Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report
The old glued down slipper trick ... Hey, come to think of it, I've never seen it before.
He'd say later: "It just somehow felt right ... given the moment."
Alert: Big storms ... doorstep ... 6 p.m.
Monday, June 19, 2017: Wind and more wind. It got ultra-blowy later than expected but has really settled in for what could be a honking day. While it will be overly balmy on the mainland (near 90) with us seeing the SCA winds in a cooler fashion.
Tonight’ cold front won’t be much of a gamechanger. It will usher in brisk SW winds that will quickly shift SE on LBI, i.e. back to summer normal. Wednesday looks to be the more usable day, wind-wise, with lighter a.m. winds.
While much can happen before this coming weekend, it’s lining up to be a beauty, while the time in-between looks to be a good bit gusty. OK, so maybe I cheer on nice weekends but this one really is lookin' good in a way-ahead way.
While I try to talk a lot of fish in here -- as opposed to my weekly SandPaper blog, which is actually more of a tale-telling device -- I'm not overloaded with reports of late, due to winds hampering boat anglers. You will see a cool pro report below from Capt. Alex.
Of note, crabbing has gone from good to amazing. I got to see the catches of a few savvy blue claw hunters and to a man they were sittin' pretty for future claw crackin'.
BAD WATERS RISING: We had a real bad rip current stretch over the past week. We lost folks in AC, Avalon and Belmar. Locally, serious rescues were carried out by lifeguards; often overlooked heroes … until you or a loved one is pulled from a life/death situation.
I have been reporting high rip current concerns to the NWS for almost a week straight, knowing some common and not-so-common factors were in play.
A very large groundswell, with some seven-foot waves, was the obvious big rip current player in the surf. Also, of utmost importance, were rapidly warming ocean waters. This come-on-in invitingness was booby-trapped with cold-water eddies. Going into mild water offers no clues that such icy insets are plying the waveline. The cold eddies hold water temps as much as 20 degrees than what a swimmer had counted on. Also, rip currents are notorious for drawing up icy bottom waters, just when such strength-draining water temps are the last thing you need right about then.
Some other subtle factors making things hugely unpredictable in warning about spring rip currents include the school’s out mania. Face it, those first days of summer freedom often manifest in trips to the beach … and daredevil dives into the suds. This applies from grammar schoolers right through to collegians, though high schoolers are far-and-away the goofiest of the bunch.
It's the unspoken responsibility of anyone using an unguarded beach to keep an eye on any and all ocean goers; that even applies to guarded beaches, when just sitting around. During my many years of guarding, and I was dang good if I do say so, I was often alerted by beachgoers of nearby problems, many just out of my usual guarding range.
Spent almost all of Friday on Barnegat Bay and I have a lot to say. After sun up I deployed my two “Maryland style” crab pots baited with fresh frozen bunker. Yes, that is an oxymoron. After that, I fluked before picking up my first trip of the day which was an eco-tour. Releasing two short on short notice I picked up the Rubin party. I took them back behind Sedge Island and Gull Island to name a few. Lots of things to see, and as always, I told lots of stories. Just ask any of my students. After that, I picked up my now annual fishermen from Pennsylvania Amish County. I find it interesting to learn the about the diverse cultures of those that make up the fabric of the United States. With the inlet a little dicey we chose to go to the back bay. Working hard to put them on fish, I found the right conditions and the fluke were chewing. They must of C&Red 20 fish in under an hour. Running all the way across Barnegat Bay and some 5,000 miles from Dutch Harbor, the Debbie M was on the crab! With about a 10 plus hour soak, the pots were loaded with crab. From two pots I filled a four-gallon bucket with Jimmies, many of them big and full. Bottom line, crabbing is excellent.
Happy belated Father’s Day to all the dads out there. I spent most of the day with my family but did slip out before they got out of bed. By 6 AM the south wind was already blowing 15+ and outgoing current started earlier than predicted. Fluking condition were tough to put it mildly. I picked up a few shorts before calling it a morning. The ocean has just been down right angry the last few days and not many boats have been able to venture out. The inlet still has lots of fish but fishing conditions are difficult. This south wind has dropped the ocean temp which means one thing, well maybe two. The closer you are to the inlet the less likely you are to catch fluking on the flood, look for warmer water condition to increase your success. Fishing 101. The other thing is bass in the normal June haunts will be chewing around high tide. I hope to get at them to give one of them their invite to dinner. As it stand I am booked Tuesday and Friday morning. Other times including magic hours, except for today Monday are open.
On the nature side of thing/PSA: it is diamondback terrapin egg laying time. Keep an eye out when driving around close to the bay. Females exist the bay to lay their eggs on higher, sandy ground. Terrapins are the only brackish water turtle in the world. Also remember if you are using Maryland style crab pots you must adhere to the following laws:
1) Purchase on $2.00 crab pot license
2) Your license number must be on your floats.
3) When deploying them in a water body that is 150’ wide or less you are required to have turtle excluding devices. Terrapins need to breath air and when they enter a Maryland style/commercial style crab pot they most often die of drowning.
Barnegat Bay, NJ