Daily Fishing and Outdoor Report

Monday, September 04, 2017: Mighty nice out there … as forecasted. Mighty worky in here (my office) … as expected.

Why it's sometime good to let aunts babysit ... 

Baby chimp pushed in the water


Bedridden boomers be like ... 

Ping pong in bed


If looks could ... hell, I'm not sure what this guy's looks are trying to do. 

Coach vs referee

Below: IBSP ... "My car is so expensive it should be able to go anywhere." Check the steam coming out of his lady friend's ears. 

IRMA MATTERS: It seems Irma might be meeting me halfway. She's steering decently south, though most likely not south enough to move into the Gulf ... though a couple squiggly gray lines project that possibility. We all have ongoing concern for Houston's recovery. Another 50 inches of hurricane rain ... perish the thought.

Most likely, Irma will let loose on the Sunshine State, Andrew-like. I'm just following the central point of the forecast phallus. Plus, she's getting close enough that my guesses won't unnecessarily alarming folks. It might be time for initial alarms done south. 

By the by, I see something of a potential or a Georgia landfall, a bit like H. Matthew (2016)

Do I derive some relief from seeing Irma losing interest in us? Damn straight I do! At the same time, I can still hope for the best for those in her path. It's a complex dichotomy. Someday, we'll be able to deflect hurricanes back out to sea. Until then, and I again apologize, but better it hit there than here.  

Monday, September 04, 2017: Mighty nice out there … as forecasted. Mighty worky in here (my office) … as expected. I had hoped to break away and get in some beach v-ball but I did the most touristy of things yesterday. I failed to put on any sunblock, even when the sun shone brightly by late afternoon. I played the last v-ball games of the season on the backyard court of Al V. in Barnegat Light. When I got home, I looked into the mirror – and gasped. I’m not talking a simple red-skin face burn but a glowing, heat-issuing, crimson red that my skin will rightfully hold against me for a long time into the future.

Today’s sun factor is through the ceiling, though the beaches here in Surf City are oddly under-peopled for a holiday weekend.

On the up side, the surf is as small as it has been in many a summer moon, though gusty south winds have kicked in this afternoon. Nonetheless, it looks like decent surfcasting conditions, especially after the guards get off today ... and leave for the winter. A few select beaches will be guarded through September. They won't impact daylong surf fishing.

I’m wondering about kingfish in the suds. I bring up kings after Walt and Don hit fine kingfishing, bayside Holgate. There were also jumbo flatties being taken there … though you’ll have to get out there real fast to legally cash in on those.  

The first folks driving onto Holgate are hitting snappers toward the Rip. I’m told the PD is checking for 4WD permits as vehicles enter the drive-on zone at the parking lot. All the regulars down there have long asked for such township attentiveness. Obviously, LBTPD can't expend too much times thereabouts. But thanks for the early showing.

I hope to hit Holgate this week, with afternoon low tides. I’ll then wax poetic on the look and feel thereabouts. I hope to do a look-about for any cool insects and such. Sure, I’ll be bird watching but that doesn’t really turn on for a few more weeks, though resident birds mustering for migration are always an eyeful, large flocks of oystercatchers jumping to mind … and eye. 

MICRO UPDATES: By extreme request, I’m offering every inkling of what I hear about the Little Egg Dredging project. This week, it’s but a morsel, that being the Fish and Wildlife Service and the NJ DEP are that close to agreeing on what amounts to test dredge. I know I mentioned that last week, but I had it reconfirmed this week.

And here’s why if might have more impact than merely for mariners. If you haven’t been to the Holgate proper front beaches lately, they’re look a bit thin in many places. In fact, they’re downright anorectic. The nearest quick fixes for that sand deprivation zone include Long Beach Township paying the quarry piper for off-color trucked in sand. Then, we have the much-mentioned use of dredge material gleaned from an inlet test-dredge.

By the by, I’m going groinless for this update, knowing the terminal groin thing might not play out as quickly as the inlet dredging.  

I need to offer some responsibility perspective. An LEI dredge would be a purely state and local project. Yes, the Fish and Wildlife must OK it but once the OK is given -- and it might have already been given-- the funding must come from in-state sources. That funding is available, I’m told.

Now, follow the bouncing sand here. A shift to federal jurisdiction could enter the picture if a regular inlet dredging program is worked out. In fact, the Army Corps is rather hungrily eyeing the vast cache of borrowable sand harbored within the massive ocean shoals at the east end of Little Egg Inlet. For that reason, ACE is monitoring inlet dredging efforts with keen interest … while legally steering clear of the state mechanisms at work.

I’ll reiterate that those LEI shoals, which are growing larger and larger as LBI replenishment sand migrates southward, can be seen as a renewable sand source for beach replenishment. It’s nary a strain to envision replenishing LBI’s beaches, waiting some, and eventually (re)collecting the north-to-south moving replen sand off those south end shoals.

While shoal borrowing seems a workable concept, the Fish and Wildlife Service folks duly fret over the dredging and the sand-taking exposing nearby Fed-owned Little Beach to acute erosion. I’ll note that Little Beach is already in the throes of egregious erosion -- and dredging and sand harvesting might work to slow that erosion. Obviously, that thinking is too cup-half-fullish for worrywarts.  


Being a dog person, I'm deeply concerned over all the dogs that have gone missing/astray in the Houston floods. I worry as much for devastated dog owners, suddenly separated from their pets.

Believe me, Texans love their dogs as much as anyone anywhere. For that reason, I balk at what seems to be an inordinate hurry by well-meaning folks to relocate flood-found pets elsewhere -- sometimes far elsewhere. Whats's more, relocation can be devastating for dogs. After Katrina, relocated dogs would try to run back toward Louisiana ... from many states away. And dogs have that homing capacity. 

Many a Texas family will have their lives further ruined -- after the flood damage to home and property -- to never see their pets again. I imagine many folks would feel profoundly guilty for losing track of a never-to-be-found pet.

I fully understand the immensely humane effort to contact Houston authorities in an effort to relocate recovered dogs ... but it's way too early to go that route. 


(I hope to help this captain by looking into any dredge help. His predicament reads very much like other areas toward Tuckerton ... and even Barnegat and Lacey ways.)

After reading your Fish Story article in the August 30, 2017 Sand Paper. I am hoping you can look into a couple of other dredging issues in the local area. As a property owner since 1985 in Beach Haven West, I am also an avid boater and fisherman. My only access to the bay is via Mill Creek, the Creek was in rough shape before Sandy, now it is downright dangerous due to severe shoaling in some areas. The Mill Creek Road and Budd Drive section is almost impassible at mean low water with about 1 1/2 foot of water.
The Creek in the area of the Townships Mill Creek Park has no bulkhead and erosion from the bank is filling in the Creek. The Mouth of the Creek entering the bay is also severely shoaled.
I have been boating here for 32 years and I can't remember any improvements or dredging being done in the Creek. Homeowners that live on Mill Creek pay addition fees to Stafford Township for Creek maintenance, what are they maintaining ?
All homes on lagoons and the Creek are required to have bulkheads yet the Township has none by the Park. Are they exempt from this rule?
At the July 2017 meeting of the Beach Haven West Association, a local real estate agent stated that Beach Haven West, the Coves, and Village Harbor property values are on the rise and that this area is a boaters' paradise. If dredging is not done soon, it will become a kayak paradise because these will be the only boats that will be able to navigate Mill Creek safely.
Mill Creek is a major waterway that provides bridge- less access to the bay. The only thing preventing larger boat owners from this paradise is the depth of the Creek why not dredge it and make it a true boaters paradise.
My other question has to due with the missing buoys in the Middle Grounds. Since I have been boating in the Little Egg Harbor waters, buoys have marked the channel from Long Point through the Middle Grounds to the ICW. To my surprise this year no buoys, no notice to boater, no mention in any local papers etc. of why they were not installed.
I contacted the NJ Division of Coastal Aids to Navigation and Maintenance in Toms River on or about July 1, 2017. They stated due to equipment issues they were late with installing the buoys but in fact they were NOT installed. I called again in early July. They never returned my calls. Now boaters from Beach Haven West have to use the ICW to access Great Bay and southern fishing areas, adding additional time and fuel. So much for the Beach Haven West area being a boaters' paradise.
Your Fish Story Pages in the Sand Paper seems to be the only source of information regarding key issues that pertain to boaters and fisherman. Thanks for keeping us informed.
Captain Rich K. 
Daniel DiPasquale
Made the most of what Mother Nature allowed today in what materialized to a solid 4ft chop with 6-7'ers mixed in...worked cockpit on a friend's boat trying to get them their first tuna this year... took nearly twice as long to get to where we wanted but finally after setting up and playing around with the spread it was game on. Yfts feeding heavy on Sterling Tackle spitting up 18" Squids and Sardines. Unfortunately we had to call it after about an hour as the seas were increasing to the point where bars couldn't get to where they were supposed to be and kept tossing and turning upside down. Water cooled down a lot from the blow, curious to see what happens...crew was stoked all around great day.

Crab cakes for dinner!

Well, what do you think? Did Gary Collins do a great job or what?

Martin Truex Jr. clinches Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2017 Regular Season Championship

RELATED: Driver standings

DARLINGTON, S.C. — Martin Truex Jr. aptly described his Labor Day Sunday as “bittersweet,” with just cause to celebrate and reasons aplenty for dejection.

There was some satisfaction to be had with the sting at Darlington Raceway, a regular-season title lauding Truex’s yearlong accomplishments. But his shot at defending his Bojangles’ Southern 500 crown in one of the season’s most demanding events ended with a blown right-front tire near the end and a grinding scrape for his Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Toyota against the Turn 3 wall.

“I was kind of out there caught up driving my guts out at the end trying to hang on,” Truex said after limping to an eighth-place finish behind eventual race winner Denny Hamlin. “It’s unfortunate we blew the tire, but really proud of everybody on this team for an amazing season so far, and to lock up the regular-season points is a huge accomplishment for us, for our team. I feel like we’ve come a long way in just a few years together and continue to climb.

“Proud of everybody. Wish we could have won, but that’s the breaks. Sometimes they go your way, sometimes they don’t, and tonight we come up a little short. But definitely a lot to be proud of.”

RELATED: Truex expresses disappointment

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Regular Season Championship, instituted this year, hands Truex a 15-playoff-point bonus to his already commanding tally. Combined with his two stage wins Sunday night (his series-leading 16th and 17th this season), he heads to next weekend’s regular-season finale at Richmond with 52 playoff points — a heavy advantage as he enters the closing 10-race stretch.

“Oh, we’ve had a great year,” said Cole Pearn, third-year crew chief for the No. 78 team. “We’ve been good every week and managed to not have too many mishaps and added consistency. I think that’s a real credit to the team, and hopefully we can keep that rolling into the playoffs.”

Truex’s four-win season was in prime position of becoming five at Darlington. He led five times for 76 of the 367 laps, and — as has become customary during Truex’s regular-season tear — his time up front was strategically planned at the end of the race’s first two stages.

Truex seemed to have optimal timing again near the finish, springing to the lead shortly after the final exchange of pit stops in the closing 102-lap run of green-flag racing. Hamlin gradually chopped into the lead, setting up a potential classic contest for the lead. But Truex’s tire gave way, allowing Hamlin to scoot by and lead the final three circuits.

“Tough one to take that way, but it is what it is,” Pearn said. “Hell of a car, proud of the effort. This one stings a bit.”

Truex’s consolation prize at least came at an appropriate venue. Post-race, he referenced clinching his first NASCAR championship in what’s now the XFINITY Series here, back with Dale Earnhardt Inc. in 2004. He followed that season with another XFINITY title, launching his career toward a star turn in NASCAR’s premier series.

“To do it here again tonight was really cool,” Truex said. “It was just kind of a neat connection. Darlington has been good to me. I love coming here, and for that reason I guess it’s a little bit extra special to do it here tonight.”

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