Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
Monday, August 12, 2013: Man it quiets down fast when weekends end. We’ve gone back to the olden days when summer weeks were based on dayhoppers and weekend end warriors. (Below: Returning home on Rte 9 -- a while back.)
Spot are so thick in the bay near HC that it's five at a time of using a sibiki. First timer trying spot meat said he BBQ'ed them whole and folks loved them. "Had to get the meat of the bones for the kids but they loved them, too."
He then asked if spot make good bait. I told him that it's rather astounding the differecne between swimming live spot and using spot chunks. The former is close to an ultimate live-line bait while the latter, for whatever reason, is barely shark fare chunks.
The Queen City is the first LBI town to bring up the subject of beach buggy permits.
Here’s a Fisherman's Headquarters release:
“The Borough Beach Haven will be issuing Fall Beach Buggy Permits, pending beach conditions. For more information, contact the Beach Haven Police Department, 609-492-0505.”
(Below: Ship Bottom beach conditions shortly after Sandy.")
Please note the “beach conditions’ notation because that is part and parcel to virtually all towns’ beach buggy permitting systems, even those with beach replenishment.
The places with beach replenishment must also have the buggy entrances in place. That grading of the dune entrances – for public and buggies -- is ongoing and might be running late in Surf City, which currently has no entry points ready for public buggying.
The fluking remains site-specifc, though I’m getting downbeat reports from folks fluking the surf. That should changes significantly in coming weeks, as air temps drop and the first migratory forage fish muster, prior to moving out next month.
Below: Rainfish (bay anchovies) and size grades of spearing (Atlantic silversides).
Not for nothin’, but I don’t like seeing this cool down, which will show as highs in 70s later this week. Despite all the planetary warming woefulness going on, I worry about a nasty winter, sometimes signaled by unseasonable cool downs in late summer. We need no more stormage in this current storm cycle.