


Cape Cod/ Massachusetts

Holdover striped bass have been reported in tidal waters on and off the Cape, along with the first few scout herring. Boston Harbor, and particularly the Mystic River, have also given up a few holdover schoolie stripers.



Native American Council offers amnesty to 220 million undocumented whites

A council of Native American leaders has offered partial amnesty to the estimated 220 million illegal white immigrants living in the United States. The "white" problem has been a topic of much debate in the Native American community for centuries, and community leaders have decided the time has come to properly address it.*

Daily Currant reports, "At a meeting of the Native Peoples Council (NPC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico yesterday, Native American leaders considered several proposals on the future of this continent's large, unauthorized European population. The elders ultimately decided to extend a pathway to citizenship for those without criminal backgrounds."



"We are prepared to offer White people the option of staying on this continent legally and applying for citizenship," explains Chief Wamsutta of the Wampanoag nation. "In return, they must pay any outstanding taxes and give back the land stolen from our ancestors.

"Any white person with a criminal record, however, will be deported in the next 90 days back to their ancestral homeland. Rush Limbaugh will be going to Germany. Justin Bieber will depart for Canada. And the entire cast of Jersey Shore will be returning to Italy."

Illegal white immigration has been rapidly increasing for nearly 400 years from the European countries of France, Spain and England.  These illegals have ravished the land and colonized areas occupied by the natives.

Some white supporters claim the immigrants are a blessing, arguing that they take all of the menial white-collar jobs that the natives don't even want.  'What native would want to have a cushy salary and a corner office as an accountant, or the excess of power as senatoror fortune-500 CEO,?' they claim. 



Others are not so forgiving.  "Why can't we just deport all of the Whites back to Europe?" asks Ité Omácau of the Lakota people. "They're just a drain on our economy anyway. They came over here to steal our resources because they're too lazy to develop their own back home...  I can't believe we're just going to let them pay a fine. They should get to the back of the line like everybody else -- behind the Mexicans."


Heavenly Jewels

by exit63

Prancy Paw

Prancy Paw

Thunder Toes

Thunder Toes

Cloud Boy

Cloud Boy

Like your life, your family, or your health, the Piping Plover is something we did not chose, but we're stuck with. Try to ignore any of those things, or worse, to destroy them, and you'll just wind up on your death bed in horror and tears, feeling like a jerk and a fool, begging for the chance to make things right. There is no shortcut. There is no escape.

The truth is the Piping Plover make the beach a better place. They are totally adorable and extremely hilarious. They were made for our beach, and our beach was made for them. But even if you never get the chance to get to know them, the simple recognition and acceptance of the beach as a fragile place worth treating as such, and both caring about and caring for, is not the burden it seems. On the contrary, embracing that reality is the only way to truly love the beach and suck the real joy out of it. Anyone who claims to love the beach but hate the Piping Plover needs a hug. That person is unbelievably misguided, lost, and really, truly, missing out on the real magic and splendor of the place. That is sad, only.

It is only ignorance, laziness, selfishness that obliterate the Piping Plover. Nobody actually wants those things to be the heritage of our Summer vacations and lives along the coast. In that sense, they are our indicator species. When they are disappearing, we can know for sure that we still don't get it, and are doing the beach thing all wrong. When they are thriving again, we'll know we are discovering real joy down the shore, and have developed maximum beach-loving abilities. It is hard to believe you can have a bigger smile at the beach than you ever had before, but you can.

I once was blind, but now I see.

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